An urban fantasy series written by Jim Butcher, following Chicago's first (and only) Wizard P.I. as he takes odd jobs and consults on supernatural crimes, trying to keep the city safe.

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In the Dresden Files, why does Nicodemus Archleone find Mouse so startling/threatening?

The Setup Nicodemus is a fearless sociopath with millenia of accumulated knowledge, a nearly flawless dueling record, and the support of Anduriel, who can suppress magic at will, gain situational ...
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Harry making a deal with the devil (Dresden Files)

In Changes, Harry first called Uriel, then he resorted to Mab's offer - becoming winter Knight. I believe that later on (either Ghost Story, Cold Days, or Skin Game) there is one moment where Harry ...
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In the Harry Dresdenverse do you have to say something to use evocation?

In the world of Harry Dresden we always see him use Fuego or Forzare to use his evocation magic, usually shouting it in the process. Can other Wizards say an evocation and only mouth a word?
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How did Harry Dresden get his hands on depleted uranium?

Grave Peril, the third Dresden Files book, opens with Harry and Michael working together to exorcise a malicious ghost. Harry carries with him some "ghost dust", containing depleted uranium as a ...
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Has Jim ever explained, what Murphy writes in her reports?

Dresden multiple times says, that Murphy has to "explain the unexplainable" to her superior, who don't believe in the world of supernatural... but I don't recall that at any place its explained HOW ...
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Who is Oberon in the Dresden-verse?

The names Titania and Mab both come to us from Shakespeare, through A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet, respectively. Both are described as queen of the faeries and the consort of Oberon, ...
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Why the “doughnut gambit” saved Dresden?

In "Small favor", Harry has to fulfil the task for Winter Queen Mab and save Marcone and Archive/Ivy. At the same time the Summer Queen Titania sends her assassins champions to kill him as a payback ...
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Why the “Parasite” didn't want Dresden to know about its true nature?

At the beginning of "Cold Days" Dresden finds out that there is something living in his skull, that gives him enormous headaches: My head was starting to ache again. Dammit, this was all I needed. ...
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Why is Queen Mab not angry at Dresden for breaking his oath?

Warning - this question contains significant spoilers from "Changes" and "Ghost Story". In "Changes", a wounded Dresden is forced to ask Queen Mab for help. She is a bit worried that Harry will try ...
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Origin of Unseelie Accord

Probably the most important law document in the "Dresden Files" universe is the "Unseelie Accords", which is similar to the Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations. According to linked page, it has ...
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Why there is so little healing magic in Dresden Files?

Related to Magic In Dresden Files Universe Magic in the Dresden Files universe is insanely powerful - with a bit of effort (and sufficient energy source - i.e. caster's will) they can cast fire, ...
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In which book and chapter does Harry Dresden use Lasciel to see in the dark?

This question involves minor spoilers involving Lasciel, read with caution. There is a section in one of the books where, In which book and chapter did this happen?
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What was the third occasion when the Chicago PD fought supernatural opponents?

From Small Favour, chapter 17: "We've gone up against the supernatural three times", she [Murphy] said quietly. "It's ended badly twice." We meaning the cops, of course. I nodded. One ...
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Why did the ghouls refer to Harry as “Great One”

In Jim Butcher's book "White Knight" in the Dresden Files series, when Harry uses Lasciel to speak to the ghouls, they always referred to him as "great one" in their language. Why did they refer to ...
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Who/what killed all the fae at Arctis Tor?

In Jim Butcher's book "Proven Guilty", a book in the Dresden Files series, Harry and gang go to Arctis Tor, the stronghold of the winter fae, in search of Charity's daughter Molly who was brought ...
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Is there a group in Dresden Files that keeps the supernatural world secret?

In the Dresden files universe is there a group or organization that keeps the supernatural world secret and cleans up the mess? Like, for instance, the cleaners in Underworld and Charmed, or ...
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Magic In Dresden Files Universe

In The Dresden Files universe is there a limit to what magic can do ? And how does it compare to other magic in different series like harry potter for example?
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Is killing monsters with magic considered to be breaking the first law of magic?

What about halfbreeds? I find it a bit subjective on what is the difference between, say, frying a fey to death and frying a human to death, with magic. Is the difference having a human soul? How ...
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Did Jim Butcher screw up? [duplicate]

In the latest Dresden File novel Dresden and Valmont say that Nicodemus hired Valmont and the church mice to steal the shroud of Turin, but in the book where it occured it was Marcone that hired them ...
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Did Bob the Skull ever have a body?

In Ghost Story, Bob said that he "never had a soul or a body". But wasn't his spirit bound to the skull as punishment for something he did when he was alive? I thought he was a wizard back in the day? ...
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How does Harry Dresden know about “Parkour!”?

In Skin Game, Harry performs multiple parkour moves while shouting "Parkour!", which sounds like a reference to The Office episode "Gossip" where the characters jumped around their office, shouting ...
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In The Dresden Files, is Harry still beholden to the White Council?

Is Harry Dresden still a member of the White Council and still constrained by their laws, subject to their justice? In the latest novels he seems to still care about what the council thinks but it ...
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Why didn't Harry Dresden try to know more about his mother?

I was reading Blood Rites when I came to a passage where And he was really surprised. Earlier in the series, I have seen him call up some demon and asking questions about another person (Fool ...
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How powerful is the Archive?

As far as I remember from the Dresden files, the Archive is an immortal being that needs a human host. It knows everything that was written down. Ever. And as far as I know this includes digital ...
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Who was Nicodemus talking about near the end of Skin Games?

When talking with Nicodemus assures this character that his plan will keep them "safe from the Enemy". Was he referring to God, Nicodemus's traditional chief enemy, or was he talking about We ...
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Death Curses and Near Death Experiences in the Dresden Files

In the Dresden Files a Wizard can cast a Death Curse; a final, vengeful burst of magic that feeds off their life energy. This was established before the energy/soul distinction, so which one Harry was ...
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Skin Game - latest Dresden Novel

In the newest book, Dresden comments on page 139 that "...I really didn't feel like making a run on Hades' vault..." However, at that point in the book, (and I have not gone back to read it ...
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Who hired the Churchmice to steal the Shroud of Turin?

In Skin Game (chapter 9) Harry tells Ascher that Nicodemus once hired the Churchmice to steal the Shroud of Turin (back in Death Masks). Anna Valmont later appears to confirm this. By my ...
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How do death curses work?

This question contains spoilers from various books in the series. In order for a death curse to have a long lasting effect, it has to be anchored to something. For example On the other hand, ...
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Why did Heather Bram not get cured?

In Hair of the Dog they say that the death of the nineth werewolf from the same bloodline makes the damnation disappear. We see the FBI agent get cured when her boyfriend dies. Why does Heather not ...
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In the Dresden Universe, does hurting (but not killing) a mortal with magic go against the laws?

I know that the laws of magic prevent (or at least greatly discourage) a spell-slinger to kill or remove a being's free will, but what about just hurting a mortal and not actually killing them? For ...
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Why the invitation in Dresdenverse are not more complex

In Dresdenverse the invitations through the threshold are big issue. Some beings cannot enter at all (Ghosts for example) while others have large portion of their magical power stripped (for example ...
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Does Harry Dresden 'Level Up' After Each Book?

I spun this out as an offhand comment on this question but it made me think about it. When we first meet Harry in Storm Front his powers are quite weak for a wizard and as the series progresses he ...
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Does the existence of the Archive make the Oblivion War unwinnable? [Mild Spoilers]

In the Dresden Files, there's an effort known as the Oblivion War, to sever the connection that old gods and their ilk have to the mortal world. The way to do this is to remove these gods from mortal ...
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Have we seen any of the babies Michael and Harry saved again?

In Dresden Files book 3, Grave Peril, Harry and Michael Carpenter confront the ghost of Agatha Hagglethorn in the maternity ward of a hospital. Agatha is in the process of murdering the newborns by ...
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When did Harry's Power Levels begin being acknowledged?

I've just re-read Summer Knight, and in it, there's a lot of mentions of how outmatched Harry always is. Now I'm listening to Dead Beat, which is the seventh book in the series, and it's talking about ...
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How is Molly connected to the Fae prior to the events of Cold Days?

At the very end of Cold Days, Molly As far as I can remember there's no information on Molly not being Michael's daughter. Is this somewhere in one of the books? Is Molly's father someone else? ...
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Dresden Files, TV show vs Books

I enjoyed the Dresden Files TV show and am considering the first book in the series. I was wondering how much the TV show differed from the books, what are the main differences?
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Can the White Court vampires turn humans into new vampires?

In the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher there were a few mentions of vampires turning humans into new vampires by the Red Court and the Black Court, but I can not recall if it can be done by the ...
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What happened to Harry's items?

At the end of Changes, Harry ends up in the lake. At the end of Ghost Story, we find him underneath the island with Mab and Demonreach, naked I believe. When Harry entered the lake he should have ...
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Is The Sorcerer's Apprentice inspired by Harry Dresden?

I just read a transcription of a conference Q&A session with Jim Butcher wherein he makes this comment: I'm willing to forgive Hollywood for the first iteration of the DF and the Sorcerer's ...
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In the Dresden Books, is there any quantified hierarchy among the Sidhe Court political structure?

I don't know of any spoiler tags to hide things, so I'll be vague: it's recently become more relevant where the Summer/Winter Queens, Ladies, Knights sit. So in terms of power: how does, say, the ...
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What is the 'special hell' that Bob refers to in Cold Days?

In Cold Days from the Dresden Files there is this small exchange: Harry doesn't get the reference and neither do I. What 'special hell' is Bob referring to?
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In the Dresdenverse, can Wizards detect each other?

This is actually the only way I could think to phrase my question without the question itself being a spoiler (for several of the later books after Proven Guilty), so bear with me. Now, I know that ...
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Does Harry Dresden of the Dresden Files book series wear a hat?

I know he wears a hat on the cover of every book in the series. But, does it ever actually mention him wearing a hat in the books?
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Harry Dresden Item Descriptions

I am working on creating a Harry Dresden costume. As such, I need the descriptions from the series for the following items (I can't find them): Silver rings Blasting Rod Staff Shield Bracelet Bob's ...
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In the Dresden Files, how did Harry's dad die?

I was researching the Dresden Files, and I know that the TV series doesn't follow the books very well. One subject was Harry's father and his death. In the books, how did Harry's dad die?
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What was Dresden referencing here?

Harry Dresden's 11th book, Turn Coat features a massive throwdown which features a potent group of people: fighting against Every single one of them (excepting Harry's followers) showed up to ...
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How did Stevie D. find Harry and who hired him?

In the book Changes, a hitman named Stevie D. was hired by someone with Susan's description to try to kill Harry. After finishing the book, I'm still unclear as to the motivation behind this and ...
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Where/when is the Jade Court first mentioned?

I have seen mentions of the Jade court of vampires pop up recently, even in my book for the Dresden Files RPG. However, I have absolutely no recolelction of them being mentioned in the books. Where ...