Phoebe Halliwell was born in her family manor at 1329 Prescott Street, San Francisco, California on November 2, 1975 to the Charmed Ones mother Patricia Halliwell and mortal Victor Bennett. Phoebe has two older sisters, Prue and Piper Halliwell and a younger half-sister Paige Matthews. Phoebe was named after her mother's favorite aunt.
Although Phoebe was born with the power of premonition, her maternal grandmother Penelope Halliwell bound the powers of her granddaughters to keep Nicholas from killing them and taking their powers.
Her father and maternal grandmother argued about Victor being merely human and thus unable to protect his own children from the supernatural. A disgruntled Victor eventually left his family. On February 28, 1978, Patricia was drowned fighting a water demon. Phoebe and her two older sisters were effectively orphaned and were raised by their maternal grandmother Penelope.
Phoebe was a good student, and once earned an award for student of the month. At the age of 10 Phoebe was transported by a spell cast by her future self to the year 2002, where she met two older versions of herself, her sister Piper, Piper's husband Leo Wyatt, and Phoebe's future ex-husband Cole Turner. Cole protected her from the demon Kurzon and afterward she visited the realm of Whitelighters with Leo. After she helped the older Phoebe listen to her heart about marrying Cole, she returned to her own time, where Penny quickly erased her memory of the time travel. Unlike her sisters, Piper, Prue and later, Paige, Phoebe is more susceptible to turning evil because she is the only one of the sisters who was born in the Halliwell manor.
After completing high school, Piper and Prue moved into an apartment together in North Beach where they stayed until their grandmother Penelope became ill and they moved back in with her. Prue became engaged to a man named Roger and she asked Piper to be her maid of honor.
Unfortunately, Roger began to hit on Phoebe at her bartending job and sent her flowers. When Prue found out, she accused Phoebe of coming onto him. Devastated at the accusation, Phoebe left for New York City. She also did this because she had evidence that her father, Victor, was living there. Around this time, Penny took a picture of the three. Seeing how disconnected the sisters were, Penny planned to use a potion to bind the girls' powers forever, but she died before she could use it.
Six months after her grandmothers death, having fallen on hard times, Phoebe returned to San Francisco and moved back in with her sisters. Prue was not at all welcoming to Phoebe, because she still believed she ruined her engagement. It was then that Phoebe discovered the Book of Shadows in their attic and learned that she and her sisters were members of a long line of good witches.
Phoebe has the power of premonition, a passive power. She triggers this power when she touches or is in presence of something that has an abundance of psychic energy. This power was initially uncontrollable, but in later seasons if she wanted or pleaded for a premonition, she usually got it. While her premonitions are shown as black and white in the show, it is mentioned several times Phoebe experiences them in color. As her power grew, her premonitions become more vivid to where they become slightly colored and she can hear and feel what is going on and to hold her premonition longer. (Phoebe's premonition increases in "The Eyes Have It" episode to include astral projection into her visions and also in "Hulkus Pocus" episode when she is able to interact and communicate with her future self in her premonitions).
Her premonitions are triggered by objects or strong psychic auras, making them a form of psychometry. This originally only encompassed precognition, to see the future, but grew to include retrocognition, to see the past, too. Phoebe also developed the power to trigger a vision in somebody else with similar powers, "sharing" visions with Elders and knowing how to trigger a specific "trap" premonition in Mitzy, who had stolen her powers. Kira, a powerful demonic seer, told Phoebe her powers were once limited to psychometry but they grew, like Phoebe's will in time. Phoebe's premonition powers also grew to her visions always revealing the truth, and in one episode, it gives her enhanced intuition as she was hiding to anticipate when demons were firing fireballs, and in many instances Phoebe has sidestepped and jumped out the way of incoming fireballs and energy balls with perfect timing.
At first Phoebe was unhappy with only her passive power of premonition, so she took classes in self-defense. However she realized how useful her power is when her premonition helped to revive Prue from death after a dragon warlock killed her.
Later on Phoebe obtained her first active power of levitation, to defy gravity and float in the air (but not fly). This power was uncontrollable when she first obtained it but she later gained complete control over it. She cannot usually move horizontally, and at one time, Prue has to use her telekinesis to move Phoebe over to another side of a cave while she was levitating. Phoebe usually mixed her martial arts and kick boxing with her levitating power to knock out her enemies. In Season 4, she was able to glide short distances with this power. In Season 5, she was able to propel herself through a ventilation duct with this power.
Season six saw Phoebe develop the power of empathy. Being an empath allows her to channel others' feelings. This initially caused considerable problems, as she would encounter others' emotions and act on their whims and wishes. Since powers are tied with emotions and Phoebe can feel others' emotions, she could sometimes tap into their powers. When the sisters traveled to the future, it was revealed that Phoebe had used electrical powers to kill a man named Cal Greene, although it was never clarified if this was an expansion upon or usage of an existing power or an entirely new one.
Phoebe's powers were stripped by the Tribunal because she was misusing her powers for personal gain. She received back her premonition power, but still has to show the Tribunal that she isn't misusing her powers to get her other powers back. Like the other Charmed Ones, Phoebe can also brew magical potions and recite/write spells. Even in the flash-forward in the series finale,it was never made clear if Phoebe ever did get her powers of levitation and empathy back.
Phoebe has had the most tumultuous love life of all the sisters. Early in the show, Phoebe's former boyfriend Clay came into town after helping steal a cursed urn in Egypt. He tried to have Prue auction it off, but when she learned it was stolen she had it removed from the auction. The guardian of the urn attacked Clay, and the sisters saved him. Their relationship was not exactly successful, since Clay essentially tried to give them a curse.
She started a romance with district attorney Cole Turner, who turned out to be a half-demon named Belthazor, sent to kill the Charmed Ones. Although Cole had started out using her to get close to the sisters, they fell in love. When Cole's demon half was revealed to the Charmed Ones, Phoebe helped him fake his own death and then let everyone, including her sisters, believe he was dead. Phoebe then spent time researching Cole's past, confiding only in Leo that she did not really vanquish Cole. She eventually told her sisters, which strained their sisterhood. Cole and Phoebe had a chaotic romance at best, constantly threatened by each their conflicting feelings and doubts, not to mention demonic interference. By the end of season 3, they finally commit to making the relationship work.
In Season 4, Phoebe's half-sister Paige, along with Leo, goes back in time to see why her parents died in a car accident and how she managed to survive. Two spirits, Lulu and Frankie, escape through the time portal and possess Phoebe and Cole. The two go on a crime spree, holding up a jewelry store to take a diamond engagement ring, steal a wedding gown and head to the local church, where a possessed Cole holds a gun to the reverend's throat, forcing him to marry the couple. Before they can say 'I do', the spirits of Lulu and Frankie escape their bodies, leaving Cole, bleeding to death after being shot by Darryl Morris. Leo heals him, and Phoebe and Cole vow to marry each other.
While Cole started getting nightmares of becoming the new Source, Phoebe started to get a bad feeling about her upcoming marriage, so Piper suggested she use magic to find out what her heart felt. Phoebe cast the spell to hear her heart's desire, which ended up summoning her future and past selves. Older Phoebe refused to tell Phoebe about the events of the future for fear of changing things for the worse. Younger Phoebe reminded Present Phoebe of her favorite fairy tale, Cinderella, and her dreams of finding her prince. Older Phoebe admits to Cole privately she never married him, but sacrificed herself to save Cole from a demon attack. The spell reversed itself, and Phoebe decided to go through with the wedding.
On the day of the wedding, Cole uses his evil magic to bring chaos into his bride's life: he made her wedding gown bigger, and reorganized the letters on the tag to say "Millie Platt", blaming the mess on Paige. To make up for it, Paige gives Phoebe an all-natural face cream, but Cole intervenes again, making the cream give Phoebe acne. To prove she is not sabotaging the wedding, Paige casts a vanishing spell to get rid of Phoebe's pimples, but instead make Phoebe disappear completely. In the meantime, Cole, with the help of the Seer, seeks to stop his own "White Wedding" in order to coax Phoebe into a Dark one. While the girls prepare for the ceremony, Cole unleashes a Lazarus Demon and orders him to attack at the White ceremony. The sisters transfer the vanishing spell from Phoebe to Paige. Phoebe's father, Victor Bennett walks her down the aisle, but the Lazarus Demon attacks and eventually Phoebe leaves Cole at the altar. Paige is nearly killed, but Leo heals her and the wedding is canceled.
Just when the girls think there's nothing that can be done, they come up on a Dark chapel in the Mausoleum, and unbeknownst to Phoebe, Leo and her sisters, a Dark Priest marries them. While Cole becomes even more evil, no one knows he is the Source yet. To her shock, Phoebe finds herself to be pregnant; unknowingly, she is carrying the next Source. During the pregnancy, she began manifesting the ability to shoot flames from her hands and to teleport. Cole attempted to give up his position of Source of All Evil to an evil wizard, but failed when Phoebe used her baby's powers to kill the Wizard. She then joined Cole as his queen. Phoebe tried to live the life of evil, as a combination of hormones and demonic potions made her so cranky, she ended up vanquishing a good number of Cole's demons. She tried to play both sides of good and evil, but realizing she could not, Phoebe rejoined her sisters in opposing Cole. Together they cast a spell which used the power of their ancestors to vanquish Cole.
After Cole died, he ended up in the demonic Wasteland, where all demons go after being vanquished. His powers as the Source were absorbed by the creature there, but he survived by clinging to his love for Phoebe. Although he tried to get Phoebe to help bring him back to life, she refused and asked him to move on. When Cole learned he could absorb the powers of other demons when they were killed in the Wasteland, he collected an impressive array of abilities and escaped, just in time to save Phoebe's life.
Phoebe was transformed into a mermaid by a spell, but was turned back when she admitted her love for Cole. Phoebe told Cole that their relationship was completely over and pushed through with trying to obtain a divorce. Despite Cole's efforts to pursue her, Phoebe realized how dangerous their relationship could be and tried to move on with her life, beginning to date other men.
In one final effort to win Phoebe back, Cole cast a spell which altered reality, making it so that the Power of Three had never been reconstituted after Prue's death which meant they would never have met their long lost half-sister Paige. He was disappointed to find that in this other reality, he was trapped in a loveless marriage with Phoebe, who only remained his wife to protect Piper from being killed. By altering reality in this way, Cole resumed his former identity of Belthazor, making him vulnerable to being vanquished. Because Paige also crossed realities, she was able to unite with her sisters to vanquish Cole once and for all and reversed the effects of his spell.
Phoebe then dated the new owner of the paper she writes for, Jason Dean (played by Eric Dane). Their relation was very serious and Phoebe even went to live with Jason in Hong Kong. After 15 months, Jason finally finds out Phoebe is a witch, as opposed to her telling him. He reacts negatively, and they ultimately break up.
After Phoebe had a vision about life without demons and her being pregnant, Phoebe does math and decides she needs to find a husband urgently. She uses her empathy to find out if her dates feel love or committed, and if they do not she dumps them. She even went so far as to force her premonitions, so she can have more time for her dates. Her active powers were stripped because of this abuse.
Much later, Phoebe decided to take a sabbatical from work. Her editor Elise Rothman, instead of just rerunning Phoebe's column for two months, hired a ghostwriter, Leslie St. Claire (played by Nick Lachey). Phoebe immeadiately fell in lust with him, though she did not want her column to be written by a male writer. After a brief tryst, Phoebe eventually got her column back as well as her power of premonitions. Leslie moved on after his ghostwriting job was over,feeling that Phoebe has too much to hide for his taste (Phoebe kept on standing him up at their dates, and never explained it--she was always doing witch-related activities).
Phoebe gained a romantic interest in the new literature teacher at Magic School, Drake. Unfortunately his only problem was that he was destined to die after two weeks. However, he managed to fulfill his mission; he was sent by none other than Cole, to restore Phoebe's faith in love.
At the beginning of season 8, Phoebe had a premonition that she would marry an acquaintance named Dex Lawson. She decided to pursue a relationship with him, and later married him while under a spell gone awry. Instead of getting the marriage annuled, she convinced Dex to stay married to her. When Phoebe revealed to him she is a witch, Dex had a similar reaction to Jason's (rather negative). He learned that his relationship with Phoebe was solely motivated by spells and premontions, not Phoebe's own heart. When Phoebe agreed with this conclusion, they annuled the marriage and broke up.
Later in season 8, Phoebe falls in love with a Cupid named Coop. It was revealed in the series finale, that the elders sent Coop to Phoebe hoping that she would fall in love with him to make up for a little of what she had lost through the years. Although it is "against the rules" for a Cupid to find love for themselves, the Elders lifted this restriction for Phoebe. The finale shows that in the future Coop and Phoebe are married by the Angel of Destiny in Magic School and that they will have three girls. As a sidenote Phoebe almost fell in love with another Cupid who had to leave her to keep his job.
Phoebe's destined marriage with Coop fulfills the prophecy that her true love's name begins with the letter "C". While it may seem in the beginning that it was Cole, especially since she was married to him (but later divorced), it shows that Cole might have been Phoebe's great love, and Coop is her real soulmate and true love.
After graduating from college with a B.A in Psychology, Phoebe lands a steady and successful job as a journalist specializing as an advice columnist for the newspaper, "The Bay Mirror". Her column is titled "Ask Phoebe." She attends graduate school to further her studies in Psychology while working for the newspaper, but was forced to fake her own death and assume a new identity after vanquising Zankou. It is never mentioned whether she resumes her studies or not. In the future, she publishes a best-selling book.
Prior to her work at "The Bay Mirror", Phoebe had accepted multiple odd jobs (especially during her six-month stay in New York). Upon her return to San Francisco in the autumn of 1998, she had been a bartender, a hotel lounge psychic, a hospital volunteer, and an executive secretary at SWA Properties, a real estate company.
Phoebe and her older sisters Prue and Piper were collectively called the "Charmed Ones". They served as powerful good witches who protected the innocent as best as they could.
Out of all the sisters, Phoebe is seen to be the master of spell-writing. Phoebe authored a spell for vanquishing The Source that used the power of the Halliwell's witch ancestors. She also helped The Seer to put the Hollow back in its crypt.
After the death of her sister Prue, Phoebe met a woman named Paige Matthews at the funeral. It turned out that Paige was her younger half-sister. Phoebe and Cole witnessed Paige inadvertently orb out from a demonic attack, and realized that she was half Whitelighter. Phoebe and Piper helped convince Paige to join them and recreate the Charmed Ones, and subsequently vanquished Prue's demonic killer, Shax.
We often see Phoebe being the first to discover facts: Phoebe was the one who first discovered that they are the Charmed Ones, beginning with a series of events with their old spirit board up until she got to the Book of Shadows in the attic. She also was the first one to know that Leo was their Whitelighter, catching him while levitating to replace a light bulb. Leo made Phoebe swear not to tell her sisters about him. She revealed the truth to her sisters, but they thought she was just joking around. Phoebe followed a wolf that she saw in the hallway of the Magic School. The wolf lead Phoebe to Enola the shaman, a student at the school, who sent Phoebe on a vision quest to help her see her own future more clearly. On her quest, Phoebe finally managed to reach the portal that took her to the future. There she saw Piper, an older Wyatt, and a younger boy that turns out to be Piper's second son, Paige had become a teacher at the school, Phoebe is pregnant with a little girl, and they are living a life without demons. Wyatt's brother approaches her, saying, "Aunt Phoebe, we need your help," and she is returned to the present to hear Chris asking, "Phoebe, can you help us?" Phoebe thus becomes the first one to know that Chris Perry is actually Chris Halliwell, her nephew and Piper and Leo's second son.
Chris tried to enlist Phoebe's help to get his parents back together, but Phoebe felt that meddling with Piper and Leo's relationship would be wrong. As Chris tried to persuade his aunt to join his cause, Phoebe gets a premonition and they go to a Middle Eastern desert where they rescue a female genie named Jinny from her demonic master. Jinny says that she wrote to Phoebe because her former master, Bosk, is trying to raise an ancient demonic city the lost city of Zanbar and she thought that if Phoebe became her master, Phoebe would wish her free so that Bosk could not use her to resurrect the city.
Bosk soon enough attacked the manor, and because of his protective amulet that blocked her vanquishing potion, Phoebe wished Jinny free. Apparently, Jinny was actually a demon, and she could only be freed only at the expense of the one who freed her, so now Phoebe would have to pay the price: she had become a genie herself, with Chris as her new master. Chris accidentally wished for Leo to get over his issues with Chris, and Phoebe made Leo become very friendly toward Chris. Chris decided to take advantage of the situation and wished for Piper and Leo to sleep together and it worked, just not as he planned: Piper and Leo fall asleep on the floor. Richard takes the genie bottle, with Phoebe in it, and attempts to use it to have Paige love him forever. To make up for his mistake, Richard wishes Phoebe free, and Phoebe and Paige manage to get Jinny back in the bottle.
Later, the Charmed Ones go on to trial against Barbas the demon. He admits to meditating a plan to trick them out of their powers, but argued that he still had a point the Charmed Ones are risky with their magic. He turns the bulk of his accusation against Phoebe, who had recently been using potions to force premonitions; an action Paige believed might have led to Inspector Sheridan catching them. The Tribunal reversed their decision to kill their ally Darryl Morris, but they decided Phoebe must suffer the consequences for using her powers for personal gain. She lost her powers of premonitions, levitation, and empathy. This was a "temporary" punishment, and she had the possibility of earning them back if she used her magic correctly.
Phoebe earned her power of premonition back again, but her powers of empathy and levitation were much harder to come by. She and her sisters participated in the Avatars' plan to change the world into a utopia. However, Phoebe's power of premonition revealed the truth and showed that trauma and death and sacrifice could not be covered up by the Avatars. The world was returned to what it once was, but a powerful demon named Zankou was released from his prison. He attempted to gain control of the manor to receive the power of the Nexus. By turning the Book of Shadows against the sisters, Zankou was able to use the spell and potion to steal a witch's powers. Zankou stole Phoebe's power of premonition so that he could anticipate their attacks and see what they were doing.
Phoebe and her sisters destroyed Zankou and the Nexus. Everyone, both normal and supernatural, believed they were dead. This was their chance to finally get a normal life. Phoebe's new alias was Julie Bennett and everyone else but her loved ones could only see her "new look". They soon realized that hiding from their identities was a mistake however, so after consulting Homeland Security, Phoebe and her sisters returned to their normal lives.
Phoebe got her old job back and was dating a guy named Dex Lawson, who she had a premonition of marrying. She did marry Dex while under a spell from her ward Billie Jenkins. The marriage was annulled since both participants were not in their right state of mind. Phoebe was no longer romancing Dex. Phoebe lost her faith in her gift, until she had another premonition of the future. She was talking to her older self 6 years from now, and she was still supposed to have a daughter.
Phoebe soon moved out of the manor. She got her own apartment in the city.
When Phoebe found out that Billie was the Ultimate Power, she was reluctant to vanquish her and she and Piper were at a disagreement until a spell was cast on her because of Billie. She and her sisters had to hide out in the Underworld, as the magical community had turned their backs on them.
Phoebe married Coop the Cupid in the series finale. They will have three daughters. Phoebe has turned into a warlock, a banshee, the Queen of the Underworld, a mermaid, a superhero, a Greek goddess (of Love), a genie, a ghost, a mummy, a witch beast that came out during a blue moon (along with Piper and Paige), a 1950s housewife and was trapped in the body of an evil sorceress.