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Powers are magical traits that allow a being or an object to cause an supernatural effect in a manner that cannot be explained by scientific means. They are manifested through supernatural beings such as demons, spirits, as well as witches and magical objects.

Powers are often a distinguishing trait between supernatural beings and mortals. Due to the ability to defy natural limitations, beings with powers have an edge over mortals without powers. Some use that advantage to do good while others use it for personal gain or evil.

Classification of Powers

Power Categories

Also see: List of Magical Powers

Depending on what the powers are used for, they can be classified into various categories. Some powers such as telekinesis can belong into multiple categories.

Category Description Examples
Offensive Used to attack, destroy, hurt or kill other beings. Telekinesis, Cryokinesis
Defensive Used to protect or hide oneself and others from harm. Temporal Stasis, Telekinesis
Transportation Used to move oneself and others from one place to another. Teleportation, Portal Creation
Supportive Used for purposes other than during battles. Telepathy, Healing, Shapeshifting, Possession, Muting, Disintegration

Active and Passive Powers

Powers can be classified as active or passive depending on whether they require the user to take any action or if they just happen naturally.

Active powers are powers triggered by the user at the time of need. For example, a person with telekinesis actively channels their power to move an object. Other examples include freezing time, reading minds, teleportation, etc.

Passive powers are always in effect and don't need to be channeled in any way. For example, immortality doesn't require any trigger. An immortal being is just naturally immortal.

Development of Powers

Acquisition of Powers

Most beings such as witches and demons acquire their powers through genetic inheritance. However, despite being born with the powers, not all powers manifest after birth.

Powers can also be acquired through other means such as:

  • Coming into contact with certain magical beings or objects
  • Stealing or transfer
  • Afterlife - e.g: ghosts, spirits and whitelighters

Binding of Powers

This is the process through which powers are disabled, usually through a spell, rendering the person powerless. The powers are not removed but rather they are made dormant. This is often performed on young witches by their parents to protect them from magical harm. Bound powers can be unbound through an unbinding spell or due to a tragic / emotional event.

For example, Marisol Vera performed a power binding spell on Macy, Mel and Maggie when they were babies to protect them and to give them a normal life. After sensing danger just before her death, she performed a Power Unbinding Spell causing their powers to become reactivated the sisters were all in the same room.[1]

Power Transfer

In certain circumstances, powers can be transferred from one being to another. A power transfer ritual may require special magical objects such as the Prism of Souls.

Stealing Powers

The ability to transfer powers opens the potential for evil beings to steal powers from others either by killing them or tricking them to transfer powers.

For example, an imposter demon tried to trick the Charmed Ones in order to steal their powers using the Prism of Souls.[2]

Losing Powers

Beings with powers can lose them completely if the powers are removed, destroyed, stolen by or transferred to other beings.

Trivia

  • Unlike in the original series, powers do not have a particular sound effect when a power is used.

See Also

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