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 Skull (I think it's just a basic skull, not sure though)
  • I'm not sure what your goal is, but if you want visual representations, you can probably find screengrabs from the TV series.
    – Force Flow
    Commented Sep 26, 2012 at 15:11
  • @forceflow his attire in the tv show is almost completely different than in the books.
    – DForck42
    Commented Sep 26, 2012 at 15:32
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    I would love to see the costume when it's put together! Can you post a photo?
    – NiceOrc
    Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 22:36

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In Grave Peril, the silver ring is described as "a plain silver ring, its interior surface inscribed with a number of runes", worn on the right hand. By Small Favor, Harry has upgraded -- "there was one of them on each finger, a band made of three rings woven into a braid."

Small Favor describes the blasting rod as "a simple wooden rod, a couple of feet long, heavily carved with sigils and runes".

The staff is described as "heavy", "carved wood" and a "solid length of oak". It's quite long, judging by this:

Luccio sat beside Gard with her slender staff and her silver rapier resting on the floorboards between her feet, though my own staff was a lot longer and had to slant back between the front seats and past Gard’s head, up into the rear window well.

It's possibly also carved with runes--

his right hand he carried a wooden staff carved with runes that looked almost precisely like my own

-- and, although Storm Front refers to it as "pale, smooth wood", Blood Rites says "I focused it on my staff, and the sigils and runes carved along its surface became suddenly suffused with eye-searing scarlet light."

In Grave Peril, both wand and blasting rod are described as "freshly carved and still a little green around the edges".

ETA: as per Joakim Elofsson's comment, Ghost Story has the staff as "six feet of oak" with "[r]unes and sigils carved in a tight spiral down the length".

In Storm Front, the shield bracelet is described as a "bracelet of tiny medieval-style shields" and "bracelet of silver shields"; that one is destroyed and replaced. In Death Masks it's "a silver bracelet dangling a dozen tiny, medieval-style shields" but Small Favor describes the redesigned bracelet as "made of a braid of many metals, the chain of the bracelet was hung with multiple charms in the shape of medieval shields."

Bob's skull is described in Storm Front as a "bleached white human skull." It's "a few hundred years" old. When Bob is talking, "a pair of lights came up in the empty sockets of the skull, orangish, flickering like candle flames." It has a bottom jaw - "his bony teeth rattled when his mouth clicked closed again."

  • is there a size reference for the blasting rod anywhere?
    – DForck42
    Commented Jan 18, 2012 at 20:37
  • Small Favor has "a couple of feet long"? There's also "a length of wood a little longer than my forearm, carved over with runes and sigils" in Death Masks. In Fool Moon, it's heavy enough to be swung like a baseball bat, though that could just imply strong rather than thick. Commented Jan 18, 2012 at 20:42
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    Ghost Story has "Runes and sigils carved in a tight spiral down the length of the staff. I took a deep breath and once more felt the solid power of my wizard's staff, six feet of oak as big around as my own circled thumb and finger, ..." ch40 Commented Sep 25, 2012 at 22:49
  • Bob's Skull is also heavily covered with runes. This is made more clear in later books, and mentioned extensively in Skin Game. By this point, Harry also only has his staff remaining, but he's carved some very interesting runes into it.
    – Jeff
    Commented Jun 20, 2014 at 14:39
  • The blasting rod is smaller than a baseball bat, or a sword/umbrella, as he can keep it in his coat pockets, and does not keep it in the trash can by the door next to his staff, umbrellas, and the Swords.
  • The original force ring was a simple ring, but later he melded several together (either 3 or 5, I cannot rememeber).
  • Bob's skull is mentioned to have binding runes inscribed, and is shown as such when you look at screencaps from the TV show, they did it justice.
  • The staff is known to have been made of lightning-struck oak (He mentions this in passing to Ebeneezer in ... Cold Days?). I always assumed it was relatively formless, but when he has Lash riding shotgun, there are sigils that glow with hellfire on both the staff and blasting rod.
  • I don't remember much about how he describes his shield braclet(s) but I do remember that what they had on TV was very wrong. It looked cool, but didn't match.
  • His necklace has been reproduced by the internet ad nauseum, but they rarely include his mother's gemstone from the later books.
  • The mention of his staff being made of lightning struck oak is from several books, but the one your referring to is from Changes, when Eb arrives at Chichen Itza.
    – AerusDar
    Commented Apr 15, 2014 at 23:59

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