Heartwarming / Ghost Story

  • Ghost Story has Harry learning that Mouse is now protecting Maggie. Just the mental image is enough to make one want to sob happy tears—especially when Harry speculates that he's "probably spending half his time pretending to be a pony." And this is before we learn that the "home" that Forthill found for Maggie is the Carpenters' residence, ringed with Guardian Angels.
    • The most touching part is Harry watching Maggie sleeping peacefully; it shows that all of the hardship that Harry endured, all of the choices he made, did have a positive outcome.
    • And even more touching when you realize that this is the way Father Forthill and Michael chose to repay Harry for all the things he's done for them. Harry asked Forthill to find her a good family. He did.
    • And Charity further embraced it. She started the series hating Dresden for being a snarky jackass who constantly put her husband in great danger. She warmed to Dresden over the years (even considering him family) and is now willing to take it even further by protecting, raising, and loving Dresden's daughter as one of her own.
    I swallowed. "She's . . . I mean, she's . . . ?
    "Cared for," Uriel said. "Loved, of course. Do you think Michael and Charity would do less for your child, when you have so often saved their children?"
    I blinked some tears out of my eyes. Stupid eyes "No. No, of course not."
  • Uriel offering Sir Stuart's shade the opportunity to work for him protecting free will. Made even more poignant by the fact that Stuart turns and looks to his descendant, Mortimer, who has steadily been becoming more and more badass throughout the book, and deciding that the once-cowardly ectomancer can stand on his own, and agrees.
  • The Seven Words of Truth Uriel says to Harry in order to balance what was done to him form a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming crossed with Crowning Moment of Awesome.
    Uriel: Lies. Mab cannot change who you are.
  • Minor in comparison to some of the others, but in Ghost Story, when Harry is trying to prove to Murphy and company that, yes, he really is a ghost, and yes, he really is there, Mister wanders into the room. The cat immediately runs to Harry, barrels into him and starts purring, and Harry finds that he can pet Mister.
  • Doubles as a Tear Jerker, but Murphy's utter denial that Harry is dead. She refuses to believe it, despite all accounts to the opposite, and when she finally accepts it, she holds her emotions in until after everything has simmered down.
    • And while she's breaking down in tears, Mortimer Lindquist, cowardly ectomancer who took 50 bajillion levels in badass shields her grief and attempts to hide her so her pride is not damaged.
      • Also Fridge Brilliance: Mort works as a professional medium, so he well knows how to ease the grief of the living as well as the distress of the dead.
  • Harry barely even thinks before possessing Molly to help her fight off the turtlenecks.
  • A quiet one for Marcone. In the six months since Harry's death, he essentially built a functional monument to everything Harry stood for and fought for on the ruins of his house. Harry typically doesn't get it.
  • It's a small one, but the scene in Ghost Story where we get a flashback to when Harry arranged for Kincaid to kill him. Before Harry's told him what the call is about, Kincaid actually seems pretty darn happy that it was Harry calling.
    • And when Harry says that Kincaid owes him a favor for rescuing Ivy, Kincaid's response is an emphatic "Damn straight."
  • Yes, we know — and Harry finds out later — that he's an utter bastard, but there's something genuinely touching about Justin Du Morne giving young Harry a baseball glove and going outside to play catch. It's all in how Harry describes it. He grew up an orphan, the only gifts he'd ever gotten were given anonymously and randomly. Seeing little Harry's joy at being given a gift that's really meant for him is enough to bring tears to your eyes.
    • Course this is kind of destroyed when we remember that line about Justin teaching him about shield spells by throwing baseballs at him.
      • But Justin didn't need the baseball glove for shield spells. He may have fallen to the Dark Side eventually, but he also went out of his way to buy a glove and play with Harry at least a little. D'aww.
    • The tiny scene that follows, where Harry recovers his magic. Jim Butcher is really coming along as a writer.
      I opened my eyes, standing on a random Chicago sidewalk, immaterial and unseen. I turned my right hand palm up and focused upon that sudden kindling of light and hope, crystallized by the memory of that moment of triumph and joy.
      "Flickum bicus," I whispered.
      The fire was every bit as beautiful as I remembered.
  • Father Forthill's death angel in general, and not just Harry's interactions with her. By her description she sounds frightening, but she's also very patient with Harry, and promises to protect Father Forthill from all the supernatural enemies he's made in his life who may want to take him in his death. Thankfully, Forthill is saved in time and her services are not required.
  • Combined with Tear Jerker, there's the fact that Harry's old detective mentor Nick has hunted for missing children for decades, finding only seven of them alive ... and that he's still hunting for them.
  • Bob realising that Harry may still have a living body to return to, and thus may not be permanently dead. No snark or long-suffering-genius-forced-to-babysit-the-idiot routine, just genuine happiness and an enthusiastic declaration of "I'll totally help" before Harry's even had a chance to ask him. Throughout the books, a lot of attention has been drawn to the fact that Bob's nature is to simply serve whoever holds his skull without much conscience, attachment or selflessness, and Harry has often had to bargain with him to get him to be helpful, even in matters of life-and-death. Seeing this amoral spirit so sincerely and unselfishly delighted for his friend is very touching.
  • At the end, speaking to Uriel, there are two moments in quick succession. First, when Harry nicknames him "Uri," the archangel is understandably terrified and pissed off, and goes on a brief rant about how humans don't understand the power of Names...but then adds, "I forgive you, of course." He's not being trite, or brushing it off as nothing. He genuinely is that much of an All-Loving Hero.
    • Shortly after, they're speaking, and Harry mentions that he'd always struggled with the idea that he was a body with a soul.
    Uriel: You have it backwards, Harry. You are a soul. You have a body.
  • When Jack Murphy hangs up on speakerphone on him, does Uriel get angry? No, he just blinks at the phone, bemused, and notes that humans can still surprise him even after all of this time.
  • Heck, just the way they shake hands is very touching-it must be pretty rare for a being like Uriel to actually have friends.