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WARNING! Due to the books relying heavily on mystery and surprise, the pages would be virtually unreadable with excessive spoiler tags. Therefore, all spoilers except for the most recent novel (Skin Game) are UNMARKED. Tread carefully.

The White Council is a loose confederation of wizards from all over the world that enforces the Laws of Magic and strives to protect humanity from hostile magical creatures. Unfortunately, many of its members are hide-bound by the old ways of doing things, and the body as a whole may not be up to the task of dealing with modern threats to the peace and stability of the world.

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    Merlin, the Original 


The wizard and the creator of almost all the rules (and the White Council) and regulations of Magic. Mythic beyond belief and so revered that The Leader of the strongest human organization in the world is simply called "the Merlin" for more than a thousand years.

  • The Archmage: If not a Physical God, he definitely applies for this in the very least.
  • Beyond the Impossible: His magic literally operates on principles that modern wizards believe are impossible.
  • The Chooser of The One: He did in fact hold onto Excalibur and looked for the right man to wield it. Excalibur, it should be said, is another name for Amoracchius, the Sword of Love.
  • Geometric Magic: Apparently one of his fortes, so good in fact, that they defy the universal laws of physics and magics in several realities, and so complex that his most basic examples left Bob flabbergasted.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: While the exact nature of his death is unknown, McCoy and Harry speculate this was his manner of death.
  • Our Founder: Of the White Council.
  • Time Master: One of the forbidden magics and according to several god-like beings, one of the most dangerous and difficult to use, to the point that trying to move more than a century needs immeasurable quantities of power. Merlin used it to create the greatest magical construct ever conceived in the simultaneous span of eons.
  • Physical God: If not one, at least capable of creating beings with the ability to defeat opponents in this category.
  • Shrouded in Myth: He is the magical version of Superman for the White Council and there are legends upon legends of his abilities. Most of the young generations (including Harry) believe that most are exaggerations or propaganda but from what we (and Harry) see in Cold Days, if anything, the guy is underestimated.

The Senior Council

     In General 
  • Combat Pragmatist: To a greater or lesser extent, but every wizard has to be this, since they are often up against enemies more powerful than them.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • Averted with how the Council is handling Molly Carpenter. Technically, they have a legal claim to her head for the crimes she committed as a human mage, regardless of her current status. That said, no one is stupid enough to even try walking up to Mab and making this argument because Mab is many centuries older than any of them, many times stronger than them, and won't respond well to an attack against Molly.
    • Enforced in the books leading up to Turn Coat, where a traitor working as secretary to the Senior Council uses a subtle form of mind-control magic to manipulate them into doing things they wouldn't otherwise do (though this is downplayed since it's only a subtle form of mind influence).
  • Oh, Crap!: Jim Butcher confirms this mentality among many members of the Senior Council and other council members in general regarding Harry Dresden. After the events of Cold Days, the Council knows that Harry has killed with magic, works closely with vampires when the need arises, raised that T. rex from the dead, bound himself to Demonreach (even if not everyone knows the island's true purpose, they know it has a powerful Genus Loci),is an apprentice to and defended by Ebenezar (and so under the protection of The Blackstaff for those aware of Eb's other job in the Council and for fewer still know Harry is his grandson), is Mab's personal hitman and is there to stay (so attacking him means dealing with Mab), personally trained the newest Winter Lady (so attacking Harry earns her ire as well), has some relationship with the newest Summer Lady (again, making some fearful about attacking him as it might draw her ire), was directly involved with the three times in ten years the Mantles of the Ladies changed hands, has a group of non-wizard allies who can communicate over vast distances on this "internet", is sharing information with said group, and he came back from the dead. Some, even those who are close and consider themselves his friends on the Council, think, "Maybe we should have killed him before when we had the chance." To many who are old enough to remember, they believe him to be the Kemmler 2.0.
  • Out-Gambitted: In Blood Rites Kincaid describes how he would kill a Wizard to avoid their Death Curse: Snipe them from 1,000 yards away with a super sonic bullet. Too far away to be noticed, too fast to stop, too dead to realize they are already dead and be able to cast their curse. Harry notes it is a very good strategy and it is likely even the highest ranked wizards could be victim to such a modern style attack.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Members of the Senior Council of Wizards are given purple stoles to wear to signify their rank and power.
  • Secret Keeper: Wizards hoard knowledge and secrets, both to guard the information from misuse and to make sure they could use it exclusively if the need arises. Word of Jim is if Senior Council Listens-to-Winds learned anything specific about Pietrovich's death, he would keep the fact to himself.
  • Stronger with Age: Very much applies to wizards. So much so that while seats on the Senior Council are awarded purely geriacratically and only a simple vote as confirmation, Senior Council members are generally some of the strongest members of the Council.
  • The Worf Effect: The Eldest Brother Gruff wearing three Senior Council's purple stoles means he has killed three of the most powerful wizards in the world, that he's orders of magnitude ahead in power level, and Harry would have no chance against him in direct combat.

     Arthur Langtry, the Merlin 

Arthur Langtry, the Merlin

The leader of the White Council, and by extension one of the most powerful and skilled wizards alive. Unfortunately for Harry, he has taken a dislike to him as a rebellious upstart and possible warlock, and Harry in turn considers him a crotchety old man unable to come to terms with the changing world. Along with Morgan, he's one of the primary reasons for Harry's troubled relationship with the Council.

  • Barrier Warrior: Specializes in warding spells, and good enough to stop the entire Red Court with a single one. He did this in the Nevernever without any threshold to ground the wards either.
  • Big Good: While he rather dislikes Harry, and is generally a jerk, he seems almost singlemindedly devoted to protecting the world from the dangers of Black Magic and whatever monsters may threaten it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When in a good mood, he can snark very well. Such as when Harry realizes the Senior Council isn't foolish enough to trust a Red Court vampire visiting under a presumed truce and have them sit before her talking.
    "Egad Dresden, what gave you that idea?"
  • Dumbass Has a Point: When Harry makes a smart and calculating point, Merlin seems to fall under this area. One instance is when Harry notes any evidence proving Morgan's innocence discovered by the Merlin would stink of being false (even if it was legit) but anything found by Harry, as Morgan's former parolee, would be second to testimony from God on the matter. The Merlin doesn't correct this estimate.
  • Enemy Mine: He doesn't like Harry at all. This didn't stop him from recognizing in Turn Coat that the guy who makes a living as a private investigator might have the best chance of rooting out The Mole.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Usually he's just "The Merlin." Ebenezar is one of the few who does call him by his given name.
  • Good Is Not Nice: A lifetime of dealing with the White Council's myriad enemies and dubious allies have made sure of it.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Of a sort. In the earlier books Harry depicts him as Head-in-the-Sand Management, trying to avoid war with the Red Court vampires. By Changes, however, when Cristos' faction is pushing for peace, the Merlin is among those who recognizes that this really is going to be a war of annihilation, and he's determined to fight it through. This transition makes sense when one realizes that with Peabody's mind-altering spells gone, the Merlin's thinking a bit more clearly.
  • Jerkass: He was going to have Molly executed just to spite Harry and keep his mantle of authority unchallenged. In his defense, he was under subtle Mind Control at the time, though, as Molly notes, Peabody's powers are only enhancing his natural obstinate jerk-iness rather than wholly taking him over.
  • Knight Templar: In a quiet, political way.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: The Merlin is initially seen by Harry only as a political schemer and power-grubber, but shows off some serious badassery when pushed into it.
    • In Dead Beat, he blocked the Red Court's (and that's "Court" as in "all of them") advance with a single, threshold-less on-the-fly ward.
    • At the end of Turn Coat, the Merlin creates a ward to contain a malicious non-corporeal entity, formulates a battle-plan, adds 3D visual aids and telepathically communicates it to the 200 or so other wizards in the room. In 3 seconds. In pitch dark. Without losing his cool for an instant.
    • In Changes while he doesn't throw out, Harry sees him wearing a combat belt filled with various vials of potions, pockets with who knows what, and a small wand at the ready.
  • Mysterious Backer: He's relatively more benevolent than other examples, though.
  • Popcultural Osmosis Failure: In Changes, when Langtry reveals only McCoy is sitting before Cristos and Arianna during their song and dance about peace and the rest of the Senior Council is keeping hidden in a secure room watching on a special feed, Harry notes they won't "drink the Kool-Aid at the peace conference." Langtry hides his confusion but glances at Luccio, who clarifies Harry's referring to the Jonestown mass suicide. After that, he admits the reference is apt.
  • Stealth Pun: Arthur Langtry, the Merlin.
  • Telepathy: Better at using mental communication without going crazy than anyone else on the Council, according to Word of Jim.
  • Villains Out Shopping: More Jerkass than villain, but at one point Harry is a bit nonplussed by seeing the Merlin during a recess in a Council session, doing something as mundane as making himself a sandwich.
  • Wizard Classic: Like the original recipe Merlin before him.

     Ebenezar McCoy  

Ebenezar McCoy, the Blackstaff
When the world's most powerful wizards need a hitman, this is who they call.

"I told you long ago that being a real wizard means sacrifice. It means knowing things no one else does. I told you that it meant you might have to act upon what you knew, and knew to be right, even though the whole world set its hand against you. Or that you might have to do horrible, necessary things."

An elderly wizard, homesteader from somewhere in Missouri, and one of the newest member of the White Council's Senior Council. Harry's mentor and teacher after Justin DuMorne's death. Also the Council's Blackstaff — the one White Council Wizard in the world authorized to use Black Magic without consequence.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the book he's bald, with a very lined face. He's also short and stocky, and with a beard that covers his jowls. In the comic (Pictured above), he's got a head full of hair, and his beard less massive, making him more conventionally handsome.
  • Bald of Awesome: In the books he's described as bald. And he's the white council's hitman.
  • Been There, Shaped History: McCoy is an old wizard, about three hundred according to Word of God. So, he's been here and there. Three notable events he's been mentioned to, as the assassin of the White Council, caused are the New Madrid Earthquake (one of the four, at least), eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 (an explosion four times stronger than the Tsar Bomba, the most powerful nuclear bomb ever detonated) and The Tunguska Event, the "meteor strike" in Russia in 1908. Word of God also has it that he fought in the Seven Years' War.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He turns up to even the odds as Harry and team face off against pretty much the entire Red Court at the climax of Changes. He brings the Grey Council with him.
  • Black Magic: As the Council's Blackstaff, he's allowed to use it. At one point he casually kills about a hundred people at once with a single act of will. Then, he did it again.
  • Blasé Boast: Like many of Harry's most dangerous acquaintances, Ebenezar doesn't boast or brag. He just gets the job done.
  • Broken Pedestal: It takes Harry a long timenote  to forgive Ebenezar after finding out about aforementioned Black Magic use, sanctioned or not.
  • The Captain: A throwaway line by Luccio in one of the short stories mentions that he was the previous captain of the Wardens.
  • Colony Drop: In Death Masks, in response to a Red Court Duke who threatened Harry and his friends, he rips a decommissioned Soviet satellite out of orbit and drops it on top of a castle owned by said Duke.
  • Cool Old Guy: Ebenezar looks like what he is, a farmer from Middle-of-Nowhere, USA. Elderly, mostly bald, drives a beat-up old pickup. He's also one of the most dangerous combat wizards alive.
  • Evil Weapon: As the Blackstaff, Ebenezar has in his possession a staff (itself known as the Blackstaff) that seems to have its own consciousness...and it's not a very friendly one either. Unlike most examples of this trope, though, using the Blackstaff allows Ebenezar to break the Laws of Magic without becoming Drunk on the Dark Side.
  • Good Is Not Soft: At the end of Death Masks he told Harry, "Turn on the TV." Harry would see his enemy's stronghold destroyed by a satellite that fell from orbit.
    • Ebenezar is in general a caring (if not exactly doting) grandfather and a genuinely good man, who taught Harry much of his own morals. But he's also been the Council's assassin for at least a hundred-plus years, and it is a very, very bad idea to mess with him or those he loves.
  • Hypocrite: This is why Harry takes it so hard when he finds out Ebenezar is the Blackstaff; from his point of view, Ebenezar was the one who had hammered in how critical respecting the Laws of Magic is during Harry's training, and yet as the Blackstaff he had been breaking the Laws of Magic on the Senior Council's behalf for decades. For Ebenezar, the laws of magic are very important, but the sour truth of the matter is that having all wizards obey them at all times just isn't realistic if the council wishes to survive.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: In Changes, it is revealed that he's actually Harry's maternal grandfather.
  • The Mentor: Harry's second mentor after Justin. He was also a Mentor to Harry's mother, his daughter, but by his own account, he pushed her too hard and she ran away.
  • Necessary Evil: His role as Blackstaff is to break the Laws of Magic when adhering to them would make the world a worse place.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Remember how much trouble Harry has had with one warlock at a time? According to Luccio, he once took down three. At the same time.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • The reason for the aforementioned Colony Drop is Ortega was still alive after trying to kill Harry and Ebenezer knew he would try something again.
    • When Lara stated she planned to keep with Harry when pursuing her traitorous cousin Madeline and the wizard Binder against Eb's desires, Eb just squeezed his hand and nearly choked her to death. While Harry calls him off and saves Lara, Eb notes if something happens to Harry, she will end up a pile of dust on her expensive shoes.
    • He made three separate attempts to kill then White King when he caused Margaret's death.
    • The reason for him showing up with the Grey Council (And an army of Kenkus who owed him a favor) to help save his grandson and great-granddaughter.
      • Notably on that one, Eb chides Harry at first for wanting to mobilise the Grey Council to save one child and risking the world in the process. He changes his tune when he learns Maggie is Harry's daughter (and thus his own great-granddaughter). He later admits he came more for Maggie's sake than Harry's.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: The New Madrid Earthquakes, The Tunguska Event, the eruption of Krakatoa, and during the series, dropping a satellite on Casaverde, were all Ebenezer putting the smackdown on deserving parties.
  • Poisonous Friend: To the White Council and especially Harry, since if you threaten either one, he'll blow you up. Literally.
  • Real Event, Fictional Cause: He claims responsibility for not only Tunguska, but also the New Madrid earthquake of 1812 and Krakatoa.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Fought in the French and Indian War.
  • Red Baron: To those in the know, he is called simply "the Blackstaff". When Jared "Hellhound" Kincaid outright states that a) he's been avoiding Ebenezar for the last century due to a promise from the latter to kill him if he ever saw him again, b) he'd be in another state and still running if he knew Ebenezar was anyway nearby, it says something about the man.
  • Sawed-Off Shotgun: Like Harry, he tends to lug one of these around with him. Not that he usually needs it.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Again, see aforementioned Colony Drop. The other noted instances may be this... or, considering how powerful some monsters in the 'verse are, perhaps they were just enough kill.
  • Tranquil Fury: It's noted that he speaks "calmly" when warning Lara that messing with Harry would be a very bad idea.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Joseph Listens-to-Wind. When the two aren't casually throwing Cultural Posturing at each other, they form the core of the radical wing of the White Council.
  • Weapon of Choice: Ebenezar normally uses a staff carved from an oak tree struck by lightning on his farm. But when shit really hits the fan, he pulls out the Blackstaff, which allows him to work Black Magic without going insane by turning the mental corruption into painful-but-workable physical corruption of his flesh.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Harry takes the fact that Ebenezar uses Black Magic without repercussion, was under orders to kill him if he even got out of line during his apprenticeship, and killed dozens of Duke Ortega's human slaves with the Colony Drop poorly. They eventually reconcile, but it was very uncomfortable for a while.

     Joseph "Injun Joe" Listens-to-Wind 

Joseph "Injun Joe" Listens-to-Wind
Listens-To-Wind, with Little Brother hanging onto his staff.

One of the wizards on the Senior Council, a genuine Illinois medicine man and an old friend of McCoy's. In addition to talking to animals and being able to transform, he's also the White Council's medical expert and goes back to medical school every ten years or so to stay up-to-date.

  • Bears Are Bad News: Turns out the best way to take on an Eldritch Abomination shapeshifter is by turning into a bear. The size of a minibus.
  • Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Listens-to-Wind has been guilty of all charges at some point or another, and uses a lot of Native American trappings to work magic, but manages to subvert the trope entirely. If anything, he seems to have about the same dress sense as most modern-day Native Americans.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's born sometime in the early 1800s or even further back. This doesn't stop him from sending a skinwalker running.
  • Day in the Limelight: Dog Men is his time to shine, during which he teams up with Harry.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Downplayed, but he gets in several quips during Dog Men, and occasionally at other times, usually at Ebenezar's expense.
  • Druid: Close ties to nature, animal companion, healing, and wild shape. He pretty much covers all the bases.
  • Friendly Enemy: In Turn Coat, sort of. Because of his Greatest Failure, he would reluctantly sacrifice Morgan to the executioner's sword to save the White Council because if Morgan doesn't die for the slaying of LaFortier then it could mean Civil War for the Council, shattering it and leaving billions of innocent mortals free targets for the dark things in the world.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: Little Brother, his raccoon familiar. He generally trusts the raccoon's intuition about people.
  • Making a Splash: Per Word of Jim, he's an expert at water magic. He demonstrates this by using a rain-dance-like spell use the downpour to wash away a skinwalker's attack or evade them completely, and it serves as the basis for his vast shapeshifting abilities.
  • Magical Native American: The most hardcore version ever. While not a follower of the Diné, he has enough magical power to make a skinwalker run in fear.
  • Magic Dance: Used for some of his spells. He even uses the rain to dilute a magical attack thrown at him by a skinwalker.
  • The Medic: He's generally considered to be the most skilled healer on the Council, and even goes back to med school every few decades to make sure he stays on top of things.
  • My Greatest Failure: Sometime back in his past, he watched as the tribe he was meant to guide and protect be slaughtered by White Men because his principles told him it was wrong for the White Council to intervene with mortal politics. He waited until it was too late to do any good. His principles made him choose who would live and who would die. He will not make the same choice again. See Friendly Enemy.
  • N-Word Privileges: Harry's narration notwithstanding, Ebenezar McCoy is the only one who actually calls him "Injun Joe" to his face, and he gets a pass thanks to being a good friend who goes back far enough with Listens-To-Wind to excuse the political incorrectness. In return, he calls McCoy a "redneck hillbilly".
  • Shape Shifter Showdown: He battles a skinwalker to the point the skinwalker runs away.
  • Tranquil Fury: Do not be fooled by the affable, tranquil surface. According to Ebenezar, he (understandably) has a lot of anger to manage.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: One of his strong suits. He moves with fluid grace from animal to animal when fighting a skinwalker.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ebenezar McCoy. The two are supportive of each other and have similar attitudes towards the roles they believe magic and the White Council should play, and collaborate frequently... none of which stops them from throwing ethnic slurs at each other whenever they can.
  • Zen Survivor: Subverted. While he's gone through enough to qualify, he's generally a nice, gentle guy. He's always been friendly and patient with Harry, even in Turn Coat. Of course, it's also mentioned that he has a lot of experience in coping with personal pain and anger, and even Harry is cowed when he sees past the surface of that particular iceberg.

     Ancient Mai 

Ancient Mai
A little old lady with a whole lot of magic.

Another member of the Senior Council. Dedicated to maintaining the appearance of stability in the White Council. Little else is known.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the books she is a frail, very elderly lady. In the TV series she's played by 28-year-old Elizabeth Thai and is possibly The Ageless.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Gives Lara Raith a taste of this.
    Mai: (In an "utterly tranquil" voice) It is possible that I am unfairly judging your people in accusing them of plotting LaFortier's death. You are, after all, vampires, and well-known for your forthright and gentle natures.
  • Didn't See That Coming: She would never have guessed that Harry lives with a Foo Dog. Harry describes her reaction as someone who was hit between the eyes with a sledgehammer.
  • Item Crafting: Word of Jim is that this is her specialty. She is better at enchanting items and crafting artefacts than anyone else on the Council, and doing so is her strongest skill.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Harry describes her as "tiny". She also scares him witless - and going by the behaviour of some of the Wardens around her, he's not the only one.
  • Never Mess with Granny:
    • At one point in Turn Coat, Ancient Mai is observed with the toughest and most experienced Wardens available. One of them is holding her umbrella.
    • In that same scene, Harry lets a tiny detail slip, and Ancient Mai uses this information to effortlessly deduce several things about the situation, none of which are good for Harry. To quote Harry, "The only thing worse than scary is smart and scary."
  • Prim and Proper Bun: When she appears on Demonreach in Turn Coat her hair is held up with jade combs.
  • Really 700 Years Old: At over 400, she is old even by Senior Council standards.
  • Support Party Member: She has little in the way of direct offensive magic. That still leaves her a lot of options.

     Martha Liberty 

Martha Liberty

One of the members of the Senior Council, Liberty is an ally of Harry's, though rarely seen. Relatively little is known about her compared with other members of the Senior Council.

  • Never Mess with Granny: Implied. She has been described to running off with other Senior Council members to defend Luccio's training camps and she is a powerful Wizard. You also don't get onto the Senior Council by collecting bottlecaps.
  • Out of Focus: Aside from Cristos, she gets the least amount of narrative focus.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She's willing to listen to Harry and Ebenezer, and if her brief scene in Summer Knight is anything to go by, anyone who comes before her while she's acting as a judge.

     Rashid the Gatekeeper 

Rashid the Gatekeeper

There is always a price for knowledge. Always.

A member of the White Council who covertly aids Harry and is generally mysterious. Usually wears a cowl, and has powers of precognition. His precise job on the Senior Council is not explained, but he appears to have a great deal of knowledge regarding Outsiders.

  • Cool Old Guy: Of all of the Senior Council, save Ebenezar and Listens-to-Wind, Rashid is most often a friend and ally to Harry, if distantly. Being on the Senior Council alone makes him pretty powerful, but Rashid is still extremely powerful even by their standards.
  • Cryptic Conversation:
    • By nature. Rashid can see across time and into the future, but he has to pick his words very carefully when warning people of what is coming. If his words or actions alter the future too much, it may result in a paradox that backlashes against him, possibly driving him insane or ripping apart reality. As a result, his warnings and actions tend to be cryptic or limited in immediate utility.
    • In the comments in the RPG rulebook, Harry muses that he expects Rashid would answer like this even if you asked him something as mundane as "What would you like on your pizza?"
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He goes around in a Black Cloak with a deep hood, but seems to be a pretty decent guy.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He's referred to as "the Gatekeeper" much more than "Rashid".
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin. He's called "The Gatekeeper". It turns out that's because he watches over the stupidly huge and very literal gate that blocks access from the Outside.
  • Eyepatch of Power: One of his eyes is replaced by a silver orb. The eye is actually made of the same material as the Outer Gates, and can sense people affected by the Outsiders' influence, among other things.
  • Hero of Another Story: When he's not at Edinburgh (which is most of the time), he's beating up Eldritch Abominations alongside the Winter Court.
  • In the Hood: Usually wears his hood up to add to the air of mystique. He's lowered it twice in the entire series.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: He stalls Molly's trial, and execution, by not casting a vote under the pretense he needs time to consider Harry's argument against the Merlin's. While his singular vote will not tip the scales one way or another, as the Merlin is the proxy vote for the other five absent Senior Council members making the vote at least 6-to-1 in favor of guilty, he claims it is a heavy choice to make and is carefully thinking on it. This allows him to stall until other Senior Council members can arrive and they will vote to put Molly on parole.
  • Precision F-Strike: For a man of carefully chosen words, the fact Harry gets Rashid to mutter "Blood of the Prophet" shows the craziness of his plan to bind himself to Demonreach and face the Senior Council on the island.
  • The Quiet One: Out of all the members of the Senior Council, he's the one least likely to speak during a meeting.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Notably, even the Merlin defers to him where he'd back down to nobody else, and Rashid is perfectly willing to listen to Harry's explanations.
  • Red Baron: While his name is not unknown, very few people refer to him as anything other than "Gatekeeper".
  • Secret Keeper: Harry tells him that Luccio killed LaFortier rather than Morgan, but only so he can treat her and on the condition that he keep it secret.
  • Secret Test of Character: To Harry in Summer Knight. Rashid also accepts personal responsibility and would have killed Harry on the spot if he failed the test, as it would have the same result in the long run. The test is to see if Harry, having fulfilled the exact worded need of Mab, would still walk into a war between the Fae Courts to stop the villain from unleashing an ice age. Mab would honor her side if Harry just sends her the information, but Harry refuses to stand by and let an innocent woman be murdered. Had Harry chosen the easy path, Rashid would have killed him.

     Gregori Cristos 

Gregori Cristos

The newest member of the Senior Council, who forces the Merlin to appoint him lest he take roughly a third of the Council and secede from the whole. Ambitious, aggressive, and dangerous, Cristos has both Harry and Ebenezar convinced that he is an agent of the Black Council. Or just stupid. Ebenezer considers the latter the worse of the possibilities.

  • Corrupt Politician: Mole or not, the man uses his position as LaFortier's apprentice to usurp the dead man's spot. He threatens to split the Council by leaving the Council with those who interests LaFortier represented and fought for if he isn't given the seat on the Senior Council. Word of Jim has confirmed that his greatest talent isn't magic; it's networking with other wizards and using the connections he makes.
  • The Ghost: So far, has not had any appearances onstage.
  • Idiot Ball: If he isn't The Mole, then he holds this for believing the Red Court can agree to a good peace treaty and all will end well.
  • The Mole: Harry and Ebenezar are convinced that he is the Black Council's replacement for Peabody, though they don't have any proof.

     Aleron LaFortier  

Aleron LaFortier

A member of the Senior Council who despised Harry. Considered the most approachable Senior Council member for smaller countries with less representation and power on the Council.

  • Hero of Another Story: While the man dislikes Harry, he is considered a hero by the wizards from less developed countries whose positions and points of view, they feel, aren't represented by the majority of the Senior Council.
  • Jerkass: To Harry, voting for him to be killed.
  • Master of Illusion: According to Word of Jim, LaFortier's specialty was illusion spells.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Harry suspects if Cristos is the Mole to the Black Council, then the primary reason to knock LaFortier off is to allow their own agent a chance to move up onto the Senior Council.

     Simon Pietrovich 

Simon Pietrovich

A Senior Council member from Russia who had been headquartered in Archangel. The Council's expert on vampire hunting, his death in the early days of the war against the Red Court was a heavy blow.

  • Badass Army: It was mentioned that he had a "brute squad" that had died with him in Archangel. They could have been Wardens or Pietrovich's personal followers from the Council rank and file, but they were powerful combat mages who specialized in earth magic.
  • Been There, Shaped History: While of dubious canon, in the tabletop RPG Billy found notes that indicated that Pietrovich was a friend of Czar Nicholas around the Russian Revolution, and he even introduced him to Rasputin. When Pietrovich's apprentice murdered Rasputin, the Blackstaff shows up to apprehend him, and Pietrovich handed his apprentice over without a second thought because of how bloody the situation got.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Word of Jim states that Pietrovich and his followers specialized in earth magic. While tricky, earth magic is both very powerful and hard to counter, making Pietrovich's group "hell on wheels in a fight."
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted, he was a good friend of McCoy's, and Archangel was a sore point for quite a while.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: He mentored Justin DuMorne, who was the mentor to Harry Dresden and Elaine Mallory. Dresden's tutelage went to Ebenezar McCoy, while Elaine took refuge with the Summer Court, where she presumably continued her training.
  • Posthumous Character: While he was alive at the start of the series, he was killed by the Red Court by the time we learn of his existence.
  • The Smart Guy: The Council's top expert on the Vampire Courts and how to fight them. For this reason, he is killed in a brutal attack on his base.


For Harry Dresden, see his entry under Harry and Harry's Household.

     Anastasia Luccio 

Captain Anastasia Luccio
The Commander of the Wardens, doing what she does best.

The Commander of the Wardens, Morgan's teacher. Was forcibly transferred to a much younger woman's body by Corpsetaker in Dead Beat. Became briefly romantically involved with Harry over the events of Small Favor and Turn Coat. In Turn Coat, it was revealed that she was an unwilling mole in the White Council, as being transferred to a younger body made her less resistant to mind-altering magics.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Her original body was never described as ugly, far from it - she's implied to have been quite a beauty as a young woman. However, after a couple of centuries, she's described as more tough and matronly. The comics, however, portray her in her original body as being a feminine Silver Fox.
  • Anti-Magic: She made the spell-cutting silver Warden swords, at least before her little accident.
  • Berserk Button: Her name is Anastasia. Do not call her "Stacy."
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Mind-controlled by Peabody into killing LaFortier, and also was mind-controlled into being attracted to Harry in order for the traitor to keep tabs on him.
  • The Captain: The current commander of the Wardens, and her official title is "Captain".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Luccio doesn't overindulge in it, but she can snark with the best of them.
    Luccio: I’m sorry, Harry. We don’t exactly have orbital satellites for detecting black magic.
  • Didn't See That Coming: In Dead Beat Harry tells her about Morgan and the Merlin's gambit to kill him before he went to do Mab's favor. Her reaction is clear she didn't know and is furious with the concept.
  • Fighting from the Inside: While she couldn't override Peabody's order to kill LaFortier, she had enough strength of will to know this was wrong. That is why she used a knife, as she didn't believe enough to be able to use magic to kill.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Her choice of offensive spell is usually fire concentrated into a needle-thin beam of pure intense heat, which Harry eventually learns how to use in Changes. Luccio's is still superior, though, as Harry mentions that he can probably only use it in the Nevernever (where magic is easier). He also gushes a bit every time he sees her use it.
  • Grand Theft Me: How she ended up in her current body.
  • I Have Your Wife: She became aware of this concept early enough in her career to start avoiding any romantic relationships. Even when it wasn't uncommon for opposite-sex Master-Student relationships to get intimate, she abstains from one with Morgan.
  • Kill It with Fire: See above. Even Harry is impressed.
  • Lady of Black Magic: A composed matriarchal witch who wields fire magic with a more controlled and graceful air, being able to create thin ribbons of fire as opposed to Dresden's massive cone of flame.
  • Lady of War: A very refined fighter. Where as most Wardens throw huge fire balls at their enemy, she uses fire like a laser cutter.
  • Magic Knight: She is the commander of an army composed of magic knights.
  • The Needs of the Many: Averted in Dead Beat, she and her patrol of Wardens are working to stop the Darkhollow from being complete when they discover a group of children trick-or-treating and about to be attacked by zombies. They can either let the kids die and work on saving everyone by stopping the ritual, or potentially let the ritual go off and protect the children. Luccio chooses the latter and is angered Harry would think she would do otherwise.
  • Noodle Incident: When Harry jokes about posting naked pictures of her on the internet, she makes it clear that she had to deal with something similar a couple hundred years ago.
    Luccio: I am not going through that again. You'd be amazed how fast pictures circulate when they're painted on canvas.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: She keeps her relationship with Harry a secret. Not just because of the sleeping with her underling, but if any of her older friends knew she was dating anyone it would be a red flag to investigate. So she, under influence of Peabody, keeps mum on the matter. Harry even lampshades how while there were changes to her personality, they were positive ones. Her being happier in such a harsh time is ignored by the Senior Council and Morgan because they wouldn't begrudge her some happiness in this bleak world.
  • Quickly-Demoted Woman: Subverted. Although getting switched to a younger body leaves her much less effective in combat (and incapable of enchanting Warden swords), and Morgan becomes the Wardens' combat commander, Luccio retains her rank as overall commander of the Wardens, and uses her knowledge to good effect in a less-physical position. Plus "much less effective in combat" still leaves her capable of kicking a lot of ass.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Was born in the 1700s. Currently has the body of a twenty-five year old. Literally.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Immediately brings every available Warden to Chicago once Harry reports of Kemmler's heirs running about in during Dead Beat, and works well with Harry in contrast with her subordinate Morgan.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: Before her transition into the new body. She was the one in charge of enchanting the famous Warden anti-magic swords. To make them, she has to work the entire sword-making process, from purifying the ore to the forging of the blade. Unfortunately, she doesn't have sufficient power in her younger body to continue the practice, and no one else has the necessary skill.
  • Weak, but Skilled: By necessity. Ever since being transferred to her younger body, Luccio's talents have suffered as her new body doesn't have the potential for magic that her older one possessed. That being said, she is still incredibly powerful and a masterfully-skilled fighter, and makes use of her reduced talents to impressive effect. Even with a modest magical talent now, Luccio can produce deadly beams of precise energy or wide area-effect illusions. Harry states in Changes even with the obvious decrease in power he still wouldn't want to fight her.

     Donald Morgan 

Donald Morgan
He makes sure warlocks follow their parole . . . and deals with them when they don't.
"No. I would rather be dead — do you hear me? Be dead than have you use black magic on my behalf."

A high-ranking member of the Wardens, skilled swordsman and battle wizard, Morgan is introduced as the magical equivalent of a parole officer - his job is to keep an eye on Harry and execute him if he shows signs of having gone back to his warlock ways, a duty Morgan pursues with gusto. Later on that role takes a backseat to his mastery of battlefield combat as the Wardens go to war.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Towards Luccio.
  • Bad Liar: Morgan is normally brutally honest, to the point that when he finds himself trying to lie, it's usually pretty feeble. For instance, in Summer Knight, when Harry figures out that Morgan is trying to provoke him into a fight so he has legal justification to kill Harry, Morgan's eyes widen in shock and he blurts "I don't know what you're talking about."
  • The Cavalry:
    • In Storm Front he pulls Harry out of the fire and begrudgingly agrees to retract his charges of Harry violating the Laws and would give him praise where it is due with handling the warlock Victor Sells.
    • And subverted in Dead Beat when he is taken out of commission before the final battle. He still protects people til the end.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Harry sarcastically implies that he's getting into pedophelia, Morgan takes him seriously.
    • The folder quote above comes from when Molly offers to find out information from a young PI. As it happens, her methods have nothing to do with Black Magic, and everything to do with another trope.
  • Cool Old Guy: Despite his jerkish personality, the man is admittedly awesome.
    • He got within mere yards of killing the King of the Red Court Vampires and carved his way through several Red Court lords in the process.
    • Killed an Eldritch Abomination by luring it into a nuclear testing site.
    • In Dead Beat, When Harry had executed Corpsetaker in Luccio's body, Morgan, thinking he just murdered his commander and the woman he was in love with, was going to come after Harry despite the fact that Harry is a powerful wizard in his own right, and had a multi-million year dead zombie T-Rex on his side. Harry wasn't sure he could win in such a confrontation.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Morgan believes in this. Like Harry, he was trained with shields by having his master (Luccio) throw rocks at him, even quoting the same line Harry mentions when discussing Justin's similar training "Pain is an excellent motivator". Similarly, Morgan purposely tries to taunt Molly, and disapproves of Harry's coddling of her. When confronted by Harry, he explains that people on the Council, and the wider world, will be far more cruel than him to Molly, and it's not by sparing her that Harry will teach her to resist the urge to abuse her powers again. Molly later notes that Morgan was succeeding at just that, that his barbs were making her want to use mental magic on him, and the realization of what she was being tempted to do not only horrifies her, but also marks a further milestone in her development.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly in Turn Coat, with Harry as his target, and more or less matches him in Snark-to-Snark Combat.
  • Determinator: More than anything else, this is where Morgan's character stems from. At the end of Turn Coat, Harry comes to realize that this is what made Morgan into the man he is. Despite everything that has happened to him over his life, and despite all the losses and pain he endured, Morgan never gave in.
    Harry: "See, here's the thing. Morgan was right: You can't win them all. But that doesn't mean you give up. Not ever. Morgan never said that part- he was too busy living it."
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Is demonstrated in Dead Beat.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: The man, despite badly injured and dying, described by Harry as being "barely able to walk", races out of his wheelchair to chase down Peabody and ends up putting two in the guy before he can kill Harry.
  • Enemy Mine: In Turn Coat, he immediately runs to Harry because he figures nobody will look for him under the care of someone with whom he shares a certain amount of mutual loathing. More importantly he understands that, of all people, Harry understands what it means to be wrongfully accused.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Near the end of Turn Coat, the White Council has caught up to him, the traitor has (seemingly) escaped without being caught, and not having someone killed for Lafortier's death will likely lead to a Civil War in the Council. Morgan's response is to thank Harry and Molly for trying to clear his name, give a "confession" to Ancient Mai, Ebenezer, and Listens-To-Winds that he tricked them into helping him and that he was responsible for killing Lafortier, and asking Molly to lower the barrier the two of them are behind so he can turn himself in, despite knowing he'll be killed for a crime he didn't commit.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Morgan would never even consider using dark magic or breaking the Council's laws. Doesn't mean he isn't a huge Jerkass to Harry.
  • Hidden Depths: He's a surprisingly good teacher, as shown when he teaches Molly how to open ways into the Nevernever.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: With a little Even Inspector Javerts Have Standards. After Molly's trial in Proven Guilty, where Morgan would have been Molly's executioner, he went back to the White Council headquarters and got himself massively drunk.
  • Inspector Javert:
    • To the core. Inverted in Turn Coat where he is the one on the run.
    • And even then he continues to play the role with Molly, though it turns out she deserved it.
    • Shortly before his death in Turn Coat, he does finally admit that his pursuit of Harry was unjustified. Or at least, as close as someone as stiff-necked as him can come to admitting it.
  • Jerkass: He seems to enjoy stalking Harry just a little too much.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the end, however, he's still one of the good guys, fully willing to give his life for the sake of the Council, and his attitude is revealed to be driven not by any particular belief that Harry was special (as in, specially bad), but that he wasn't - i.e. that he'd revert like the vast majority of other Warlocks he [Morgan] had dealt with, and take a lot of people down with him. And though he never says it outright, his last words to Harry are "the closest he'd ever come to admitting he was wrong about me."
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Still very much a believer in fighting the the good fight, but spending more than a century doing so has left him a very tired and bitter man.
  • Magic Knight: As are most Wardens, up until Dead Beat.
  • The Needs of the Many: Averted in Dead Beat, he and Luccio's patrol of Wardens are working to stop the Darkhollow from being complete when they discover a group of children trick-or-treating and about to be attacked by zombies. They can either let the kids die and work on saving everyone by stopping the ritual, or potentially let the ritual go off and protect the children. Morgan joins the others in protecting the kids.
  • Not So Different: With Harry, though they'd both be horrified by it. Much like Harry, Morgan is capable of GREAT sarcasm, has trouble disguising his hatred of people he disapproves of, and is a terrible liar (though Harry becomes a Consummate Liar later on). Like Harry, Morgan is fully capable of both great sacrifice and of bending the rules for someone he loves. He's always going to rescue children when he can, and even as the Council's executioner, he's disgusted by some of the things Wardens do, considering them a Necessary Evil. The main difference is that while Harry's outlook is forged by being someone who was always looked at with suspicion and who has always had to prove himself and scrape by, Morgan is the product of someone who has become burned out and jaded from centuries of seeing the worst the world has to offer.
  • Nuke 'em: Morgan had problems with a skinwalker about fifty years before. They're basically minor dark gods that eat magic. So Morgan lured it into a nuclear testing ground and stepped into the Nevernever as the bomb went off. Bad. Ass.
  • Obstructive Zealot: He regularly ignores Harry's attempts to explain the situation; at one point he even yelled, "No! You lie!"
  • Older Than They Look: Morgan is a century and change, but looks in his late thirties to early forties (descriptions vary).
  • Pet the Dog: A few times here and there. These moment are always very, very subtle.
    • Though there was a very clear one in the first book. Morgan could have easily stood by and let Harry die in the burning house, but he came in, rescued Harry, and then admitted to the White Council that he was wrong in that specific case. He may not like Harry, but he's not without honor.
    • According to Luccio, he without hesitation led the Wardens to step between children and a pack of zombies in Dead Beat.
    • When he's ordered to execute Molly in Proven Guilty he looks absolutely sickened, and more so when Harry steps in his way. He'd have killed them both anyway, because it's his job, but apparently afterwards he went and got sloshed at the Council bar.
    • He calls Molly "Miss Carpenter" when working with her to stop Binder from killing Harry and Karrin.
  • Principles Zealot: His faith in the Laws of Magic and the Senior Council. He's mentioned to basically be The Merlin's right-hand man because of this.
  • Redemption Equals Death: He dies shortly after finally making peace with Harry. Or as close to it as he's openly capable of.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: The microfiction "Journal" set between LaFortier's death and Morgan's escape, shows not only does he know Harry is Ebenezer's grandson but he made a promise to Harry's mother to watch over Harry and Malcolm.
  • Shockwave Stomp: Is seen to do this in Dead Beat.
  • Shoot the Dog: While he Would Hurt a Child because the White Council's policy on Black Magic use is rather severe, he's dealt with enough errant warlocks to know that rehabilitation is only asking for trouble.
  • Sleep Cute: Well... not cute. But the impression of him sleeping is less Jerkass and more "Holy hell, this man has had a rough life."
  • The Stoic: Is this when he's not trying to kill someone.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: His immediate knee-jerk denial of Harry mentioning the Black Council or a White Council traitor immediately clues Harry in to the fact that Morgan and possibly the Merlin have considered the possibility of a traitor but won't publicly admit it due to the backlash.
  • To Be Lawful or Good:
    • In Proven Guilty, Morgan is among those convinced by Harry's argument that Molly Carpenter doesn't deserve to be executed for her use of black magic. However, he still intends to personally carry out her execution if the Senior Council rules it, because it is his duty.
    • In Turn Coat, Morgan knew Molly used mind magic on Luccio and could be executed for breaking the terms of her parole, and Harry for failing as her parole officer. However, he keeps this violation to himself. He chooses Good to protect Harry and Molly.
  • Training from Hell: Morgan mentions to Harry that he isn't doing Molly any favours by being gentle. His teacher (presumably Luccio) threw stones at him to help him develop his shield spells; Morgan mentions that pain is a good motivator and this is a good way of teaching how to block out unnecessary emotions. Harry simply grunts. (Harry mentioned to Charity in the previous book that Justin trained him the same way, but with baseballs.)
  • Weapon of Choice: Morgan carries a massive broadsword forged by Luccio to break enchantments.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He truly believes that Harry will turn and that killing him now will save dozens, if not hundreds of lives.
  • Windmill Crusader: Believes wholeheartedly that Harry is a black magic time-bomb waiting to go off. Harry's opinion of him softens ever-so-slightly once he realises Morgan honestly believes this and isn't hounding him because he's a jerk. This is a man who has seen countless times the failures of Black Magic rehabilitation, leading to more deaths. He didn't hound Harry because Harry's special. He hounded Harry because he thought Harry was not.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Not out of sadism, and it frequently horrifies him. He's a Warden of the White Council, and will do any execution he's ordered to due to Black Magic corruption, but he doesn't like having to do it one bit - as demonstrated by the way that after Molly's execution was very narrowly averted, he went and got absolutely hammered at the Council Bar.
  • Old Cop, Young Cop: Morgan fits the "Old Cop" archetype to a tee. Harry literally compares him to a veteran beat cop who has seen the worst humanity has to offer, and who has become burned out on idealistic notions like second chances and redemption.

     Carlos Ramirez 

Carlos Ramirez
Carlos in his element.

"It hurts to be this good!"

The regional commander of the Wardens on the West Coast, barely out of his apprenticeship. He loves to make jokes about his own awesomeness and popularity with the ladies.

  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Harry and Carlos Ramirez in White Night, against Vittorio and Madrigal
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Carlos has proven he is not someone you want to underestimate more than once
  • Big Brother Mentor: What Dresden is essentially to him, a wise, more powerful ally that isn't afraid of making fun of him.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Three times. Twice in Dead Beat: Once when he stops Morgan from killing Harry after the other man believes Harry killed Luccio (having actually killed the body-swapping necromancer they were fighting) and again when he kills Grevane just in time to save Harry. The third one is in White Knight: Carlos creates an incredible powerful disintegrating water shield Just in Time to protect The Cavalry (Murphy, Thomas, Marcone and his men), Harry, Lara and himself from a group of uber-ghouls.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Did this to the Merlin in Proven Guilty when the latter was considering executing Molly.
  • Casanova Wannabe: He's a young, somewhat cocky, warden who is constantly bragging about his sexual exploits. None of which have ever happened, seeing that he's a virgin. Revealed hilariously by Lara Raith.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: For all his talk, he is unfailingly polite to all women. Not to mention a virgin.
  • Combat Pragmatist: As seen in both Dead Beat and White Night, Ramirez is more than willing to use his gun and sneak attacks to win the day if he needs to.
  • Dashing Hispanic: He has guts, and not only in combat situations; he called the Merlin senile to his face.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In a more playful way than Harry.
  • The Determinator: Continued fighting with a dagger in his gut and a matching dagger in his leg in White Night.
  • Didn't Think This Through: In Changes. Made a very well-intentioned but poorly timed rebellion against authority, sending the White Council into chaos and ensuring that Harry was facing a The Only One situation.
  • Disintegrator Ray: One of his spell is a narrow beam fired from his finger that turns people to dust and water.
  • Entropy and Chaos Magic: Of the entropy and decay form. Carlos has a lot of spells that specialize in disintegrating matter or causing it to decay. His shield for example breaks bullets apart into powder. In Cold Case he enters a church by neatly turning a part of wooden wall into powder.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Harry. Carlos is Harry’s Heterosexual Life-Partner among the Wardens.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today?: He won't shut about his talents with the ladies. He's a virgin. Harry, naturally, finds this hilarious.
  • Hero of Another Story: Being the senior Warden and commander in Los Angeles, he sees almost as much action as Harry, on top of being an active participant in the war. In White Night, Harry notes that Ramirez's gear is as battered and battle-scarred as his own, despite the difference in age. He also, like Harry and Ebenezer, has put together the pieces about the Black Council's existence.
  • I Got You Covered: Carlos says he's with Harry 100%.
  • Improbable Age: There's no way he would hold the rank he does at his age if a) he wasn't really good, and b) most of the other Wardens hadn't gotten killed off in Dead Beat, making this a Justified Trope.
  • In-Series Nickname: “Los”. A diminutive of his name, Carlos.
  • Kill It with Water: He uses water-based magic, as opposed to Harry's fire and force. Fun fact - in this universe, water-magic comes associated with entropy and "cleansing" and is capable of offensive disintegration.
  • First-Name Basis: Harry initially calls him Warden Ramirez. Carlos corrects him and permits him to use his first name.
    "Everyone else who lets me ride on their dinosaur calls me Carlos."
  • Likes Older Women: Mentions asking Elaine out on dates in White Night. As she's roughly Harry's age, this makes her at least a decade older.
  • Magic Knight: Part and parcel with being a Warden on the White Council. Unlike most examples of this trope, even a few of the in-universe examples, Ramirez carries a large-caliber pistol, grenades, and some other military grade hardware.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: In White Night, Ramirez looks down and says, "There's a knife in my leg", then "There's a knife in my gut", then "Holy crap, they match". Justified, because he's in shock, although played straight a moment later when he says he felt the impact of the knife in his leg, he just figured Harry had stepped on him by accident.
  • Making a Splash: Sort of. He uses principles of water and entropy in most of his magic, and the result is silent, green energy that even Harry finds a little weird. Whatever you might think of it, the powerful effects can't be disputed.
  • Moment Killer: In the end of "Cold Case" Carlos looks like he is about to have sex with Winter Lady Molly, when her mantle overrides her, and badly damages Carlos because he tried to have sex with Molly.
  • Nice Guy: Under all that bragging about his sexual prowess and battle prowess, he really is an extremely decent guy.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Hinted at. When not in his “flirting, Awesome Ego mode” Carlos has proven himself to be not only very quick on the uptake and just as competent, But White Night shows him to be both quite savvy, to have pretty good instincts and much wiser than he normally acts (Lara actually notices this).
  • Remember That You Trust Me: At one point, Ramirez reminds Harry that they're Fire-Forged Friends and tells him that he knows he's keeping secrets from him.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Carlos is the youngest regional Warden as of Dead Beat, and easily one of the most understanding and truly virtous of the lot, as seen in Proven Guilty and White Night. In Ghost Story it’s revealed that Carlos is in charge of tracking Molly, but he’s slowing the search intentionally to buy Molly and The Chicago Alliance time and some peace. Add to that, Molly's presence is helping against the Fomor in Chicago while he handles the West Coast.
  • Smart Ball: When he was being seduced by Lara, and Harry letting him resist her on his own, so as not to make him look like prey to her, Carlos forces a Soulgaze with Lara. This destroys her seduction attempt and helps him remain focused on what sort of creature she is under that lovely exterior.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: While Harry internally thinks it first, Carlos also utters the “You don't become Merlin of the White Council by collecting bottlecaps" line when talking about the Merlin’s One-Man Army You Shall Not Pass! act against the whole Red Court. The strange coincidence of similar thinking is actually Lampshades by Harry himself, who gives Carlos a surprised look, only to have Carlos grinning cheekily at him in return, obviously amused at having guessed Harry’s train of thought.
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: Wears a gauntlet with Olmec or Aztecan pictoglyphs to focus his water magic.
  • Unexpected Virgin: Harry fully believes his bravado about being a ladies man. Then Lara outs him as a virgin.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: He talks a fantastic game, completely convincing Harry that he can get with any women he wants. Then Lara outs him as a virgin.
  • Weak, but Skilled: You don't need a lot of force with particle beams. That, and almost everyone looks Weak, but Skilled next to Harry "Powerhouse Slob" Dresden. And remember, the White Council only takes the top 1 percent of the magical community.
  • Weapon of Choice: Ramirez carries a Desert Eagle and a willow sword, with the latter being an Anti-Magic Warden blade.

     "Wild" Bill Meyer 

"Wild" Bill Meyer
He'll show you why you shouldn't mess with Texas.

A Warden from Texas. Has interacted with Dresden a few times, including when retrieving a shoggoth from a Venatori stronghold that was besieged by the Red Court.

  • Call-Back: He always treats Harry with respect because he remembers when Harry reacted to the murders of Tina and Terry Trailman and what he did to the ghouls who killed the kids.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He's strongest with earth magic.
  • Handicapped Badass: A vampire breaks his hand early in War Cry, but he manages to fight just as well as his companions despite his injury.

     Yuki Yoshimo 

Yuki Yoshimo
She lets her sword do the talking.

A trainee Warden who participates in the battle against the Kemmlerites due to the lack of trained fighters. She is injured, but recovers and later helps to retrieve a shoggoth from a besieged Venatori stronghold.

  • Beware the Quiet Ones: She doesn't talk much, but she can still dish out a lot of damage with her swordplay and her magic.
  • Blow You Away: She's strongest with air/wind magic.
  • Heroic Lineage:
    • She is a relative of Shiro, Knight of the Cross.
    • As a result, she is also a descendant of the last king of Okinawa.

     Tina and Terry Trailman 

Tina and Terry Trailman

Two trainee Wardens who were at Camp Kaboom, an evocation-training camp, when it was raided by ghouls.

     Chandler, aka "Steed" 


A young British warden who acts as Luccio's aide-de-camp.

  • Classy Cane: What he uses instead of a rod or staff.
  • Cultured Badass: Checkpoints to Edinburgh are usually manned by five or six Wardens at once. Chandler can defend one by himself, and is one of the highest-ranking Wardens. He also enjoys tea and walks with a cane.
  • Gentleman Snarker: Has a British sense of humour, and uses it frequently.
  • I Am Very British: Revels in this trope. At one point, he sends a letter to Harry and randomly capitalizes several words, noting in a postscript at the end:
    Why, yes, I can in fact capitalize any words I desire. The language is English. I am English. Therefore mine is the opinion which matters, colonial heathen.
  • Nice Hat: His bowler.
  • Seers: Word Of Jim is that Chandler specializes in seer-type magic, both looking back into the past and forwards into the future.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He wears "an expensive dark blue cashmere suit, with a cream-colored shirt and a metallic copper-colored tie" while on guard duty.
  • Spot of Tea: Offers Dresden some when they meet during Small Favor.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: While freezing his "well-tailored ass" off, he talks about guarding the entrance in a wintry area of the Nevernever in a cheery tone with an Oxford accent.
    "But I endure thanks to excellent breeding, a background in preparatory academics, and metric tons of British fortitude."



A grizzled veteran who has survived a lot of combat and now leads his own cadre of Wardens.

  • Badass Beard: Described as having a big black beard.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Worries about this when preparing to fight Harry, to the point where he is visibly reluctant to actually start the fight — regardless of the fact that his forces outnumber Harry substantially. However, he's still willing to do it if Mai gives the order.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Dresden makes up a bunch of nicknames for him on the basis of his Scandinavian heritage, including "Bjork", "Yorgi", "Berserkergang", and "Bjorn Bjorngunnarson". Fortunately, Dresden doesn't say these names aloud.
  • Old Soldier: His actual age isn't known, but he's seen much more combat than most of the other Wardens and is very well-experienced.
  • Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond: He, along with most of the rest of the veteran Wardens, dislikes Harry.



Another veteran Warden.



A member of Ancient Mai's staff.

  • Butt-Monkey: First seen half-frozen after being tasked with delivering a message from Mab. Harry next meets him at Warden Headquarters, where he's stationed after breaking his ankle and thus being unable to help search for Morgan.
  • Ironic Nickname: Given all his injuries, Harry's nickname for him of "Lucky" (which he fortunately doesn't actually state aloud) is very ironic.



A trainee Warden who attends a lecture by Harry on investigating potential supernatural threats. Appears in "AAAA Wizardry".

  • Character Development: Learns to be less overconfident as Dresden explains how he misread a situation and almost hurt the family he was trying to help.
  • Combat Pragmatist: At first she doesn't see the point of spending time analyzing exactly what kind of monster is causing problems instead of just killing it right away. Dresden disabuses her of this idea in short order, pointing out that you have to know what the monster is to know how to kill it.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: A Russian with very pale skin and ice-blue eyes.
  • Pride: Seems to have difficulty understanding the concept that she could make a mistake or misread a situation. As such, she questions Dresden whenever he counsels caution or warns that a Warden's actions may cause unexpected problems if they don't fully understand what the situation is.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: With McKenzie. Ilyana is the serious one, and McKenzie is the comical one.



Another trainee Warden who attends a lecture by Harry on investigating potential supernatural threats. Appears in "AAAA Wizardry".

  • Canada, Eh?: Said to be from Canada, and has a "northern accent".
  • Character Development: Grows somewhat more serious over the course of the story, from cracking jokes at the beginning to soberly analyzing what happened and what should be done next to prevent future problems in the end.
  • Class Clown: Makes pleasant jokes during the lecture, such as wondering — after Harry says it's important to analyze the threats—how he persuaded an ogre to sit down on a couch like one would do at a psychologist's office.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Or badass-in-training, anyways. He's got the Pop Culture down, and even references The Avengers (2012) during the story.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: With Ilyana. McKenzie is the comical one, and Ilyana is serious.



A younger Warden who was seen guarding the Murphy house along with Chandler to use as a base during the Small Favor case.



A trainee Warden who fought the Chicago Kemmlerites.

     Justin DuMorne 

Justin DuMorne
Harry's first mentor, teacher . . . and enemy.

Harry's and Elaine's adoptive father, first mentor and Warden turned Warlock. He was raising Harry to become one of his enforcers but was killed in self-defense by Harry. He also took Bob after Kemmler's final death.

  • Abusive Parents: To Harry and Elaine, if Harry's testimony is anything to go by.
  • Badass Beard: Had a goatee, and was a Warden of the White Council.
  • Evil Mentor: To Harry and Elaine.
  • Jerkass: Harry mentions that Justin put them through quite a lot of abuse.
  • Mind Control: What he did to Elaine and planned to do to Harry.
  • Obviously Evil: In the RPG, Harry states that the fact that DuMorne only dressed in black silk and leather and carved the end of his staff into a cobra should have rung an alarm bell or two.
  • Parental Substitute: For Harry and Elaine.
  • Pet the Dog: Giving Harry a baseball glove and playing catch with him. This is subverted for readers who remember how Harry got his shield training. Then it's just a depressing Call-Forward.
  • Posthumous Character: Killed by Harry before the series began.

Other Members

     Margaret LeFay Dresden 

Margaret Gwendolyn McCoy LeFay Dresden

Harry's deceased mother. Known to have been a maverick in the White Council — to the point where she was under surveillance from the Wardens for suggesting "alternate uses" to the Laws of Magic. The repercussions of her actions are still being revealed. She has not yet and probably never will appear directly in the series; consequently, most of the below examples are inference or outright speculation.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: At first. Her relationship with Lord Raith, the King of the White Court likely has some merit to this.
  • Dead Person Conversation: She appears to her sons postmortem through a soulgaze she'd previously set up.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Seems that way at first, but further books have revealed that she was far from a saint.
  • Death by Childbirth: Actually due to by an entropy curse caused by Lord Raith.
  • Extra-Dimensional Shortcut: Even amongst the wizards of the White Council, Margaret's knowledge of the Ways was acknowledged as nearly unmatched, with only the Gatekeeper being as proficient as (if not more than) she was, which made it especially hard for the White Council to control or monitor her.
  • In the Blood: Lord Raith actually tells Harry flat out that she was just as much of a smartass as he is.
  • Insufferable Genius: By all accounts, almost as brilliant a wizard as she was a chore to hang out with. Goodman Grey, in Skin Game, ruefully calls her a "piece of work", and directly compares her to his father, a skinwalker.
  • Loophole Abuse: According to Lucio, this was biggest reason for Margaret being the black sheep of the White Council. She frequently skirted around the laws of magic to show how wizards could still cause plenty of harm and take advantage of people in order to goad the White Council into updating their laws and enforcement. For reasons both good and bad, it did not win her many friends.
  • Love Redeems: Falling in love with Malcolm Dresden, and breaking off with whoever she was hanging out with at the time, is implied to have saved her from a very bad end. How bad, one might ask? Chauncy, a demon, tends to have an "Almost got her" reaction to her. Nicodemus Archeleone has 'fond memories' of her. Hell, she had a son with Lord Raith!
  • Mayfly–December Romance: As a magical practitioner, her relationship with Harry's father Malcolm had shades of this. Somewhat ironically, he ended up outliving her.
  • Meaningful Name: The title LeFay was given to her because of her many connections and dealings with the Sidhe.
  • Meaningful Rename: Changes reveals her birth name is Margaret McCoy.
  • Missing Mom: She died giving birth to Harry.
  • Posthumous Character: She died before the series began, but her choices and actions still affect both her children.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: Toward McCoy.
  • Rebellious Spirit: To the White Council's strict and morally-lacking views on the Seven Rules of Magic. See Loophole Abuse. Of course, this also has somewhat unsavory manifestations too, such as her relationship with Lord Raith.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: To Malcolm Dresden, eventually.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: She left quite a burden behind for Harry to bear. What's even worse is that he doesn't know all of what it is.
  • Taking You with Me: Downplayed. She knew Lord Raith was the one responsible for killing her, but his magical defenses were too good for her to kill him outright with her death curse... so instead she used it to remove his ability to feed, steadily weakening him until he could meet his downfall at Harry's hands decades later.

     Samuel Peabody 

Samuel Peabody
Nobody ever suspects the secretary. Which is just the way he likes it.

A clerical wizard who insists on keeping everything in order, which makes him ideal for his job as the Council's senior paper-pusher. He records Council meetings and handles a wide range of extremely sensitive documents. However, he's also a member of the Black Council.

  • Almighty Janitor: His entire job involves pushing paper around and taking notes, making him a minor but important functionary. He's not a slouch in actual combat either; he's an effective combat wizard, a good hand with a knife, and a dangerous expert in mind-control magic.
  • Anti-Magic: Surprisingly adept at countering spells. He deflects most of Harry's spells while he's attempting to run him down.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Morgan kills him.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Important he might be, but he's still a very minor functionary.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Peabody has made numerous minor appearances in earlier books, always as a minor background character. For example, he's the one who took notes on the Council meeting in Summer Knight, wrote Die Lied der Erlking, was present at Molly's trial in Proven Guilty, and so on.
  • Foreshadowing: Whenever the Senior Council, particularly the Merlin, is about to Kick the Dog in the earlier books, Peabody is generally in the background, scribbling away.
  • Meaningful Background Event: As mentioned before, he was generally on-hand whenever the Senior Council was being particularly hidebound. And the moment he sees Harry rise to give testimony at Morgan's trial, he pulls out an ink jar concealing a mistfiend to use at a moments notice.
  • Mind Control: He puts the majority of the Council under varying degrees. The younger members could go Manchurian Agent, while the Senior Council were gently nudged into acting in more rash ways and their negative qualities enhanced.
  • Mind Rape: Part and parcel of the Mind Control.
  • The Mole: For the Black Council.
  • Paperworkaholic: Not much of a wizard but loves his paperwork, which is why other Council members dump all the bureaucratic tasks on him. Harry mostly perceives him as an Obstructive Bureaucrat, however. It could just be he relished this because, as The Mole in the Council, he used the signatures that various wizards left on his papers to Mind Control them. Harry, who never signed anything out of dislike for Peabody, thus became the only member left to oppose him.
  • Smug Snake: He claims he has a bastion of order in his office and detests anything untidy, like Harry or the German language.
  • Tempting Fate: When Harry brings up Mouse to identify him as the mole, he scoffs at the idea of Mouse identifying him at all. Then Ancient Mai identifies Mouse as a Foo Dog and beyond reproach with this testimony.
  • Your Head Asplode: In Turn Coat, Morgan double-taps him at point blank range. Not much is left.

     Klaus Schneider 

Klaus "the Toymaker" Schneider

Klaus is an old, respectable, and honest wizard, though considered a bit on the young side to join the Senior Council. He is Belgian by birth. He is a short man with white hair, a large belly, and love of enchanting toys and using them as his foci. He briefly fought on the side of the Allied Nations in World War II when a Warlock was helping the Nazi cause out.

  • Badass Santa: If Kringle represents the myth version of Santa Claus, Klaus can be seen as the mortal man.
  • The Cavalry: To the Allied Forces during the Battle of the Bulge. The Nazi's had a warlock helping them fight, so the Senior Council sent Klaus to help them out.
  • Red Baron: He is called Klaus the Toymaker for his habit of putting his magic into children's toys.
  • Spanner in the Works: In Summer Knight the Merlin hoped to elevate him to the open position on the Senior Council. Klaus didn't play ball and openly gave his support to Ebenezer.
  • Underestimating Badassery: That warlock summoned SS-styled demons to help the Nazi. Klaus used his enchanted toys to beat them back. Word of Jim says his favorite image is these demons being destroyed with just a windup-wooden duck.



A wizard with blue hair whom Dresden sees during the White Council meeting in Summer Knight.

  • Spear Carrier: Only has a couple lines, and never appears again after the meeting.


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