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Dresden's 1st Apprentice

Kim Delaney is from Fool Moon. It's subtle and brief, but he does refer to her as an apprentice. My stomach made an unhappy noise. It was almost as empty as my wallet. I would never have been ...
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How does Harry Dresden know about "Parkour!"?

Parkour and The Office are general knowledge. This doesn't mean everyone knows about it, but that it shouldn't ever be surprising someone is aware of a general knowledge topic without special ...
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Is there a group in Dresden Files that keeps the supernatural world secret?

Harry Dresden discusses this several times in the stories and the answer is basically "No". He explains that most people don't want to see or know about anything supernatural. They simply ignore ...
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Why is Queen Mab not angry at Dresden for breaking his oath?

Technically, when he made this vow, no word he spoke was untrue. He intended to uphold what he said, at the time he said it. Of course, the only reason that works is because he'd already created the ...
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What was Michael Carpenter yelling in Skin Game?

In the print version, Michael says "Lava quod est sordium!" when casting off the swarm attacking Harry. Michael actually used this phrase at several points in the series, either as a battle cry or ...
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Why is Queen Mab not angry at Dresden for breaking his oath?

He beat her at her own game, and she can respect that. So she's waiting to play the game back. Every time there are dealings with the Faerie Courts, we're reminded that the Fae are uber-lawyers -- ...
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In the Dresden Files, why does Nicodemus Archleone find Mouse so startling/threatening?

Mouse, as a Foo Dog, is a scion. In human terms in the Dresdenverse, that usually means half-mortal, half-supernatural, or some other mix like that. In this case, Mouse is a mix of a divine guardian ...
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Who is Oberon in the Dresden-verse?

I think you asking it from the wrong angle: if there would be "Oberon" HE would be a consort to Mab or Titania, akin to Prince Philip to Queen Elisabeth - both queens hold the power tightly and ...
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Did Harry name "The Archive"?

Not likely... but it still may be significant. Ivy is only part of her identity. She was alive and active as the Archive for some time (admittedly, not long) before she met Harry. Ivy may be an ...
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Who/what killed all the fae at Arctis Tor?

I'm not sure it has ever been explicitly stated who assaulted Arctis Tor before Harry showed up. However, given what we later learn about Lea, there is one obvious candidate: The Black Council ...
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Did Bob the Skull ever have a body?

In the latest book, Skin Game, we find out a lot more about Bob's origin's, albeit not directly. We learn this since the parasite Harry has been dealing with since was dealt with. With Molly's help,...
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Why there is so little healing magic in Dresden Files?

Magic is complicated and difficult. The human body is complicated and difficult. Put them together, and becoming a true master is like getting PhD doctorates in two vastly different fields. While ...
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In the Dresden Files, why does Nicodemus Archleone find Mouse so startling/threatening?

A quick word of "god/Jim" about mouse Basically: Foo dogs gain strength based on what treshold they are set to guard. At that point in the story, Mouse is garding the Carpenter's home. You know, the ...
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Dresden's 1st Apprentice

Kim Delaney first shows up in Fool's Moon. In Fool Moon, she approaches Harry Dresden at McAnally's, asking him to help her with a greater summoning circle, claiming it is for academic purposes. He ...
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Butters's circle in Dead Beat

The magic link is running from Dresden to Sue. Dresden fed the energy that's not only controlling her but sustaining her mass. If either one is cut off from the other, there would be no more ...
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Why was this character paid?

Thomas was around long enough to figure it out. In the last chapter of Blood Rites, Harry brings Thomas to his basement home after clearing the air with Lara and his final visit to Justine. The very ...
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Are fairy rings of mushrooms mentioned anywhere in The Dresden Files?

In Summer Knight, chapter 27: I squinted at my surroundings next and found a ring of toadstools grown up around me. They weren't huge, tentacular, horribly fanged toadstools or anything, but it put a ...
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Did Bob the Skull ever have a body?

In the books, Bob is described as a 'Spirit of Intellect' that was bound to a skull. He's actually more significant than he comes across, and has been speculated to be an attempt at creating ...
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In the Harry Dresdenverse do you have to say something to use evocation?

No, you do not have to speak, or even mouth a word, in order to cast an evocation spell. However, performing an evocation without speaking is both dangerous and painful. From Fool Moon, chapter 15, ...
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Earliest example of a wizard protagonist named Harry?

A Night at the Magic Castle (1988) Determining the earliest example of a wizard named Harry might be next to impossible. There are so many magic-users, and so few common English names, that the ...
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Relative strength of Vampires in Dresden files?

Of the three main vampire courts, Black has the greatest physical strength, and White has the least: The Whites weren't as physically formidable or aggressively organized as the Red Court, and they ...
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Why the "doughnut gambit" saved Dresden?

Summer isn't sending goons simply to end Harry. That's just a perk. Summer is sending gruffs and elves and kelpies because Winter is officially involving itself in the mortal world, and much like in ...
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Harry making a deal with the devil (Dresden Files)

Harry had two more backup plans: I grimaced. “Please don’t take this as an insult. But you’re the least evil of my options.” The cold voice told me nothing about her reaction. “Explain.” “...
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In the Dresden Files, why does Nicodemus Archleone find Mouse so startling/threatening?

There is another salient point which has ignored, or simply left out. Dresden's fairy godmother, Lea, in Changes was threatened with death by Mouse. Her response was that Mouse was far from his base ...
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In the Dresden Files, why does Nicodemus Archleone find Mouse so startling/threatening?

People always seem to neglect this part when asking about Mouse (From Ghost Story): Uriel stood over us, smiling down, but said nothing. "Missed you, too, boy," I said. "Just . . . kind of ...
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Why didn't Dresden want this character on Demonreach?

Because Harry's out of gas. Just entering a contest of wills to force Nemesis to say its name caused him to collapse. He doesn't know what Nemesis might be capable of once on the island. Alfred ...
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How did Harry Dresden get his hands on depleted uranium?

Specifically, no. Harry's source or funding for obtaining the depleted uranium is never explained. In more general terms, Harry does know more than his fair share of shady dealers, and supernatural ...
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What exactly does Butters mean by red carats?

I don't believe it's a specific video game being referenced, but rather the tendency of enemies to be indicated on the player radar. They're usually abstracted out for the mini-map, but often have a ...
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Why did the ghouls refer to Harry as "Great One"

The limited knowledge provided leaves me to surmise that the ghouls have a subservience culture. It is possible that his use of magic marks him as a higher caste than the ghouls he is speaking to ...
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Is there a group in Dresden Files that keeps the supernatural world secret?

No, or at least, nothing like those other universes. The White Council flat out wont. Altering memories violates the Laws. Period. If a wizard causes enough trouble to make the public aware, they ...
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