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Let me be a source of wisdom for you. That's what we Elders are here to help do.
— Charity to Mel


Charity Callahan was a former Elder, the older sister of Fiona Callahan and the ex-girlfriend of Harry Greenwood. She was also a good friend of Marisol Vera, whom she later murdered out of fear that her daughter, Macy Vaughn, would succumb to evil due to the circumstances of her resurrection. She also killed other Elders who learned of her evil acts. She would later be killed by her own sister in order to complete the prophecy of The Apocalypse.  

History

Early Life

Charity knew Marisol and Harry when she was a young witch. She would get into trouble and break the rules, something that she can relate to with the Charmed Ones. At some point, she began a romantic relationship with Harry and her younger sister, Fiona, joined the Sisters of Arcana. However, after Fiona apparently killed herself, Charity and Harry ended their relationship due to mutual guilt, though they still continued to harbour strong feelings for each other.

Sometime after Marisol gave birth to her oldest daughter, Macy Vaughn, she went to Charity and asked her to perform a spell to remove her pain and grief. Charity did not know the reason behind Marisol's request at that time.

Throughout the Series

Exorcise Your Demons

Charity came to the sisters' aid when Harry Greenwood called on the Elders for help to destroy the Harbinger of Hell. Despite Mel Vera's plea to help remove the Harbinger from Angela Wu's body, Charity was insistent on killing both the demon and the host.

When everyone, including Harry, went against her orders and showed her a hidden spell in the Book of Shadows, she decided to grant them one chance to save Angela. Though the exorcism was successful, the ritual came with an unexpected price: the death of Detective Trip Bailey, who had followed the sisters to the warehouse. Charity decided to cover up both the detective's death and the Halloween murders by framing the detective.

While on her way to secure the imprisoned Harbinger, she encountered Alastor, who mesmerized her to give him the can with the Harbinger.

Bug a Boo

Charity returned to help the sisters track the Scythe of Tartarus and soon discovered it had been used to release a witch. She then had a talk with Mel, who had been invited to join the Sisters of Arcana (Sarcana), in which Charity warned Mel that the Sarcana only care about themselves and that they wanted Mel to join them so that they could gain more power.

Keep Calm and Harry On

Charity again tried to help the sisters, this time in finding a way to release Harry from Tartarus. However, as Mel had destroyed a piece of the Scythe, and the other Elders weren’t willing to help on account of Harry being just a Whitelighter, Charity had no options on what to do, and so tried to persuade the sisters to continue on with their missions.

Later on, Mel sent a message to Charity and the other Elders to ask for the Harbinger of Hell to hand over to a demon gatekeeping Tartarus in exchange for Harry. Charity was, at first, against the idea due to how difficult it was to capture the Harbinger in the first place, but relented when Mel convinced her to help save Harry by reasoning that she must still hold some feelings for him, and sent the sisters the paint can, still unaware that Alastor had the real one.

After unsuccessfully trying to get Harry out of Tartarus, and accidentally getting Maggie thrown in, Mel and Macy summoned Charity to demand answers as to why the paint can was empty. Charity was insistent that she did not give them an empty vessel, stating it was in her sight the whole time when the exorcism was completed. While Mel was skeptical, Charity realized that Alastor had mesmerized her when she recognized his wedding photo as being the same man she saw after the exorcism, leading Macy and Mel to find Parker, Alastor’s son, to get the real Harbinger back.

When the Charmed Ones managed to successfully release Harry and Maggie, and send the Harbinger to Tartarus, Charity visited them at the manor. Mel berated Charity for her lack of empathy, stating the Elders no longer had any right to visit them at their house and pretend to care, before calmly offering Charity the opportunity to take Harry his tea. Charity obliged, before she sat with Harry to comfort him. She revealed that she was a wreck, and reviewed the memories the Elders took from Harry to know what memories he would be shown in Tartarus, even though it put her at risk of losing her Elder status, before telling Harry he died saving his son, and that he is still alive.

Witch Perfect

Charity visited Harry in the Vera Manor attic to answer a message he had sent her. Harry revealed that he has been distracted from his work, and explains he has been recalling every detail about his son to one day find him, and expressed concern that he can’t be the Charmed Ones’ Whitelighter anymore. Despite Charity’s insistence that he is fully capable, Harry still doubts his commitment is where it should be. Charity sympathetically tells him, if he is sure it is the best thing to do, that he should tell the sisters himself.

Touched by a Demon

While Charity doesn’t appear personally, Harry insisted that Macy seek her council regarding Macy’s growing demonic side. In the end, despite Mel’s feelings about the Elders, Macy agrees with Harry and decides to contact Charity.

Switches & Stones

Charity helped Macy meet with the other Elders to discuss Macy’s growing demonic side. Elder Priyanka Bari, to Charity’s surprise, turned off her cloaking spell to speak with Macy and help her. Before they could do so, however, Charity was summoned by Harry to the Vera Manor, where she and Macy discovered there was a Vortex Viribus. The Elder and the Whitelighter both explain to Macy and Maggie what a Vortex Viribus is before Charity inquired as to where Mel was. While Maggie doesn’t give a specific answer, Charity deduced she was with Jada, before growing concerned that Mel was being seduced by the Sarcana. Harry assured her that Mel wouldn’t end up like Fiona.

Sometime later, Charity met with Priyanka and Macy in the attic, where Priyanka used specially made needles to probe Macy’s body and soul to determine the kind of demon in her. Macy, already unsettled due to an earlier vision of a man turning to stone, asked what the Elders will do when they figure out the type of evil in her. Priyanka was hesitant to answer, but Charity promised Macy that nothing bad will happen. Priyanka spoke to Charity a few minutes later, out of Macy’s earshot, and stated that, while still unsure, she believes that they may not want to cure Macy.

Charity was once again summoned by Harry later the next day to help Macy and Harry when the two found out that Medusa was at large around the campus. As Mel and Maggie had accidentally switched bodies, Charity believed they had done the right thing in summoning her. However, Macy discovered Medusa was a witch, who had been raped, and then cursed to become a gorgon as her punishment, and claimed the situation was no different to her own. While Harry and Charity tried to insist that they were different, Macy asked Charity if she would vanquish her if the demon in her took over. Charity stated that it wouldn’t happen.

A few hours later, Charity, along with Harry, Macy, Mel, Maggie, and Parker examine two statues in a room at Phi Delta Upsilon, before they go to search for Medusa. Charity tells Macy to not worry about vanquishing her and to only make sure she uses her shield to block Medusa’s power, and call for her, before producing a sword and stating that she will do what needs to be done. However, while Macy and her sisters work out how Medusa was summoned through the pain of a Kappa pledge, the gorgon attacked the area. Macy was able to shield herself and her sisters from Medusa’s petrifying gaze thanks to Harry’s warning, but he and Charity were caught in the gaze, and turned to stone, as was the rest of Phi Delt and Kappa.

Macy managed to unpetrify everyone by understanding Medusa’s pain, but still felt upset, so Charity took her home. While there, she brought Macy a cup of tea (which Harry made) and congratulated Macy on her effective way of dealing with Medusa. Charity did note that it was highly unorthodox, however, but Macy explained to Charity that she wondered if their concept of good and evil wasn’t as tight as it should be and if the demon in her could be used for good. Charity felt that it would go against everything she was taught, but softly stated she was starting to see things differently, thanks to the Charmed Ones.

Priyanka sent a message to Charity, asking to meet with Macy, as she had determined the demon in her. Macy met with the other Elder, who explained to Macy that she had a very extraordinary gift that the Elders called the Evil Sight that can allow her to look through the eyes of evil, and see evil acts, even in the past, and that is why she could understand Medusa. Elder Bari excitedly, but calmly, stated they could use this power to find out who killed Marisol and the other Elders, before giving Macy a ‘booster-shot’ to tap into her power.

Using the Evil Sight, Macy finally discovered who had murdered her mother: Charity herself.

Utterly devastated at the realization that the Elder she had grown to trust had murdered her mother, Macy watched in horror as Charity killed Priyanka before her.

Memento Mori

Charity erased Macy's memories of the events that had transpired, protecting her secret and keeping Macy under her constant supervision. Unfortunately, Macy left herself several clues that Charity had wiped her mind, and Macy’s status as a Charmed One allowed the memories to bleed through. Charity erased Macy’s memory again and asked Harry to heal the burns Macy left on her arm to remove the clue.

Because Macy kept insisting on meeting with Priyanka, Charity set up a scene by sending Harry to search for Priyanka, then placing Priyanka’s body in a trunk in the attic so Macy would find her and believe she had killed her. However, Macy managed to piece together her various clues, and, using Priyanka’s needle, re-saw the events that led to her mother’s death. When Charity appears, Macy confronted her, leading to Charity abducting Macy. Taking her to the Vortex Viribus under the Vera Manor, Charity intended to use the Vortex Viribus's power to amplify her own and kill Macy before she could reveal to anyone that Charity had killed Marisol. Harry, Mel, and Maggie arrived in time to save Macy, where Macy explained that Charity killed Marisol. Charity tried to defend herself, but the Charmed Ones each touched a rune and used the Vortex to amplify their powers and strip Charity of her own powers. Charity was then taken by the Elders, but not before she was visited by her sister Fiona. Before she could be banished to Tartarus, however, Alastor intervened and escorted her to whereabouts unknown.

Meanwhile, Macy used the Evil Sight to show her sisters how their mother died: while Marisol was performing the unbinding spell, Charity visited her, and after a brief argument about the Sarcana and Marisol’s relation with them, Charity asked what Marisol meant by having three. Marisol revealed she had three daughters, and knew they were the Charmed Ones, and explained to Charity her secret of Macy being resurrected. Charity was horrified at the idea of a Charmed One being compromised by dark magic. Marisol proceeded to continue unbinding her daughters' powers, amidst Charity’s raising objections, leading to the two having a magical fight. Charity tried to mute Marisol, but when Marisol undid the power, she tried to use a Binding Whip, only Marisol conjured up an air current to stop her. Not willing, but believing it was for the best, Charity fires a Deathbolt at Marisol, hurling her out of the window. Charity watched, horrified at what she had done, as Marisol, with her dying breath, finished the spell. Hearing Mel and Maggie return home, Charity fled.

Source Material

Alastor orders Charity to turn herself in so that she may free his son, Hunter Caine, and the Harbinger of Hell from imprisonment in Tartarus. She reluctantly agreed after Alastor threatened to send her to Tartarus himself.

She later tried to scry for her sister, Fiona, in secret, but Alastor caught her. He mesmerized her to tell him what she was doing, and she told him about her sister and her plan to find the Origin Dagger, which controlled the Sacred Flame]]. He then ordered her to find Fiona for him.

Ambush

At the end of the episode, Charity stole a vial of Hellflame seconds before Fiona found her in Alastor's office. Charity tried to persuade Fiona to join forces with her and fight Alastor. She refused, however, and told Charity that even though all the other great sages had fallen, the prophecy of the Source still couldn't be enacted since Charity was still a sage. Charity realized what Fiona intended to do before her sister tried to kill her. She then tossed the vial to hold Fiona back with hellflame to make her escape.

Red Rain

Parker Caine told Maggie about Charity's escape. She and Harry then went to find Charity in a secret garden, where she unearthed a plant needed for the Akkadian Smokescreen. Harry brought Mel, who yelled at Charity in anger before attempting to kill the woman. Maggie and Harry stopped her immediately, since Charity had to be protected to keep the prophecy from being fulfilled. Mel begrudgingly took the plant and tried to make it grow with her power before a darkened Parker arrived. Mel and Maggie fought him off while Harry escaped with Charity.

They later appeared in the Vortex Viribus. Harry used its power to fuel his own in hopes of accelerating the plant's growth. It was about finished when Fiona portaled into the room and killed Charity with a deathbolt spell. Harry tried to heal her, but the effort proved futile. Charity uttered her love for him before taking her last breath. With her death, the prophecy was fulfilled.

Personality

In the beginning, Charity was shown to be a very wise and caring individual, as well as a helpful dependable ally to the Charmed Ones. Though she was a very strict follower of the rules set by the Elders, and believed solely in killing for the greater good, even if it meant sacrificing innocents or victims in the process, Charity was often willing to lend the sisters a helping hand where the other Elders would not.

However, it was ultimately revealed that Charity had a dark side: ruthless, cunning, and manipulative. Despite the fact that she and Marisol were good friends, and Marisol trusted her enough to confide in her regarding Macy's resurrection through necromancy, Charity killed her friend in an attempt to stop her from completing the power-unbinding spell on the Charmed Ones. Though she appeared to be genuinely horrified and guilty over the murder, she still had no qualms over killing the other Elders who discovered what she had done, and a primary reason for her intimacy with the Charmed Ones was to keep them in ignorance of how their mother had died. In fact, when Macy learned the truth, Charity was prepared to kill her after the oldest Charmed One repeatedly broke through her memory-manipulation magic. These instances demonstrate that, ultimately, Charity put herself and her own beliefs first and foremost, which seems to concede with Fiona's opinion of her—Fiona once reflected that Charity had a tendency to make situations about her instead of others.

Physical Appearance

Charity is a beautiful woman with long strawberry blond hair that reaches down to her back. She wears fancy white outfits that both show her status as an Elder and a businesswoman.

Powers and Abilities

Charity was stripped of her magical powers by the Charmed Ones.[2] However, she retained the skill to perform acts of divination, the ability to gain information through various mystical or supernatural means. In Source Material, Charity was shown using the ability to scry.

Basic Powers
  • Spell Casting: The ability to cast spells and perform rituals. Being an experienced witch, Charity can cast spells with a hand gesture or even a thought, granting her a vast amount of magical powers.[3]
    • Deathbolts: Charity is able to emit volts of fuchsia-colored electrical energy capable of killing people in a variety of ways.
    • Binding Whip: Charity conjured up a neon purple energy whip, with which she was rather proficient with, in attempt to stop the Harbinger and Marisol respectively.
  • Potion Making: The ability to brew magical potions.
Active Powers
  • Muting: The ability to take away someone's voice, preventing them from being heard.
  • Portal Creation: The ability to create portals to travel from place to place, including alternate dimensions.
  • Disintegration: Charity can destroy an object by breaking it down into smaller particles and turning them to energy.
  • Memory Erasure: The ability to wipe the memories of other beings.
  • Telekinesis: The ability to move objects and persons through mental influence.
Powers Gained from the Vortex Viribus
Elder Powers
  • Power Granting: The ability to grant magical power to another being. This is a collective to turn dying mortals into Whitelighters.
  • Power Stripping: The ability to take away other magical being's powers. This is a collective power that requires the aid of other Elders to be used.
Inactive Powers
  • Resistance: The ability to withstand physical and magical attacks. Charity is noted to be able to resist compulsive powers unless the opponent was very powerful, such as Alastor.
  • Immunity: Being a witch, Charity is inherently immune to certain magical abilities (e.g. the Sirens' songs and to Pixie Dust).

Relationships

Friends

  • Marisol Vera: Charity and Marisol had been friends since they were young witches, and they both became powerful Elders as they grew wiser. When Marisol gave away her first daughter to protect her, she asked Charity to extract all of her pain and anguish so that she may be able to move on with her life and prepare for what was to come for her daughters. It is recently revealed that Charity was the one who killed Marisol.

Romantic Life

  • Charity and Harry Greenwood: In the past, they broke up after a mysterious tragedy that happened to her sister Fiona. Now Charity and Harry try to keep business relations, but it is obvious that their old feelings are still not forgotten by them. The last thing that she did before she died was tell Harry that she always loved him.

Family

  • Fiona Callahan: Fiona is the younger sister of Charity. Elder Callahan blames herself for the mysterious tragedy that happened to her sister in the past. This guilt caused her to break up with Harry.


Appearances

Trivia

  • Charity is the second Elder to appear on the series.
  • In the original series, the first Elder didn't make an appearance until the fifth season.
  • Charity could likely be a play on Leo's friend, Natalie, from the original series. The only difference is, Natalie wasn't an Elder. It is also possible Charity is also the new series' version of Sandra, who was a recurring Elder in the latter half of the original series.
  • According to Harry, she possesses a vast amount of magical powers.
  • Charity’s character is similar to Gideon from the original Charmed series.
    • Like Gideon, they were both Elders.
    • They both withheld a vast amount of magical powers.
    • They both had done evil acts even though they are good.
    • They both killed someone to cover their tracks.
    • They both ended up dying from the power/spell they used to kill.
      • Charity was killed by the Deathbolt spell
      • Gideon was killed by Electrokinesis

Quotes

"And I knew your mother in a different way. As a witch with incredible discernment and the ability to do what had to be done, no matter what."

—Charity to Mel in Exorcise Your Demons.

Gallery

References

  1. The events of Red Rain take place the day after the Ambush. The epidemic of the Harbinger's virus, the absorption of the Source by Macy, the death of the Callahan sisters, and the victory over Alastor occurred in one day.
  2. In Memento Mori, the Charmed Ones used the Vortex Viribus to amplify their own powers and strip Charity of her own.
  3. George Northy's Twitter

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