History Characters / TheDresdenFilesHarrysHousehold

15th Aug '16 12:13:09 PM ProfessorWillis
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** [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique He pulverized a Denarian's legs and one hand after he surrendered to get information.]]
13th Aug '16 5:02:26 PM nombretomado
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** The potential DirtyHarry jokes are also probably part of it.

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** The potential DirtyHarry Film/DirtyHarry jokes are also probably part of it.
7th Aug '16 4:12:14 PM SpectralTime
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Our hero, his semi-loyal pets, and the dirty-minded familiar that lives in his skull. (A skull he owns, anyway.)
1st Aug '16 2:30:04 PM scionofgrace
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** ''Literature/SkinGame'' implies that the Winter Knight's mantle is nothing more than the ability to run the human body [[UninhibitedMusclePower with the limits turned off]]. You know, like the limits that keep one from breaking their own bones, shredding their own muscles, or running themselves to death by exhaustion. There's also the ability to call up Winter Mist.
* BlueCollarWarlock: Unlike senior members of the council (''especially'' [[WizardClassic the Merlin]]), Harry is much more contemporary in his tastes. He also uses his skills as a P.I. to make a living. Along with his wizarding gear, he uses a revolver, a leather duster that can stand up to gunfire, an limitless amount of snark, and dated pop-culture references.

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** ''Literature/SkinGame'' implies that the Winter Knight's mantle is nothing more than mostly the ability to run the human body [[UninhibitedMusclePower with the limits turned off]]. You know, like the limits that keep one from breaking their own bones, shredding their own muscles, or running themselves to death by exhaustion. There's also the ability to call up Winter Mist.
exhaustion.
* BlueCollarWarlock: Unlike senior members of the council (''especially'' [[WizardClassic the Merlin]]), Harry is much more contemporary in his tastes. He also uses his skills as No formal education? Harry's a P.I. to make a living. Along high school dropout with his wizarding gear, he uses a revolver, a leather duster that can stand up to gunfire, an limitless amount of GED. Unschooled language? Slang, snark, and dated pop-culture references.references galore. No independent source of money? Harry makes his living as a PI. City dweller? Chicago. Focus on practical magic? Pretty much. Blue collar family? As far as we know, yes.



* ChivalrousPervert: We know about the chivalry, and the perversion, apparently the faerie queen has a great ass. If one pays close attention, Harry's narration even gets more descriptive of the feminine form depending on the degree of sexual frustration he's experiencing.

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* ChivalrousPervert: We know about Harry would never take advantage of a girl, but that doesn't mean he won't look. Even if the chivalry, and the perversion, apparently the faerie queen has woman in question is a great ass. If one pays close attention, Harry's narration even gets more descriptive of the feminine form depending on the degree of sexual frustration he's experiencing.Faerie Queen.
1st Aug '16 2:03:21 PM scionofgrace
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* BookDumb: Played with. Harry is clearly pretty well-read and generally seems well-educated, but he never finished high school and compared to most of the White Council he is hopelessly ignorant. In ''Turn Coat'', when he was in a room full of wizards that contained a guy who went back to med school every ten years or so to stay current and others who had so many doctoral degrees their stoles were stretched from the little markers, he considered that he would like to embroider "GED" on his in red, white, and blue. He's basically the only one on the White Council who isn't fluent in Latin.
** [[RunningGag Stupid correspondence course]]. He does get better at it as of ''Turn Coat'', probably re-learning it alongside Molly.
* CatchPhrase: While largely averted, Harry ''does'' have a few phrases that he'll repeat a few times over the course of several books. The most prominent is [[Franchise/EvilDead "Groovy."]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Changes from a well meaning yet reckless and impulsive to a smarter, more analytical, and cautious badass.
** This is the focus of much of ''Ghost Story'' and is explicitly stated by Uriel at the end.

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* BookDumb: Played with. Harry is clearly Harry's a smart guy and pretty well-read and generally seems well-educated, well-read, but he never finished high school and compared school. Which is in stark contrast to most the many, many advanced degrees held by the rest of the White Council. On top of that, the Council he is hopelessly ignorant. In ''Turn Coat'', when he was conducts all its business in a room full of wizards that contained a guy who went back to med school every ten years or Latin: Harry can understand it pretty well, but [[MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels speak it, not so to stay current and others who had so many doctoral degrees their stoles were stretched from the little markers, he considered that he would like to embroider "GED" on his in red, white, and blue. He's basically the only one on the White Council who isn't fluent in Latin.
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much.]] [[RunningGag Stupid correspondence course]]. He does get better at it as of ''Turn Coat'', probably re-learning it alongside Molly.
course.]]
* CatchPhrase: While largely averted, Harry ''does'' have Not obvious, but he's got a few phrases that he'll repeat a few times over the course of several books.he likes. The most prominent is [[Franchise/EvilDead "Groovy."]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Changes from a well meaning yet Starts out reckless and & impulsive to a smarter, more analytical, and cautious badass.
** This is the focus of much of ''Ghost Story'' and is explicitly stated by Uriel at the end.
(if well-meaning), steadily gains brains, caution, & better judgment.



* DisappearedDad: As of ''Changes'', when he finds out about his daughter for the first time, though technically he's been one since ''Blood Rites.'' Approximately.

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* DisappearedDad: As of ''Changes'', when he finds out about his daughter for the first time, though technically he's been one since ''Blood Rites.'' Approximately.''
1st Aug '16 1:47:30 PM scionofgrace
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: He may seem slow, but Harry has a careful and analytical mind when it suits him. His questions in ''White Night'' made the Shadow of Lasciel realize no one has resisted one of the Fallen for even a few weeks, let alone ''years''. She also realizes if she is so sure his mind is malleable enough to turn evil, then since she is just as malleable as she is living in that mind, she could be turned into something more good-aligned. Further, if she has become something unique, having existed so long from the True Lasciel in his malleable mind, his taking up the coin would be her "death."
* BackFromTheDead: As of ''Cold Days'', he gets back up after he was sniped and fell into Lake Michigan. It took the combined efforts of Demonreach, Mab, and the spirit in his head to keep his body alive for the six months his soul was set loose, and sent to Limbo Chicago and then Chicago proper. Though from how he describes the situation to Butters, Butters is of the mind Harry was in a [[OnlyMostlyDead deep coma]], or at least his body was, so he managed to get better

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: He may seem slow, but Harry has a careful and analytical mind when it suits him. His questions in ''White Night'' made the Shadow gave a shadow of Lasciel realize no one has resisted one of the Fallen for even a few weeks, let alone ''years''. She also realizes if she is so sure his mind is malleable enough fallen angel reason to turn evil, then since she is just as malleable as she is living in believe that mind, she could be turned into something more good-aligned. Further, if she has become something unique, having existed so long from the True Lasciel in his malleable mind, his taking up the coin would be her "death."
(and should) make a HeelFaceTurn.
* BackFromTheDead: As of ''Cold Days'', he gets back up after he was sniped and fell into Lake Michigan. It took the combined efforts of Demonreach, Mab, and the spirit in his head to keep his body alive for the six months his soul was set loose, and sent to Limbo Chicago and then Chicago proper. Though from how he describes the situation to Butters, Butters is of the mind Harry was in a [[OnlyMostlyDead deep coma]], or at least his body was, so he managed to get bettercoma]].



* BadLiar: One would imagine that someone capable of hatching a (usually) half-decent plan with a half-second's notice would be able to lie half-decently, but Harry simply cannot. Averted in the later books, if only because he stops trying. However, learning to lie to Lasciel to mask his thoughts from her translated well into hiding things from real people.
* BadassBaritone: ''Aftermath'' (which is narrated by Murphy) mentions that Harry speaks quite softly under most circumstances, but when he's either in combat or deliberately trying to intimidate someone, he has a resonant baritone. Since Harry never mentions it in any of his books, it's possible he's not really aware of it.
** Interestingly, in the audio books, when Harry casts a battle spell he tends to half yell it out in a much lower pitched snarl, quite distinctive from his usual voice and mannerisms. His spells are at least a baritone, if not a full bass, somewhat in keeping with Murphy's claims. Interestingly this quirk of the audio book was [[HilariousInHindsight present long before aftermath was written]].
*** Though [[EpilepticTrees it's possible Butcher]] thought up that line [[LifeImitatesArt after listening to the audiobook]].

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* BadLiar: One would imagine that someone capable of hatching a (usually) half-decent plan with a half-second's notice would be able to lie half-decently, but Harry simply cannot. Averted in the later books, if only because he stops trying. However, learning thanks to lie to Lasciel to mask his thoughts from her translated well into hiding things from real people.
sheer practice.
* BadassBaritone: ''Aftermath'' (which is narrated by Murphy) mentions that Harry speaks quite softly under most circumstances, Harry's voice is usually soft, but when he's either in combat or deliberately trying to intimidate someone, he has a resonant baritone. Since Harry never mentions it in any of his books, it's possible he's not really aware of it.
** Interestingly, Which describes how he sounds in the audio books, when Harry casts a battle spell he tends to half yell it out in a much lower pitched snarl, quite distinctive from his usual voice and mannerisms. His spells are at least a baritone, if not a full bass, somewhat in keeping with Murphy's claims. Interestingly this quirk of books pretty well. Given that ''Aftermath'' was written well after the audio book was [[HilariousInHindsight present long before aftermath was written]].
*** Though
first audiobooks were published, [[EpilepticTrees it's possible Butcher]] thought up that line [[LifeImitatesArt after listening to the audiobook]].was inspired by them.



* BadassBookworm[=/=]GeniusBruiser: Depending on where you place his six foot eight, but skinny, person. As of ''Skin Game'' it seems like his relentless physical training as the Winter Knight has resulted in a much more muscular physique (given the open EatingTheEyeCandy a female character indulges in during his ShirtlessScene), so by now he's probably the latter.

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* BadassBookworm[=/=]GeniusBruiser: Depending on where you place his six foot eight, but skinny, person. As of ''Skin Game'' it seems like his relentless physical training as the Winter Knight has resulted in a much more muscular physique (given the open EatingTheEyeCandy a female character indulges in during his ShirtlessScene), so by now he's probably pushed him permanently into the latter.



* BadassLongcoat: Harry wears a duster. A ''magically reinforced'', black leather duster "[[CapeSwish with extra billow]]" that can repel almost any physical attack. After his was destroyed in ''Changes'', Molly got him a new one in ''Cold Days'' with stolen White Court money.

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* BadassLongcoat: Harry wears a duster. A ''magically reinforced'', black leather duster "[[CapeSwish with extra billow]]" that can repel almost any physical attack. After his the original was destroyed in ''Changes'', Molly got him a new one in ''Cold Days'' with stolen White Court money.Days''.



* BeardOfSorrow: At the beginning of ''Literature/SummerKnight'', Billy indicates that Harry has become so obsessed over trying to find a cure to Susan's vampirism that he's neglected his personal grooming even more than normal.
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: If Harry can be said to have a consistent strategy beyond sheer bullheaded determination, it's that he's constantly turning his foes' darkest weapons against them in defense of others, even as he resists the temptation to wield those same weapons on his own behalf. From bound demons and hexenwolf belts to zombie dinosaurs and bloodline curses, Harry doesn't just stop the bad guys' ploys, but volleys them right back at the villains themselves.
* BeingGoodSucks: Harry is regularly forced into bad situations where, regardless of what he does, he will step on good people's toes and cause them great grief. Of particular note are the events in ''Grave Peril''. His earlier poor choices led him to choose between watching Bianca slaughter an innocent girl and unmake ''Amoracchius'' or break his promise of good conduct and start a war with the Red Court. The evil vampire Bianca lampshades his continual dilemma by giving him a gravestone which says "He died doing the right thing."

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* BeardOfSorrow: At the beginning of In ''Literature/SummerKnight'', Billy indicates that Harry has become Harry's so obsessed over trying to find a cure to Susan's vampirism with saving Susan that he's neglected his personal grooming even more than normal.
he neglects everything else, including hygiene.
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: If Harry can be said to have a consistent strategy beyond sheer bullheaded determination, it's that he's constantly Harry's favorite trick is turning his foes' darkest weapons against them in defense of others, even as he resists the temptation to wield those same weapons on his own behalf.them. From bound demons and hexenwolf belts to zombie dinosaurs and bloodline curses, Harry doesn't just stop the bad guys' ploys, but volleys them right back at the villains themselves.
* BeingGoodSucks: Harry is regularly forced into bad situations where, regardless of what he does, he will step on good people's toes and cause them great grief. Of particular note are the events in In ''Grave Peril''. His Peril'', his earlier poor choices led him to choose between watching Bianca slaughter an innocent girl and unmake ''Amoracchius'' (which isn't even his) or break his promise of good conduct and start a war with the Red Court. The evil vampire Lampshaded by Bianca lampshades his continual dilemma by giving him a gravestone which says and the headstone she gives him, with the epitaph "He died doing the right thing."



** Threaten a woman or child that he holds dear, like the Archive or his daughter, and he will pick up [[NotHyperbole literally every weapon at his disposal]] to make sure that you die in an excruciatingly painful way. Arianna Ortega and her daddy learned this the hard way when Harry beat Arianna in single combat and Harry impaled the Red King's eyes before setting them on fire. And then there's what Harry does to the ''rest'' of the Red Court... (Put simply, it doesn't exist anymore.)

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** Threaten a woman or child that he holds dear, like the Archive or his daughter, and he will pick up [[NotHyperbole literally every weapon at his disposal]] to make sure that you die in an excruciatingly painful way. Arianna Ortega and her daddy learned this the hard way when Harry beat Arianna in single combat and Harry impaled the Red King's eyes before setting them on fire. And then there's what Harry does to the ''rest'' of the Red Court... (Put simply, it doesn't exist anymore.)



* BigEater: Not in evidence during the time of the books but in ''Literature/TurnCoat'' Harry states that ''someone'' gave Ebenezar McCoy the impression that apprentices are always hungry. Granted, he was a teenager at the time, and teenage boys are notorious for their appetites.
%%* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: In the early books, Dresden had a very black and white view of morality and the world. Everything was neatly in one category or the other all defined solely by Dresden's viewpoint. He was very unforgiving to anything in the "black" category and had a very hard time accepting certain hard truths like the terrible things Ebenezer had to do for the greater good. It took quite a bit of character development including being called out on it by other characters and having to make a number of morally questionable decisions himself to finally move past it.
* BlessedWithSuck: As the Winter Knight, Harry gains SuperStrength, a HealingFactor, more magical juice and access to [[AnIcePerson ice magic]]... but in return, it gives him a vulnerability to cold iron with a side order of mind-warping and psychopathic predatory impulses. In addition, losing the mantle (by breaking the laws the Winter Fae abide by) causes all injuries and defects the mantle "cured" to return, undiminished.

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* BigEater: Not in evidence during the time of the books but in ''Literature/TurnCoat'' Harry states that ''someone'' gave Ebenezar McCoy the impression that apprentices are always hungry. Granted, he was a teenager at the time, and teenage boys are notorious for their appetites.
%%* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: In the early books, Dresden had a very black and white view of morality and the world. Everything was neatly in one category or the other all defined solely by Dresden's viewpoint. He was very unforgiving to anything in the "black" category and had a very hard time accepting certain hard truths like the terrible things Ebenezer had to do for the greater good. It took quite a bit of character development including being called out on it by other characters and having to make a number of morally questionable decisions himself to finally move past it.
* BlessedWithSuck: As the Winter Knight, Harry gains SuperStrength, a HealingFactor, more magical juice and access to [[AnIcePerson ice magic]]... but in return, it gives him a vulnerability to cold iron with a side order of mind-warping and psychopathic predatory impulses. In addition, On top of that, losing the mantle (by breaking the laws the Winter Fae abide by) causes all injuries and defects the mantle "cured" to return, undiminished.
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* BackFromTheDead: As of ''Cold Days'', though from how he describes the situation to Butters, Butters is of the mind Harry was in a deep coma, or at least his body was.

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* BackFromTheDead: As of ''Cold Days'', though he gets back up after he was sniped and fell into Lake Michigan. It took the combined efforts of Demonreach, Mab, and the spirit in his head to keep his body alive for the six months his soul was set loose, and sent to Limbo Chicago and then Chicago proper. Though from how he describes the situation to Butters, Butters is of the mind Harry was in a [[OnlyMostlyDead deep coma, coma]], or at least his body was.was, so he managed to get better



** And again in ''Cold Days'' when Mab gives him a retrofitted Oldsmobile Hearse painted dark blue with a neon purple flame decal. Of course, it gets wrecked within a few chapters when Ace tries to blow up Harry, and it gets sent to Mike the Mechanic. The newly refitted vehicle comes out as a hotrod, and immediately dubbed the Munstermobile



* MageMarksman: He routinely uses guns in combination with his magical tools.

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* MageMarksman: He routinely uses guns in combination with his magical tools. When confronted by a group of wannabe warlocks, their leader is incredulous that Harry would use "mortal weapons." It says a lot that the guy didn't merit a visit from the wardens, nor was he familiar enough with them to know that their traditional swords and combat magic are complimented with automatic firearms and grenades.



* OneOfUs: InUniverse. Tends to quote ''Film/StarWars'' and ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''. A lot. Plays [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]] with the Alphas.

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* OneOfUs: InUniverse. Tends to quote ''Film/StarWars'' and ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''.''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' and many other movies. A lot. Plays He's also a huge bookworm and plays a [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]] D&D]]([[LawyerFriendlyCameo -ish]]) game with the Alphas.



* PowerUp: Being one of the strongest Wizard's of his generation is nothing to sneeze at, but he gets stronger when he's imbued with the mantle of the Winter Knight. While it gives him some pretty good benefits, it's at least semi-sentient and thinks in very instinctual terms, including but not limited to power, authority, territoriality, and indulging the user's baser instincts. In practical terms, [[BlessedWithSuck it tries to push Harry to dominate, kill, and rape those around him]], and if the Mantle doesn't agree with what Harry's doing, he has to reframe the task ahead of him in terms the Mantle can understand or it won't cooperate.
** As for what it can do for him, it gives him low grade SuperStrength (he can bench press ''400 kilos, almost 900 pounds''), he [[FeelNoPain feels no pain]], and it gives him enhanced stamina, makes him sure-footed and silent while walking on ice, and it can augment his magic, ''even'' his fire spells. Also, while he already could on paper use ice magic (and has done so a few times in the past), it took him a lot of effort and magical juice to get relatively minor and unsophisticated effects; but with the Winter Mantle, he has easy access to ice magic and has enough control to do some pretty nifty things he couldn't do before.



* PyroManiac: Uses it at ThereIsNoKillLikeOverKill levels. People have complained and pointed out that there ''are'' other elements he could use..

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* PyroManiac: Uses it at ThereIsNoKillLikeOverKill levels. People have complained and pointed out that there ''are'' other elements he could use..use...



** The second one was secretly the Council's assassin the whole time. Not a real great track record there.

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** The He briefly had a second one that was his FairyGodmother. She just made him stronger with TrainingFromHell, is insane by most reasonable standards, and until they "reconciled", Harry spent much of his life avoiding her to avoid being turned into a dog.
** His third (and the second ''actual'' mentor)
was secretly the Council's assassin the whole time. Not a real great track record there.
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** PlayingWithFire: Harry's signature far and away is fire. It's highly offensive magic ([[DestructiveSaviour as Harry is reminded to his chagrin from time to time]]), and his blasting rod is a magical focus meant to use fire exclusively. It's later enhanced by {{Hellfire}}, and then later [[HolyHandGrenade Soulfire]].
** PureEnergy: Less flexibly used than fire, but certainly with almost as much frequency. Harry uses this to create his [[DeflectorShields magic shield]]. Initially, it was useful in deflecting and absorbing kinetic energy (i.e. bullets and charging mooks), but barely surviving an encounter with Mavra and her flamethrower-wielding Renfields lead him to upgrading it to cover a fuller spectrum of harm, but it's more taxing on Harry. He usually compensates by raising it to cover quadrants and keeping tabs on when he needs to keep it up moment by moment.

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** PlayingWithFire: Harry's signature far and away is fire. It's highly offensive magic ([[DestructiveSaviour as Harry is reminded to his chagrin from time to time]]), and his blasting rod is a magical focus meant to use fire exclusively. It's later enhanced by {{Hellfire}}, one instance with Summer Fire, and then later he gains permanent access to [[HolyHandGrenade Soulfire]].
Soulfire]]. Ironically, the power of the Winter Mantle can be used to empower his fire spells, and the affect mixes surprisingly well with Soulfire.
** PureEnergy: His second most used spell is using kinetic force. While it was initially limited to storing it up using rings and could only release it with physical contact (i.e. a punch), he eventually gains enough control to shoot the energy stored up in his rings to good effect. He also can use it on a much smaller scale without his rings to mimic the affects of [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]].
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Less flexibly used than fire, but certainly with almost as much frequency. Harry uses this to create his [[DeflectorShields magic shield]]. Initially, it was useful in deflecting and absorbing kinetic energy (i.e. bullets and charging mooks), but barely surviving an encounter with Mavra and her flamethrower-wielding Renfields lead him to upgrading it to cover a fuller spectrum of harm, but it's more taxing on Harry. He usually compensates by raising it to cover quadrants and keeping tabs on when he needs to keep it up moment by moment.moment.
** BlowYouAway: Early in the series, Harry used a wind spell, mostly to manipulate the world around him before he got a good handle on kinetic energy. Because air magic isn't his strong point, his wind spell and similar magic [[SoLastSeason has been mostly obsolete]] since.
** GravityMaster: Using earth magic, Harry has a spell where he can "borrow" gravity from an broad area for a moment and focus it into a much smaller area to create crushing g-force. It's one spell, and it takes some time to work it for an effect that lasts just a second or so, but it packs a serious punch.
** AnIcePerson: One of the effects of the Winter Mantle is that Harry gets much easier access to ice, an element he had access only by pulling energy out of the environment to freeze water. Now, Harry can just pull it up with as much effort as he could his fire.
** HolyHandGrenade: After he loses access to Hellfire, the Archangel Uriel covertly gives Harry access to Soulfire, the "fires of creation." It gives Harry the ability to infuse his magic with portions of his soul, being compared to combining concrete and rebar into something much stronger than either could be on their own (and also giving his magic a silvery glow when he uses it). Initially, it's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, infusing Harry's fire magic and even leading him to accidentally creating a giant magical hand out of fire. Despite the name, he can use it with all of his spells to give them some extra punch, but it really comes into its own when ''creating'' something like an illusion or a construct, and of course when invoking HolyBurnsEvil. The downside is that it still uses up bits of ''his soul'', and that could be a real danger for Harry if he uses it too much without giving himself time to recover what was used up.



* SanitySlippage: In ''Dead Beat'', Harry is clearly feeling the affects of the Shadow in his head. He's becoming more and more aggravated and short-tempered as the story progresses, and his friends are becoming afraid of him. He was noticed speaking to empty rooms as though having a conversation with somebody only he could see, but then he ''was'' the only one who could see and hear Lasciel when she assumed the identity of Sheila. They come to terms, and he's clearly doing better by the next book.
** Again in ''Cold Days'', the influence of the Winter Mantle is giving Harry impulses to rape and kill the people around him, though he is resisting with effort. He didn't come out of Mab's domain unchanged however, and Murphy notices that at least a small part of him has started to enjoy the violence that comes with being the Winter Knight.



** His magical Sight can also tell him a lot about people and the environment, as he can see what a person's true nature is, albeit in a fashion that seems to carry a lot of allegory, and it can see through illusions, no matter how good or powerful. He could see the "bones" in the stadium of Chichen Itza, where players routinely died for centuries, and Molly could see his ghost with it. The downside is that Seeing things can sometimes be horrible, and they have perfect recall of the things that they Seen, no matter how long or how hard they try to forget.

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** His magical Sight can also tell him a lot about people and the environment, as he can see what a person's true nature is, albeit in a fashion that seems to carry a lot of allegory, and it can see through illusions, no matter how good or powerful. He could see the "bones" in the stadium of Chichen Itza, where players routinely died for centuries, and Molly could see his ghost with it. The downside is that Seeing things can sometimes be horrible, reveal something horrible enough to damage their sanity, and they have perfect recall of the things that they Seen, no matter how long or how hard they try to forget.


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* TalkingInYourDreams/TalkingToThemself: In a few instances when he was unconscious, Harry has a conversation with his subconscious and/or his Id. While he consistently looks like a Dark Wizard version of Harry, in the first instance in ''Fool Moon'' he actually gave Harry some good advice. In the following instances, his Id encourages Harry to follow his baser desires, which Harry rebuffs.
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* ElementalPowers: Naturally, a wizard can do all of them as part of their magic set, but individuals have different strengths. Harry specializes in a few.
** PlayingWithFire: Harry's signature far and away is fire. It's highly offensive magic ([[DestructiveSaviour as Harry is reminded to his chagrin from time to time]]), and his blasting rod is a magical focus meant to use fire exclusively. It's later enhanced by {{Hellfire}}, and then later [[HolyHandGrenade Soulfire]].
** PureEnergy: Less flexibly used than fire, but certainly with almost as much frequency. Harry uses this to create his [[DeflectorShields magic shield]]. Initially, it was useful in deflecting and absorbing kinetic energy (i.e. bullets and charging mooks), but barely surviving an encounter with Mavra and her flamethrower-wielding Renfields lead him to upgrading it to cover a fuller spectrum of harm, but it's more taxing on Harry. He usually compensates by raising it to cover quadrants and keeping tabs on when he needs to keep it up moment by moment.



* RevolversAreJustBetter: Harry prefers revolvers, generally large-caliber ones, because of both the simplicity, the power of such a high-caliber weapon, and because having a .44 shoved in your face is quite intimidating. It's also [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because of his 'Murphyonic Field', any other, more complicated firearms would have a very high likelihood of jamming/malfunctioning for Harry. Revolvers are simple, making the chance of them failing him at critical moments no greater than it would be for a vanilla mortal.

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* RevolversAreJustBetter: Harry prefers revolvers, generally large-caliber ones, because of both the simplicity, the power of such a high-caliber weapon, and because having a .44 shoved in your face is quite intimidating. It's Harry also believes it's [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because of his 'Murphyonic Field', [[WalkingTechbane "Murphyonic Field"]], that any other, more complicated firearms would have a very high likelihood of jamming/malfunctioning for Harry. Revolvers Harry; revolvers are simple, making the chance of them failing him at critical moments no greater than it would be for a vanilla mortal.mortal. Murphy chides him on using revolvers (without any speedloaders no less, just loose shells in his pocket) at one point in ''Turn Coat'', asking him if he's ever seen modern automatics ever jam.



** He knows Lara Raith is the power behind the throne and Thomas is his brother.

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** He knows Lara Raith is the power behind the throne White Court and Thomas is his brother.



* SensorCharacter: Harry can sense the presence of magic in others. He can even tell how skilled a user the other person is from minimal contact.
** Although that seems to be standard for everyone, given his mention of how "The handshake between two practitioners carries an electric shock" and his statement that he is not really good at sensory magic.

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* SensorCharacter: Harry Wizards can sense the presence of magic in others. He Harry can even tell how skilled a user strong the other person is from minimal skin contact, usually just a handshake.
** He can use his Wizard's Senses to sense magic in the environment and glean details about it. Harry mentions that sensory magic isn't his strong suit, yet his basic wizard's senses can recognize the signature of a caster by sensing the residual magic around where they last cast a spell, and could recognize that person through skin
contact.
** Although His magical Sight can also tell him a lot about people and the environment, as he can see what a person's true nature is, albeit in a fashion that seems to be standard carry a lot of allegory, and it can see through illusions, no matter how good or powerful. He could see the "bones" in the stadium of Chichen Itza, where players routinely died for everyone, given centuries, and Molly could see his mention ghost with it. The downside is that Seeing things can sometimes be horrible, and they have perfect recall of the things that they Seen, no matter how "The handshake between two practitioners carries an electric shock" and his statement long or how hard they try to forget.
** And finally, Harry has learned to [[CapitalLettersAreMagic Listen]]. It's a skill
that he is picked up to hear small things very well or very selectively. He's not certain if it came bundled with the Wizard package, or if he just has really good at sensory magic.hearing and has just learned to focus to pick up details and block out background noise. Gatekeeper Rashid is the only other character Harry met that has learned to do this.
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* HerosClassicCar: {{Justified}} in that [[WalkingTechbane magic messes mightily with modern electronics]], so wizards like Harry cannot drive any car newer than roughly the 1970s for very long before they stop working. Hence Harry drives a classic VW Bug (the "Blue Beetle").

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* HerosClassicCar: Played with. It's {{parodied}} in the sense that, rather than most examples of this trope giving the Hero a really cool classic car, Harry drives a classic VW Bug he calls the "Blue Beetle". Not really a cool car to begin with; and then consider that it starts pretty lived in, runs rather poorly, and keeps getting battle scars and differently-colored replacement parts over the years (including [[Film/TheLoveBug an encircled 53]] graffitied onto the hood). Then again, classic cars are {{Justified}} in that [[WalkingTechbane magic messes wizards mess mightily with modern electronics]], so wizards like Harry cannot drive any car newer than roughly the 1970s 1970's for very long before they stop working. Hence working.
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Harry drives finally got it played straight in ''Literature/TurnCoat'' when Lara Raith lends Harry one of her family's cars, a classic VW Bug (the "Blue Beetle").mint condition 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith (of course) which had a pristine white paint job. Harry was more than a little impressed with it.



** To the [[{{Muggles}} "straights"]] he's at best a quirky man who knows way too much and thus is pretty damned creepy, and at worst they see him as a delusional charlatan who may or may not be conning Chicago PD out of good money. And so, InternalAffairs rabidly hates him and tried to jail him at least once, while trying to undermine him and everyone connected to him repeatedly.
** The FBI also doesn't like him considering that one time four FBI agents investigated him and vanished a few days later, and his criminal record suspects him of kidnapping, murder, and at least two cases of arson, and he was recently accused of blowing up another building.

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** To the [[{{Muggles}} "straights"]] he's at best a quirky man who knows way too much and thus is pretty damned creepy, and at worst they see him as a delusional charlatan who may or may not be conning Chicago PD out of good money. And so, InternalAffairs InternalAffairs, [[HateSink Detective Rudolph]] in particular, rabidly hates him and tried to jail him at least once, while trying to undermine him and everyone connected to him repeatedly.
** The FBI also doesn't like suspects him of secretly being a dangerous criminal, considering that one time four FBI agents investigated him and vanished a few days later, and his criminal record suspects him of kidnapping, murder, and at least two cases of arson, and he was recently accused of blowing up another building.building. At least Agent Tilly is willing to deal straight with Harry, and in no small part because [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Rudolph was trying so hard to nail Harry with a false indictment]].



* HurtingHero: With his parents' deaths, lose of a childhood friend, forced to murder one parental substitute, lived in fear of summary execution for several years, got a girl but lost her, got close to another but she didn't want to get serious, had another girl really close and they started to become genuine friends when she died to protect him, and many other emotional traumas. Lara puts it succinctly.

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* HurtingHero: With his parents' deaths, lose loss of a childhood friend, forced to murder one parental substitute, lived in fear of summary execution for several years, got a girl but lost her, got close to another but she didn't want to get serious, had another girl really close and they started to become genuine friends when she died to protect him, and many other emotional traumas. Lara puts it succinctly.



** He used this plus ExactWords at Molly's trial. He pointed out that one of the Senior Council hadn't voted even though the majority favored death. They couldn't touch Molly until ''all'' voted.
** He also uses this, crossed with ExactWords in ''Small Favor'', to avoid getting slaughtered by Eldest Gruff. In this case, it works mostly because the [[AntiVillain Eldest Gruff]] [[MyMasterRightOrWrong wasn't that keen on killing Harry anyways]] and thus is [[PunchClockVillain willing to play along]].

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** He used this plus ExactWords at Molly's trial. He pointed out that one the whole of the Senior Council present hadn't voted voted. Since it was only Rashid and the Merlin present, the Merlin would be the default proxy if the others were absent and hadn't made arrangements, giving his vote the added weight of the five who weren't present. The Merlin was willing follow protocol and wait for Rashid to vote, even though it was a forgone conclusion that the majority favored death. They couldn't touch Molly until ''all'' voted.
voted. Rashid stalled long enough that Michael arrived with [=McCoy=] and all of the Council recruits that he saved, giving Harry the leverage he needed to convince the Merlin to change his vote.
** He also uses this, crossed with ExactWords in ''Small Favor'', to avoid getting slaughtered by Eldest Gruff. The Eldest Gruff mentioned that he serves the Summer Court and ''then'' the Summer Queen, and Harry reasoned that the Eldest Gruff killing him when he still had a favor to call upon would look poorly on Summer, so Harry called it in on the spot, taking the Eldest Gruff out of the picture (or rather, allowed him to ''leave'' it) long enough for Harry to end the situation. In this case, it works mostly because the [[AntiVillain Eldest Gruff]] [[MyMasterRightOrWrong wasn't that keen on killing Harry anyways]] and thus is [[PunchClockVillain willing to play along]].
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