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Shout Out: Storm Front
The first book of The Dresden Files, Storm Front is lighter on the Shout Outs than most of the later volumes of the series. Harry's Pop Cultured Badass-ness is just getting warmed up...

  • Wishing he had a hobby other than magic, Harry mentions Sherlock Holmes's violin and Captain Nemo's pipe organ.
  • "There came a knocking, a rapping, at my chamber door." is loosely paraphrased from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven". It even happens during a thunderstorm (which you might call dreary) while Harry feels terrible (weak and weary). The only thing wrong with it is that it's not midnight.
  • He half expects Marcone to break into Knute Rockne's "Win one for the Gipper" speech when they talk in the limo.
  • On the second page of the first book, wizards are described as "subtle and quick to anger". Compare to famous saying from Middle Earth:
    "Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger."
    • The postman asks if Harry is like that. Harry denies being subtle.
    • Later referenced in the tabletop game adaptation with a character sheet example of Harry. One of his defined character traits is "Not very subtle, still quick to anger."
    • Also referenced again in Changes, when Harry is in a really bad mood with a load of vampires and he decides "Fuck subtle"
  • Harry advertises the exact opposite of what John Wellington Wells does in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Sorcerer.
  • He compares the giant scorpion to Frankenstein's Monster because it's a construct.
  • When we're first introduced to Harry's rather humble home he uses the phrase "Basement of Solitude ".
  • Murphy says the brass is on her back "like a winged monkey from The Wizard of Oz."
    • She snarkily asks a scruffy-looking Harry if he's planning to have King Kong climb his hair.
    • And she drops a reference to the original The Karate Kid while discussing the heart-ripper curse's power-level with Harry.
    • She (and another character in a later book) comments that Dresden's signature Badass Longcoat belongs on the set of El Dorado.
  • Harry compares the White Council to the Superfriends crossed with the Inquisition.
  • Morgan's sword goes snickersnack.
    • Possibly also the reason Murphy's handcuffs go clicker-clack.
  • Bob compares Harry to Sir Gawain when criticizing his (lack of a) love life.
  • At the very end, Harry ominously paraphrases William Butler Yeats's "The Second Coming":
    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold

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