There is something that does not add up in the whole Harry - He Who Walks Behind affair...
According to Uriel every action undertaken by Outsider or Fallen One that does not pass the "free will violation" and "death in result" test needs to be addressed to balance the scales. Obviously sending the Outsider after Harry was a matter of choice for JDM, and according to rules Outsider is basically his tool in that "operation" (similar to Harry employing werewolves and pixies against Aurora), so no problem there... Except of killing of Stan...
When Harry had to deal with a demon sent after him by a warlock (Storm Front) collateral damage was certainly a possibility, but only as an accident. The toad demon did not go on a rampage across town until released by Harry (and I still don't get why demon gets any protection under the Laws Of Magic), obviously, as it was directed by warlocks will...
But shouldn't same apply to Outsiders?
When Stan was killed, there was neither need for it nor was it an accident... HWWBd did it for amusement really, without valid reason. It obviously had an impact on Harry, so should it not be addressed in any way? Also, it was Harry's defining moment, shaping him for the rest of his life, so why it just goes away?
Or am I wrong?
To further explain what I'm asking about.
It's not about Uriel explicitly. I'm just using him as an example, since it's very good one. Not a perfect one, obviously, but still very good.
must act to redress the imbalance, else free will concept is meaningless. It's either protected or not. He even says as much (I will find the relevant passage later).
But the main point in my question is not about Uriel, but the actions of a being who doesn't belong to our reality (never mind mortal world). We know, for example, that the Fallen can't act on their own (but only through the coin wielder; they cheat to get those wielders, true). Same applies to other immortal beings, i.e. Mab - Bob, for example, says to Harry it's the winter's knight job to whack mortals that irked her, but she herself can't. Again - mortal, free will, etc. All good here.
Presumably same applies to other Faerie. Even Erlking can kill mortals only when they're in his domain. Or while leading the Wild Hunt, but even then there's a choice involved: die or join.
There is no problem with the concept of demons and Outsiders as well. They do not belong in the mortal world and they can't get in unless invited (summoned), and are pure terror when let in and let loose. All good, here, too.
But as Harry explains in some detail, when summoning demons you take care of the protection (namely: integrity of the summoning ring) else the summoner is first one to get eaten by the creature he summoned (i.e. Madge's death in Blood Rites). There is a caveat, as always: summoner gets eaten unless he binds the being.
Which brings us to He Who Walks Behind. We know that the deal (??) JDM had with HWWBd was, to put it simply, to kill Harry. It wasn't a quid pro quo. It was a hard and specific deal (which is still in place as of Storm Front for sure, mentioned in Blood Rites, too), else HWWBd would attend to Harry last - as I pointed out in one of the comments - after killing everyone else on the planet. Again: those deals need to be literal or you end up in a... very bad position (or more likely being no more). I get that HWWBd is basically a tool of JDM, so everything he does stems from JDM free will to employ such dangerous tool. But in order to protect himself JDM can't let HWWBd do whatever it pleases.
So here's my problem: HWWBd shows every sign of working on it's own, and yet everything we know says he can't. Killing Stan appears as completely unsanctioned (yet it must be in any way for HWWBd to be able to do it, in accordance with facts we know about), so that seems to be a violation of the "Free will" rule - an not even Stan's, but anyone's of consequence in the whole situation.
laws-of-magictag needed? I'm not sure how it benefits this post in any way... I have removed it as it's also a far to generic name that would conflate with other magical fantasy stories.