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Character Name: Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden
Fandom: The Dresden Files (books)
PB: Ioan Gruffudd
Three faults: Hot headed, klutz around women, likes blowing stuff up
Three strengths: Loyal, good with kids and animals, determined/dedicated
Greatest fear: Screwing Maggie up even more
Biggest hope: For a family
Canon History: Harry Dresden is a wizard who works as a private investigator of sorts in Chicago (he's in the phone book, the only listing under "Wizards"), dealing with paranormal crimes and consulting for the Chicago Police Department. He is named after three different stage magicians — Harry Houdini, Harry Blackstone, Sr., and David Copperfield. This name was given to him by his father, Malcolm Dresden, a stage magician himself, who raised Harry while still performing his magic show all across the country.
Harry is considered a magical "thug," lacking fine control of his power, but is one of the strongest living wizards in terms of pure magical strength, as well as factors surrounding the timing of his birth. He originally favored fire and wind spells in battle, but has since evolved towards fire and kinetic force, and has recently started using earth. Lightning, and has used water at least once. He is also an expert at tracking spells (which he uses in his investigations) along with summoning and entrapment spells to speak to faeries and other supernatural sources of information. Due to his lack of finer control, Harry often must rely on magical items to help focus and channel his magical energy, such as his staff, blasting rod, shield bracelet, and force rings. In Changes, we see the first instances of Harry using wide area war magic, fire and ice combinations, and pure ice magic. He's also gotten much better at using Veils and tighter control of his fire spells because of teaching his apprentice Molly Carpenter.
Harry has also been known to carry around many firearms such as a .38 revolver, a .357, and most recently a .44 revolver and a sawed-off pump shotgun for those times when 'magic just doesn't cut it'.
Harry's traditional arsenal includes a duster enchanted with protective magics, a rune-carved staff, a 'blasting rod' (a wooden stick used to give him finer control over his evocation magic, particularly fire), a shield bracelet , a silver ring (used to channel blasts of kinetic energy) which has grown from merely one to several on both hands over the course of the series, and his mother's silver pentacle amulet
Harry also benefits from having a large number of contacts and acquaintances within the different groups of the magical community. Whereas most traditional and hidebound wizards refuse to have dealings with other magical beings, Harry has gained a great deal of respect and infamy that often allows him to pursue other options normally not available to wizards. Of particular relevance is the fact that Harry has met and has some level of interaction with all the Queens of the Summer and Winter Courts of Faerie.
Harry's mother, Margaret Gwendolyn LeFey, was a wizard herself, although Harry knew little of her prior to book six. He has since learned that he is not her only child. He has an older half-brother named Thomas (who just happens to be a White Court vampire). Harry was raised by his father, a stage illusionist, until the age of six, when his father died of a brain aneurysm. He spent some years as a ward of the state before being adopted at ten (shortly after manifesting his magical powers) by Justin DuMorne, a former Warden of the White Council who had turned renegade and become a dark mage. Justin later tried to enthrall Harry as his slave, but Harry fought back and in the process killed Justin. Harry was then entrusted to the care of Ebenezar McCoy, who mentored Harry and helped keep him out of trouble, until Harry was old enough to support himself. In Changes it is revealed that McCoy is his maternal grandfather.
Harry Dresden was nearly executed for breaking the First Law of Magic, but the White Council ruled the killing self-defense. Dresden was placed under the Doom of Damocles (a sort of probation) and put in the care of Ebenezar McCoy until adulthood. At the end of the novel, the White Council rescinds the Doom after Dresden exposes a triple murderer without breaking the Seven Laws of Magic.
Harry meets the Alphas, a group of young werewolves who give him aid throughout the series while dealing with a series of werewolf-related killings. Harry also starts to date Susan Rodriguez in this book.
In terms of Harry's backstory, the reader finds out that Harry's mother and father did not die natural deaths. It was also revealed that Harry's mother was known under a different name, and it was hinted that she had a dark past, but that she eventually redeemed herself.
Harry's friend Michael is introduced, a holy Knight of the Cross who battles evil. Michael encourages Harry to admit that he loves Susan, his reporter girlfriend. However, this comes too late, as Susan is attacked by Red Court vampires under the sway of Chicago's recently elevated Red Court Noble, Bianca, and is almost turned into one of them. To get her back, Harry destroys a large amount of Bianca's property, and Bianca herself, starting a war between the vampires and the White Council. Afterward Harry asks Susan to marry him, but she refuses out of fear that she may lose control over her new-found blood lust. She ends up leaving town to deal with her new identity as a semi-vampire.
It is also revealed in this book that Harry has a faerie godmother, Leanansidhe, who helped him to escape Justin DuMorne in exchange for his fealty, as well the fact that his mother, before she died, had made a pact with "Lea".
Harry learns that his childhood love Elaine survived the fire that killed their foster father Justin. The Winter Queen of Faerie, Mab, has purchased his debt from Leanansidhe and makes a deal with Harry for three favors. Harry then is forced into Faerie dealings and intrigue between the rival Courts to save the world.
After the first favor is accomplished, Mab offers him the title of Winter Knight, a position of no small power. Harry refuses, afraid of being caught up further in Faerie business...and of being the servant of Mab.
Harry teams up with Michael's fellow Knights of the Cross to help defeat the Order of the Blackened Denarius. Its members, known as Denarians or the Fallen, are fallen angels who inhabit the 30 pieces of silver used to bribe Judas into betraying Jesus of Nazareth. Harry encounters their leader Nicodemus, his daughter Deirdre, and two other members, Rasmussen (Ursiel) and Quintus Cassius (Saluriel). He inadvertently exposes himself to the essence of another Fallen, Lasciel, but does not realize it at the time and buries her coin under the floor of his lab. Susan returns briefly before moving to South America to work with other not-quite-vampires in the Order of St. Giles against the Red Court.
This book also introduces the characters of the Archive, nicknamed by Harry "Ivy", a mighty signatory of the Accords which bind supernatural beings, and the repository of all human knowledge; as well as her supernaturally lethal mercenary bodyguard, Kincaid the Hellhound.
Harry learns that the White Court vampire Thomas Raith, whom he encountered in Grave Peril and Death Masks, is his half-brother: both are the sons of Margaret Gwendolyn LeFey, and Thomas is six or seven years his senior. Their mother did not die naturally in childbirth, but was murdered by Thomas' father, Lord Raith of the White Court. Additionally, in this book Harry suffers severe burns to his left hand, crippling it, during a confrontation with vampires of the Black Court. He also learns that Ebenezar, who took him in after his time with Justin, is the equivalent of the White Council's black-ops hitman (the Blackstaff), during a staredown between Ebenezar and Kincaid, the Archive's bodyguard hired to help him with the attack. Harry also learns that his mother had once been Ebenezar's apprentice, before she rebelled and took up with a bad crowd, and that Ebenezar had been secretly ordered to kill him if he showed any inclination to do the same.
In this book, Harry meets and adopts Mouse. The book opens with Harry's assignment to rescue a litter of Tibetan temple puppies from bad entities. At O'Hare, Harry delivers the box of pups to his client, Brother Wang. On the ride home, Harry discovers that one puppy had slipped out of the box and hidden under the back seat of the Blue Beetle. Brother Wang's flight is long gone. The puppy fits comfortably in Harry's duster pocket, so Harry decides to keep him. He will eventually grow to be a massive Foo Dog, with great power against beings of supernatural evil. He becomes Harry's constant companion and guards his back. Harry named him Mouse due to his (current) small size and gray coloring.
At the end of the book, Thomas moves into Harry's apartment, having been disowned by his family, and starts helping out with household chores. He uses his savings to pay Kincaid's fee for participating in the attack on the Black Court vampires, then buys a bag of large-breed puppy food - a hint at how large Mouse will eventually become.
Harry finds out about a long since executed Dark Wizard named Kemmler. While Murphy is out of town, Mavra threatens to destroy her career if Harry does not deliver her the last copy of the book Word of Kemmler, the dark wizard's final work, in direct conflict with the Disciples of Kemmler who also come for the last surviving copy. The disciples are aligned with the Red Court and while Harry is busy the White Council is hit in a massive assault, resulting in the loss of over three-fourths of the Wardens. When the head of the Wardens, Luccio, comes to Chicago to help stop the “Kemmlerites,” she also elevates Harry to the rank of Warden to help alleviate the recent loss of force and raise the morale of the surviving Wardens, many of whom are young and see Harry as an idol. By the end of the book, Luccio is attacked by an entity known as the Corpsetaker. Luccio's mind was captured and taken captive in the body of a young woman, a point that will become important later in the series.
In this book Waldo Butters determines why wizards heal so well and live so long, as well as helps Harry begin to regain control over his burned hand. Also, in this book, Harry first becomes aware of the presence of Lasciel inside of him. Harry walks a fine line between using the gifts she offers (such as Hellfire, which supercharges his spells, and her photographic memory) and resisting her overtures for fear he will become dependent on her.
Harry takes the rebellious Molly Carpenter (eldest daughter of his friend Michael Carpenter) as his apprentice, under similar circumstances to his own apprenticeship under Ebenezar. The act of sparing her life results in both Harry and Molly being placed under the Doom of Damocles, with Harry responsible for all of Molly's actions, and they both being killed if any of them step out of line with the Council. Harry and Ebenezar discuss the existence of the heretofore unknown "Black Council." The book is steeped in Faerie Courts intrigue, rogue White Court vampires, an assault on Mab's castle in Faerie itself, and lots of little references to earlier and later books.
Harry is forced to confront the fact that Lasciel has been influencing him, making him quicker to become angry at his friends. However, he discovers that his subconscious has also been influencing Lasciel's shadow 'Lash', enough that she takes a metaphorical bullet for him and apparently "dies" at the end of the story. He also meets Elaine again, discovers Thomas's occupation as a seemingly-gay hairdresser, and appears to be becoming involved in setting up a network to help members of the magical community who are not powerful enough to protect themselves.
It also turns out that Harry, due to the timing of his conception and birth, may have power beyond that of normal wizards. His mother apparently carefully arranged matters so that he would be born with the ability to destroy or banish Outsiders. However, it has been revealed that any wizard born under such circumstances would possess these abilities. Apparently the Council is unaware of this, although it is striking that Harry's power manifested years before that of most young wizards At the end, due to Harry's actions the war with the Red Court is ended and replaced with a guarded truce.
Harry returns to complete another part of the bargain he made with Mab, Queen of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, agreeing to save the life of Johnny Marcone as repayment of the second of three favors he owes her by way of his godmother. He is repeatedly pursued by Faerie vassals of Summer, such as the Brothers Gruff; Winter's own Hobs; as well as tangling with the intrigue and manipulation by the Denarians, who are once again making a move for power. We are introduced to the mystical island out in the middle of Lake Michigan, and the Archive and Hellhound and Knights of the Cross all make a return...as does Johnny Marcone.
Harry discovers (accidentally, of course) that he has been given the power of Soulfire, the magical opposite of Hellfire. Soulfire magic is used to create things whereas Hellfire is used to destroy. This magic was given to him by Uriel, an Archangel also known as the Watchman, and who Mab claims is the most dangerous of the Archangels. Bob informs Harry that overusing his newfound ability will result in his soul likewise being used up, although his soul will replenish itself given enough time. It also sets him up as an agent of the Archangels in future storylines, however inadvertently.
Dresden's erstwhile enemy Warden Donald Morgan arrives at Harry's doorstep asking sanctuary, pursued by other Wardens who believe he is guilty of murdering a senior member of the White Council. Dresden confronts a conspiracy that entangles his new lover, the Captain of Wardens Anastasia Luccio, and his brother Thomas. Thomas' half-cousin and fellow White Court vampire Madeleine; the mercenary Binder; the vicious and powerful Skinwalker; and the White Council Traitor Peabody work together against Harry and the White Council.
Peabody, using magic embedded into the ink use in the documents at the White Council headquarters beneath Edinburgh Castle, influences the minds of the Senior Council, the Wardens, and Luccio. Morgan stumbles upon Luccio shortly after she, under Peabody's control via a trance, kills Senior Council member Aleron LaFortier. Out of long stifled love for her, Morgan takes her weapon and implicates himself. He escapes and enlists Harry in proving his innocence. Harry, invoking the strength of the powerful spirit on an island in Lake Michigan called Demonreach, brings the players on both sides to the island to provoke the conspirators into revealing themselves.
While Harry's plan had seemed to fail (in that the traitor wasn't captured), the Skinwalker is driven off and most of the conspirators are destroyed or forced to flee. Back under Edinburgh Castle, Harry reveals Peabody's complicity, but Peabody escapes. Harry, the wardens and Morgan pursue - and Morgan is killed cutting Peabody down. In the book's final moments, it's revealed that La Fortier's apprentice is elected to the Senior Council though he is not old or powerful enough for the position - perhaps the plan of the rumored Black Council all along. Warden Luccio, freed from Peabody's domination, calls things off with Harry after she learns that her affection for him was forced upon her as part of Peabody's scheme. Ebenezer McCoy reveals to Harry that there are others amongst the Council that believe in the Black Council conspiracy and wish to take action against them. As they must do this covertly, when Harry declares himself part of McCoy's group, he dubs their secret banding the 'Grey Council'.
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