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tl;dr The television series is based very roughly on the premise of the first few novels -- Harry is a "professional wizard" living and working in Chicago, primarily as a private investigator and police consultant. Once you get past the third book in the series, though, the novels take on a far different and far more "epic" tone than the series ever did; ...


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The publisher is responsible for the hat. The logic was evidently 'Wizard + P.I. = Duster, Staff, Fedora.' The fact that this contradicts the book is a non-issue for them - cover art is more a marketing item than anything else and the author has little to no say in it. Jim has mentioned this in Q&A Sessions: I INTRODUCED THE NOVELS TO MY FIANCEE WHO ...


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I haven't read Cold Days, but it's almost certainly a reference to the Firefly episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds". It has these two dialog snippets: Book: [to Mal] If you take sexual advantage of her [Saffron], you're going to burn in a very special level of hell. A level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater. and later: ...


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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 able to afford dinner tonight, except that Kim had offered to buy, if I'd talk to her about something during the meal. A steak dinner was less than my usual rate,...


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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 anything that doesn't fit their world view. This is borne out repeatedly, as Harry Dresden is openly listed in the yellow pages under "Wizards", and he gets many ...


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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 when invoking the power of his faith. Since I am not Latin-literate, I'll have to rely on tools from here. Google translate takes this and returns, literally, "...


17

Harry doesn't wear a hat in canon and even states that he doesn't like to wear them*, even though every cover so far has shown him with a hat. He's worn a hat for limited times when it has been required for the job (Fool Moon, Summer Knight, Proven Guilty), but doesn't regularly wear one. Also of note is that he did not wear a hat in the TV Series. Jim ...


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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 out, and erased it from his mind. As in John Robinson's earlier answer, he'd beaten her at her own game, mostly. It required her direct intervention and ...


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The Archive was created specifically to lead the Oblivion war. Ivy is the one giving Lara and an unknown number of other agents their orders. Jim Butcher actually addressed this specifically on his forum. This is a direct quote from Jim Butcher: I'm pretty sure this will never make it into the actual Dresden Files since Harry has no idea the Oblivion ...


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Harry Dresden has described himself as 'easily in the top 40, world-wide, for raw power'. What he lacks is precision, experience, and technique. His power has never really 'spiked' without outside assistance. Rather, his technique and precision have improved and he has gained experience. He's gotten more powerful as well, but that is because magical ...


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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 ...


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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 training or study: it's the kind of thing we just pick up through passive exposure to our cultural environment. Parkour has been in the public eye a lot longer than ...


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Short answer, no. Here's a brief bit of White Court "biology". A White Court Vampire is distinguished from a human by the demon that lives inside. That demon, often referred to as its Hunger, is the well of energy and skill that the White Court draws from to be supernaturally powerful. I'll paraphrase two sources on where the demon comes from: what Thomas ...


15

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 -- if there's a loophole in an agreement, they will find it and take advantage of it. He didn't suicide, someone else shot him. He did follow his word by the ...


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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 spirit and a very large dog. If you want real world parallels, you can image-search foo dogs - they are the giant guardian statues in some Asian cultures, ...


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As far as I know, there is no explicit requirement that the Queens of the Faerie Courts actually be born fae. In fact, the opposite is true: Mab explicitly admits to Harry in Cold Days that she was once mortal. Thus, we can only assume that taking on the mantle of a fae Queen will make you into a fae. (It also means that the claim that the Faerie Mother is ...


13

Jim Butcher may or may not be referring to "the first iteration of DF" and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" as separate entities. "The first iteration of DF" may be a reference to the American television series that was picked up by SciFi (or Syfy, Ciphi, or whatever they call themselves these days). Jim Butcher has been quoted, "The show is not the books. It ...


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There is plenty of evidence that Harry does not operate under the rules for D&D in any meaningful way. Harry can cast several spells in the first book which are far more powerful than a low-level arcane caster could use (for example, Gust of Wind could never launch an elevator in the way Harry is forced to). Harry's spells do not have anything like the ...


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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 undisputed. If you are asking for the male counterpart to queens, here is the word of God - interview with Butcher According to him, there are in fact two "kings" ...


12

There is truth and truth in the faeries eyes. They can never tell a lie about things they have directly experienced or know themselves, but they can and do interpret events however they like. Harry feels guilty about the events of Proven Guilty, Mab knows this and is offering an interpretation that could be valid based on outside observable events. We as ...


12

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 Specifically, one or more Denarians, on the orders of Nemesis. At the time, all we knew what that Mab had Lea prison, in ice, and something was clearly wrong with ...


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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 place that's solid owned, lived in and guarded by a whole bunch of warrior angels... Major treshold = Major Foo dog


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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 refuses to give her the information, because he doesn't think that Kim has enough knowledge or experience to be messing with it, and knows that the White ...


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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 accepted name, and how Dresden sees her, but it's not the entirety of who she is. So it's rather unlikely that just "Ivy" can be used as her true name; or if it ...


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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, Harry This tells us that Bob was almost certainly created in a similar way, All of this is book canon, not from the TV show, obviously.


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In a word, no. All of the changes in Harry's abilities as a wizard come from several clearly identifiable sources that are clearly discussed in the books. Study, practice, research, and preparation: It is the nature of Wizards in Harry's universe be constantly working on their craft. Harry makes the point in several places that there are limits to how much ...


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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, abridged: I stopped trying to struggle against the man who was choking me. Instead, I grabbed his wrist and prepared to do something foolish. Magic is ...


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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 earliest example is likely to be quite old indeed. That said, one of the earlier examples must be A Night at the Magic Castle, where the flying ghost of Harry ...


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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 dinosaur - ectoplasm needs energy, so splat it goes, but the question is about the drumbeat... The "heartbeat" drumming that's needed for all the controlling part of ...


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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 next paragraph is Harry trying to scare up money for the rest of the day to pay Kincaid, which of course, fails. So Thomas was definitely hanging around while ...


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