Occupation: Private investigator/Warden, Regional Commander of eastern parts of North America
Occupation: Detective Sergeant in the Chicago PD assigned to Special Investigations
Species: Air elemental (spirit of intellect)
Occupation: Wizard's assistant
Bob is an air spirit of intellect who resides in a human skull owned by Harry. Before him, Bob was owned by Justin DuMorne, and before DuMorne, a powerful necromancer by the name of Heinrich Kemmler. According to Jim Butcher, "Etienne the Enchanter picked it (Bob's skull) up on the cheap, back in medieval France, and skulls weren't exactly uncommon. Etienne himself probably had it for the reason that so many writers and sages had skulls hanging around--to make their office look cooler. Etienne, though, is the one who originally laid out the enchantment on the skull to enable it to be a little home-away-from-home for Bob, and he's been passed down, wizard-to-wizard, ever since."
Bob is a massive repository of magical knowledge, in to which he allows Harry to tap between wisecracks and attempts to be allowed out of his skull. Because of Harry's inability to use modern electronic information storage devices and his limited helpful contacts with supernatural knowledge, Bob is an invaluable asset to Harry. At some point he had gained the disfavor of Queen Mab, an event he constantly refers to when dragged into the Nevernever. Part of his personality and memory inherited from Kemmler (mostly dealing with necromancy) has been locked away to keep Bob benign. Harry apparently gave him the name Bob; what name he might have possessed prior to that, if any, is unknown.
According to Luccio, in Small Favor, it is stated that Bob was a "Mini-Archive," but the wardens had destroyed him, when Kemmler was destroyed. In actuality, DuMorne--a Warden at the time, but already at least planning to turn traitor--did not destroy Bob and took the skull into his possession, from whence it then passed to Harry after the two dueled. While Harry did not seem to know how dangerous the White Council considered Bob, he has not revealed his possession of the air spirit to many people, and then only out of absolute necessity without going into detail what he is.
Bob's personality seems to change depending on who has possession of him. With Harry he is somewhat lazy, wise-cracking, and a little bit perverted. When allowed to remember being kept by Kemmler, he became out-right murderous and spiteful, nearly killing Harry but for limitations Bob begged Harry to make before ordering him to remember. When stolen by a necromancer, Bob became largely cold and business-like, simply giving information as needed, but returning to his personality under Dresden upon being dropped. Changes in his personality are accompanied by a change in his color, such as being orange when owned by Dresden but red when remembering Kemmler.
When allowed out of his skull, Bob is susceptible to attack and will be harmed by sunlight. He can also possess living beings, often riding within Harry's cat, Mister, as both a protection from daylight and to be less obvious than an orange cloud of lights.
Occupation: Repository of all human knowledge and wisdom
The Archive is a position passed down from mother to daughter over the past five thousand years. Each Archive possesses the accumulated knowledge and wisdom of humankind. The role passes to a new Archive at the time chosen by the previous Archive. According to the Archive the passing of knowledge leaves the previous Archive in a permanent vegetative state. Possessing power as strong as the strongest wizards, the Archive is capable of wielding powerful magic (although she claims to prefer calculus), and is an individual signatory to the Unseelie Accords. Access to other-worldly materials is apparent.
The current Archive is, as of Small Favor, a twelve-year-old girl. She has no given name other than "The Archive", but Harry nicknamed her Ivy, something she seemed to appreciate, when she served as an arbiter over a duel between Harry and Don Paolo Ortega during Death Masks and she appears to have taken that name. Generally formal and somewhat aloof, Ivy occasionally shows traits of a more child-like nature, such as her great pleasure in watching sea otters playing, petting Harry's cat, Mister, as well as rendering official documents in crayon.
The mercenary Kincaid is in her employ. While her magical abilities would seem to preclude the need for a bodyguard, Ivy explained that she needed his services because her seven-year-old form was incapable of driving,("my feet don't reach the pedals"). The events in Small Favor also demonstrated a situation in which she required protection. Kincaid is uncharacteristically concerned about the girl and she shows an attachment to him, going so far as to put herself in harm's way to protect him.
Ivy is a phenomenally powerful magical being. During an attack on her person during the events in Small Favor she was able to combat eight Denarians at once and match each of them spell for spell, even with limited spell energy at the time. Captain Luccio stated that the White Council's file on the Archive placed her on par with the youngest Queens of the Sidhe, and Harry commented that the file underestimated her.
During events in Small Favor, Luccio gave Harry information that the Archives do not automatically become this being at birth and in fact usually inherit this power in their mid-thirties, after having their own children and learning how to handle the daily pains and emotions of life. Ivy's ascension to power came as an infant when her grandmother was killed young and her own mother, a seventeen year-old, could not handle the Archive and committed suicide, thereby causing the power of the Archive to become Ivy's.
Occupation: Former university student, Leader of the Alphas
Billy was introduced in Fool Moon as a young and rather naive man trying to do the right thing. He and a group of his friends (the "Alphas") used magic to transform into large wolves. They patrol their neighborhood in wolf form, vigilantly keeping out vampires and other creatures. His wolf form has transformed Billy's human body from husky to athletic and muscular, attributed to the wolfen personality he has adopted. He married longtime girlfriend Georgia (also an Alpha), whom he met before the events of Fool Moon. He often serves as a friend to Harry, inviting him to games of Arcanos, similar to Dungeons & Dragons. Billy worries about Harry, and he is often too passionate about helping him, even when Harry is facing enemies far too powerful for Billy or the other Alphas.
Occupation: Carpenter, Former Knight of the Cross (sometimes called by others, Knight of the Sword).
Michael Joseph Patrick Carpenter is married to Charity Carpenter and father of Molly, Daniel, Matthew, Alicia, Amanda, Hope, and Harry (named for Harry Dresden after the events of Grave Peril). Michael is a Knight of the Cross, an ancient order dedicated to bearing and using the three Swords of the Cross: Amoracchius (Love), Fidelacchius (Faith), and Esperacchius (Hope). Michael is the current bearer of Amoracchius, which in Proven Guilty is hinted at being the legendary sword Excalibur, having once been kept by the original Wizard Merlin.
He is also a close friend of Harry's, often serving as a voice of morality - often to Harry's chagrin. Each sword has one of the nails from Christ's crucifixion embedded inside, endowing it with a wide array of supernatural powers. Such swords can cut through almost anything, including metal. The swords can also sense evil, which causes them to glow and to let out a buzzing warning. Using the sword, Michael can kill all sorts of otherwise immortal creatures including demons, fallen angels, and, in one case, a dragon, Siriothrax, that had captured Charity.
He and his fellow knights fight against the evils of the world in the name of God. However, it is not necessary for the Knights themselves to be Christians, or even traditionally religious at all; in fact, one known Knight was a Shinto Buddhist, a current one is a self-described agnostic, and a previous knight either a Muslim or of Ancient Egyptian worship. All Knights of the Cross who have appeared so far have been descendents of a king or ruler - Michael is a direct descendant of Charlemagne - although it is not known if this is a requirement for the job or only coincidence. Michael is an expert tactician and hand-to-hand fighter, and he also possesses some spiritual power of his own. An aura of faith also surrounds him, protecting him from the touch of beings like vampires while his touch can burn their flesh.
He is a devoutly faithful man, praying frequently. He sometimes gets visions from angels telling him what he is to do or where he is needed, but sometimes this guidance is a subtle skewing of chance ensuring Michael is at the right place at the right time that his aid is needed. This divine favor was exemplified in an instance when as Michael and Harry leaving Michael's house to fight evil, Harry questioned Michael about leaving his children alone. In response, Michael simply opened the front door to find Father Forthill, the parish priest of the local church, standing outside because his car broke down. He is an experienced carpenter and construction worker, constantly improving on his house to hold his growing family.
As of Proven Guilty Michael has admitted to Harry that he feels his time as a Knight of the Cross is coming to an end, meaning that his death may be at hand. Most recently in Small Favor he was badly injured while rescuing the Archive from The Order of the Blackened Denarius, with a shattered pelvis, damaged spine and destroyed kidney among his injuries. He has apparently retired from his duties as a knight due to those injuries, turning his blade Amoracchius over to Harry Dresden until a new knight can be found for it.
Occupation: High-school student, daughter of Michael and Charity Carpenter, apprenticed to Dresden in Proven Guilty.
Initially a rebel teen daughter of Michael and his wife Charity, Molly soon becomes a more central character during the events of Proven Guilty.
Margaret "Molly" Katherine Amanda Carpenter, during the events of Proven Guilty, seeks out the help of Dresden when her boyfriend is arrested as a suspect in an assault. As Harry investigates the case, he discovers that Molly has manifested as a wizard and has been unwittingly using dark magic in an attempt to help two friends shake off their drug addictions. Realizing that she has broken one of the Laws of Magic by her well-intentioned interference, Molly agrees to accept the consequences of her actions and face the judgment of the White Council.
By outmaneuvering the Merlin at Molly's trial, Dresden stalled the trial long enough for Ebenezar McCoy, Martha Liberty, and Injun Joe to show up, along with Molly's father, Michael Carpenter. With their help, Dresden managed to keep Molly from the Council's death penalty. Instead, the Doom of Damocles (an equivalent to probation) was placed on her. Because Harry has vouched for her, if Molly violates any of the Seven Laws again, he will also share the death penalty with her, making this the second time he's been under the Doom of Damocles.
In order to guide Molly's magical development and ensure that she doesn't violate the laws again, Harry agrees to accept Molly as his apprentice. This circumstance is similar to his own past, when he was apprenticed to Ebenezer McCoy after killing Justin Dumorne. Harry's willingness to place his life in jeopardy to ensure Molly's safety finally gains him Charity Carpenter's acceptance.
Molly exhibits markedly different types of magical talent than Harry. While Harry is more of a “magical thug”, with a lot of raw power but comparatively little fine control, Molly has been described as “sensitive”. This talent allowed her to use dangerous, complicated mind manipulation magic without any training, and it likely plays a role in her being able to create even better veils than Harry himself (as well as a few of the Wardens), though it has a downside. Her ability to work sensitive magic also makes her sensitive to other magic being used around her. As such she would be rather ineffective during combat.
She has been a positive influence for Harry as well. As he trains her, he also has relearned and practiced some of the basics of concentration so that now some spells/rituals that took him an hour to prepare now take only 15 or so minutes.
As well as being his apprentice, Molly has long carried romantic interest in Harry, possibly starting as a childish crush during her early teens, during the events of Summer Knight and Death Masks, as Harry resembles her father, performs duties similar to Michael's (although with different motives) and through other factors would have appeared as a very interesting person. On top of that, since Charity has vehemently been disapproving of him, Harry admits that that factor alone would have made him interesting to the rebellious teenaged girl. During the events of Proven Guilty, this becomes apparent when Molly turns up in his hotel room, and Lasciel comments that Nelson, Molly's boyfriend, carries a striking resemblance to Harry.
Adding to that is the uncomfortable pausing while she has conversations with him, and the fact that her developing relationship with Harry seems to parallel that of her own parents: Michael saved Charity from a dragon. Harry rescues Molly from Arctis Tor, the Winter Fae capital. He also saves her from execution by the White Council, and takes her in as his apprentice. This all leads to Molly falling for Harry by the end of Proven Guilty, and offering him her virginity. He refuses by dumping a jug of ice-water on her, and warning her that she was on thin ice with the Council, and that their relationship would be a teacher-student one, even without magic involved. After all, she was a child, and on top of that, his friend's child.
Occupation: Blackstaff (Council's Enforcer/Assassin), Senior Council member, former mentor to Dresden
Scottish, by way of Missouri. In addition to taking the place of the late Simon Pietrovich on the Senior Council, McCoy also serves as the Council's Blackstaff. He has a long-standing unspecified disagreement with the Merlin, which has not been explored deeply within the series. Ebenezar is mentioned as a very powerful wizard, and has even pulled a satellite out of orbit onto the stronghold of a Red Court Duke. McCoy's title of Blackstaff is independent of his appointment to the Senior Council. He has served as the Blackstaff for at least two hundred years, claiming responsibility for, among other things, the New Madrid earthquake of 1812, the Krakatoa eruptions of 1883 and the Tunguska Event of 1908 (The Blackstaff, and the Blackstaff alone has full impunity towards the laws of magic, breaking them whenever he deems necessary, regardless of the Senior Council). He refused a position on the Senior Council on several occasions, but finally agreed in order to help thwart a plot against Harry. Ebenezar was Harry's mentor for a long period of time after Justin DuMorne (although it was later revealed that Harry was originally placed with McCoy so that the older man could deal with him permanently should it become necessary), and often serves as Harry's translator during Council meetings (which are conducted in Latin). Ebenezar often offers Harry his help, in one case even offering sanctuary at his farm in Hog Hollow, Missouri. It has also been revealed that he mentored Harry's mother as well, and feels a large amount of guilt for having pushed her too hard and losing her to the other side.
Occupation: Businessman, mob boss, Free Lord of the Unseelie Accords.
John Marcone is a powerful crime boss who is an enemy of Dresden, though the two have worked together far more often than they have opposed each other. This has largely been due to some supernatural predator or villain causing collateral damage to Marcone's industry and him relying on Dresden to deal with the problem, but Harry has asked for Marcone's help at least twice. Marcone controls the majority of organized crime in Chicago, and appears to have a growing knowledge of the supernatural. His past and motives are a mystery. Marcone planned to steal the Shroud of Turin, in which Christ was reputedly buried, in order to use its legendary healing powers on a young Jane Doe he has sequestered in a hospital care facility in Wisconsin. Marcone's relationship to the girl is unknown, as is whether his use of the Shroud led to any change in her condition. In White Night we learn who Jane Doe actually is and more about Marcone's character and motivations. Jane Doe is the daughter of Helen Beckitt from Storm Front and Marcone shows empathy for the girl and Helen alike since he was there on the day of the tragic assault.
Due to his assistance and role in the events of White Night, Marcone has become one of the few free lords of the Unseelie Accords that partially govern the magical world, and the only non-magical mortal to take such a position. He is styled "Baron Marcone" in the tradition of Life Peers in the British Peerage system.
He is kidnapped and held captive by the Denarians over the course of Small Favor, and is badly injured by them. He has lost part of his ear, and Harry learns that the madam at his sex club has been leaking information to Marcone's main rival.
Although ruthless in most ways, Marcone seems to have a strong personal code of honor and a soft spot when it comes to children, as witnessed both his trying to help Jane Doe and his putting the well-being of the Archive above his own during the rescue in Small Favor.
Occupation: Field Commander, Warden of the White Council
Morgan is a very intense and powerful man with a talent for evocation spells, specifically those using Earth magic. He is a stickler for rules and has been a Warden for over a century, a job that he takes very seriously. He has an innate distrust of Dresden, which often leads him to conclude that Harry is at fault for certain situations. Morgan's sword is able to cut through magical shields, something which has nearly led to Dresden's wrongful death at least once. He has often gloated when Harry was in trouble, anticipating the opportunity to execute what he sees as justice for the self-defense killing Harry did as a teenager.
Though Harry and Morgan do not get along, since Dead Beat they have developed a mutual respect for each other. Harry has come to realize Morgan's hostility likely comes from the battle-scarred veteran's frustration at fighting black magic for over a century. Morgan is, in effect, like a burned out cop. And Morgan grudgingly admits that he no longer sees Harry as evil or willfully destructive, and that he believes Harry tries to do the right thing, even if it keeps blowing up in their faces.
It's possible that Morgan's hatred and distrust of Harry have relaxed even further. During the events of Proven Guilty, Morgan very visibly seems to take Harry's side with regard to Molly Carpenter's fate, yet he doesn't appear ready to act on his instincts. At the conclusion of Proven Guilty, Harry refuses to consider Morgan as the potential traitor on the White Council; instead, Harry believes, while the two men rarely see eye-to-eye, Morgan is fundamentally an honest man.
Morgan has long grey hair pulled back in a ponytail, and a craggy face with a perpetually grim, often sour expression. He is apparently Germanic in origin.
In the TV adaptation, Conrad Coates portrays Morgan. He is quite different from the book Morgan: Coates is an African American with short hair, and a business suit rather than a grey cloak. Additionally, the TV Morgan is more willing to work alongside Harry and give him information, and rarely taunts or snipes at Harry.
Occupation: Captain of the Wardens of the White Council
Anastasia is a highly talented wizard and warden who is the former Captain of the Wardens. Born sometime in the 1800s, in Italy. Captain Luccio is a powerful wizard with considerable influence in the White Council. She is the only known maker of the enchantment breaking swords of the Wardens.
She was forced to cede active control of the Wardens when her soul was switched with the current body of "Capiorcorpus" or "The Corpsetaker" during the events of Dead Beat. Because of the switching of bodies, she was forced to allow Morgan to assume commander of all forces while she recovered. Her new body, one of a young brunette woman, has changed her life significantly due to the fact that she now has to deal with women's issues and a sex drive again.
During her recovery, she started up the Warden Boot Camp, and later, other training facilities for new Wardens such as the one in New Mexico. Captain Luccio is a calm and level headed woman who understands situations from a more logical perspective, doing things that the Council does not normally approve of. She appears to prefer fire magic the same as Harry, though with a more graceful air and control about it. During the events of Small Favor she shows a much more feminine air about her and exchanges flirtations with Harry, even going on a date with him and possibly sleeping with him, although the wording is deliberately vague on this.
Species: Vampire (White Court)
One of the youngest member of the Raith family. A succubus who, as the Raith rules goes, was not given any knowledge of her powers, and desire.
Species: Vampire (White Court)
Occupation: Salon Owner and Hairstylist
Harry's half-brother through their shared mother, and, until recently, his roommate. The youngest son of Lord Raith, Thomas is incredibly good looking and oozes sexual appeal to the point that he has difficulty turning it off. In fact, Harry has described Thomas as the Lost Greek God of Body Cologne or the High Priest of Bowflex. Part of Thomas's appeal is due to being a vampire of the White Court which feeds off of the life forces of its victims. After almost being killed himself, Thomas's vampiric thirst led to the near death of his girlfriend and lover, Justine, who willingly gave herself to save him. After the events of Blood Rites, Thomas is cut off from his family in the House of Raith, and, until recently, nearly penniless after paying off Harry's debt to the mercenary Kincaid in Blood Rites. Thomas is a caring individual who will often go out of his way to help Harry, even if it means putting himself in mortal danger. In the events of Proven Guilty, Thomas moves out of Harry's basement apartment to his own home, paid for with money received from his mystery job. Thomas also reveals to Harry that he has been feeding since the events in Dead Beat, in which he joined the Wild Hunt. At the end of White Night it is revealed that Thomas's method of feeding safely (by taking little "sips" from his clients) and making a comfortable living (including a very upscale apartment) is through a hair salon he now owns and operates after secretly putting himself through cosmetology school while living with Dresden.
Species: Half-Human Vampire (Red Court)
Occupation: Former reporter for The Arcane, Dresden's ex-girlfriend, agent for the Fellowship of Saint Giles
Susan was a reporter who covered supernatural events for The Midwestern Arcane tabloid newspaper. She began soliciting Harry for information on wizards and odd occurrences in Chicago. The two began a romantic relationship in Fool Moon that unofficially ended when Susan was bitten by Bianca. Susan is now a half-vampire (and will remain so until she feeds on a human), with enhanced strength, speed, recovery abilities, and narcotic saliva (a Red Court vampire's self-titled 'Kiss').
Harry had been having trouble saying "I love you" to Susan, and only blurted it out when she went into vampiric bloodlust. Susan recovered somewhat after hearing that. She was captured by Bianca and used as a hostage, but was rescued by Harry. She leaves Chicago, and is asked by Harry to marry him. She refuses because of her half-vampiric nature, although she still loves him.
She joined the Fellowship of Saint Giles, an organization for those who have been harmed by vampires or magic, who carved a magical binding or tattoo into her skin. The binding warns her by changing colors when she reaches the limits of her control. Harry and Susan officially parted ways after the events of Death Masks. As of White Night, Susan is still in South America working against the Red Court as a member of the Fellowship. Lara Raith is astonished that Harry's true love for her is still active enough to make him toxic to White Court vampires.
Susan is completely missing from the television adaptation of the series.
Occupation: Warden, Regional Commander of western parts of North America
Stationed in Los Angeles, Ramirez is the youngest wizard of the White Council to ever be promoted to regional commander, given the job due to the severe casualties of war with the Red Court. Cocky, confident, and in the prime of his life, Ramirez makes up for what he lacks in raw power with combat skills honed during the war. At heart he is a brave and loyal person, always willing to back Harry up during a fight. He, like Harry, has guessed at the existence of the Black Council (which he originally dubbed the "Black Hats", before agreeing that Harry's name sounded better). He has a very deep respect for Harry, and has mentioned powerful acts of magic Harry has performed in his presence more than once. The source of his bravado and cocksure personality was revealed during the events of White Night, where he was shown to still be a virgin. In battle he heavily favors water magic, and conventional weaponry, he has on more than one occasion used grenades and firearms instead of his magic in order to maintain his strength. His principle magical weapon is the use of a type of emerald green energy which seems to break down materials into more component pieces, such as when he used it on the ground under Madrigal Raith, turning it into extremely fine dust, although on organic matter it seems to work as a desiccant, removing all traces of moisture from the area it hits, turning it into a form of sand . His defensive magic is a wall of jelly-like energy, which forces all kinetic energy in on itself, using physics to break down and redirect energy instead of stop it cold as Harry's barrier does.
The oldest of the Faerie Queens, they are understood to be easily the two most powerful living Faeries. Elaine states that "they can kill [you] with just a stray thought" They reside in a hidden cabin somewhere in the hills of the Nevernever. The events in Summer Knight led Harry to their house in order for him to talk to them.
Depending upon the season, one of the two is active and the other is inactive. When Harry arrived, at the last day of Summer's power, Mother Winter sat in a rocking chair, unmoving, and Mother Summer was up, bustling about.
The Mothers are actually the birth-mothers of the two Queens - Mother Winter is Mab's mother and Mother Summer is Titania's mother.
She is the Monarch of Air and Darkness. She is easily among the most powerful beings that are encountered in the books. First introduced in Summer Knight, she has the use of Harry's services since his godmother sold her debts to Mab.
She is Maeve's mother.
As of Proven Guilty, both Lily and Maeve have expressed a concern that she is going insane. In Small Favor she does not speak for herself during most of the book but instead uses the Grimalkin, a huge cat-like creature of the Fae, as her "voice".
She is the youngest of the Winter Queens. She was first introduced in Summer Knight as a conceited, snobbish, cruel girl who is manipulative, much like the rest of the Winter Court.
She is described as an attractive "young" woman. Her most striking feature-besides those normal to the Fae-is her hair: dreadlocks dyed in different shades of pale blue, green, and purple.
The Leanansidhe, or Lea, is Dresden's faerie godmother. He was under her debt before she sold his debt to Queen Mab. She often aids Harry and keeps him alive in exchange for future favors. She is currently a captive of Queen Mab, having been sentenced to spending an indefinite amount of time at the heart of Arctis Tor frozen as a statue until she has been "humbled," having come back with too much power and trying to overthrow Mab. From her last appearance it seems like she is possessed by something, as her character rapidly changes during her conversation with Harry, though it could also simply be the same murderous rage that every Winter fae suddenly had for Harry after he introduced Summer fire to the Winter wellspring.
Although warped by human standards, she seems truly to care about Harry, even if her thoughts on "caring" for him happened to concern Harry spending time as one of her hounds (her reasoning being that, as a hound, Harry would be safe and happy in her care). She has also made references to a deal made between her and Harry's mother which may be the reason she looks out for Harry.
Slate was hired to the Winter Court by Maeve, Winter Lady. He despised her because of her dominating, cruel attitude. He was a heroin addict, rapist, and murderer. His weapon was a Japanese-style sword whose tang is not quite that of a genuine katana.
Lloyd is one of the main antagonists in Summer Knight. He was a traitor to the Winter Court and tried to help Lady Aurora kill Lily. He was carried away by Maeve, Mab, and Mother Winter, screaming for help. As of Proven Guilty, he is imprisoned in Arctis Tor, Mab's fortress in the heart of Winter, suspended on an icy tree in a crucifixion state by thick sheets of ice. Lea tells Harry that he nears the brink of death due to starvation and frostbite, but Mab "tortures him with kindness" by healing his wounds, restoring his sight, feeding him, and allowing him to sleep in her bed (sex is also implied.) When he next wakes up, he is once again hanging on the tree, blinded. Lea believes that when his mind is broken down enough to look forward to returning to the tree, thus restarting the cycle of Mab taking care of him, Mab will discard him, stating that "he only lives so long as he resists." In Small Favor Mab tells Harry that he will only be freed, to die, when he is replaced.
She is the Queen of Summer, daughter of Mother Summer. She was Aurora's mother.
Titania is never actually met, being that Harry has more interaction with the Winter Sidhe. She is Mab's equal for the most part, the only difference in their power being who has control of the Stone Table at the time and who utilizes its power.
She is the Summer Lady, daughter of Titania. First appearing in Summer Knight, she takes Elaine after she is "wounded" by Lloyd Slate, the Winter Knight. She took care of Elaine, and sat to talk to Harry. He noted her kindness and her gentleness.
However, at a later time in the book, it is discovered that she is the one who kidnapped Lily, encasing her in stone. She steals the Unraveling that Harry got from Mother Winter and she started the War at the Table. She planned to use the power of the old Summer Knight- Ronald Reuel- that had been put into Lily, and kill her on the Table. The power of the Summer Knight (and thus the Monarch of Summer) would be added to Winter, grossly outbalancing the two Fae Courts. Harry killed her with the pixies, led by Toot-toot, armed with plastic box-cutters. Her mother, Titania, carried her away from the Valley of the Table.
Originally not encountered until the end of Summer Knight, Lily was held captive by Lady Aurora, imprisoned in stone. When Aurora was killed, the power of the Summer Lady flowed into the nearest Faerie. She has befriended Harry. However, despite their long time friendship, she is still bound by the rules of the Fae and Harry struggles to get her to do things for him or give him information. She tries her hardest but is never completely able to do all that she would like for Harry.
Ronald Reuel was the Summer Knight at the beginning of Summer Knight'. He was already murdered at the beginning of the story by Aurora. He was an artist local to Chicago.
He was one of the kids who first hired Harry Dresden to find his friend Lily, who had gone missing. As it turned out, she was imprisoned by Lady Aurora at the Stone Table. He went with Dresden and the Alphas to find Lily, stop the war at the Table, and stop Aurora. Lily then made him the Summer Knight. Since then, he has become a strong individual helping Harry whenever asked despite what the Courts dictate. Harry and Fix have not always seen eye-to-eye exactly but Fix always gives to Harry in the end.
Occupation: Former university student, Member of The Alphas
Georgia is Billy Borden's girlfriend (later wife) and a capable member of the Alphas. She is a studious psychology student and a steady presence when Billy or the Alphas appear in the series. She is often the voice of reason and a grounding influence for Billy, who is inclined to put himself in situations where he is beyond his limits or useful abilities when he wants to help Harry. Georgia is one of the first to notice Harry's erratic behavior after he acquired Lasciel's Blackened Denarius. A friend to Harry, she worries about his mental health, and she shares her concerns with Billy before he confronts Harry.
Occupation: Assistant Medical Examiner for Chicago
An inquisitive but often cowardly medical examiner, Butters spent ninety days in a mental institution after doing autopsies on vampires, categorizing them as "humanoid but not human". He was allowed to return to his job, albeit after being demoted, and now helps Harry and the SI department with the corpses of paranormal creatures. In Dead Beat, he informed Harry that, as a wizard, Harry has uncharted regenerative capabilities and could one day recover the use of his hand. He is also a one-man polka band. Despite considering himself a coward, Butters saved Harry's life during the events of Dead Beat, then accompanied him into battle against a zombie army raised by necromancers when he realized that Harry's plan required a drummer. Despite his fear, he retained enough presence of mind during the battle to successfully raise a magical circle to protect himself. He also used his medical skills to save Captain Luccio of the Wardens from what would have been a fatal wound without immediate care.
Species: Human (Deceased, killed by a loup-garou in Fool Moon)
Occupation: Police Officer (Detective), Murphy's former partner. Carmichael was very skeptical of Harry's magical powers and usually did his best to mock Harry's abilities by explaining them away or else by calling them nonsense. He was, according to Murphy and Harry both, a good cop who just did not believe and therefore looked for rational, logical explanations for everything he came across.
Occupation: Housewife, wife and sparring partner of Michael Carpenter, amateur blacksmith.
Charity was a fledgling practitioner of magic from the age of sixteen, parental neglect leading her to become involved in a group led by a man named Gregor. The group's activities quickly came to the attention of the White Council, who sent a Warden to investigate and inform them of the Laws of Magic and the penalty for breaking them. Gregor resented this interference and apparently began to sacrifice members of the group to increase his own personal power. When Charity realized this, she became the next on his list; she fought, but was unable to defeat him, ending up being offered as a sacrifice to the dragon Siriothrax. She was saved, and Siriothrax slain, when Michael interceded, saving her life. Charity immediately swore to give up her power, seeing where it had so nearly led her. Michael remained close and the two began a relationship, marrying within a short time, and starting a family that currently consists of Molly, Daniel, Matthew, Alicia, Amanda, Hope, and Harry (the last named after Harry Dresden). Over time, her magical ability has waned with disuse.
When first encountered, Charity clearly has no liking for Dresden, which seems initially linked to his tendency to get her husband into trouble, and the fact that Michael often returns from his missions involving Dresden injured. While this undoubtedly remains a factor, it is later revealed that she worries about his effect on her children, should they inherit her own magical capability. While she herself chose to reject her magical heritage, she came to the conclusion that seeing Dresden use his abilities to save others, to fight against evils, would only lead her children to embrace their own magical ability. When her oldest daughter manifests as a wizard, this does indeed occur, leading to a rift between mother and daughter.
When Molly is subsequently kidnapped, with Michael absent, Charity enters the fray alongside Dresden, providing the assault team with suitable armor and weaponry, then proving herself to be an able combatant. With that experience behind them, plus Dresden accepting responsibility for training her daughter in the magical arts, Charity appears to have finally accepted his presence in her family's life. In Small Favor while Michael is in surgery, Harry attempts to leave the hospital, as this is a family matter. Charity disagrees and tells Harry to stay, indicating that Charity now regards Harry as family. It should also be noted that Charity does not hold Harry responsible for Michael's injuries as she has in the past.
Species: Human (Deceased)
Occupation: Stage Illusionist
He was Harry Dresden's father. He died of an apparent aneurysm leaving Harry orphaned at the age of 6.
Margaret Dresden is Harry Dresden and Thomas Raith's mother, She died during Harry's childbirth. She was killed by Lord Raith (whom her death curse made impotent and unable to feed).
Species: Human (Deceased, killed in self-defense by Dresden)
Occupation: ex-Warden, Master to Dresden and Elaine, Black Mage, Warlock
Justin adopted both Harry and Elaine when their magic began to manifest. Though his teaching style was often harsh (his method of teaching Harry, at the age of 13, how to create physical shields involved throwing baseballs at him), both Harry and Elaine were trained very well. Though once part of the White Council and a Warden, Justin became a black wizard and tried to mentally take control of his apprentices. Elaine was enthralled by Justin; Dresden, however, resisted Justin and ran away. DuMorne then sent a demon, an Outsider, to kill Dresden but Harry defeated it. He later went back and defeated DuMorne with a fire spell. He was subsequently put on trial for breaking the Laws of Magic, but escaped execution because it was self-defense. This led to Harry being placed under the Doom of Damocles, the situation in which we find him at the start of the book series.
In the TV adaptation, the character (renamed Justin Morningway) is played by Daniel Kash and is introduced as Harry's uncle.
Occupation: Priest, Pastor of St. Mary of the Angels, lawyer when needed
Father Forthill is one of a few members of the Catholic clergy with any knowledge of the supernatural. When he was younger, he and a few other priests helped to kill a vampire. They swore an oath to protect people from the dangers of the supernatural, and he technically continues this oath by blessing holy water for Dresden. Currently, he helps Michael Carpenter whenever he is needed. Before he became a priest, Father Forthill completed law school and passed the bar examination; he does pro bono legal work for members of his congregation.
He is a very kindly, paternal old priest with a generally positive, but realistic outlook, and a generous spirit. He seems extremely fond of Harry, despite Harry's discomfort with religion, and looks on Harry as a slightly warped but essentially good man, whom God looks favorably on. Harry doesn't share his confidence. It is revealed that he has a tattoo called the Eye of Thoth on his arm, due to his aforementioned vampire hunting
A member of Monoc Securities, on hire to Johnny Marcone. She is blonde, over six feet tall, and has shown mastery with axes, swords, flails, and other medieval weaponry. During White Night Harry refers to Ms. Gard as Amazon Gard, likely referring to her stature, not implying that she is a Greek Amazon. Monoc Securities is based in Norway; the company name is consistent with a reference to Odin ("mon" meaning one, "oc" referring to ocular, Odin having only one eye) in Norse mythology, as is the name of the CEO, Donar Vadderung (given name Thor, surname "Father of the Gods"). Together with Ms. Gard's reference to both Harry and Marcone as "mortals" during the alley-fight and knowledge of runes in Dead Beat, her appearance, affiliation, and combat prowess, implied she is one of the Valkyries. This is confirmed in the short story "Heorot," published in the compilation My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon, where Ms. Gard acknowledges that she is the Valkyrie Sigrun, though noting some of the legends are substantively accurate.
She briefly teams up with Harry to rescue Marcone in Small Favor and even gives Harry her dangerous collection of hair and blood samples so he can find her boss. She is disemboweled at one point, and nauseates Harry by repairing her injuries right in front of him. As a Valkyrie she appears to have the ability to know when someone is close to death. Harry confirms that she is a Valkyrie calling her a "Chooser of the Slain", a title used for one of the Valkyrie.
Occupation: Mob enforcer, Marcone's red-headed bodyguard. Harry calls him Cujo.
Occupation: Ex-girlfriend of Thomas Raith, hostage of the White Court, current assistant to Lara Raith.
Justine's exact origins are unknown, but it is known that Bianca once wanted her as one of her prostitutes, but that Thomas saved her from such a fate. She became his lover and food source, regularly having sex to sustain him at the cost of her own life force. This was especially necessary since Justine lacked the self-control that most humans have, and experiences wild manic mood swings when Thomas is not nearby to sap away those emotions.
When Thomas suffered a near-fatal injury, Justine chose to risk her own life to feed his incubus hunger, giving him the nourishment he needed to heal. She appeared to be dead afterwards, but they both pulled back in time to keep her from being killed. However, she lapsed into a catatonic state for a time, remained extremely weak, and her hair went white. Because of her true love for Thomas and his for her, her touch became toxic to him.
Thomas was exiled from the White Court shortly afterwards, and Lara promised to keep Justine safe from all the other vampires. In White Night it is revealed that Justine has been providing Thomas inside information pertaining to the White Court's dealings. She and Thomas are briefly reunited, and have apparently had non-physical contact since then. She apparently crochets.
Species: Scion; Quasi-Human; Half-Demon
Occupation: Mercenary, Guardian of the Archive
While he claims to be human, Kincaid is anything but. A scion (half-demon), according to Ebenezar McCoy, who shares a mutual enmity with the mercenary; when looked at using a wizard's Sight, Kincaid appears as an enormous horned, bat-winged entity carrying a corpse (his appearance on the outside) chained to him. His heritage gives him powers beyond that of a normal human; he was able to see the beams of an infrared laser and presumably has superhuman night vision, as well as identifying a land mine by scent in Blood Rites. Centuries old, Kincaid was, for hundreds of years, known as the Hound of Hell, the right-hand man (sort of) of Vlad Drakul, father of the more famous Dracula and described in the series as being a half-demon and far more dangerous than his illustrious offspring. Taciturn, sarcastic and unfriendly, Kincaid does have a sense of principle and can be trusted as long as his employment lasts. Should his employer default on payment, however, Kincaid's response is likely to be both swift and fatal. The precise reason for his feud with McCoy is unclear, although it dates to an incident in Istanbul about a century before the time frame of the books. All that McCoy would say on the subject was that there were certain boundaries between those in their profession based on professional courtesy and respect, and that Kincaid had crossed them. Despite his age and previous experience with McCoy, Kincaid seems to have seen very little of what wizards can do, commenting after a raid that he'd never seen a Wizard "cut loose" like Harry had in the fight. Small Favor shows that Kincaid cares a great deal about the Archive, almost like a big brother. He also worked for Ivy's grandmother in the past back when she was the Archive, and was a friend of the Archive's angry, tragic mother.
Kincaid also has a purely sexual "friendship" with Murphy, although she confesses in Small Favor that she has feelings for him as well. Whether these are reciprocated is unknown. Murphy also revealed his first name to Dresden in Small Favor
Species: Fallen Angel (although sometimes referred to as a demon)
One of thirty fallen angels that comprise the "Order of the Blackened Denarius", Lasciel and her brethren are demon spirits that are contained within thirty silver coins, each bearing the particular sigil representing the entombed demon's name. Lasciel's coin was offered to Harry Dresden as a "gift" by the co-leader of the Order, Nicodemus. Harry wisely refused the coin and the immense but evil powers brought with it. Later, Harry picked up the coin to prevent the baby Harry Carpenter from touching it. In doing so, Harry "allowed" Lasciel to exert a small measure of influence on his emotions, as well as give him the ability to use Hellfire. Harry buried the coin underneath his laboratory, but the sigil remained on the palm of his hand, and even protected that part of his hand when the rest of it was burned and blackened by flames while facing Mavra.
As of Dead Beat, Lasciel has begun to contact Harry directly in his mind, although earlier she appeared as the illusionary woman 'Shiela' who helped Harry find the book he was looking for in a store. She also gave him more information on the book later on in Dead Beat. However, she can only appear to Harry, as when Butters barged in on their meeting and didn't see Shiela/Lasciel. She claims to be but a shadow of the Fallen in the coin, and seeks to help him more out of self preservation than a desire to corrupt. Harry has since found that he is tempted to utilize her knowledge to help in difficult situations. She can use her knowledge to translate languages for Dresden, including German, ghoul, and ancient Etruscan. Lasciel also speeds up his mind's reaction time (albeit only for a short while to avoid damage) so they have enough time to talk in a pitched battle.
In White Night, Dresden convinces Lasciel (or Lash as he names the Fallen's shadow in that book) to strive for her freedom since she, as a shadow of the true Lasciel, is actually an independent entity; the true Lasciel still resides in the coin. He insists, repeatedly, that he will not take up the coin; the three years Dresden has "hosted" Lash is the longest period by far anyone has resisted Lasciel's temptation, which apparently also influences Lash.
As Bob later explains, by giving Lasciel her own name Harry caused her to realize she had this degree of freedom. Lash aids Harry significantly in the final battle of White Night, but when he regains consciousness he finds Lash apparently gone and (as Bob put it) deconstructed. Her final act was to commit a sort of suicide by directing a mental assault on the otherwise unused areas of Harry's brain/subconscious where she resided. As a consequence, Harry became apparently free of Lash/Lasciel's influence; the sigil on his hand faded, and he made plans to dig up the coin (which still contains the true Lasciel) and turn it over to Father Forthill for disposal. He has, however, mourned her 'passing' by shedding tears, stating that 'she chose to be free'. This was noticed only by Bob, who was present as Harry realized Lash's disappearance.
The only apparent lingering effect of Lash's tenure in Harry's mind is a profound boost in his skill at the guitar; prior to Lash's independence and suicide, he played at a beginner level unless she was actively manipulating him. After the event his skill is shown to be much, much greater. The loss of Lash also means Harry has also lost the ability to amplify his spells with Hellfire. He has retained other abilities she gave him, such as playing the guitar. A possible explanation is that Lash is not actually dead, merely significantly weakened, and the loss of the sigil represents her abandoning her mission. Harry's skill at guitar could be Lash's way of showing him she's still around, or it may have simply been a parting gift. However, as of Small Favor, Harry maintains that she is gone and proves it when Nicodemus tries to have Lasciel take over Harry's body and nothing happens. If she does indeed still exist, Harry's apparent regeneration could very well result in her recovery at some point in the future. However, this is not likely given the fact that Uriel gave him Soulfire for proving he could defend against a Fallen.
Occupation: Psychic Consultant, Ectomancer
Twenty years prior to the books, Lindquist was considered a gifted investigator, with a high sensitivity to spiritual energies and apparitions; he was even the author of three books on the subject. By the time of the books, however, his abilities appear to have severely atrophied, leaving him trying to earn money as a medium, although his sensitivity is now sufficiently low that in most cases he fails to contact any spirit and must resort to playacting in order to satisfy his clients, essentially a con-artist. He retains some degree of integrity however; Harry attributes his loss of ability to the fact that he privately hates what he does. He does retain some degree of contact with the spirit world, however, and his knowledge of such matters is considerable; he is able to provide Harry with some useful insights into the situation when Harry approaches him during the events of Grave Peril.
By the events of Death Masks, Lindquist has apparently changed his ways to some degree and his abilities are returning.
During the events of Dead Beat, Mortimer has become a true ectomancer with the ability to communicate freely with spirits, even though he still cons his customers by only pretending to tell them what they want to hear about their dead relatives and friends. Strangely enough, Lindquist, who has since been perceived by Harry as a selfish, arrogant and all around despicable human being, actually stands up to Harry when he demands his help and the help of the dead against the necromancer threat. Lindquist responds by saying "The dead are terrified of whatever is moving around out there." and that "They may be dead, but that doesn't mean they can't get hurt. I won't risk that for Council infighting." Harry notes that while Mortimer may never lift a finger to help his fellow man, he would stand against a powerful wizard and wizard council to protect the dead. They are the only beings other than himself he seems to really care about.
Species: Unknown, presumably Human
Occupation: Pub owner
McAnally owns and runs McAnally's, a pub frequented by the magical fraternity, which is intentionally laid out in such a manner to disrupt the flow of magical energies, with the aim of preventing any unexpected manifestations that might be caused by a large assemblage of potentially drunk wizards. It is also noticeably lacking in items of technology that might be found in an ordinary pub, due to the negative effects on technology caused by the presence of a wizard. Tall and of indeterminate age, McAnally gives off a sense of strength and wisdom that commands the respect of his clientele. Generally taciturn, when he does choose to voice an opinion, Harry generally considers that opinion to be worth listening to. McAnally makes his own dark microbrew beer and fantastic steak sandwiches, which he cooks on a wood-burning stove.
McAnally appears to be regarded with some degree of respect by other supernatural groups; his pub is considered neutral ground in the war between the vampires and the White Council; Harry meets Duke Ortega there after the latter challenges him to a duel. Whether there is more to McAnally than meets the eye, or what other reason for this respect might exist, is as yet unrevealed. In White Night it is stated that Marcone is the only non-magical mortal to be a freelord of the Unseelie Accords. This means either McAnally's pub is granted neutral ground status under another provision of the Accord and he is not a signatory himself, or that he is a magical entity of some nature.
In Small Favor, he develops some degree of respect for Karrin when she defends Harry from a Gruff, and brings out three bottles of a particularly good brew afterward.
Occupation: Wizard, Dresden's ex-girlfriend
Elaine was an apprentice of Justin DuMorne, taken in by him along with Harry when they were both children. As teenagers, she began a romantic relationship with Harry until Justin showed his darker nature: he enthralled Elaine and attempted to enthrall Harry so he could perform greater black magic. After his death, Elaine faked her own death and fled to the realms of the Summer Faeries in the Nevernever where she entered into a contract with the Summer Lady Aurora.
In White Night, she is operating as a wizard-for-hire in California, although she is hiding her true power level from the White Council. She still struggles with nightmares and phobias stemming from her enslavement by DuMorne, and feels that only by going out and doing her work can she overcome her fears.
She has taken a page from Dresden's book in setting up her new life in Los Angeles, telling him as much and saying that she's in the phone book, under 'Wizards', just like him. Elaine's new career is similar to his, involving consulting work for police and private investigation, specializing in finding lost children.
She initially seemed interested in rekindling the relationship between them, especially since Harry still has feelings for her. But she saw Susan Rodrieguez's photo and engagement ring on a mantle, and realized that Harry had loved too deeply and too recently for her to reenter his life as a lover. However, Harry's lingering feelings mean that a romantic reunion is possible.
Occupation: Convention coordinator
Sandra coordinated the horror convention named SplatterCon!!! in Proven Guilty.
Species: Vampire (Black Court)
Occupation: Manipulator. Prominent member of Black Court vampires.
She is one of the few surviving members of the Black Court and, therefore, one of the most powerful and fearsome creatures in the vampire community. In addition to her supernatural powers as a vampire, she is as skilled in the use of magic as a full-fledged wizard and has been a threat to Dresden a few times throughout the novels since her introduction in Grave Peril. Mavra was thought to be slaughtered by Dresden in Blood Rites, however, Mavra either survived being struck with a series of holy water/garlic paintballs and decapitation, or she used a powerful impostor. Both seem impractical, as only powerful vampires are awake at day, and this "impostor" was, and Dresden states that vampires are killed by decapitation. More recently in Dead Beat, she acquired the Word of Kemmler, receiving it from Harry as payment for blackmail photos of Karrin Murphy shooting one of Mavra's human servants with a shotgun. What she intends to do with this tome is yet to be revealed. When she was last seen, Dresden threatened to use everything at his disposal, referring to the offer of Knighthood from the Winter Court, his contact with the Fallen Angel Lasciel, and the Darkhallow to kill her if she attempted to harm or blackmail Murphy again.
Species: Domestic cat
Mister is an exceptionally large gray tomcat who lives with Harry. In Storm Front, Harry says he found Mister as a small kitten, in a trash can, about three years earlier. His tail was torn off by a dog or a car; he hates both. Mister weighs over thirty pounds; his "father was a wild cat or a lynx or something." Mac, the owner of MacAnally’s will make up the occasional doggy bag for Mister.
Mister is also occasionally used by Bob, who possesses Mister in order to move around town during the day, because sunlight is deadly to Bob.
Species: Caucasian Shepherd Dog or Tibetan Mastiff, possibly a descendant of a divine guardian spirit-animal. Exact breeding is unknown, but Harry calls him a cross between a chow and a woolly mammoth, and a "West Highland Dogosaurus."
Mouse was introduced in the novel Blood Rites as a small furry puppy rescued from a group of demons. A Tibetan monk employed Harry to recover a stolen litter of puppies believed to be a reincarnation of an ancient Foo spirit. This meant they were supernatural and special, both qualities that Mouse has shown as he has attained his massive mature size. While Harry returned all the Foo puppies he could find, one particularly scrappy pup hid under his car seat and he was unable to return it.
In Proven Guilty Mouse was hit by a car and survived, and he went on to take down supernatural enemies while emitting a faint glow. Mouse has shown an aptitude for detecting dark energies and presences, and he has a strong empathy for humans who display no such dark traces. He also shows intelligence greater than that of any other dog, and seems able to plan, anticipate and comprehend abstract concepts, as well as speech. In addition, in White Night when Harry begins to play the guitar (poorly) as part of therapy for his hand, Mouse gets up off the living room floor and goes into the bedroom, shutting the door behind him.
After Mouse exhibits some puzzling but heroic behaviors in White Night, Bob describes additional powers the dog has, such as a warning bark that awoke an entire building full of people during a fire when the actual alarm could not be activated. This bark can also apparently scare away some supernatural, incorporeal beings. If that doesn't work, Mouse can actually physically damage an enemy, usually with his teeth, as has happened with fatal effects during two battles. Also in White Night, Elaine claims that Mouse is a Temple Dog and is stunned he belongs to Harry. Oddly, in Proven Guilty Madrigal Raith exclaims with apprehension that Mouse is "not a dog". In Small Favor, Nicodemus shows a genuine uneasiness about Mouse's presence in his meeting with Harry, asking Harry "What is that?" and making sure to keep his shadow in between himself and Mouse.
Despite growing to massive size, Mouse still defers to Mister, allowing the cat to eat before he does and appearing nervous after Harry tells him to take away Mister's catnip before he gets ill.
The guardian statues that the White Council uses to guard meeting entrances are modeled after dogs like Mouse.
In Small Favor, it is indicated that Mouse, in addition to comprehending speech, can show emotion on a level with humans - when told to "take the catnip away" if it makes Mister sick, he seems to indicate doubt; when Thomas claims that what he said earlier about Harry was a joke, Mouse merely flicks his ears and turns away. also when Harry jokes about shaking himself dry like Mouse in Michael Carpenter's home, Michael responds that "Mouse would be too polite to do that in his house", which Mouse later proves.
Species: Possessed human/Fallen Angel (deceased(?))
Occupation: Leader of the Order of the Blackened Denarius
Described by Harry as the most dangerous man he's ever met, Nicodemus is every bit the threat he appears: while most evil characters manage to appear in a somewhat gray area at times, Nicodemus is as bad as it gets. The oldest and most powerful of the Denarians, possessed by the fallen angel Anduriel, a captain of Lucifer, he is a liar, murderer, torturer, slaver, thief and traitor, living only to rush the world into apocalypse. Unlike others among his order, he is in full collaboration with his demon; further unlike others, he often appears to be more in control of his actions and tries to come off as civil and reasonable. He often looks at long term planning, and his schemes are often elaborate and multi-purposeful. It's stated he has murdered more than a hundred Knights of the Cross, more than a thousand priests, nuns, monks, and three thousand men, women and children directly, and is responsible for the Black Plague and many other acts of chaos and destruction. His past is often clouded and his age is undeterminable, with it being a possibility that he walked the earth when Christ did. The reason for this is that he makes it a point to destroy the Church's records on him every other century.
Nicodemus is married to Tessa/Imariel, the second oldest of the order, although the marriage means little to either of them as they appear more as rivals than lovers, with Tessa thinking in a more short term manner as compared to Nicodemus' long term planning. They do however have a daughter, Deirdre, who also belongs to the order and appears more loyal to her father than mother, with the two sharing an incestuous relationship.
He rarely appears disconcerted, afraid or panicked, but did seem terrified of Shiro (one of only two knights to face him and survive, and whom he often referred to mockingly as "Japan") during Death Masks and tries to push Harry to join his order throughout his appearances, seeing him as a worthy recruit, but also may be afraid of Harry. In Small Favor Harry notes he is probably the only person to truly terrify him after discovering his weakness (see below) and apparently killing him.
Often his powers seem not to be shape-shifting, as is the norm among the fallen, but his shadow is alive and has substance. Whispering can be heard from it and it is assumed the shadow is actually Anduriel acting independently of himself; like all his order, however, he possesses super human strength and a great deal of magical knowledge. One of the more terrifying possessions he holds is the rope Judas Iscariot used to hang himself after the crucifixion - while wearing the slender rope as a tie Nicodemus is invulnerable to attack even by Denarian standards, utterly immune to all methods of death except the one the rope was made for. In Death Masks Harry's revelation of this allows him to survive, and in Small Favor Harry chokes him apparently to death and throws him over a boat and into a lake. It is assumed he's dead, but whether he'll return as himself or in a new body remains to be seen.
At a book signing in Houston, Butcher claimed that in writing Nicodemus, he simply created someone that would be "the flipside of Michael Carpenter."
Occupation: Member of the Order of the Blackened Denarius
More commonly referred to as "Tessa", she is also a sort of leader for the Denarians. As Nicodemus' wife, she and her angel, Imariel, are stated as the second-eldest of the Denarians. Generally, she is a rival to her husband, though they do work together to accomplish a similar goal- the last time they were said to have worked together, the Black Plague spread across Europe. She chooses bearers for coins based upon willingness to take a coin, not talent. Michael said that Fallen who serve Imariel (and Tessa) go through bearers quickly. Tessa is concerned with short-term views, while Nicodemus is focused with the bigger picture and long-term issues.
Tessa is also shown to be an exceedingly capable sorceress. She was able to constantly throw lightning around during the duel at the Oceanarium, when most magic was cut off. Harry notes that she is a "big-leaguer" and "White Council material herself". She would, just for fun, throw lightning at the Archive when the child was defending against seven other Denarians.
At the end of the book, on the island in the middle of Lake Michigan, Tessa and Rosanna had done a major portion of the greater circle to imprison the Archive. Enraged after Michael was shot, Harry sent a "bar of blue-white fire so dense that it was nearly a solid object" straight through Tessa's chest. It is unknown if she survived the potentially fatal jet of flame.
Species: Red Court Vampire (deceased)
Occupation: Duke & War leader of the Red Court; "Renowned researcher and debunker of paranormal phenomena."
Ortega was a senior member of the Red Court and acts as a commander in time of war. Outwardly of average appearance, his guise as a professor specializing in research into paranormal phenomena at the University of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro masks a formidable and cunning warrior. During the events of Death Masks, he arrives in Chicago to challenge Dresden to a duel, the idea being that, with the instigator of the war between the Red Court and the White Council dead, an end to the conflict becomes considerably more likely. Should Harry win, Ortega offers to make Chicago neutral ground in the fighting, with Harry and his friends being protected from reprisals as long as they stay within the city. Harry accepts the deal and the duel, to be moderated by the Archive and based on the respective willpower of the participants, takes place at Wrigley Field.
During the duel, Ortega has Harry at a major disadvantage, telling him that he should simply surrender and that, if Harry ultimately defeats him, his vassals will track down and eliminate everybody that Harry cares about, in a blatant infringement of the original deal. This angers Harry, reinforcing his will, giving him the advantage. Ortega pulls a gun and is about to shoot Harry when he is shot himself, leading to the duel falling apart and a short conflict erupting within the stadium. As Harry was winning, and thus had little reason to cheat, he is judged the winner. Ortega escaped, assisted by two of his vassals, retreating to his stronghold in Honduras.
His escape was, however, short-lived. Duke Ortega was eliminated, along with the vast majority of his vassals, by Ebenezar McCoy in his covert role as the Blackstaff; McCoy pulled a deactivated Soviet communications satellite out of orbit, causing it to impact directly on Ortega's mansion.
Species: White Court Vampire
Occupation: The true leader of the White Court, former porn star.
Lara is perhaps the most dangerous of the White Court, a master manipulator, conspirator and seductress. Above all else her word is always honest, given safe passage by Lara always ensures she will go to extreme lengths to preserve her word. Since secretly taking over from her father she has ended all threats to his position of power, removing the leaders of the other two houses and beefing up security. She is currently pushing a peace effort between the Red Court and White Council for unknown reasons, but due to the White Court's nature to be backstabbing schemers and traitors, this is unlikely to be for the benefit of either the Council or the Red Court. After the events of Blood Rites, Harry and Lara are currently locked in a stalemate as Harry knows the White King has become a mere figurehead and Lara knows Thomas is Harry's half-brother. Despite the growing hostility between them, there appears to be a great deal of respect as well, in particular from Lara for Dresden's own skills at manipulation and deduction. In White Night Lara offers Harry a chance to work for her, and Harry once again turns her down.
Occupation: Police Officer
One of the Chicago PD's "old hands", Rawlins is a cop who gets the job done and has little patience for politics. He has been demoted from detective twice. After he was saved from an unknown creature by Murphy's father, he has kept an open mind about the supernatural. He has been moved to the SI department and is currently Murphy's partner.
Occupation: Police Officer (Internal Affairs)
Before moving to Internal Affairs, Rudolph was a young, inexperienced member of the SI department, under Murphy's command. His placement there was the result of a relationship with a high-ranking city official's daughter. After his transfer to Internal Affairs, he seems to feel nothing but contempt for Murphy and Dresden.
Occupation: Police Officer (formerly "Detective Sergeant", now Lieutenant and Head of Special Investigations)
Species: Vampire (Red Court) (deceased).
Occupation: Madam of an escort service (The Velvet Room), Margravine and, prior to her destruction, Baroness of the Red Court. Bianca, like all her kind, is actually a repulsive monster inside the fake flesh of a beautiful woman. Harry earned her wrath during the investigation of one of her prostitutes' deaths, which climaxed with him attacking her with a handkerchief filled with sunshine. This injured her so that she needed to feed, and she fed too deeply on her favorite servant and killed her. She hated him for that, and blamed him for the death of her friend.
Bianca returns in Grave Peril, where she conspires with the Leanansidhe and Black Court vampires. She holds a masquerade ball and invites Harry with the intention of goading him into a fight, thus allowing her to kill him and possibly sparking off a war with the wizards. When that attempt fails and he ends up burning and killing many of the vampires, Bianca turns Harry's girlfriend Susan into a half-vampire, and says that she will forgive him all his past actions, but will keep Susan for herself. She is killed when Harry summons up the ghosts of all the vampires' victims.
The TV version of Bianca is very different from the book version. Bianca is a far more innocuous character, who takes in Harry while he's on the run, and even arranges safe passage elsewhere with little apparent intention of using it against him. She is a club owner and not a madam, and she becomes sexually involved with Harry. To date, she has not been killed.
In Summer Knight, he, along with other pixies, surprised and killed Aurora (the Summer Lady), with steel box cutters (iron being a bane to fae.) The pixies were able to wield the box cutters due to their plastic handles.
Toot Toot often behaves innocent of danger and tends to act very childish even while being serious, such as writing "pizza or death" on his box knife and imitating Gunnery Sergeant Hartman from Full Metal Jacket. Toot, like all little folk has a relatively short term memory, watches a great deal of events concerning mortals as entertainment, is insane about pizza and has a higher emotional state due to his size. Harry's relationship with him has changed since Storm Front, where once Harry would have trapped Toot and bribed him with pizza until he did what he wanted, now he seems to only have to call for him and offer payment. Toot appears to be very loyal to Harry.
First summoned by Harry's former mentor and dark wizard Justin DuMorne to capture or kill Harry. Dresden somehow managed to escape He Who Walks Behind and kill Justin when the Outsider was dismissed. Resummoned in the novel Blood Rites, He Who Walks Behind is described as a dark presence, a terrifying shadow or mist that creeps upon you unseen and undetected, possibly indicating where it gets its name. He Who Walks Behind states that it has not forgotten Harry and was not officially dismissed at the end of the novel, leaving many to believe that Harry will someday have to confront the Outsider yet again. Harry carries a mark on his soul, visible to the Wizard's Sight, from his encounter with He Who Walks Behind; its effects, if any, are unknown.
In Small Favor, Harry finds himself able to use Soulfire, the Heavenly equivalent to Hellfire. This occurs after Michael Carpenter is near-fatally injured, and Harry heads to a hospital chapel to rant at God. An elderly janitor comes by to talk to him about God's true nature and whether an archangel was helping in their work, then vanishes, leaving behind a copy of Tolkien's "The Two Towers" with the line "The burned hand teaches best" underlined. Mab hints to Harry that the janitor he met really was "The Watchman", whom she later identifies as Uriel, although she orders Harry not to say his name lightly.
He later learns that his Soulfire is likely a gift from the archangel Uriel, who seems to have taken an interest in him. Mab states that "Of the archangels, I like him the most. He is the quiet one. The subtle one. The one least known. And by far the most dangerous." Most of his actions are either unknown or conjecture. He is, according to Bob, the angel responsible for the deaths of the first born of Egypt.
Harry also learns that he can not use the Soulfire too much as it is fueled with his soul. However, in time, souls regenerate, through relaxation and entertainment.
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