Heartwarming / The Dresden Files
In between all the awesome and funny, there are moments when you're reminded the Dresden 'verse is filled with mostly good people.
Short stories, and general
- From the short story It's My Birthday Too, Harry gives Thomas Rock'em Sock'em Robots for his birthday. Why? Because when he was at the orphanage, he saw a Christmas commercial of two brothers playing with the toys.
Harry: "That was a year when I really, really wanted to give those stupid plastic robots to my brother."
Thomas: "Because it would mean you weren't alone."
- In the short story Love Hurts, Harry and Murphy are hit with a love curse, and rather than accept it and live happily ever after, they destroy the curse to save all the people whose minds were being destroyed
- In the short story The Warrior, Uriel tells Harry exactly how he's doing good by pointing out how seemingly insignificant actions throughout the story would ultimately have life-changingly positive impacts: noticing a bruise on a little girl's cheek helped her mother realize that her husband was abusing the child, stopping an electrician from working while drunk lead to his getting off the sauce and saving his marriage and his young daughter's life, and cheering up a teenager who felt useless on her softball team would lead to her becoming a counselor who would help hundreds of children herself.
- It really hits home when Uriel points out that these are just some of the most recent and insignificant examples, pointing out that all of this doesn't even begin to cover the lives that Harry's saved, the pain he's averted and the darkness he's banished in all his countless battles beforehand. Given Harry's frequent musings on how often it seems that in spite of his best efforts he can't make the world a better place, he has a tremendous impact all the same.
- The Warrior is simply Crowning Moment of Heartwarming in literary form.
- Earlier in the story, Harry is discussing a potential threat with Michael and Charity, and makes no bones about how he feels about the Carpenters.
Let me poke around and shine a light on things, so we know what's going on. If it turns out to be nothing, no harm done. Charity:
And if it isn't? Harry: No harm gets done to you and yours.
- Any and all interactions between Mister and Mouse are prone to be this.
- Every single damn time Harry and Thomas prove Harry's 'familial dementia' theory.
- Molly has one in Bombshells. At the end when "Auntie Lea" is explaining why she mislead Molly about the svartalves, she speaks of Harry in the present tense. Molly, who is in love with Harry and full of self-loathing over her part in Harry's death, picks up on it and asks Lea in a bare whisper if he's alive. She replies as indirectly as possible that he is.
I bowed my head and started crying. Or laughing. Or both. I couldn’t tell. Lea didn’t wait around for it. Emotional displays made her uncomfortable. Harry. Alive. I hadn’t killed him. Best reward ever. “Thank you, Auntie,” I whispered. “Thank you.”
- This post.
- In Day One, Butters goes in alone on his first quest. The monster destroyes his glasses and lays a fear whammy on him and boasts on how she'll feed on his fear till he dies. Blind and terrified, he calls Harry and asks him to come and help. Harry refuses, because this is something Butters has to do himself, but he briefs him on what he's fighting, and gives Butters the courage to stand and fight.
“Butters,” he said. “Look. I know it’s hard. But there’s one way you deal with fear (...) You stand up and you kick it in the fucking teeth,” he said, and there was a quiet, certain power in his voice that had nothing to do with magic. “You’ve forgotten the most important thing a Knight needs to remember, Butters, (...) Knights of the Cross aren’t afraid of monsters,” he said. “The monsters are afraid of you. Act like it. Commit to it, hard. And have faith.”
- Also, when Butters calls him, Harry is about to take Maggie and Mouse to the zoo, and at first invites Butters to come along.
- Maybe it's just this troper, but Ebenezer and Harry's relationship is wonderfully heartwarming all around. Before, after, and even during their fallout after Harry finds out Ebenezer's the Blackstaff, the relationship is mutually respectful and affectionate, with Ebenezer respecting Harry's wishes and boundaries and wanting what's best for him, and Harry thinking the world of Ebenezer. It's nice to see a student/mentor relationship built on a foundation of trust, love and genuine respect, especially when you consider how few truly healthy relationships Harry has in his life.