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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (October 10, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609806521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609806524
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The ultimate guide to the hit program Charmed, this is both a book of spells and a key to the mysteries of the show. The Book of Shadows celebrates the best of Charmed, from its roots in the ancient tradition of Wicca to insider information on the show's stars.  N.E. Genge not only provides fascinating background details for the show's Wiccan elements, but also guides readers in performing their own magic. Fans with a witchy bent will learn about the tools of magic and divination and the casting of spells. Recipes and rituals -- from those that beckon love or bless a new business venture to those that bequeath strength or bestow fortune -- are all included.  The Book of Shadows is a sassy celebration of witches, sisterhood, and magic.

This book has not been prepared, approved, licensed, endorsed, or in any way authorized by any entity that created or produced Charmed.

About the Author

N.E. Genge is the author of numerous books, including Beyond Blair Witch, Urban Legends, The Buffy Chronicles, and The Unofficial X-Files Companion.  She lives in Labrador City, Newfoundland.

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163 of 174 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Abbots on April 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
To the practitioners of witchcraft and the followers of the religion known as Wicca, the phrase "Book of Shadows" refers to a journal of sorts. Traditionally, a "Book of Shadows" is a blank book that is gradually filled up with spells, meditations, ideas and notes on "The Craft". The creators and writers of the tv show "Charmed" use "The Book of Shadows as more of a spell book, but also as a way for the Halliwell sisters to grasp how they came to be endowed with special powers and how their ancestral female family members dealt with the supernatural. Author N.E. Genge combines these ideas to make a fun and knowledge-filled book. Although billed as "The Unofficial `Charmed' Companion", this is no lightweight script adaptation or silly "Behind the Scenes" look at what Alyssa Milano likes to eat for breakfast. Instead, the first section concentrates on what a beginner or teen witch needs to have as she takes the first steps on her path of learning. The first chapter entitled "The Witches Chest", touches upon the meaning and power of many different items-herbs, gems and crystals, even everyday stuff like paper and ink. Did you know you could use hair ribbons to bind people or parts of a spell together? The second chapter, "The Witches Place", deals more with the actual altar, the private area where a witch works. Sacred items such as the athame and cauldron and their various uses in spell craft are explained. Some beginning spells are also given, like ones to protect a house and to make you or a friend more lovable. But Genge is definitely all about the learning--trying to give just a taste of arcane knowledge to the readers.Read more ›
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
I just bought this book and it is very interesting. The Book of Shadows book gives alot of insight to the Wiccan Ways and "Charmed". If you believe or do not believe in "magic" but like Charmed, this would be a book for you. I have just read certain sections of the book already but from what I have read I have liked. I highly recommend this book to all!
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56 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Sashie on July 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
I love the show Charmed which is why i bought this book, only afterwards i descovered that it wasnt what i expected it to be. This is what i was expecting: Episode guide, charector pages, behind the scenes, pictures ect. The episode guide is there, but thats about all, the rest is about spells and been a wican, so if your in to that, this is great for you and you dont even need to be a fan of the show, but if your a fan who is not in to doing the sisters activities, dont expect to get a whole lot out of the book. If you realy want an episode guide, get it anyway as its realy good, you might also get swung towards your wican ways!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann Saindon on August 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
Like everyone else when I bought this book I thought it was all about Charmed. When I got home and realized that most of it was acually about how to be wiccan I was shocked, and hid it right away from my parents. Even though I dont plan on becoming a 'witch' it was pretty neat to learn all about the diffferent herbs, tools etc. If you are looking for just a charmed book with nothng else but stuff about the show, then I suggest the official companion. However, this book is a great little add on to any collection, and its cool to know how the pointy hats and brooms acually came about.
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33 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Miss Halliwell on September 5, 2004
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I bought this book, because of its title and was really disappointed. I assumed that it would be about "charmed" as it's tille suggests "Charmed companion guide" But I was seriously wrong. I know many of You are interested in being a wiccan like the Halliwell Sisters, I am not, i just enjoy the show, and was completly uninterested in the book, execpt for the last like 20 pages, where the episode guide is. I Think the book makes fun of "Charmed", For not being completly realilstic in the magic but made fun of the actresses, and had only negative things to say about the show. However if your into witchcraft then this is a practical book, but otherwise save your money. They shouldn't have misleading titles on stuff.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sandra M. Thompson on June 13, 2007
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I am a die hard Charmed fan and my daughter has recently through re-runs caught the bug,so I ordered this book for her birthday assuming it would be like the "Book of Shadows" on the show. I expected pictures and descriptions of demons and things and the spells they'd cast on the show. It did have some of the spells, and a lot of information on the wiccan religion but, not a demon or ghost in sight. While I find wicca interesting if I wanted a book about it I'd have ordered one on the subject. In it's favor if your'e interested in the craft or in behind the scenes information on the show you'd like the book but, it's not the companion book the title suggests.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "file617w" on November 29, 2000
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Charmed is a fun show and remarkably unobjectionable to wiccans and other followers of alternative spiritual paths. The secret seems to be that no matter how much nonsense there is in it, it is true to the spirit and never harms. This book does a great job of distinguishing authentic traditions from the TV made-up stuff, and can introduce a novice (who might think "witchcraft" and "magic" look pretty cool, from watching the show, and wants an easy how-to guide) to the true traditions underlying the show - without giving too much away, either. After all, if you want real magic, you have to do it yourself, every step of the way, and you can't get that from a book; but the book is surprisingly good at conveying that concept. At the same time, for those who just want to know more about the show, this isn't an authorized book, but it has enough details from the show in it to satisfy most fans. Good job!
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