Three sister witches who fight off evil demons to save the world. Sounds like a compelling story for viewers who like dramatic fantasy. The original Charmed aired from 1998 to 2006. A reboot was announced and aired from 2018- 2019. The story seems very familiar, yet the emotions are not as nostalgic as one would hope to make Charmed now vs Charmed then are very different. 

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Here’s a list of comparisons of the two shows:

1. Mother

A similarity between the two shows is that all three sisters have the same mother, who dies. In the original version, the Halliwell’s mother is already dead. She dies from drowning. The creators of the newer version, Vera’s mother is murdered in the opening episode and most of the season is spent on figuring out what happened to her. 

2. Half-sisters

One of the saddest losses of Charmed (1998) was the death of the eldest sister, Prue and her being replaced with estranged half-sister Paige. This led to many episodes of grief afterward. The half-sister angle happens a few seasons into the series. Charmed (2018) begins with only two sisters, and a third estranged sister showing up to their doorstep after the death of their mother. 

3. Elders

The “elders” are considered the Godly presence in the show. They control the balance of things. The term was not even brought up until a few seasons later in Charmed (1998), and even later when one was shown. However, in Charmed (2019) not only are they shown in the first season, but they are all killed. 

4. White lighter

If the elders are a higher power, then “white lighters” are likened to guardian angels. While Leo made a subtle entry into the lives of Prue, Piper, and Phoebe as a handyman, Harry kidnaps Macy, Mel, and Maggie and tells them about their supernatural destiny while the girls are strapped to a chair. Leo knows everything about his past life as a human, and Harry is stripped of his memory only to find out in pieces who he used to be. 

5. The Source

The “source” is basically the source of all evil, essentially the devil. It took the Halliwell sisters many seasons to figure out that there even is a source. On the other hand, Macy, Mel, and Maggie not only got to the source, Macy became the source and then also destroyed and contained it.

As a fan of Charmed (1998), it may seem like the reboot was fast-forwarded into bringing all the storylines from the original into one season. The sisters’ relationship was different, but their personalities are comparably the same, only separated by a decade. Charmed now vs Charmed then is similar in character traits. The eldest sisters have stable jobs and responsible personalities. The middle sisters are more romantic and passionate about their family and careers. The youngest sisters are more carefree, more social, and more emotional. 

The Old Cast:

The fans of the original Charmed have rated it 7.1on IMDB and the reboot has a 4.4 rating. The actors portraying the Halliwell sisters seem to agree with the fans. Holly Marie Combs, who played Piper Halliwell says, “Let me first say that I appreciate the jobs and opportunities the Charmed reboot has created. But I will never understand what is fierce, funny, or feminist in creating a show that basically says the original actresses are too old to do a job they did 12 years ago.”  Alyssa Milano, who played the youngest sister Phoebe Halliwell states, “I wish that they would have come to us and we would have been involved since the beginning.”

Since many of the storylines in the Charmed (1998) series were touched upon in the reboot it remains to be seen what the creators have in store for future seasons. The second season of the Charmed reboot airs on October 11, 2019. Tune in to see the magic unfold!

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