History Characters / TheDresdenFilesHarrysHousehold

13th May '18 10:05:18 AM MasterFuzzy
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*** One mark of this is to count how many times per book he uses the IndyPloy vs. XanatosSpeedChess. In earlier books, he would stumble into a situation and then make something up, but as the series goes on, he becomes wiser, more manipulative, and much more able to pull off {{Batman Gambit}}s and {{Xanatos Gambit}}s.



** It's subtle, but after ''Summer Knight,'' he is much more respectful to the Faerie Queens than he was the first time he met them.



** 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.

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** 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.since, though they start to come back, for example in ''Literature/SkinGame,'' when he uses a Soulfire-infused cyclone in a duel with [[spoiler: Hannah Ascher]].



* EyesAlwaysAverted: He always tries to avoid eye contact, since for a wizard, direct eye contact starts [[WindowsToTheSoul a soulgaze]], or a direct experience of that person's innermost character. The memory of a soulgaze never fades, and the experience can be fairly traumatic.

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* EyesAlwaysAverted: He always tries to avoid eye contact, since for a wizard, direct eye contact starts [[WindowsToTheSoul a soulgaze]], or a direct experience of that person's innermost character. The memory of a soulgaze never fades, and the experience can be fairly traumatic. This trope is averted with people like Susan, Ebenezar, and Marcone, whom he's already soulgazed.



* FriendToAllChildren: No matter how intimidating Harry may be to grown-ups, he is never anything but sweet and kind to young people, treating them seriously and enjoying spending time with them.



* HeroicWillpower: Harry has been tempted many a times to use dark magic and resists each temptation. Through this will power, he not only endures the mental manipulations of Lasciel's shadow, he turns around and slowly changes her to the point where she is willing to die for Harry Dresden. Later in ''Cold Days'' he endured and broke Mother Winter's bind on him, and later shattered a MindRape upon him and forced [[EldritchAbomination an Outsider to name itself]].

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* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Frequently says that he's not a good man, holds himself to a nigh-impossible moral standard (Michael gently but firmly calls him out on this in ''Skin Game''), and when someone gives him a WhatTheHellHero[=/=]TheReasonYouSuck speech, he rarely disagrees, even if it's only partially true.
* HeroicWillpower: Harry has been tempted many a times time to use dark magic and resists each temptation. Through this will power, he not only endures the mental manipulations of Lasciel's shadow, he turns around and slowly changes her to the point where she is willing to die for Harry Dresden. Later in ''Cold Days'' he endured and broke Mother Winter's bind on him, and later shattered a MindRape upon him and forced [[EldritchAbomination an Outsider to name itself]].



* IdiotHero: Harry's tendency to not think the long-term consequences of his actions through can leave this impression. He's not stupid in any sense of the word, but he sometimes gets in over his head due to his habit of acting first and thinking later. Some of his enemies consider him one as well, but they usually discover a bit too late that he's much smarter than they gave him credit for.

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* IdiotHero: Harry's tendency to not think the long-term consequences of his actions through can leave this impression. He's not stupid in any sense of the word, but he sometimes gets in over his head due to his habit of acting first and thinking later.later, though [[CharacterDevelopment he grows out of this]]. Some of his enemies consider him one as well, but they usually discover a bit too late that he's much smarter than they gave him credit for.



* IndyPloy: He often does these in the first few books, though he later starts to prefer XanatosSpeedChess.



* MadeOfIron: By the climax of every single book, Harry's pretty much always running on too little sleep and several injuries, but keeps going anyway.



* MisterSeahorse: [[spoiler:He gets pregnant with a Spirit of Intellect, like Bob, born from Lash's sacrifice. If not for Molly "Delivering" it, it would have popped out of his mind in the same vein of Athena out of Zeus, only his head wouldn't heal up.]]

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* MisterSeahorse: [[spoiler:He *dMisterSeahorse: [[spoiler: He gets pregnant with a Spirit spirit of Intellect, intellect, like Bob, born from Lash's sacrifice. If not for Molly "Delivering" it, it would have popped out of his mind in the same vein of Athena out of Zeus, only his head wouldn't heal have healed up.]]



** It even becomes significant in-story on occasion; his naming of Ivy and Lash gave them identities separate from the Archive and Lasciel, respectively, and naming Bob allowed him to develop a different personality as well.

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** It even becomes significant in-story on occasion; his naming of Ivy and Lash gave them identities separate from the Archive and Lasciel, respectively, and naming Bob allowed him to develop a different personality as well. It's implied that this will also happen with [[spoiler: Alfred Demonreach]].



* SurvivalMantra: When Harry sees a Skinwalker in its true, gruesome, terrifying, evil, monstrous form, he nearly is driven into a permanent gibbering puddle. After crashing his car, which he was in when he Saw the creature, he hobbles his way to Will and Georgia's home reciting the prime numbers in escalating order to not think about the creature because anytime he did, he broke down.

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* SurvivalMantra: When Harry sees a Skinwalker in its true, gruesome, terrifying, evil, monstrous form, he nearly is driven into a permanent gibbering puddle. After crashing his car, which he was in when he Saw the creature, he hobbles his way to Will and Georgia's home reciting the prime numbers in escalating order to not think about the creature because anytime any time he did, he broke down.



* BashBrothers: [[spoiler:Bob's new role with Butters as the owner, after Butters lets him off the leash and he gets to show what he can do ''besides'' act as a knowledge bin.]]

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* BashBrothers: [[spoiler:Bob's [[spoiler: Bob's new role with Butters as the owner, after Butters lets him off the leash and he gets to show what he can do ''besides'' act as a knowledge bin.]]



** In ''Dead Beat'' he wanted to save Harry, but knew Harry well enough to save Butter's first and dragged the young man to safety.

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** In ''Dead Beat'' he wanted to save Harry, but knew Harry well enough to save Butter's Butters first and dragged the young man to safety.
17th Apr '18 9:29:48 AM PixelKnight
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* AmbiguousDisorder: In-universe, Murphy notes most muggles he interacts with wouldn't have a hard time thinking this even if it's not the case. It would be easy for an armchair psychiatrist to put Dresden somewhere on the autism spectrum, as he is a self-declared wizard who never looks people in the eyes, has a near-pathological [[ForTheFunnyz need to snark]], bad personal hygiene, and NervesOfSteel that means he responds little to things normal people would lose their wits over. From Harry's POV he has logical reasons for most of these (avoid soulgazes, no electricity or mirrors in his apartment, SeenItAll when it comes to supernatural horror, etc.), but that doesn't make him seem any less weird to the muggles he must uphold TheMasquerade to.

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* AmbiguousDisorder: In-universe, Murphy notes most muggles he interacts with wouldn't have a hard time thinking this even if it's not the case. It would be easy for an armchair psychiatrist to put Dresden somewhere on the autism spectrum, as he is a self-declared wizard who never looks people in the eyes, has a near-pathological [[ForTheFunnyz need to snark]], bad personal hygiene, and NervesOfSteel that means he responds little to things normal people would lose their wits over. From Harry's POV he has logical reasons for most of these (avoid soulgazes, no electricity or mirrors in his apartment, SeenItAll when it comes to supernatural horror, etc.), but that doesn't make him seem any less weird to the muggles he must uphold TheMasquerade to.anyone who doesn't believe in magic.
17th Apr '18 3:16:37 AM Yozzy
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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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* TalkingInYourDreams[=/=]TalkingToThemself: TalkingInYourDreams[=/=]TalkingToThemself:
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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. In his more recent appearance, [[spoiler: he's trying to warn Harry's conscious mind that the original Lash is about, and to protect Bonny]].
** It's not known if other wizards have ever manifested and conversed with their subconscious mind the way Harry has, and a more cynical reader could be consider it a sign of Harry having gone off the deep end, aside from Harry's id having actually conversed with Lash, as did [[spoiler: Molly when she "midwifed" Bonny]].



* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Harry loves Burger King.

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* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Harry loves Burger King.King, Mack's steak sandwiches, and Mack's beer.



* UnskilledButStrong: Especially early in the series, Harry has massive amounts of magical brawn but is neither skilled nor subtle. Seeing senior Wizards and Wardens at work usually has him realising how much he still has to learn. He's getting better after training Molly and again after training from Mab.
* VagueAge: Because there isn't much reason to bring it up in his own narration. The author comments on Twitter that he's "...25 in ''Storm Front'' and 36 in ''Cold Days,''" but admits that this might contradict canon.

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* UnskilledButStrong: Especially early in the series, Harry has massive amounts of magical brawn but is neither skilled nor subtle. Seeing senior Wizards and Wardens at work usually has him realising realizing how much he still has to learn. He's getting better after training Molly and again after training from Mab.
* VagueAge: Because there isn't much reason to bring it up in his own narration. The author comments on Twitter that he's "...25 in ''Storm Front'' and 36 in ''Cold Days,''" but admits that this might contradict canon. Also the fact that Wizards age slowly make it a bit less relevant, given Harry is going to be physically younger than his chronological age would suggest.



* XanatosSpeedChess: From the get go, Harry demonstrates some pretty decent skills as a PI, but he develops some serious skills in the art of manipulation, cunning and developing plans to leave him winning something even if he doesn't end up with all the marbles at the end. Then again, he had a Fallen Angel living in his head as a counselor for a couple years, so maybe that helped. To elaborate:

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* XanatosSpeedChess: From the get go, Harry demonstrates some pretty decent skills as a PI, but he develops some serious skills in the art of manipulation, cunning cunning, and developing plans to leave him winning something even if he doesn't end up with all the marbles at the end. Then again, he had a Fallen Angel living in his head as a counselor for a couple years, so maybe that helped. To elaborate:
14th Apr '18 4:56:33 AM isoycrazy
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* BadassTeacher: PlayedWith. To Molly, he'll go through hell to protect her; and though his teaching can come off as harsh and enigmatic, he's actually rather soft on her by White Council standards.

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* BadassTeacher: BadassTeacher:
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PlayedWith. To Molly, he'll go through hell to protect her; and though his teaching can come off as harsh and enigmatic, he's actually rather soft on her by White Council standards.



* ChronicHeroSyndrome: In ''Turn Coat'', Lara realizes that Harry is protecting Morgan because people in trouble go to him [[WeHelpTheHelpless and he helps them]].

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* ChronicHeroSyndrome: ChronicHeroSyndrome:
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In ''Turn Coat'', Lara realizes that Harry is protecting Warden Morgan from the Council's own internal manhunt because people in trouble go to him [[WeHelpTheHelpless and he helps them]].



* DealWithTheDevil:
** He's turned down a ''lot'' of these over the course of the series. In ''Changes'', he accepts Mab's.

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* DealWithTheDevil:
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DealWithTheDevil: He's turned down a ''lot'' of these over the course of the series. In ''Changes'', series, but some he did accept for the right price.
** Played with in ''Changes''. He
accepts Mab's.Mab's to become her Knight in exchange for the power to protect his daughter and save her. However, Harry quickly notes she is evil, dark, and dangerous, she is not his worst Devil available. He could have Chosen the Denarians or even become a necromatic god to save his daughter.



* {{Determinator}}: He's usually been shot, stabbed, beaten, and kicked in the guts enough times to kill most men before the real fight even starts.
** It's implies that being this is a prerequisite for being a powerful wizard.

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* {{Determinator}}: {{Determinator}}:
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He's usually been shot, stabbed, beaten, and kicked in the guts enough times to kill most men before the real fight even starts.
** It's implies that being this is a prerequisite for being a powerful wizard. As one needs to wholly believe in their magic to do it, have the confidence and mind to not break under harsh circumstances or Seeing something that rapes the mind. He needs to hold it together.



--> I used the knife.
--> I saved a child.
--> I won a war.
--> God forgive me.

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--> ---> I used the knife.
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knife. \\
I saved a child.
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child. \\
I won a war.
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war. \\
God forgive me.



* ThanatosGambit / MemoryGambit In ''Ghost Story'', it's revealed that Harry arranged his assassination with Kincaid and then deleted the memory. Yikes.

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* ThanatosGambit / SurvivalMantra: When Harry sees a Skinwalker in its true, gruesome, terrifying, evil, monstrous form, he nearly is driven into a permanent gibbering puddle. After crashing his car, which he was in when he Saw the creature, he hobbles his way to Will and Georgia's home reciting the prime numbers in escalating order to not think about the creature because anytime he did, he broke down.
* ThanatosGambit[=/=]
MemoryGambit In ''Ghost Story'', it's revealed that Harry arranged his assassination with Kincaid and then deleted the memory. Yikes.



* 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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* TalkingInYourDreams/TalkingToThemself: 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.
3rd Apr '18 10:39:23 AM MisterTambourineMan
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* BigFriendlyDog: He's one of these except for the "dumb" part (which is all ObfuscatingStupidity), and plays it up to make himself less scary to people who meet him. In particular, he was able to win over Murphy who described herself as phobic about large dogs. He is so big that Dresden refuses to call him a "dog" anymore. "Dogasaurus" is common, and when refering to both of his pets, they were referred to as "Mister, my large cat, and Mouse, my small Ankylosaur." For comparison's sake, [[http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/193237/10-cool-qualities-of-the-tibetan-mastiff-the-most-expensive-dog-in-the-world/ here are some pictures of Tibetan Mastiffs]], which Mouse is said to appear to be a member of; see also Bernese Mountain Dogs, which Mouse has also been described as akin to. Mouse is BIGGER (as in at least three feet tall at the shoulder).

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* BigFriendlyDog: He's one of these except for the "dumb" part (which is all ObfuscatingStupidity), and plays it up to make himself less scary to people who meet him. In particular, he was able to win over Murphy who described herself as phobic about large dogs. He is so big that Dresden refuses to call him a "dog" anymore. "Dogasaurus" is common, and when refering to both of his pets, they were referred to as "Mister, my large cat, and Mouse, my small Ankylosaur." For comparison's sake, [[http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/193237/10-cool-qualities-of-the-tibetan-mastiff-the-most-expensive-dog-in-the-world/ [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/Mastif_tybetański_2009_pl3.jpg here are some pictures of Tibetan Mastiffs]], which Mouse is said to appear to be a member of; see also Bernese Mountain Dogs, which Mouse has also been described as akin to. Mouse is BIGGER (as in at least three feet tall at the shoulder).
29th Mar '18 12:42:45 PM Kurush
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** In the same book, when he barges in on a meeting, a Senior Council member orders the Wardens to escort him out. They were half a dozen old guard, decades of combat experience and centuries of training and skill to their names, individually. Harry simply asks if they're certain they want to do it. ''Every single one stops walking''.
21st Jan '18 7:54:53 PM TheArcher
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* BlowYouAway: Downplayed example. In addition to "spirit of intellect", Harry occasionally refers to Bob as a "spirit of air".
14th Jan '18 10:56:37 PM Vorpoler
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* GoodIsNotNice: Boy howdy. Harry will be kind and caring to any child. He will shovel his elderly landlady's sidewalk in winter. He will also exterminate an entire race of monsters who try to hurt his daughter. He nearly burned off his apprentice's face to teach her humility and understanding in that what they were involved in wasn't a game.

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* GoodIsNotNice: GoodIsNotSoft: Boy howdy. Harry will be kind and caring to any child. He will shovel his elderly landlady's sidewalk in winter. He will also exterminate an entire race of monsters who try to hurt his daughter. He nearly burned off his apprentice's face to teach her humility and understanding in that what they were involved in wasn't a game.
27th Nov '17 9:22:45 AM MasterFuzzy
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** ''Ghost Story'' reveals that the first magical battle he engaged in at sixteen, against He Who Walks Behind, ended with an entire gas station exploding. And the fallout of the Battle of Chichen Itza results in a massive power vacuum across the better part of a ''continent''.

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** ''Ghost Story'' reveals that the first magical battle he engaged in at sixteen, against He Who Walks Behind, ended with an entire gas station exploding. And the fallout of the Battle of Chichen Itza results in a massive power vacuum across the better part of a ''continent''.''continent,'' if not the entire supernatural world.



** 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

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** 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 Munstermobile.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: By killing the Red Court he created a power vacuum that various baddies are trying to fill, and with his death he wasn't there to help his friends.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: By killing the Red Court he created a power vacuum that various baddies are trying to fill, and with his death he wasn't there to help his friends. His arranged suicide also sent the message to his brother that Harry would rather die than be like him.



* OneManArmy: He probably has the highest "monsters killed/time" ratio on the entire White Council. Inarguable after ''Changes'', though other people still did the prep work.

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* OneManArmy: He probably has the highest "monsters killed/time" ratio on the entire White Council.Council, with the possible exception of the Blackstaff. Inarguable after ''Changes'', though other people still did the prep work.



* PapaWolf: Few things make him madder than threatening or actually harming children. Along comes ''Changes''...and let's just say that no one would be making any attempts on Harry's daughter any time soon should Harry still be alive

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* PapaWolf: Few things make him madder than threatening or actually harming children. Along comes ''Changes''...and let's just say that no one would be making any attempts on Harry's daughter any time soon should Harry still be alivealive.
** In ''Skin Game,'' [[spoiler: Nicodemus]] tries. And runs away screaming, having lost [[spoiler: his squires, and gained a new Knight of the Cross to fight him]]. So after that, it's even more unlikely that anyone will mess with her.



** The entirety of ''Literature/SkinGame'' is a speed chess rematch with Nicodemus, which ultimately ends [[spoiler:in Harry's favor when he's able to provoke Nicodemus into breaking his word, irrevocably tarnishing his name in the supernatural community.]]

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** The entirety of ''Literature/SkinGame'' is a speed chess rematch with Nicodemus, which ultimately ends [[spoiler:in Harry's favor when he's able to provoke Nicodemus into breaking his word, irrevocably tarnishing his name in the supernatural community.community, and ending in Nicodemus also murdering his own daughter, losing two coins in Hades' realm, his squires deserting him, and a new Knight of the Cross active. Admittedly, part of that was Harry being played by greater forces, but still.]]



%%%%% "And we love him for it." is not context. It says nothing about how he fits.
* DeadpanSnarker:

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%%%%% "And we love him for it." is not context. It says nothing about how he fits.
* DeadpanSnarker: To the extent that he can hold his own in SnarkToSnarkCombat with Harry.



%%%% "Rounding out the team." is not context. It does not say anything about how he fits.
* TheSmartGuy:

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%%%% "Rounding out the team." is not context. It does not say anything about how he fits.
* TheSmartGuy: Bob serves this purpose as the MrExposition.
8th Nov '17 3:55:18 AM Momochi
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* EyesAlwaysAverted: He always tries to avoid eye contact, since for a wizard, direct eye contact starts [[WindowsToTheSoul a soulgaze]], or a direct experience of that person's innermost character. The memory of a soulgaze never fades, and the experience can be fairly traumatic.
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