Chris Halliwell

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Christopher Perry Halliwell
Charmed character
Upper body shot of handsome young man wearing a white t-shirt and black leather coat, arms are crossed
Drew Fuller as Chris
First appearance Oh My Goddess (Part 1)
Last appearance Forever Charmed
Created by Brad Kern
Portrayed by Drew Fuller
Aliases Chris Perry
Species Witch
Family Piper Halliwell, Leo Wyatt (parents)
Wyatt Matthew Halliwell, Prudence Melinda Halliwell (siblings)
Prue Halliwell, Phoebe Halliwell, Paige Matthews (aunts)

Christopher Perry "Chris" Halliwell is a fictional character on The WB television series Charmed. He is played by actor Drew Fuller. He is the son of Piper Halliwell and Leo Wyatt.

Character's background[edit]

Christopher is the youngest son of Piper Halliwell and Leo Wyatt born on November 16, 2004 . He is the third known "Whitelighter hybrid" on the show. He is named after Leo's father, Christopher Wyatt, and it is unknown where his middle name of Perry came from.

Chris first appeared in Charmed to warn the Charmed Ones of the impending danger of the Titans.[episodes 1] He claimed to be a Whitelighter from the future but could not answer all their questions, as they might affect the future in ways they could not foresee. Although he was helpful in the defeat of the Titans, he orchestrated the promotion of Leo as an Elder, thus separating Piper and Leo.[episodes 1]

When Leo left to stay in the Heavens, Chris was appointed the Charmed Ones' new Whitelighter.[episodes 1] Leo was suspicious of him because he would not reveal his full history. As Leo departed, Chris scattered Leo's orbs and sent him to Valhalla.[episodes 1] Later, Chris uses his telekinesis to kill a Valkyrie by crushing her heart. Chris began sending the Charmed Ones after numerous Demons with little or no explanation, with a focus and passion reminiscent of Prue. He also had several side agendas which were not revealed for some time. He was forced to take a potion to block Phoebe Halliwell's newly emerged empath powers so that she would be unable to read him. Leo later uncovered evidence that he had killed two Valkyries but opted not to use it because Chris had finally earned the Charmed Ones' trust. Chris had tried to warn the sisters of the danger, but they turned a deaf ear to it and he decided to teach them a lesson. He told the demon that was after the sisters about their desires, which the demon used to create alternate realities to destroy them. Meanwhile, Chris stole a sample of the demon's blood to make a potion and vanquish him before he actually does kill the sisters. But before he could throw the potion, the demon seriously wounds him with a darklighter's arrow and the only thing Chris manages to do is to gather all his strength to unite (telekinesis) the two worlds where Phoebe and Paige are trapped, so they can figure out a way to help Piper, too. The sisters get rid of the demon and manage to call Leo to heal Chris just in time, as he was almost dead. The Halliwell sisters learn to listen to Chris when he is trying to warn them about something.

Leo still doesn't trust Chris, since he's not telling them anything about himself and just says that he is there to prevent Wyatt from turning evil. His mistrust leads Leo to spy on Chris and find out that he has the ability to create a time portal (though not able to control it) where he and Chris are stuck (risking to be eaten by dinosaurs and captured by Confederate Americans who take them for Yankees) because of him. There Chris surprises Leo by saving his life; rather a strange thing considering that Leo was blaming him for trapping him in the island in an attempt to get rid of him. It is also revealed from hereon in that Chris has many contacts within the Underworld, and may even have infiltrated the Underworld at multiple stages in his life.

Leo and Chris remain at odds, though Chris did unintentionally use a wish from a Genie to gain Leo's trust, friendship and forgiveness.[episodes 2] It wasn't until Phoebe saw a brown-haired younger brother of Wyatt several years in the future in a vision quest, that she uncovered the truth that Chris was her nephew and Piper's son.[episodes 3] When she confronted Chris about this, he finally "got busted" and said "only if I can get Piper and Leo back together in time". After telling Phoebe this, he enlisted her help to have Piper and Leo sleep together so he could be conceived before he would cease to exist. Phoebe/Genie puts Piper and Leo to sleep. With them fast asleep, Phoebe helpless in the bottle stolen by Paige's boyfriend and Paige trying to convince him to return the bottle, Chris is left all alone against the Genie/Demoness who threatens him she will kill his parents if he doesn't orb her to the bottle. Meanwhile, Paige finds out the truth as well. When she and Phoebe are turned into ghosts, Phoebe enters the Demoness's body and makes her the same old Genie again. Everything goes back to normal and the only problem is that Chris has started to fade away and will disappear if his aunts don't help him with his parents. He hears Phoebe tell Paige that it might be for the better; after all he came to warn them about Wyatt and he did that. While Paige and Phoebe are at a loss when they realise he heard that, he calms them down saying that he had thought of that himself and now that he feels he's floating, it's already too late to do anything about it. After asking them to take care of themselves and each other Chris fades completely, but is conceived thanks to a night spent in the ghostly plane between Piper and a mortally wounded Leo.[episodes 4] Chris, Phoebe, and Paige managed to rescue them from this alternate world and have Gideon heal Leo from his Darklighter arrow wound just in time.

With the sisters knowing about his true identity now Chris tries to stay away from them, especially from Piper for as much as possible. Piper thinks he hates her and turns to her father for help to understand Chris's attitude. Apparently Chris is in a very good relationship with his grandfather and reveals to him that Piper was supposed to die when he was only 14, he says it would hurt him to go back after meeting her here and spending time with her and find her dead. Victor helps him understand that he has to spend as much time with Piper as he can, making sure she knows he loves her. Leo is gone and he does not know about Piper's pregnancy, moreover he doesn't know that Chris is his son, but he soon finds out. Later, while on top of the Golden Gate Bridge, Leo asks Chris why he hates him so much. Chris tells him it doesn't matter, but Leo tells him that it does to him. Chris tells Leo that he was never there for him growing up. He was there for Piper, Wyatt, and the world, but never for him. Leo tells Chris that maybe he came from the future to not only save Wyatt, but to save their relationship as well to which Chris bitterly replies that he doubts it. When Chris is arrested for stealing a car in an attempt to chase a demon, Leo orbs into the jail to break Chris out. Chris is surprised that Leo is breaking the rules of an Elder. Leo tells him that it doesn't matter because he is his son and he cares for him more than the rules the Elders have set. Chris is happy to hear that; now he knows his father will always be there for him when he needs him, unlike the Leo from his future and the two begin to bond.

Gideon messes with the two opposite worlds to get Wyatt, and as a result the world changes so that everybody is too happy, too law-obedient. While in labor with baby Chris, Piper's been affected by the changes to their reality, and had her fears concerning her sisters stimulated by Barbas, the Demon of Fear. She casts a spell on Paige and Phoebe to forget that Gideon is responsible for Wyatt turning evil, to protect them, but it turns them also into obedient, happy people, unable to help with the fight. It's up to Leo and Chris to fix it all, to save the balance in the universe. While Leo is at the hospital facing Barbas, Chris is left at the Manor watching Wyatt. When Chris suspects something isn't right, he tries to get Wyatt out of the Manor, but is attacked by Gideon. Chris fights Gideon away from Wyatt, and when he sees Gideon disappear with a knife, he rushes to get Wyatt out of the Manor, but Gideon reappears, stabbing him in the stomach. The wounded Chris falls to the floor and calls for Leo before Gideon orbs out with Wyatt. Leo tries healing Chris, but is unable to. Chris tells him that he has to save Wyatt, but Leo says he refuses to choose between which son to save. Chris tells him that he won't because saving Wyatt will save him too. Leo asks him to hold on and not to give up to which Chris answers "You either". His body disappeared as he died, however, proving that he had changed the future and that perhaps an alternate Chris with different memories would survive. The news that their nephew is critically injured resorted Phoebe and Paige to their natural selves. Leo unites with his evil counterpart from the opposite world at a mirror which Gideon used to open a portal between the world's in his office at Magic School. The two Leo's agree that to restore balance it is necessary to commit "a great evil," after which the portal is destroyed. However, by his act Leo forfeits the trust of The Elders. Hours after the future Chris's death, the present Chris was born.

In the final episode, a very much alive Chris once again arrives from the future, this time with Wyatt in tow, because young Wyatt's powers were taken from him by The Hollow, rendering future Wyatt powerless. Since this Chris comes from a future in which Wyatt remains good, he is a different Chris from the one who died at Gideon's hands. However, although he should be the new Chris and not the one who went back to the future to save Wyatt, Piper asks Chris if he still remembers how to get to his grandpa's, which indicates that he still has some memory of being the past Chris. Another explanation could be that in Chris' future, his grandpa (Victor Bennett) still lives in the same apartment.

Powers and abilities[edit]

As an adult he has the powers of telekinesis and orbing. Unlike Paige, he normally uses the conventional form of telekinesis (the same as his Aunt Prue).[episodes 2] However, he has been observed to use telekinetic orbing at certain times. He can, because of his witch ancestry, cast spells. Also shown at the end of the episode Oh My Goddess (Part 2), he used some form of magic to scatter Leo's orbs and send him away (presumably to Valhalla as shown in the next episode Valhalley of the Dolls (Part 1)). Present-day baby Chris came into his powers at the end of Season 8 when Wyatt and Victor were playing candy land, he changed the blue card to a double red and he then orbs his brother Wyatt away from Billie and Christy, upon request of his grandfather.[episodes 5]

On one occasion when Leo was spying on him Chris rushed out of the time portal he had created. Chris is also known to possess extensive knowledge of the Underworld acquired in the future, and even has many contacts in the Underworld, including a demon he summoned to scan for evil in Wyatt, and the demon potion maker he contacted to create the empath blocking potion he required for the sisters.

Chris is not as powerful as his brother, who is the subject of an ancient prophecy and considered to be one of the most powerful witches ever to walk the earth. However, he is extremely powerful in his own right as a result of both his Charmed and Whitelighter/Elder lineages. For instance, he was easily able to phase and crush a Valkyrie's heart in mere seconds, the same ability his brother used against him in an alternate reality when Wyatt was evil.

He is shown to have a wide variety of Whitelighter-specific powers, such as the ability to orb to the heavens or hear the call of his charge, which in one episode ("I Dream of Phoebe") he commented on having Aunt Phoebe "put on mute".[episodes 2] His future incarnation told Paige that he has yet to develop the power to heal.

Episode footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Oh My Goddess (Part 1)". Charmed. 2003-05-11. The WB Television Network. 
  2. ^ a b c "I Dream of Phoebe". Charmed. 2004-02-15. The WB Television Network. 
  3. ^ "The Legend of Sleepy Halliwell". Charmed. 2004-02-08. The WB Television Network. 
  4. ^ "The Courtship of Wyatt's Father". Charmed. 2004-02-22. The WB Television Network. 
  5. ^ "Kill Billie Vol. 2". Charmed. 2006-05-14. The WB Television Network. 


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