If you’ve seen any of the Charmed reboot (which is due to return for a third season in January), you’ll know that while it has some similarities to its predecessor, the setting is different from the original Charmed, which ran from 1998-2006. One of the things I loved most about the original Charmed were the mermaids, dwarves, and fairies from the magical community that the witchy sisters—Piper, Phoebe, Prue and, later, Paige—often encountered and even helped.
Charmed’s magical community is filled with all kinds of creatures from myths and legends who live in magical realms that included the Enchanted Forest, Enchanted Kingdom, and Fairy Tales Fortress. These settings are wonderful worldbuilding details—after all, where else would they live? Certainly not in P3! But as cool as these places are, they’re not as memorable as some of the original show’s standout characters: figures drawn from folklore, Greek mythology, Old Norse legends, and so much more. Here’s a look at five such magical beings and their pre-Charmed origins!