On May 17, 2001, the eldest sister of Piper and Phoebe Halliwell, Charmed OnePrue Halliwell was killed by the Source of All Evil's personal assassin, the demon Shax. Her death led to the discovery of a long lost, half-sister Paige Matthews - a Charmed sister.
Shax's First Attack
After learning that the Source of All Evil was targeting a prominent doctor known as Bo Griffiths in the San Francisco area, the Charmed Ones proceeded to San Francisco Memorial Hospital to warn the man of the attack and brought him back to Halliwell Manor in order to protect him from the attack.
As the sisters and Bo entered the Manor, Prue explained that she was unsure why he was being targeted and told the doctor it could be because he was about to save a life that the forces of evil didn't want him to save or that he has saved too many lives. But just as Prue explained she felt something was amiss and Shax burst through the door in a windy blast and materialized before the sisters and their innocent.
Shax raised his hand and sent a blast toward Dr. Griffiths but Prue pushed the man out of the way and was blasted back through the wall separating the foyer from the conservatory. Prue fell to the ground, wounded and bloody as Shax threw another blast at Piper sending her through the wall as well. Piper landed on the floor next to Prue wounded and bloody as well as Phoebe ran down from upstairs with the vanquish spell from the Book of Shadows. Shax was about to blast her as well but she completed the spell quick enough to wound Shax and send him away from the Manor. She ran over to her sisters as Leo Wyatt appeared and healed the two women. Phoebe questioned why it took him so long and he explained that it was because Prue and Piper almost died. The two women stood up and Piper questioned what happened as Phoebe told them that the spell she cast only wounded the demon and required the full Power of Three.
Searching for Shax
Thinking that there was something suspicious about Shax's attack and the Source targeting Dr. Griffiths, after being healed, Prue expressed her concern to her sisters and Leo and then she and Piper proceeded to search the neighborhood for anything that could help them decipher Shax and the Source's end game. As the two sisters walked through the street, Prue paid close attention to the road and what was going on around her and as she and Piper discussed Shax, the demon materialized before them and Piper successfully used her newly found power of blowing up on Shax, causing him to blow up and disappear as he attempted to send a blast of wind towards the two women.
But as Shax disappeared and the two sisters left the scene, a news reporter and her camera man were a block away recording the entire event with a video camera in a broadcast that streamed live on KQSF radio station, revealing the existence of magic.
Now with magic exposed, and the video constantly being played over and over on the news, Prue and Piper tried to fix what had happened as Phoebe, unaware of the exposure, traveled to the Underworld with Leo, who had warned that if anything happened above ground, he would be unable to hear their calls, to try to find Cole Turner in hopes of turning him back to the side of good. Phoebe and Leo found Cole and she used a potion to restore the good within him just as Prue and Piper were dealing with a swarm of news reporters and people wanting to find out who they were.
Second Confrontation With Shax
Leo returned from the underworld and discovered magic was exposed. The sisters told him to ask the Elders for their advice and Leo proceeded to do so. He returned and told the sisters that they suggested getting the help of Tempus, because he was the only one on either side of Good or Evil who had the power to reverse time. The sisters then told Leo to return to the underworld to get Phoebe back and after he left, they continued to try to figure out what they could do to reverse the situation if Tempus couldn't.
The two Charmed Ones realized that Shax would presumably pursue Griffiths again and traveled to the hospital in order to try to protect him. But just as the women were rushing the doctor to their vehicle, Shax materialized and blew Griffiths out of the vehicle, prompting Prue and Piper to recite the vanquish spell in hopes of destroying the demon. Once they recited the spell, Shax burst into a pyrotechnic explosion but Piper noticed that again, they were being recorded by the news reporter that recorded them earlier.
Piper is Shot
Prue and Piper returned to the Manor and were discussing a course of action that should be taken now that magic had been exposed. A young delusional woman known as Alice Hicks burst through the conservatory doors from the backyard. Piper asked the woman who the hell she was and she explained that she was Alice Hicks and wanted to "join their coven". Prue, angered and frustrated by what was happening, called Alice crazy and use her power of Telekinesis to blast Alice backward through the doors and the young woman fell to the ground outside as the doors slammed shut.
A news reporter asked Alice what had happened and she told her that the sisters were mean witches and she proceeded to seek vengeance on the sisters for what Prue had done. Then just as Prue expressed her concern to Piper about what was going on outside and how they were going to fix it, a loud gun shot sounded to which Prue asked Piper what it was. Piper looked down to her chest revealing that she had been shot as Prue dropped the Book of Shadows and extended her arms to Piper to catch her as she fell to the ground. It was Alice Hicks who fired the gun from outside the Manor, hoping to punish the sisters for what they did. Prue knelt on the ground holding Piper and cried out for Leo. Her cries went unanswered as Leo was in the Underworld, unable to hear any calls from his charges.
Knowing that Piper needed medical attention immediately, Prue stumbled with Piper to her vehicle parked in the driveway and placed Piper in the SUV. Prue got into the driver's seat but she was unable to drive forward because of the crowd surrounding it. She got out of the vehicle and told the reporters and people to move. When her words went unheard, she decided to use her powers against everyone and blasted them out of the way, sending them flying backwards and running off in fear. Prue got back into her vehicle and sped off to the hospital with Piper.
At the hospital, Piper was placed on a gurney, Prue walked beside her sister and Dr. Griffiths arrived to tend to the young woman. He asked what had happened and after being told she was shot in the abdomen, he rushed to try to save her. Unfortunately, as Prue waited outside the operating room, Dr. Griffiths came to her and told her that it was too late, there was nothing that could be done to save her. Prue then locked herself in the room with Piper, whose life was slowly slipping away from her and she told Piper to hold on as she tried to call for Leo.
But unknown to Prue, police officers and a SWAT team were gathering around the room preparing to take Prue away for what she did to the reporters and those gathered outside Halliwell Manor. Officers tried to get Prue to go with them, but she used her powers against them and reinforced the door of the room she was in with Piper to ensure no one got in. As Prue tried to console Piper, Piper told her that she was cold. Prue sobbed and paced back and forth as Leo finally returned from the Underworld, but it was too late, Piper had passed away. Leo bent over his wife and told Prue that he didn't understand why it was happening, but Prue told him to get Phoebe and try to figure a way to fix what had happened. Leo orbed back to Phoebe and Cole and informed them what had happened and Phoebe made the choice of heeding the Source's wishes and stay in the Underworld
Prue Sends a Call in the Wind
After her death, Prue reunited with all her loved ones that passed away - her first love Andy Trudeau, her mother Patricia and her grandmother, Penny as well as other members of her family. Prue, however, refused to move on to the Afterlife because of her strong connection to her sisters; this connection began to tear her soul apart. Prue was informed about the relationship between Patty and her WhitelighterSam Wilder and the child that resulted from their love, Paige Matthews.
Instead of reuniting with her sisters fearing that the reunion could have dire consequences to the Power of Three, when Piper cast a spell to Call a Lost Witch, hoping it would return Prue to her, Prue intervened and sent the call through the wind to Paige, knowing that she could reconstitute the Charmed Ones and carry on the sisters' destiny of protecting innocents from the forces of darkness.
This intervention resulted in Paige discovering a newspaper containing an obituary about Prue and the place and time that the funeral would be held. Paige was automatically drawn to the funeral and left work to attend the funeral, where she met Phoebe Halliwell. The two women shook hands, triggering a premonition in which Phoebe foresaw the demon Shax attacking Paige. Phoebe informed her sister Piper as well as Cole Turner, Leo Wyatt and Darryl Morris about the vision, and along with Cole, she located Paige and saved her from Shax.
Piper then summoned Penny hoping for an explanation as to why the Source was after Paige and Patty appeared as well and informed Piper and Phoebe that she had an affair with her Whitelighter and had a fourth daughter, Paige. She explained that Paige would be able to remake the Charmed Ones. Afterwhich, Paige came to Halliwell Manor and helped her sisters vanquish Shax. She then realized her power of Telekinetic Orbing and although she was first hesitant, moved in with the Halliwell sisters and assisted them in the battle against evil.
Refusing to move on to the Afterlife, Prue searched for a way to return to the physical world while residing in a secluded corner of the Astral Plane. Finally, she was able to achieve her goal when she discovered that a Soul Collector known as Charon, who she encountered three years prior during a battle with an evil spirit named Jackson Ward, was attempting to capture the soul of a young woman known as Patience.
Patience was in a life altering accident that left her comatose and brain dead. Prue then harnessed her energies and took over Patience's body, allowing the coma to break, leaving Prue in full control of the young woman's body. Now with Prue's soul in a new body in the physical world, she felt an even stronger connection to Piper and Phoebe, but still refused to reunite with them, choosing to rather take up residence in Salem, Massachusetts where she took ownership of a shop and performed in Witch Trial reenactments. Prue carried on with her new life allowing for the connection to grow between Piper, Phoebe and Paige knowing that Melinda Warren foresaw a Power of Three, not a Power of Four and that if she intervened, it could potentially be damaging to their collective power.
Piper and Phoebe Come to Terms With Losing a Sister
Extremely shaken and distraught by the death of her sister, Piper sought to use what ever magical means available to her in an attempt to bring Prue back from the dead. She searched the Book of Shadows for any spell, potion and ritual that could possibly return Prue to her and Phoebe. Alone in the attic where she flipped through the pages of the Book, she came across an entry entitled "To Call a Lost Witch". Piper sat before a table with the Book opened to the entry and gathered a Yarrow Root and a sprig of Rosemary. She placed the ingredients in a mortar and recited the words to the spell, "Powers of the witches rise, Course unseen across the skies. Come to us who call you near, Come to us and settle here". She picked up an athame and cut her left hand, allowing her blood to drip into the mortar and continued the ritual by reciting "Blood to Blood I summon thee, Blood to Blood return to me."
Suddenly a voice called out, "Piper?", and the Charmed One thought it was Prue but it was only Phoebe, who entered the attic to tell Piper there wasn't a magical fix to what had happened. Piper was displeased by what Phoebe said and told her there had to be something that could bring Prue back and that it seemed like the Book of Shadows and their magic had abandoned them. Piper slammed the Book shut and she and Phoebe proceeded to leave the Attic but then the Book opened up back to the to Call a Lost Witch entry. The call was sent, not to who Piper was hoping but rather to Paige Matthews, their long lost half sister.
Not realizing that the spell worked, the following morning Piper used a spell in the Book of Shadows entitled "to Summon the Dead" hoping it would bring Prue to her, but as Piper recited the spell, Penny materialized to Piper's upset. Penny explained that Prue was with her and Patty and that they were helping her come to terms with what had happened and make the adjustment to the Afterlife. Piper told her that she wanted Prue back but Penny explained that she and Phoebe couldn't see Prue because it wouldn't allow them to grieve the loss properly. Penny told Piper that the Charmed Ones' destiny still awaites and then dematerialized.
Piper, Phoebe, Victor, Leo, Cole and Darryl proceeded to Prue's funeral. As a wiccan practitioner performed the ceremony, Piper and Phoebe's eyes swelled with tears as they were comforted by Leo and Cole while listening to the practitioner explain that death was only the beginning and that Prue has embarked on a new journey in the Afterlife. As the ceremony ended, Piper and Phoebe acknowledged all their friends and family that attended and shook their hands. Paige arrived at the service and although unsure of why exactly she came, she stood in line to express her condolences to Piper and Phoebe. She introduced herself to Phoebe, who asked how she knew Prue and just as the two shook hands, Phoebe had a premonition of Paige being attacked by Shax. Phoebe fell to the ground, stunned by the vision as Paige left and Piper and Leo asked her what was wrong. She informed them of the premonition and they returned to the Manor where Piper was adamant to find out who exactly Paige was and what Penny meant when she said that their destiny still awaited.
Paige Helps Piper Heal
Shortly after Prue's death and the revelation of Paige being her half sister, Piper sought to annihilate any demonic threat in San Francisco, because she believed that with Prue gone, someone had to step up to the plate and fill Prue's shoes as always being the first sister up and the last one down. Now that she was the oldest, she felt it was her responsibility to protect Phoebe and Paige just as Prue protected her and Phoebe since their mother died.
This desire, however, led to a confrontation with demonic women known as the Furies, who search for an unexpressed portal of anger in witches and ultimately transforms the witch into a Fury using poisonous, transformation-inducing smoke. When Piper scried for evil, she found the Furies and she, Phoebe and Cole proceeded to the location, where after Piper blew up a Fury, she was knocked down and forced to inhale the smoke released from another Fury.
At first Piper exhibited a mild cough but then she slowly developed a lack of understanding toward wrong doers and her hands transformed into sharp talons just as the Furies had. She turned on Phoebe, Paige, Leo, Cole and Billy, a man from Paige's workplace, who was affected by a spell Paige cast on him. The group planned to lure Piper back to the Manor after she disappeared with a duo of Furies by using Cole as bait.
Piper and Cole Comfort Phoebe
Accepting Paige as Their Sister
What I am about to say is ironic, considering that Phoebe Halliwell has become my least favorite of the Charmed Ones from the television series, ”CHARMED”.
Many fans seemed to be of the opinion that Phoebe was to blame for the death of her oldest sister, Prue, in the Season Three episode, ”All Hell Breaks Loose”. It almost seems as if many wanted to use her as some kind of scapegoat. I am sorry, but I find this idea extremely hard to accept. I wonder if any fan of ”CHARMED”has ever stopped to consider that Prue bore most of the responsibility for her own death? I wonder if many fans had forgotten how the whole mess in (1.22) "All Hell Breaks Loose"had started in the first place?
It had all started because Prue forgot the very lesson that the sisters had learned in the Season One episode, (1.16) ”Which Prue Is it, Anyway?”- the best offense is defense. The episode ”All Hell Breaks Loose” started with the sisters being attacked by a demonic assassin, Shax, while they were protecting a Dr. Griffiths from him. Although Shax managed to seriously wounded both Prue and Piper, Phoebe used a spell that vanquished Shax . . . temporarily. And Leo healed Prue and Piper in time.
Unfortunately, the sisters were uncertain that Phoebe had vanquished Shax. Even worse, Prue forgot the lesson of ”Which Prue Is It, Anyway?” and insisted that she and Piper leave the manor to track down Shax. The sisters could have remained at the manor and prepared themselves for another attack by Shax. Instead, Prue dragged Piper out of the manor and when they encountered Shax again and vanquished him – well, Piper vanquished him with her second power, their actions were videotaped by the media. This turned out to be the incident that set in motion the events that led to Prue's death, not Phoebe's decision to find and save Cole:
Prue: Maybe the spell needs more than one witch to have it's full impact. Okay, come on.
(Prue gets up and then helps Piper up.)
Piper: Come on? Where?
Prue: To find him so we can finish him off while he's still hurt. (to Phoebe) Look, you just stay here with Griffiths, alright. If Shax comes back, say the spell to fend him off, okay? Ow. Come on.
(Prue and Piper go outside. Leo looks at the Doctor, who's in shock.)
[Cut outside. Prue and Piper are running down the street.]
Piper: Maybe Phoebe hurt him worse than we thought.
Prue: No, he's gotta be around here somewhere, he wouldn't leave without getting what he came for.
Piper: Do you really think he'd attack us in broad day light? Evil is usually more insidious than that.
Prue: Ah, okay, shh.
Piper: What? (The tornado comes up behind them. They turn around and gasp. The tornado dies down and Shax appears. He throws an energy ball at them, and Prue deflects it back with her power. It hits him but doesn't harm him.) Blow this! (Piper holds out her hands and blows up Shax. He disappears.) Okay, is he dead?
Prue: Well, we didn't really say the spell.
Piper: Well, maybe we won't have to. We don't always. We're lucky nobody saw us.
Prue: Alright, let's just get back to Phoebe. Come on.
(They walk back towards the manor.)
[Cut to down the street. A female reporter and a camera man are watching Prue and Piper. She turns back to the camera.]
Reporter: Back to me, back to me, back to me. (The camera man points his camera at her.) Okay, um, I'm not exactly sure what just happened, but whatever it was, you saw it here... live.
In the following scene, Phoebe announced her intentions to help Cole. Prue and Piper's protests seemed to be more about her getting emotionally involved with Cole, rather any demands that she hang around in case Shax was not dead. In fact, Piper seemed to believe that she had killed Shax:
Leo: How'd it go?
Piper: We dodged another bullet.
Prue: Yeah, with him maybe.
Leo: What do you mean?
Prue: I don't know, I mean, something still bothers me about the way that we vanquished Shax. Like, I'm not so sure we really did.
Piper: What do you mean? He screamed, he went poof, just like they all do. Third demon in a row, by the way, that I vanquished with my new power, but who's counting?
(Phoebe walks back in.)
Prue: Right, but if that's all that we needed, then why was there a vanquishing spell in the book? I mean, hasn't that always meant that our individual powers weren't enough?
Leo: Except the book was written by witches with less powers than you guys have. They needed the spells.
Phoebe: Plus, I think if he was still alive, he probably would've attacked us again by now.
Prue: Ah, you know, Leo, can you just check to make sure, please? With the Elders?
Leo: No problem.
(Leo orbs out.)
Piper: If you ask me, I think you're being paranoid. We kicked Shax's behind. We bad.
Prue: Yes, you're probably right.
Phoebe: Then I'm hoping you won't need me around here for a while. I wanna try a new potion on Cole. One that'll reverse the spell that turned him bad in the first place.
Phoebe: I'm not looking for your approval, Piper, just your support.
Prue: Well, Phoebe, it's sort of hard to give you support when you're just setting yourself up to get hurt again.
Phoebe: Cole is good inside, I know it. And if dark magic did this to him, then how come white magic can't save him? I can't just turn my back, I have to try.
Piper: What do you want us to do?
Phoebe: I want you to use the magic-to-magic spell to send me down there. I reworded it to make it work.
(Phoebe hands Piper a piece of paper.)
Piper: Uh, Phoebe, that's awfully dangerous. If something goes wrong we won't be able to contact each other.
Phoebe: I'll be safe, I'll be with Cole. And he'll bring me back, so don't worry about that.
Prue: You're banking a lot on that little potion of yours, you know.
Phoebe: No, I'm not. I'm banking on Cole.
Yes, it is quite obvious that Phoebe is determined to go to the Source’s Realm and find Cole. But regardless of her determination, there is no way she could have went after him, without her sisters’ help in using a ”magic-to-magic spell” to teleport her to the Source’s Realm.
In the following scene, Prue still wants verification that they or Piper had vanquished Shax. The subject of Phoebe is brought up. Piper is concerned that Cole will hurt Phoebe. Prue no longer seem that concern:
[Scene: Outside the manor. Prue and Piper are on the sidewalk. Prue is crouching down looking at the ground.]
Piper: What did you expect to find?
(Prue stands up.)
Prue: I don't know, something though.
Piper: Well, demons don't usually leave footprints, remember?
Prue: No, but sometimes they leave a residue when they've been vanquished. Something otherwise innocuous. Look, I just don't understand how we could vanquish such a powerful demon without a spell.
Piper: But frankly I'm more worried about Phoebe than Shax. We shouldn't have let her go.
Prue: Phoebe can take care of herself, Dr. Griffiths can't. (They start walking up the street.) Look, Piper, I've had a bad feeling about this. I've had one all day. If there's one thing I've learned since becoming a witch, is to trust those feelings.
By this time, Piper and Prue had been exposed on television. And Darryl has been ordered by his captain to question the sisters about "killing" Shax. Although Prue believes that they had done the right thing by leaving the house to go after Shax, Piper does not:
Piper: Isn't that illegal? Can't you do something about that?
Darryl: Hey, killing somebody on live TV is pretty illegal too, you know.
Prue: Okay, it wasn't somebody, Darryl, it was a demon. And we're pretty sure we didn't kill him anyway.
Darryl: Do you wanna try telling them that?
Darryl: Look, I've called for backup, but that's not gonna help for long. This thing's gonna get ugly fast.
Piper: We shouldn't have followed Shax into the street.
Prue: We didn't have a choice, Piper.
Piper: Didn't we?
Prue: Sure, we could've let him kill our innocent. That would've been better, you think? Alright, you know what? Let's not let this thing get between us, okay? We have enough problems as it is, please.
Following this scene, Prue and Piper go to Dr. Griffiths at the hospital to make certain that Shax is not after the man, in case they had not vanquished him. Sure enough, Shax appears outside of the hospital and Prue and Piper "vanquish" him . . . before television cameras again. They are informed by Leo that the Elders want them to contact the demon Tempus to set back time. Prue orders Leo to contact Cole, so that he can make a deal with the Source and Tempus. And then the following happens:
Piper: I don't know why we're bothering to do this.
Prue: In case time doesn't reset itself.
(Prue puts a chair against the door.)
Piper: If time doesn't reset itself, this table against that door is not gonna help much.
Prue: Yeah, well, then we better start thinking about what would, okay? Because if Leo doesn't succeed, we're gonna have to figure out what we're gonna do.
(They walk into the living room.)
Piper: We're gonna do talk shows and book signings and movie deals, (Prue picks up the Book of Shadows) and then taken by the CIA and dissected.
Prue: Yeah, how can you be joking about this, Piper?
Piper: Who's joking?
Prue: Well, I'm not. Alright, I'm scared. And you should be too. Okay, our lives, Piper, everything that we've worked for could be completely destroyed with-with one stupid mistake. Our entire future, our entire destiny could be wiped out just like that. (Prue clicks her fingers and a gunshot goes off. Piper gasps.) What was that? (Piper looks down and sees blood on her shirt. Her hands are shaking.) Piper? Piper. (Prue drops the Book of Shadows and grabs Piper before she falls. Prue looks at her hand and it has Piper's blood on it.) Oh!
One stupid mistake. And that one mistake? I believe that Prue's decision to leave the manor and track down Shax was that mistake. Piper certainly thought so.
Prue's decision to leave the house and go after Shax led to the following:
• An erroneous belief that they had succeeded
• Exposure by the media
• Phoebe's decision to go after Cole after Piper had mistakenly expressed the belief that they had succeeded
• Being exposed for the second time by the media
• Piper getting shot
• The deal with the Source and Tempus, which led to Phoebe being trapped in the Source's Realm
• Time being reset, which led to a second attack by Shax
• Dr. Griffith and Prue's deaths
I will not claim that Prue was solely responsible for her death. The other major characters had added their two cents. The Source’s determination to destroy the Charmed Ones led him to assigning Shax to the deed. Shax did kill Prue. The media provided nothing but trouble for the Charmed Ones after they had exposed the two older sisters. Phoebe did not help in her determination to find Cole at all costs, which led her to be missing at a time when her presence could have saved Prue’s life. Leo did not help with his insistence that Piper had succeeded in killing Shax when the media first caught her and Prue on tape. Cole’s decision to cover his tracks with the Source and the Brotherhood of the Thorn at the end of (3.19) ”The Demon Who Came in From the Cold”led to his eventual capture and brief estrangement from Phoebe. Piper certainly did not help matters. Granted, she did oppose not only Phoebe’s trip to the Source’s Realm, but also Prue’s decision to leave the manor to track down Shax. But instead of holding her ground in maintaining her opposition, she caved in to her sisters’ wants and opinions. Piper allowed herself to be a pushover.
But it is Prue Halliwell who bores most of the blame for her death. The episode, “Sin Francisco” made it clear that one of her biggest flaws happened to be her pride. It was her inability to overcome that pride that forced Leo to rescue her from the demon featured in that episode. And in ”All Hell Breaks Loose”,it was Prue’s pride that led her to believe that no problem would arise in her and Piper leaving the manor – the one place that the Charmed Ones were at their strongest – to hunt down Shax. Unfortunately for Prue, the end of the episode would prove her wrong.
Why Charmed Killed Off Prue Halliwell (Rather Than Recast)
The character of Prue could've been recast after Shannen Doherty's exit from Charmed, but producers opted to kill her off instead. Why?
The character of Prue Halliwell was killed off in the finale of Charmed season 3 when Shannen Doherty, the actor who portrayed her, departed the show amidst reported turmoil with costar Alyssa Milano. Producers first considered recasting Prue, but ended up opting to kill her instead. The death was not completely evident in that episode, and it had to be recut in order to explain Prue's absence from the show.
Prue, Piper, and Phoebe were the three witch sisters at the center of Charmed, the supernatural-themed show which ran on the now defunct WB from 1998-2006; a reboot of the show began airing on the CW in 2018. The sister's "Power of Three" was led by eldest sister Prue. She had the power to move things with her mind and, like her sisters, was a Charmed One, which meant she was one of the most powerful witches of all time. As themain protagonist, killing Prue off seemed to be a drastic step for Charmed, but it happened. She was attacked by Shax, a demonic assassin, in the Charmed season 3 finale. Originally a cliffhanger, Prue's fate was not originally a death as producers seriously considered recasting the role.
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Charmed Producer Aaron Spelling offered both Tiffani Thiessen and Jennifer Love Hewitt the role of Prue after Doherty left. Thiessen would've been an interesting choice, as Spelling had previously used her in Beverly Hills, 90210to fill a hole left by Doherty's exit from that show. Both Thiessen and Hewitt turned down the role. At the time Spelling told that Thiessen wanted to branch into network comedy instead. With the role rejected by two popular actors, the decision was finally made to kill Prue off. It was a bold move, but it did inject a new energy into Charmed.
Charmed Cast A New Halliwell Sister To Complete The Trio
Looking to bring in a younger, fresh-faced actor, a new character was created to complete the trio of witches needed to tell the Charmed story. Paige Matthews was introduced on Charmed as a half-sister that Piper and Phoebe didn't even know existed. The offspring of their mother (a witch) and a "whitelighter" (a witch's guardian angel), she was raised by adoptive parents. Her mixed witch/whitelighter background gave her extraordinary powers, including healing and sensing, that the other sisters did not possess, making her an impressive addition to Charmed after Prue's death.
Rose McGowan was cast in the role of Charmed's Paige. An experienced movie actor, it was McGowan's first time as a series regular. She brought a feisty sexiness that the show needed after losing the edge that Doherty previously provided. Charmedwent on for five more seasons with Paige as the third sister, pretty much attesting to the strength of the character. Based on her character's popularity, it seems like killing off Prue was the right decision.
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Fictional character from the American television supernatural drama Charmed
Prudence Halliwell is a fictional character from the American television series Charmed, played by Shannen Doherty from October 7, 1998, until May 17, 2001. The character was created by Constance M. Burge, who based Prue on her older sister. Prue is introduced into the series as the eldest sister to Piper Halliwell (Holly Marie Combs) and Phoebe Halliwell (Alyssa Milano). She is one of the first original featured leads and, more specifically, a Charmed One – one of the most powerful witches of all time. Prue initially possesses the power to move objects with her mind by channeling telekinesis through her eyes. As the series progresses, she learns how to channel her telekinesis through her hands and gains the power of astral projection, the ability to be in two places at once. Prue also develops martial arts skills and becomes an effective hand-to-hand fighter like Phoebe.
Prue is portrayed as the oldest, responsible, strong, "kick-ass sister" and "leader of the group." During her three seasons on Charmed, she is regarded as the strongest and most powerful witch of the Halliwell sisters. Prue's storylines have mostly revolved around her protecting innocents and defeating the forces of evil in San Francisco with her sisters, as well as leading a normal life as an appraiser for an auction house and later as a professional photographer for a magazine company. She also has romantic relationships with her old high school flame Inspector Andy Trudeau (Ted King) in season one, and fellow auction house employee Jack Sheridan (Lochlyn Munro) in season two. In the third season, Prue is forced to marry the warlock Zile (Tom O'Brien) in a dark marriage ceremony, but their marriage soon ends after he is vanquished. In the season three finale "All Hell Breaks Loose", Prue is attacked by Shax, a powerful demonic assassin sent by The Source of All Evil, ending the season on a cliffhanger. After Doherty departed the series, this attack was revealed to be fatal. She was replaced in season four by Rose McGowan, who played the long-lost younger half-sister Paige Matthews.
The character received a positive reception from television critics, who praised her strong persona and Doherty's performance. Doherty received two Saturn Award nominations in 1999 and 2000, for Best Actress on Television for her portrayal of Prue. In 2007, AOL TV ranked Prue at number nine on their list of the Top TV Witches. In addition to the television series, the character has also appeared in numerous expanded universe material, such as the Charmednovels and its comic book adaptation.
Casting and development
In 1998, The WB began searching for a drama series, and looked to Spelling Television, which had produced the network's most successful series 7th Heaven, to create it. Expanding on the popularity of supernatural-themed dramas, the production company explored forms of mythology to find mythological characters they could focus on with contemporary storytelling. In order to create the series, Constance M. Burge was hired as the creator as she was under contract with 20th Century Fox and Spelling Television after conceiving the drama Savannah.
The character of Prue Halliwell was conceived by Burge, who wrote the pilot script for Charmed. The pilot script was based around three mismatched sisters who are initially based on Burge and her two older sisters, Laura and Edie Burge. Prue is based on Burge's older sister Laura. On creating Prue, Burge stated "my older sister, Laura, is very strong, very driven and so I attributed the characteristics that my sister Laura has to the character Prue." Executive producer Brad Kern claimed Prue was written into the series as "the older sister, the kick-ass sister. She was the tough one. She was probably the most skeptical about the magic up top, but ultimately became the most powerful of [the sisters]." Doherty stated that the character "had a sense of responsibility that she felt towards her family and she was very nurturing and maternal and giving".
When the series was in its first development stages, executive producer Aaron Spelling had always known who he wanted for the role of Prue, Shannen Doherty, an actress from a previous Spelling Television series, Beverly Hills, 90210. Doherty already devoted to the project pitched the idea to her best friend for the role of Piper Halliwell, former Picket Fences actress Holly Marie Combs. Doherty played the role of Prue in a 28-minute test pilot (the "unaired pilot", never aired on television) alongside Combs and actress Lori Rom who played the youngest sister Phoebe Halliwell. Rom quit the series and a new pilot was filmed with former Who's the Boss actress Alyssa Milano, who took over the role of Phoebe.
In May 2001, it was officially announced that Doherty would be departing Charmed. Following the announcement, rumors circulated that the reason behind Doherty's departure was because of a feud with Milano. Doherty told Entertainment Tonight that "there was too much drama on the set and not enough passion for the work", and that there were never any problems between her and Combs. During an interview on Watch What Happens Live in 2013, Milano spoke about the rumored feud between her and Doherty, after a caller asked for the truth behind Doherty's departure. Milano said, "I don't know if she got fired, we never really found out what happened. I can tell you that we were on the air with her for three years and there were definitely some rough days. Holly and Shannen were best friends for like 10 years before the show started so it was very much sort of like high school. I would hope that in our thirties it wouldn't feel like that anymore."
The producers originally considered recasting the role of Prue with a different actress. Actresses Soleil Moon Frye, Irene Molloy and Denise Richards were rumored to be possible replacements. Spelling even approached Tiffani Thiessen, who replaced Doherty on Beverly Hills, 90210, and Jennifer Love Hewitt. However, both Thiessen and Hewitt declined the role. Producers then decided to kill off Prue and replace her with a long-lost younger half-sister named Paige Matthews (played by Rose McGowan), in favor of having "a fresh face" join the series. The producers had to re-cut the season three cliffhanger to explain Prue's sudden disappearance. Following Doherty's departure from the series, all photographs of Prue in the Halliwell sisters' home were never seen again and she never appeared in any flashback scenes. In an interview with TVLine marking the ten year anniversary of the series finale, executive producer Brad Kern said that he "tried like crazy to get her in flashbacks and to have photographs of her on the walls," but they could not afford to pay Doherty per-episode fee to use her image. Kern said that he regrets not being able to include a photo of Prue in the series finale's final montage, but added it would have been "impossible to accomplish" because "it was going to cost us a lot of money." Doherty revealed that she was asked to return for the series finale, but she declined the offer as she did not like the way the producers wanted to bring Prue back, stating it was "just not authentic", "nothing interesting or good", not "true to the character", and that "it didn't feel right." On such a return of hers, she stated that "the idea was floated by her". However, Kern commented that "there was no talk about bringing [Doherty] back physically" because they did not believe she would ever return or that the network would want her to. Kern felt that Doherty would not have returned because "there were a lot of internal issues that led up to her leaving...on a lot of different people's sides."
Main article: List of Charmed episodes
Prue is depicted as the eldest Halliwell sister on Charmed, portrayed by Shannen Doherty in the first 66 episodes of the series as well as the unaired pilot. At the start of season one (1998–99), six months have passed since the death of her Grams, Penny Halliwell (Jennifer Rhodes). After ending her engagement to Roger (Matthew Ashford), Prue moves back into her family's Victorian Manor with her middle sister Piper (Holly Marie Combs), and they are later joined by their youngest sister Phoebe (Alyssa Milano). On the night of Phoebe's return, she finds a book called the Book of Shadows within the Manor's attic. After Phoebe unknowingly recites aloud what turns out to be an incantation from the book, the three sisters each receive a magical power and discover their destiny as The Charmed Ones – the most powerful good witches the world has ever known. Gaining the power to "move things with her mind", Prue battles with maintaining control of her newfound powers and keeping her identity as a witch secret. Due to the witchy interferences in both her work and personal life, Prue finds it difficult to rekindle a relationship with her old high school flame Inspector Andy Trudeau (T.W. King) and stay on top of her new job as an appraiser for Buckland's Auction House. Throughout the first season, Prue and her sisters face off against various warlocks and demons who aim to steal their powers or harm innocents. In the first-season finale, Prue loses the love of her life Andy while he tried to protect them from a demonic foe.
The show's second season (1999–2000) opens with Prue's continual struggle to deal with the death of Andy from the previous season. After claiming to be responsible for Andy's death because of her powers and calling as a witch, Prue contemplates giving up on witchcraft entirely, but eventually decides to continue her destiny as a witch and protector of the innocent through the help of her sisters. Prue later experiences growth in her magical abilities when she develops the power to "be in two places at once" via Astral Projection, and learns to open herself up to the potential of love again through a courtship with a fellow Buckland's employee Jack Sheridan (Lochlyn Munro) and a romantic fling with ex-con Bane Jessup (Antonio Sabato, Jr.). She eventually quits her job at Buckland's to pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional photographer. Prue subsequently lands a job as a photographer for 415 Magazine. In the season two finale, Prue and her sisters discover that the many attacks on their lives by evil beings have been orchestrated by a demonic force known as The council.
By season three (2000–01), learning of the new evil The Triad (who have replaced The council), Prue becomes determined to prepare herself for any further attacks of evil on herself, her sisters and any future innocents in which to protect. Throughout the season Prue displays martial arts skills, strengthening her powers and researching, finding and destroying demons. Her fight and devotion as a Charmed One and fulfilling their destiny results in her becoming what has been coined as a "SuperWitch". Prue and her sisters eventually learn that the demon Belthazor and The Triad work for an even greater evil, The Source of All Evil who is the leader of the demonic realm known as The Underworld. After Prue and Piper later discover that Cole Turner (Julian McMahon), who is actually Belthazor, faked his death with Phoebe's help, the revelation forms a rift in their sisterly relationship. Later, after being forced to marry the warlock, Zile (Tom O'Brien) in a dark marriage ceremony, Prue comes to understand Phoebe's draw to Cole's darker half. While the two sisters mended their relationship, Prue retained her distrust for Cole for some time. Midway through season three, Prue also makes amends with her estranged father, Victor Bennett (James Read) who left the girls' lives shortly after their mother's death. During the season three finale, Prue and Piper unwittingly expose themselves as witches to the world after being caught on camera by a local news crew fighting with The Source's personal assassin Shax.
In the aftermath of the exposure, Piper is shot by a crazed Wiccan fanatic who wanted to join the sisters' coven. Prue struggling to get her to a hospital is thwarted by the crowd of unbearable media in her way. It's at this point Prue can no longer stand by the laws of magic and uses her powers against everyone in her way to save her sister's life. In the final moments of her life, Prue gets Piper to a hospital bed where Piper tells her she's "so cold". Piper later dies in the arms of Prue. Prue, furious and broken, uses her powers and fighting skills to hold off a S.W.A.T. team attempting to take her down. Kissing and holding Piper's body, she promises to fix it. In order to save her sister's life, Prue orders Leo Wyatt (Brian Krause) to find Phoebe and pass on a deal to The Source to turn back time. This would reset the exposure of magic and save Piper's life. The Source agrees, knowing that he plans to double cross her in the end as Phoebe will be immune to the time reset while in The Underworld. In the end Phoebe will not be able to warn her sisters' of the assassin attack and he will kill her himself. Time is reversed to the sisters' first encounter with Shax. However Phoebe no longer answers when Prue calls for help, as she was never sent back in time. The season ends on a cliffhanger with Piper and Prue left for dead after losing in the fight against Shax. Meanwhile, Phoebe remains trapped in The Underworld.
In the premiere of season four (2001–02) "Charmed Again (Part 1)", it is revealed that Prue could not be saved in time from the fatal wounds she acquired from Shax in the season three finale. Although the character is never shown again, Piper attempts numerous spells to resurrect Prue to no avail, and when she comes into contact with her Grams, it is revealed that Prue is still struggling to adjust to being in the afterlife and that she is being helped to process her actual death by both Penny and the girls' mother Patty Halliwell (Finola Hughes). Penny also reveals to Piper that Prue cannot be summoned back to Earth because seeing Prue would not allow the sisters to grieve and move on to continue their destiny. This leads to Piper becoming broken and outraged towards everyone around her, especially to her husband Leo who she states "saved the wrong sister". Finally accepting Prue is really gone, she attends the funeral of her big sister. This results in Phoebe having a premonition to save a young girl at the funeral and later discovering her identity as their younger half-sister Paige Matthews (Rose McGowan). A love child between their mother and her whitelighter, who was kept secret because of her whitelighter heritage. With the addition of Paige, Piper and Phoebe are able to reconstitute the Power of Three and avenge Prue's death in vanquishing her murderer Shax.
Also this season, along with the other witches of the Warren-Halliwell line, Prue's spirit is called upon by the new Power of Three to vanquish The Source twice – both in his original incarnation and that of his next incarnation, Cole. In the fifth and following season (2002–03), Prue is briefly seen when Phoebe and Paige visit the past memory of Piper's wedding. However, Prue's face is never shown and only her back is seen due to copyright laws regarding Doherty's image. During the seventh season (2004–05) finale, it is revealed that after being asked for help from her sisters', Prue had taught Leo how to use astral projection despite being "really protective of it". Piper, Phoebe and Paige later utilize the power of astral projection to defeat the threat of the demon Zankou (Oded Fehr). This is indicated by Piper stating "Thank you Prue," once Piper, Phoebe and Paige reflect on the successful attack. The season then ends with Manor door being shut by a telekinetic force, implying Prue closed it from the afterlife.
Main articles: List of Charmed books and Charmed (comic book)
As one of the central characters of the series, Prue appears in a number of Charmed literature. These appearances are most prominent in the first ten books of the series of novels. The novels follow no strict continuity with the series or each other, and are often considered to be non-canon. However, the television series producers have final approval of everything in the novels, which could indicate the literature fitting into the established canon of the series and the so-called "Charmed universe". Prue's first appearance in Charmed literature takes place within the novel The Power of Three by Eliza Willard on November 1, 1999, which acts as a novelised version of the series premiere episode. Her last appearance in a Charmed novel takes place within Beware What You Wish by Diana G. Gallagher on July 31, 2001.
In 2010, Charmed gained an officially licensed continuation in the form of a comic book, which is often billed as Charmed: Season 9. The series is published monthly by Zenescope Entertainment. While Shannen Doherty's image of Prue has yet to actually be seen in the comics, the character is seen as another person after taking over their body. In the twelfth issue of the comic, The Charmed Offensive, seven years after Prue's death, Penny Halliwell informs the sisters that Prue has reincarnated into her next life, due to the fact that her destiny was not completed when she died. However, it is later revealed in the issue that Penny had lied to the girls, mainly because she has no idea where Prue is. Later, Penny and her daughter Patty Halliwell task Cole Turner to locate the missing Prue in exchange for helping him find peace in the afterlife. In the sixteenth issue of the comic, Cole finds her in Salem as another witch named Patience. In the seventeenth issue of the comics, Paige looks for a witch named Sarah at a Salem house; however, she meets Cole who won't let her in. Despite his pleas, she orbs into the house where she meets Patience (Prue) and the two touch causing their powers to send them away. After recovering, Patience tells Paige that she is Prue. At first, Paige doesn't believe her, but they go to the manor where after seven years, Prue, Piper, and Phoebe are finally reunited with a hug.
In spite of the reunion, the presence of Prue causes the sisters powers to go haywire. Because the Charmed prophecy never spoke of a "Power of Four", the reunion of the four sisters causes their individual and collective powers to go out of control. To diffuse the chaos brought upon by the presence of the four sisters, Paige volunteers to strip her powers away so that Prue can rejoin her sisters in the "Power of Three". Cole, however, steps in and informs Prue that the real reason she remained tied to the "Power of Three" and unable to move on in the afterlife was because she refused to truly let go of her destiny with her sisters. Realizing that her time as a Charmed One has passed, as she no longer inhabits the body of a true Warren witch, Prue instead strips herself of her Warren powers so that Paige will be the only sister with the power to move things with her mind. After being stripped of her active powers, Prue retains her status as witch and keeps the basic witch powers that allow her to cast spells and brew potions. Prue later returns to Salem, Massachusetts with Cole, who will help her train new witches to atone for his evil past.
Powers and abilities
In Charmed it is revealed that magical witches can develop and master a variety of magical skills and powers which include scrying, spell casting, and brewing potent potions. As a magical witch, Prue can utilize scrying, a divination art form that allows one to locate a missing object or person. Prue can also cast spells, often written in iambic pentameter or as a rhyming couplet, to influence others or the world around her. She can also brew potions, most often used to vanquish foes or to achieve other magical feats similar to the effects of a spell. Prue also possesses the powers of telekinesis and astral projection; however, in the comic book continuation, she chooses to lose these abilities because her and Paige's co-existence is unbalancing the Power of Three. Prue was also often described as the most powerful of the Charmed Ones.
At the start of the series, it is revealed that Prue has the power to move objects and people with her mind using telekinesis. While Prue's telekinetic powers work best with a direct line of sight, she appears to simply need only an intimate knowledge of the object's location in order to manipulate its movement. For instance, in the pilot episode, "Something Wicca This Way Comes", Prue is able to move the ink from her ex-fiancée Roger's pen, although it is mostly concealed in his shirt pocket. Later, while outside Roger's office, she curls her fingers in anger, which causes Roger's tie to tighten its hold around his neck. In the same episode, Prue also displays telematerialization as a second method for which she can move objects with her mind. After Prue telekinetically slides a creamer container towards her from across the bar in frustration, she proceeds to transfer a portion of the cream from its container by telematerializing the cream directly into her coffee without it going through the air or space between. The series premiere is the only instance in which Prue displays teleportation powers on-screen; however, she later uses this power again in the comics.
In the Charmed series, certain magical powers are attached to emotional triggers, regardless, all powers can be affected by the user's emotions. For Prue, the emotional trigger for her telekinesis is anger and frustration. This emotion is channeled to initially unlock and control her powers, which can only be focused by squinting her eyes for the majority of the first season. In episode nineteen of season one, "Out of Sight", Prue learns how to channel her telekinesis through her hands as well. Later in the series, she obtains enough control over her powers in order to move objects with a mere crook or twitch of a single finger. The limits of Prue's telekinetic powers are unclear, but she appears to be able to move up to 400 pounds (181.4 kg) with her mind, sufficient to lift and throw two normal-sized adults with her powers.
In the season two episode "Morality Bites", Prue travels ten years into the future from the year 1999 and inhabits her future self's body. In the episode, Prue discovers that in ten years time from 1999, her telekinesis becomes several times stronger when she telekinetically blasts out an entire wall of the attic with one swift hand gesture. After returning to the present, Prue never realizes the growth of this level of power before her death at the end of the third season. However, in the comics, after possessing the body of Patience, Prue's telekinetic powers did evolve to an advanced level — she was able to lift a car with her mind, levitate a chalk drawing off its surface, and even manipulate the chalk drawing to the extent where it exploded. She was even able to telekinetically hold her half-sister Paige in place and the latter admitted that she couldn't orb out of this.
In the season two episode "Ms. Hellfire", Prue's powers expand allowing her to move her body to another location in the form of astral projection. This power developed from an intense desire to be in two places at once. While astrally projecting, Prue's physical body falls unconscious while her astral body appears in a new location in corporeal form. Unlike traditional astral projection, 'Astral Prue' is able to interact with the physical world. Prue displays the ability to astrally project across vast distances, regardless of her lack of familiarity with the location she is projecting to. However, she never displays the ability to astrally project across worlds. It is also revealed that Prue is unable to access her power of telekinesis while she is astrally projecting. In season three of the series, it is revealed that injuries sustained by Prue will not appear on her astral body. In the season three episode "Primrose Empath", after Prue is temporarily cursed with the power of empathy, she channels the emotions she feels to enhance her own magical powers, which enable her to astrally project emotions into other people as well as briefly utilize her astral and physical bodies at the same time.
During her time on the series, Prue displays an efficiency in the Latin language and displays an expertise on various artifacts from a number of art forms and cultures throughout history. In season two, Prue begins taking classes in self-defense with her sister Phoebe. She gradually becomes an effective hand-to-hand fighter with her skills on par with Phoebe's. Her skills in hand-to-hand combat advanced to the point where Prue is capable of besting multiple adversaries in season three, most notably demonic wrestlers, the demon Vinceres, vampire-like demons known as Seekers, and two S.W.A.T. team members. Prue is also skilled in the art of photography, which she later turns into her full-time profession.
During the run of the series and her life as a Charmed One, Prue died three times.
|Episode Title||Cause of Death||Revival|
|1||20||"The Power of Two"||Died from a potion she drank to try to vanquish a ghost.||Andy gave her CPR.|
|2||22||"Be Careful What You Witch For"||Stabbed by the dragon warlock.||Phoebe had the genie reset the wishes. She then made a wish for Prue to be alive again.|
|3||22||"All Hell Breaks Loose"||Thrown through a wall by Shax.||Not revived in the television series. Comic book series revealed that her spirit failed to move on and she started a new life in the body of the formerly comatose Patience.|
In 1999, Doherty was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television for her portrayal of Prue. She received the same nomination the following year. Doherty and Milano's rumored off-screen feud earned them a nomination for Best Fight at the 2001 Wand Awards.
Terry Kelleher of People magazine labeled Prue "the serious one" out of the three Halliwell sisters. Michael Abernethy of PopMatters described Prue as "pragmatic" and noted that Doherty's performance in Charmed had "the hard edge" that was seen in her previous roles, further adding that she had "matured from a bitchy teenager into an assertive confident woman."Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly commented that Doherty's presence on the show was one of the main things that made it interesting, writing "Perennially crabby, delivering her lines as if she has contempt for them...curt, cranky Doherty gives Charmed its kick."Newsday's Steve Parks wrote that Doherty being cast as a witch was a "perfect" idea, due to her rumored poor off-screen behaviour. Kristin Sample of AOL TV felt that Prue had the "best powers" and was "the bitchiest" witch out of the three sisters, further adding that Doherty "quite possibly could be a real life witch." In his review of the pilot episode, Rob Owen of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette commented that "Charmed is Doherty's show plain and simple. Her behaviour on and off screen may not always be charming, but she excels at this sort of formidable, prickly character."CNN's Joshua Levs named Prue the "uber-responsible older sister" and felt that Doherty made her "somewhat plausible."
Entertainment Weekly's Kate Ward added that she "gained an appreciation" for Doherty after seeing her on Charmed, writing "Despite omnipresent rumors of her poor off-screen behavior, it's been difficult for me to think of Doherty as anything but charming." In her review of the first season, Karyn L. Barr of the same publication wrote that Prue was one of the reasons it was "spellbinding". Rachel Day of Geek Speak praised Doherty's acting on Charmed and wrote that she deserved her two Saturn Award nominations. Day noted that Doherty's "particularly outstanding" performances were in the season two episodes "Witch Trial" and "Murphy's Luck". SpoilerTV's Gavin Hetherington named Prue "one of television's most influential witches" and wrote that her death in the season three finale was "one of the best in television history" that "forever changed the course of the show." Angelica Bastien of Bustle called Prue "the superior sister" and added that she preferred the show's first three seasons as she felt "Charmed got pretty bad" in the seasons after Prue died. Brett Cullum of DVD Verdict wrote that Prue was "the pragmatic no-nonsense leader of the group" during the first three seasons and she was "never afraid to lay down the law." He further added, "Not only was Shannen a pretty good witch, but nobody gives good bitch quite like her. She's infamous for being hard to work with, but she's got a charisma the show needed. She knew how to make Prudence strong and vulnerable all at once, and they relied on her to be the wise leader who put her fist down when necessary." Hugh Armitage of Digital Spy felt that "Prue's death was handled badly", further adding that "it never made sense that she would vanish" from the show completely, as "Prue never showed up in spirit form" and was not featured in any photographs displayed in the sisters' home.
In 2007, AOL TV ranked Prue at number 9 on their list of Top TV Witches. The following year, she was ranked at number 10 on the same list. Prue was included in TVLine's list of "Shocking TV Deaths", while Glamour magazine included her in their list of favourite witches from TV. Prue's death was included on io9's list of the "Top 10 Most Shocking TV Deaths", with Meredith Woerner stating that her permanent death was shocking considering the show's light-hearted tone and forever changed the family dynamic.
Doherty and her character have been referenced in television shows and films due to her portrayal as a witch in Charmed. In the 2000 parody film, Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth, Barbara Primesuspect (Julie Benz) is said to be yelling "Charmed my ass!" at Doherty, who does not appear on-screen. In an episode of the teen comedy-drama series Popular, entitled "The Shocking Possession of Harrison John", Josh Ford (Bryce Johnson) asks George Austin (Anthony Montgomery) who is Michael Bernardino's (Ron Lester) "favorite hottie witch" on Charmed and George says it is Prue. In the episode "Cursed" of sitcom So Notorious, Tori Spelling and Sasan (Zachary Quinto) discuss who has put a curse on her and Sasan says, "It's Shannen! She knows all that witchcraft from Charmed." The reference in So Notorious was meant as a joke to Doherty's rumored poor off-screen behavior when she and Spelling both starred together in Beverly Hills, 90210. In his review of the television series Witches of East End being too similar to Charmed, Christian Cintron of Hollywood.com noted that Julia Ormond's character Joanna Beauchamp seemed "a lot like...Doherty's type-A character, Prue."
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