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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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Are fairy rings of mushrooms mentioned anywhere in The Dresden Files?

Are Fairy Rings of Mushrooms mentioned anywhere? TVTropes on Geometric Magic says of The Dresden Files: [Fairies] can use [magic circles] as well, usually constructed from the famous "fairy ring&...
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Is Jim Butcher intentionally side-lining/maligning the White Council?

The question kind of sums up what I see as Butcher's attempt to isolate his hero. In the events that transpire during Peace Talks and Battleground, is there any mention of the White Council's elite ...
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What exactly does Butters mean by red carats?

In Battle Ground, on Page 228 (US Hard Cover), Butters makes the following observation: Butters peeked out from behind me and said, "Wow, red carats everywhere." Dresden doesn't get it, ...
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Why didn't Dresden want this character on Demonreach?

Towards the end of the Battle Ground, Harry travels in a boat towards the Demonreach island - a place that is a supernatural prison for even godlike beings. Yet, when he discovers that his passenger ...
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What is Queen Mab trying to say about herself to Harry?

In the latest Dresden Files novel, the Accorded Nations have to face an ancient weapon - the Eye of Balor. Harry has this slightly confusing conversation with the Queen of Air and Darkness "The ...
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Is "Christmas Eve" taking place after "Peace Talks"/"Battle Grounds"?

Long awaited 16th part of the "Dresden Files" series - "Peace talks" is out and the immediate followup (most likely taking place the same night) "Battle Ground" is coming ...
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In the Dresdenverse, which vampires have souls?

There are four groups of vampires named in the Dresdenverse: White Court: they clearly have souls, they're basically humans possessed by a demon Red Court: unknown Black Court: fairly sure they are ...
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Does this curse break any Laws of Magic?

The “Ghoul Goblin” comics portrays a soldier, Major Archibald Talbot, winding up getting cursed by a group of Wizards after harassing and throwing racial insults at them and the other patrons of the ...
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Is it confirmed anywhere which of the Raith sisters appears in Wild Card?

Other than Lara Raith that is. A total of three other Raith sisters appear in the Dresden Files Wild Card comics, none actually referred to by-name in comic and them all being seen together here. And ...
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Can all scions make “the choice” or is it just Changelings?

It’s said that Changelings are apparently just a specific type/subgroup of Scions, which raises the question: Since changelings can decide to “choose” one side or the other of their heritage (or ...
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Do the Fallen know what their Shadows know?

When a person gets "infested" with a Denarian shadow, does the Fallen from who that Shadow is a copy of have access to any knowledge about what that shadow then goes on to learn/do? For instance: ...
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Would it be possible to take a White Court House to court over child custody?

As can be told in the setting, the human parents of any White Court vampire children don't tend to live long (even with what happened with Margaret, who left without her son). With the House they ...
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What's the deal with Outsiders in The Dresden Files?

There is something that does not add up in the whole Harry - He Who Walks Behind affair... When Harry had to deal with a demon sent after him by a warlock (Storm Front) collateral damage was ...
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Origins of Heinrich Kemmler

I can't help but notice the dread necromancer Heinrich Kemmler from the Dresden Files has an awfully similar name to the dread necromancer Heinrich von Kemmler from the Warhammer Fantasy Battles games ...
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Harry Dresden - what impact breaking his word had on his power?

It was mentioned first in "Grave Peril": "Poor little poppet. All of your efforts to learn and you still know so little. Harry made a bargain with me long ago - and broke it, once then, and ...
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Did Harry name "The Archive"?

Would the fact Harry gave "The Archive" a name, Ivy, and she took to it, mean that Harry knows her true name, a la Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden? Assumptions: Ivy is capable of being named. ...
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What were these artifacts in Skin Game?

I know it's been out for a while, but I was just re-listening to Skin Game and realized I could not identify all the referenced artifacts found Some were easy, some less so. Any ideas? For the ...
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Dresden's 1st Apprentice

I just finished reading Skin Game and on pg 242 Harry mentioned his first apprentice, Kim Delaney. I don't however remember her being mentioned prior but I blew through the series so likely just didn'...
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Does the "protection symbol" in Harry Dresden "Birds Of A Feather" exist in some mythology?

Does the "protection symbol" (which Harry said it should protect from anything trying to harm the person) have any "real" origin in some mythology? It looks slightly similar to Nordic runes and also ...
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Why was this character paid?

Listening to Blood Rites again, and noticed something for the first time. At the end, Harry's debt to a certain mercenary is paid for him. But the character who did it would not have known that Harry ...
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Butters's circle in Dead Beat

In Dead Beat, Dresden was telling Butters what could take down a necromancer's zombie. He said, "You'd have to ground them out. Running water is the best way, but there needs to be a lot of it. A ...
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Relative strength of Vampires in Dresden files?

I've read all the books several times (well, listened via Audible). I recall that there have been comparisons of how strong e.g. Thomas is compared to Black Court vampires, but I can't for the life ...
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Molly Makeovers

Molly Carpenter goes through some changes in the last several (as of Mar 2017) Dresden Files novels. Specifically: In Changes, Then, in Ghost Story , But, at the start of Cold Days, Has Mr. ...
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The Dresden Files - Changes - what joke Harry refers to?

When discussing next step with Murphy, there is a line from Harry: I took three bullets meant for Rudolph. Harry starts to laugh his a** off. Next: "Harry?" Murphy asked. "Why are ...
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What was Michael Carpenter yelling in Skin Game?

This question might be simple if I had a print copy, but I enjoy my Dresden Files on Audible, so I'm going off what it sounds like. In Skin Game, there's a scene where Michael puts his hand on Harry'...
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Earliest example of a wizard protagonist named Harry?

A person known to me only as Unscrewed once noticed that the following description: A young wizard named Harry finds himself an orphan because of the machinations of a would-be evil overlord. His ...
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How do Aurora's actions in Summer Knight make sense, given what we know now?

So, I'm just re-reading Summer Knight after a bit of a break. It appears in this story that her whole gambit was intended: But in Cold Days (if memory serves), we learn Given that the whole point ...
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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 ...
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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 Moon), ...
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