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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 (Battle Ground) 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 the dangers of Black Magic. 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 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.
  • Noodle Incident: In Peace Talks, King Corb implies that there was some kind of relationship between him and Mab.
  • 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.
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     The White Council In General 
  • Anti-Hero: The White Council is frequently forced to do hideous things in the name of the greater good, such as ordering for sixteen-year-old kids to be decapitated for partaking in Black Magic.
  • Awesome, yet Impractical: The Warden's signature swords are a downplayed case. On the one hand, they're really Cool Swords with Anti-Magic woven into their very making and are very effective weapons in combat. On the other, they're incredibly exhausting and time-intensive to make, can no longer be made for the time being thanks to Captain Luccio being stuck in a new body, and are intricately interwoven with the very essence of the Warden assigned them (meaning that if a Warden died, their sword could not be "reassigned" to someone else).
  • Badass Army: The Wardens, a team of 200-strong combat-oriented wizards wearing ominous grey cloaks that serve both as an internal police force executing any warlock that's broken one of the Laws of Magic and a makeshift military force whenever the Council goes to war.
  • Badass Cape: All Wardens are given special long grey cloaks as marks of their status. Notably, they cannot be stained with blood.
  • Big Good: Are supposed to be this, but are frequently shown to be handicapped by their increasingly unwieldy organizational structure.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Justified. Aside from the Second World War (where they aided the Allies since Heinrich Kemmler - the most dangerous necromancer in history after the Fall of Rome - had sided with the Nazis), the Council intentionally limits itself from interfering in "normal" human affairs because if they ever moved against a specific nation, wizards either from that nation or those with family members in that nation would rebel and refuse to aid the Council, causing them to tear each other apart. And the Council can't afford the threat of dissolution since they need to exist to make sure that warlocks don't get to spread human suffering without any counter.
  • Combat Pragmatist: To a greater or lesser extent, but every wizard has to be this, since they are often up against enemies way more powerful than them.
  • Control Freak: Since Drunk with Power and More Than Mind Control are quite common in this universe, they put a very tight leash on their members, much to the fury of free-spirited members like Harry.
  • Cool Sword: Before Captain Luccio lost a lot of her previous talent from being stuck in another body, the Wardens were all issues powerful enchanted swords with Anti-Magic woven into their very making and which also are used to execute warlocks.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Any competent surviving wizard learns to be this, with Harry particularly stressing this virtue during his sessions with Warden trainees in "AAAA Wizardry".
  • The Dreaded: Even with the massive battering they've taken, first at the hands of the Red Court and more recently with the Fomor, the White Council are still one of the heavyweight nations of the supernatural world and actually invoking their wrath is, quite simply, a terrible idea.
  • The Extremist Was Right: As Harry has reluctantly admitted after bearing witness to more and more of the utter horrors that Black Magic can wreak upon the world at large, their "decapitation-happy" view on how to rehabilitate warlocks is depressingly justified most of the time.
  • Gender Is No Object: Despite being a stereotypically hidebound organization for the most part, the White Council showcases a remarkable attitude of gender equality among its members, two members of the Senior Council being women and the current Captain of the Wardens being a woman (Luccio) among numerous other examples of women in positions of authority and power. Justified since magical talent is mentioned as being primarily inherited matrilineally, meaning that it is more likely for magic to come from the mother than the father, and so there's a lot more female wizards than male as consequence.
  • Gratuitous Latin: The White Council's lingua franca is Latin, and is almost always spoken at Council meetings so that members from all over the world only need to speak and listen to one language. It also helps showcase how hidebound and slow to change the Council is.
  • Healing Factor: As discovered by Butters, wizards have a very subtle case that is no more rapid than a normal human's. Wizards are unique in that their injuries aren't cumulative; a wizard's body keeps healing to the point where there is no sign of the original injury at all, not even scars. For instance, Harry gets shot in the hip in Storm Front, and roughly five years later in Dead Beat, there is no sign of fractures or cracks at all. Harry suspects that this is the reason for why Wizards Live Longer in this universe.
  • 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.
      • Averted as well when Molly complained that the Council didn't help her while she was homeless. Harry points out that not only were they strapped for resources, but Ramirez (technically in charge of finding her) likes her and Ebenezar would've thrown down to keep her safe. A confrontation between the Blackstaff and the Merlin would be the last thing anyone would want.
    • 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).
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Most of the time, Wardens are left to their own judgement in terms of seeing whether a warlock is completely irredeemable or not.
  • Lawful Stupid: Harry's view of them for the most part, seeing them as pedantic murder-happy idiots that aren't being as adaptive and pragmatic as what's needed to match the challenges of the modern day.
  • Long-Runners: They're a remarkably old organization, dating all the way back to before the Fall of Rome and into the mythical days of the Arthurian mythos if Cold Days is to be believed.
  • Magic Knight: The Wardens and some of their other members are this. Justified as they need to kill humans using a means besides magic to prevent themselves from being corrupted into warlocks.
  • Obstructive Bureaucracy: Thanks in large part due to being an entire faction of Walking Techbanes.
  • Oddly Small Organization: As a whole, the White Council seems to be a relatively short-manned organization in comparison to more numerous factions like the Red and White Courts of vampires. This is Hand Waved as being due to the Council being essentially made up of the "top 1%" of magical practitioners, and as shown by the ever-growing Paranet in the later novels, there's actually way more practitioners in the world than at first glance.
  • 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.
    • Duchess Arianna Ortega of the Red Court royally screwed them over with a combination of this and Rules Lawyer in Changes. She was apparently under the oath to not harm council members when she was in their headquarters and not bring death during a peace treaty discussion. Her servants dropped a non-lethal biological weapon the moment she left.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Being a global organization that still has to rely primarily on physical mail for communication due to wizards' inability to use computers, this is a pretty understandable issue.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Subtly implied; As Harry learns in Turn Coat, there's a huge rising power block in the Council made up of the majority of new wizards, and is primarily consisting of those from developing countries in Latin and South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. The fact that their views are frequently being ignored and discriminated against on the Council is implied to be the result of many older wizards unfortunately harboring some pretty nasty prejudices.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Members of the Senior Council are given purple stoles to wear to signify their rank and power.
  • Quality Vs Quantity: As a whole, the White Council lies more on the former end of the scale than the latter, as while there ultimately isn't that many wizards, sufficiently skilled individual wizards are Persons of Mass Destruction that can tear apart entire hosts of enemies with little effort.
  • Schizo Tech: Harry's brief time in Edinburgh in Turn Coat shows that the most recent technology they have there is modern (more or less) medical supplies, with the closest thing otherwise being the typewriters being used in the Council Library in lieu of computers.
  • 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.
  • Slave to PR: The Council strives to maintain a united front at all times to outsiders, even if there is division within the group. Both heroes and villains are disgusted by it, unless they are running a gambit to exploit it. It's partly justified in that they are one of the very few organizations composed completely of humans, and thus needs to keep face and not look weak and undecisive within the larger supernatural community which looks down on them. The PR is also needed to keep the organization from splintering, as they are a multinational group and all the friction that it implies. However, this means the lives, livelihoods and reputation of innocent people, even children, are tossed down the drain if deemed necessary.
  • 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.
  • Sword and Gun: Many of the younger and more pragmatic Wardens and wizards (like Ramirez) are shown to be packing both a bladed weapon (usually their Warden swords) and some form of personal firearm.
  • Taking You with Me: One of the major threats associated with murdering any wizard worth their salt is that when dying, they can channel what's left of their life force into a "death curse," usually directed right back at their attacker. Their power naturally varies and requires the wizard in question to have enough time to have a coherent thought in mind for their target (meaning that a sufficiently skilled sniper or powerful explosive can negate this issue), but they can be truly devastating if the practitioner so wishes/is sufficiently talented. As an example, Harry mentions in Turn Coat that a Senior Council member's death curse could turn a entire city block to glass.
  • Vestigial Empire: As the books have gone on, the Council's membership seems to be slowly shrinking as their power wanes in the face of the modern world and their ever-growing host of enemies. Virtually everyone on the side of the protagonists is appropriately worried about this, with Harry's main response being to help create the Paranet with Elaine Mallory and the Orbo Lebes to make sure that magical practitioners don't necessarily need to always rely on the Council to protect them.
  • Walking Techbane: Their primary issue going into the modern age is that virtually anything made after World War II fizzles out around any wizard of particular note. In fact, this is shown to be one of the primary factors why the Red Court was so successful against the White Council during the Wizard-Vampire War, as the Council was only able to keep their head above water against the Red Court using modern communications and transportation technology to coordinate rapid response movements through the use of protected Ways through the Winter half of Faerie. This is part of the reason why Harry has increasingly advocated for the Paranet, pointing out that since minor practitioners can use modern technology, they can be used to reach out to burgeoning talents and help ward them away from Black Magic and accidentally becoming warlocks.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: One of their Fatal Flaws. The White Council consists of wizards from all over the whole world from across vastly different time periods (thanks to being Long-Lived) and cultures. Suffice to say, it's a miracle the Council is able to get so much done as it is.
  • We Have Become Complacent: The White Council's primary issue in the modern day is trying to adjust centuries-old apprenticeship styles and research allocation to the massive population booms and technological leaps of the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The White Council will execute children if they've turned warlock simply because it needs to be done 90% of the time to prevent Black Magic from making the world even more of a dismal place than it already is.
  • Wizards Live Longer: In multiple books, wizards are casually mentioned as being able to live for well over four centuries.
  • Who Watches the Watchmen?: As Luccio lays out to Harry in Turn Coat, the Council is ultimately not about enforcing justice, but restraining power, serving in this role by making sure that the Seven Laws of Magic are being followed and that the propagation of Black Magic is stopped.
  • The Worf Effect: One in Small Favor; 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 notes that he would have no chance against him in direct combat.

The Senior Council

     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.


  • The Archmage: If he's not the most powerful and skilled wizard in the world, he's certainly in the top five or so.
  • 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.
  • Crazy-Prepared: As with any good wizard. More specifically, he's mentioned as always have at least two backup plans for every plan he derives.
  • 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, the Merlin seems to fall under this area (though the Merlin isn't actually an idiot, just incredibly biased). 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, who probably had backup from an Eldritch Abomination group, 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 in case Arianna Ortega during her blatantly false peace-mission was a Trojan Horse sent to kill the Senior Council and other White Council members once she gets close enough, and kept only two Senior Council members in the room with her, one Cristos, who was supporting her, and the other being The Dreaded One-Man Army Ebenezar.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's mentioned as being excellent at goading people into his strategems without them always realizing it.
  • 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: The full name of the current Merlin is Arthur Langtry.
  • 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.
  • Xanatos Gambit: According to Ebenezar, the Merlin always has three plans for every situation: A plan, a backup plan, and an "ace in the hole."

     Ebenezar McCoy  

Ebenezar McCoy, the Blackstaff

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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 members 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.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Blackstaff itself, which is a tool that lets him effectively use magic to kill mortals without the effects staining his soul and driving him mad. During Battle Ground, Ethniu seems particularly angry when she sees him using it, saying that it's a weapon that mortals should not be playing with.
  • Badass Grandpa: Figuratively and literally.
  • Badass Teacher: Taught Harry Dresden and several veteran Wardens of the White Council. Despite years of experience themselves, they are still trailing miles behind him.
  • 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, have caused are the New Madrid Earthquake (at least one of the four), the 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.
  • Berserk Button: Though it showed very little up until Peace Talks, he hates White Court Vampires more than nearly anything. They killed somebody very important to him, implicitly through treachery, and when asked if it was his daughter, he just bitterly answers "Her, too." He comes to blows with Harry for supporting the White Court, and it only ends with Ebenezar trying desperately to reach out to Harry to understand why he's doing it voluntarily and not just as a repayed favor. When Ebenezar's told that Thomas is his grandson and Harry's half-brother, his immediate reaction is to try to kill Thomas without a thought about the lives of everybody else aboard the Water Beetle. Harry tries to intervene and takes the bullet instead. As Harry exchanges dying words with him, Ebenezar realizes that the Harry he just accidentally killed was a doppleganger.
  • 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, bringing the Grey Council in tow.
  • Big Good: He seems to be the leader of the Grey Council (who are dedicated to fighting against the Black Council/Nemesis) and is the most prominent member of the Senior Council to be on Harry's side.
  • 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 moments afterwards. While using Black Magic has a terrible price, the physical Blackstaff is a workaround that lets Ebenezar work black magic without much risk to his sanity or mental integrity. It doesn't help the blatant hypocrisy Harry sees in the office, even if the realpolitik of the magical world means that the office is a necessary tool for the White Council.
  • Blasé Boast: Like many of Harry's most dangerous acquaintances, Ebenezar doesn't boast or brag. He just gets the job done.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Ethniu cracks his pelvis in Battle Ground, forcing him to be hospitalized.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • It takes Harry a long timenote  to forgive Ebenezar after finding out about aforementioned Black Magic use, sanctioned or not.
    • The pedestal takes a few more hits when he criticizes Harry for having a visible, close relationship to Maggie. McCoy's philosophy is that distance, physical and relational, is the best way to insulate a daughter from the dangers of her father's life. Harry makes the counterpoint that Susan's already tried that and it failed spectacularly. Harry also comes a few shades short of outright accusing Ebenezar of ruining his relationship with his own daughter for the same approach.
    • The pedestal is broken again when Ebenezar attempts to murder Thomas after finding out that he's Ebenezar's other grandson. Harry ended up taking the magic bullet instead, but he was wisely fighting Ebenezar in a doppleganger body. Before they part ways, Harry implicitly calls out Ebenezar for letting his hatred consume him to the point that he lost his temper to potentially catastrophic results.
  • Cane Fu: Very good at it. Using the Blackstaff, he manages to physically hold off Physical God Ethniu wielding Gungnir with it, while injured. As Harry remarks, he has lived through the ages when it was commonplace, and his teachers were masters.
  • The Captain: A throwaway line by Luccio in one of the short stories mentions that he was the previous captain of the Wardens.
  • Character Focus: Peace Talks gives him A Day in the Limelight, to the point where both he and Lara Raith are that book's deuteragonists.
  • 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, obliterating the vampire noble and his servants.
  • 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, if not, the most dangerous combat wizards alive. This is the man that Harry Dresden refers to as "sir," with more respect than he shows to just about anyone short of Physical God level.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Advocates this position in reference to keeping your daughter away from you as she's growing up.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Mentioned as using earth magic from time to time. Seeing as the guy set off Krakatoa, it's a fair bet he's pretty good with it.
    • Unlike younger practitioners, he can pull off complex maneuvers with Earth instantly, as shown in Peace Talks.
    • If he is actually taking some time like ordinary wizards, the attack will be massive. In Battle Ground, he has Harry Hold the Line, before generating a colossal quicksand which entraps an entire army of building sized Jotnars.
  • The Dreaded: Harry refers to him as "the most feared wizard in the world" during Peace Talks.
  • 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.
  • Famed in Story: Apparently everyone in the supernatural community knows it was him who dropped the satellite on Casaverde and thinks its in response to the attack on Archangel which led to Simon Petrovich's death.
  • Good Is Not Soft: At the end of Death Masks he told Harry, "Turn on the news." 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.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He's horrified when he learns Thomas Raith not only knows about Maggie, but is allowed in the same building with her. He gets into a heated argument about it with Harry, who in turn calls him out on his own poor parenting choices... but Ebenezar still has a point that Thomas is a White Court vampire, as well as being from a family he has plenty of good reasons to despise. And while Thomas is currently the Friendly Neighborhood Vampire, Ebenezar doesn't know that, and the first time the two crossed paths Thomas had only barely been thwarted from raping Molly Carpenter to death by her quick response (Thomas had been injured and forced into a feral state for this purpose by Shagnasty, but again, Ebenezar didn't know that) and the older wizard had also gotten a good look at the aftermath of Lara Raith actually succeeding in raping and devouring her own cousin. It's rather understandable that Ebenezar wouldn't want Thomas anywhere near his (known) family.
    • Harry finds it despicable that Ebenezar recommends keeping one's child safe and far away from their parent. This despite the fact that less than two months ago in-universe, Nicodemus targeted the Carpenter household and nearly killed Charity in a deliberate attempt to murder Maggie, which only barely failed. And as he soon finds out in Peace Talks, leaving her with the Svartalves isn't the best idea ever either. Granted, Harry's own abandonment issues are a clear factor here to.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: In Changes, it is revealed that he's actually Harry's maternal grandfather.
  • Magical Gesture: "Peace Talks" sees Ebenezer ride to a confrontation on a large flying boulder that he keeps in the air with his fingers crooked in what Harry refers to as a "mystic sign." Harry further describes it as a "mystic shorthand" for the spell keeping the boulder aloft.
  • 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.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When it briefly looks like he's accidentally killed Harry during his Unstoppable Rage against Thomas, he falls to his knees in horror and lapses into a Heroic BSoD.
  • 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.
    • In general, most of his actions as the Blackstaff. In particular, we learn in Peace Talks The Tunguska Event involved him killing a dragon.
    • Also in Peace Talks, a rumour is that his forcefields once stopped a round from a World War I battleship cannon. While it's not stated to be true, the fact that it's considered feasible is pretty notable.
  • One-Man Army: He is described as being the White Council's master brawler, the one best suited to flat-out combat magic. And since he's 300+ years old, he's gained a lot of experience going up against all kinds of enemies.
    • He killed over two-hundred of the Red King's minions in just a few seconds.
  • 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, Eb made the point.
    • He made three separate attempts to kill the 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.
    • When Molly is complaining that the White Council didn't help her while she was living on the streets, Harry points out that Ramirez (who likes her) was mostly in charge of finding her, and even if someone had brought her in, Ebenezar would've gone up against anyone on the Council, up to and including Langtry himself, to protect her.
    • When he visits the Svartalf apartment Molly got Harry, he deliberately causes a ruckus, provoking and then beating up the Jerkass security guards who had been pestering Harry needlessly for some time.
    • Really, this line he gives to Lara Raith, after she punched Harry (she was trying to protect their cover and not expose them as allies), dripping with Tranquil Fury says it all:
  • 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.
    • In Changes, Harry could barely crack the pillars of Red King's palatial pyramid despite tapping into the Ley Line beneath it and the power of Winter Knight. When Ebenezar arrives, he casually blows up entire sections of the structure housing the resident PhysicalGods.
  • Playing with Fire: As to be expected of The Mentor of ''Harry Dresden's mentor. He can generate fireballs which can act like bombs, and he needs no tools as his foci.
  • Poisonous Friend: To the White Council and especially Harry, since if you threaten either one, he'll blow you up. Literally.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: More implied than anything, but he calls Harry "Hoss," and in Turn Coat, he seems to recognize Harry's "Wile E. Coyote" reference.
  • 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. Word of Jim has it that he was born around the beginning of the eighteenth century.
  • 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.
  • Respected by the Respected: As noted above, even Jared Kincaid is wary around him, and Mab shows him a certain amount of respect as well.
  • Sawed-Off Shotgun: Like Harry, he tends to lug one of these around with him. Not that he usually needs it.
  • Simple Staff: He carries one, and is an expert in using it to hit people when necessary.
  • 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.
    • Harry again when Ebenezar outright states Harry should have cut off all contact with Maggie to keep away from his problems: from Harry's point of view, Ebenezar doing the same with Margaret quite likely led to her problems with the White Court, also bitterly remarking on the fact that he didn't help Harry after Malcolm's death and that it took the debacle with Justin for Ebenezar to actually do anything.
    • Inverted when Ebenezar calls out Harry for living with his daughter amongst the Svartalves and letting a vampire near her. While he's Locked Out of the Loop regarding the fact that Thomas is the only vampire who actually does try to be a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire, he makes some excellent points.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Harry notes the main reason Ebenezar didn't instantly destroy him in their fight at the docks during Peace Talks is because he was constantly tripping due to the ice and snow under his feet, while Harry, being the Winter Knight, cannot be harmed or impeded by aspects of Winter. Additionally, Ebenezar was deliberately pulling his punches since he didn't want to actually kill Harry.

     Joseph "Injun Joe" Listens-to-Wind 

Joseph "Injun Joe" Listens-to-Wind

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Listens-To-Wind, with Little Brother hanging onto his staff.

The redneck hillbilly doesn't read. Otherwise he'd know he can't call me that anymore. Now I'm Native American Joe.

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.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Ethniu breaks his back in Battle Ground, forcing him to be hospitalized.
  • Connected All Along: Unsurprisingly, he's friends with River Shoulders, who taught him how to shapeshift way back when.
  • 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: To Harry 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.
  • Hidden Depths: He has a Aerosmith T-shirt on in a scene where he's more dressed up for a visit to the mortal society.
  • 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.
  • Mysterious Past: Only Rashid's past is more opaque than his is.
  • 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, and later Drakul and Ethniu.
  • 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.
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     Ancient Mai 

Ancient Mai

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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 and 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 (and if anything, he gets more than she does).
  • 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.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Always makes her displeasure known in a precise manner to everybody.

     Rashid the Gatekeeper 

Rashid the Gatekeeper

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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.


  • Big Good: Cold Days reveals that he's one of the series' Greater Scope Paragons in the fight against Nemesis.
  • 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 and is firmly on the side of the heroes.
  • The Dreaded: invoked Word of God has remarked that the Gatekeeper is the most dangerous member of the Senior Council, and Harry has a healthy amount of respect bordering on fear for him.
  • 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.
  • Out of Focus: He often doesn't appear for a few books at a time; a Justified Trope since he's often busy protecting all of reality from Outsiders.
  • 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.
  • Really 700 Years Old: invoked Going by Word of God on how he apparently took out Abdul Alhazred (a worshipper of the Great Old Ones - the masters of the Outsiders in The Dresden Files) in 738 AD, he's likely over 1,300 years old, which is beyond any other wizard we've ever seen or heard of. How this happened is uncertain, but given that he spends a lot of time in the Nevernever and rarely appears at Council meetings, his biological and chronological ages probably don't sync up.
  • 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.
    • Rashid heavily implies in Cold Days that he knows Maggie was Ebenezar's daughter. It's possible he therefore knows about Thomas, though the matter isn't addressed either way.
  • 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.
  • Token Minority: Rashid is the only known Muslim character in the series, and even then his religious affiliation is never directly stated.

     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.


  • Ambadassador: He spends most of his appearance in Peace Talks engaging in diplomacy with the svartalves and White Court. While his magical chops aren't seen, nobody makes it onto the Senior Council without some impressive skills.
  • Corrupt Politician: Mole or not, the man used his position as LaFortier's apprentice to usurp the dead man's spot. He even threatened to split the Council by leaving the Council with those who interests LaFortier represented and fought for if he wasn't given LaFortier's 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.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: In Battle Ground, he shows mastery of Earth magic, slaughtering Fomor minions by droves.
  • Hanlon's Razor: It's unknown if he's an actively malicious Mole for the Black Council, or just a naïve power-hungry idiot.
  • Idiot Ball: If he isn't The Mole, then he holds this for believing the Red Court would agree to a good peace treaty and all would 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.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He doesn't make any appearances onstage until Peace Talks as one of the main proponents of the peace talks with the Fomor. Even then much of this takes place off-screen or gets interrupted before he can achieve much. In the following battle, he's only mentioned in group scenes and has no dialogue.
  • Uncertain Doom: It's mentioned that he got struck down by Ethniu during the Battle of the Bean in Battle Ground, and it's unknown if he survived.

     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, with Harry's first memory of him being LaFortier voting for him to be executed after killing DuMorne in self-defense.
  • 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. In fact, McCoy later using "Asteroid Dresden" to obliterate Ortega's stronghold after he failed to kill Harry was both him defending his grandson and getting revenge on behalf of his dead friend.
  • Killed Off for Real: He and his "brute squad" were killed to a man in a huge attack organized by Duke Ortega of the Red Court.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: He mentored Justin DuMorne, who was the mentor to Harry Dresden (who eventually trained Molly Carpenter) and Elaine Mallory. Dresden's tutelage went to Ebenezer McCoy, while Elaine took refuge with the Summer Court where she presumably continued her training.
  • Posthumous Character: While he was alive at the very 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.
  • Taking You with Me: Implied to have killed all the remaining vampires attacking his base via his death curse.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He is only mentioned in throwaway lines, and never makes an on-screen appearance, but he is still quite important to the overall series plot:
    • Since he is a Senior Council member in an organization ran by Asskicking Equals Authority, his death shows that:
      • The White Council has been infiltrated by The Mole.
      • Anyone Can Die regardless of Power Level.
      • The Red Court are established as The Unfettered and a legitimate threat.
      • Gets Ebenezar on the Senior Council and gives a demonstration on how the politics of the White Council works. This saves Harry's bacon quite a few times.
    • Furthermore, his death introduces the concept of the death curse.
    • He is also revealed to be the mentor of Justin DuMorne, Harry Dresden's Evil Mentor. This not only gives a bit of backstory to DuMorne, but increases the suspicion on Harry since he might have known the general principles of Simon's defenses via Justin's teachings.

Wardens

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

     Anastasia Luccio 

Captain Anastasia Luccio

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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.

Narrates the short story "A Fistful of Warlocks".


  • Action Girl: One of the most hardcore ones in the Dresdenverse. In Dead Beat, she's described as wiping out over thirty undead in under five seconds in an utter Curb-Stomp Battle. And even after she becomes significantly weaker upon being placed in a new body, she's still incredibly formidable, to the point where Harry admits in Changes that any potential fight he'd pick with her would likely go horribly for him.
  • 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.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: She succinctly calls out Harry in Turn Coat when he's complaining about the White Council not interfering in vanilla human affairs by pointing out that by his logic, Harry's home country of the United States should be destroyed for the numerous atrocities they've committed throughout history. This gives him pause and makes him realize that Luccio has a good point in that the Council purpose is not in serving as a magical global police force, but serving as a vital restraint on mortal practitioners.
  • Berserk Button: Her name is Anastasia. Do not call her "Stacy."
    • She's also not a big fan of people badmouthing the White Council, with most of her arguments with Harry over the Council being best described as polite but tempered allowance. When Lara Raith goes into a lengthy "The Reason You Suck" Speech in Turn Coat about how the Council is irrelevant and has no place in the modern world, she's described as looking like she's barely restraining herself from decapitating the vampire.
    • Harry comes within a hairs breath of calling her a coward in Changes, which she is clearly furious over.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Harry. The short story "A Fistful of Warlocks" shows that she has many similar views and attitudes to Harry, which is why they got on so well.
  • 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 latter is a downplayed trope, as it's speculated by Harry and Rashid that she probably did feel at least some attraction to 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.
  • Former Teen Rebel: While probably not as a teenager, its implied she was quite The Hedonist. Everything suggests that she used to Really Gets Around. She apparently used to moonlight as an exotic dancer, in which she was The Rival to Lara Raith. When she walks in on what looks like Harry, who she was then having a relationship with, having a Destructo-Nookie orgy, he panicks and tells her that it's Not What It Looks Like (which is true). She just rolls her eyes and says she's seen and done worse, and that she's not judgmental.
  • 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.
  • Grand Theft Me: How she ended up in her current body, courtesy of Corpsetaker.
  • Hero of Another Story: She's been in the Wardens for quite a long time, suffice to say. "A Fistful of Warlocks" in particular focuses on one of her hunts for Heinrich Kemmler during the Wild West.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Says this trope near word-to-word, about her old body in her youth. She was apparently attractive enough both to rival and catch the attention of Lara Raith.
  • 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.
  • Irony:
    • Luccio abstained from a relationship with Morgan in their youth as explained above. Decades later, when she tried to pursue a relationship with him, Hero-Worshipper Morgan, having modelled himself after her, refuses despite still loving her. When she started a relationship with Harry, who was in a Headbutting Heroes attitude with Morgan, things got awkward.
    • Her and Harry's relationship is a May–December Romance... but only mentally in that they're actually relatively close in biological age.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite wizards' anti-technological aura, she studies computer science as a hobby. Incidentally, this will probably put her in a position of considerable authority over the Council, since she will be well ahead of the curb if the rules of magic change again in her lifetime.
  • 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. She's also shown herself to be an incredibly effective and firm commander who knows how to effectively lead her Wardens into battle.
  • Magic Knight: She is the commander of the Wardens, an entire army of these guys.
  • May–December Romance: Had one with Harry mentally speaking. Harry is somewhere in his early to mid thirties, while Luccio is well over two centuries old.
  • 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.
  • OOC 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.
  • Projectile Spell: 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.
  • 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. She also doesn't consider for one moment that Harry is compromised by Thomas being his brother (in any sense other than the obvious emotional one) and doesn't reveal it to anyone.
  • Secret Keeper: She's the only person on the White Council who knows about both Thomas and Maggie - until Peace Talks, when Ebenezar, who already knew about Maggie, finds out about Thomas. Her reaction to the former is surprisingly subdued, mainly just being angry at Margaret LeFay (probably for the position she left Harry in) and noting that Harry and Thomas don't look all that alike, "except for the eyes". So far, she doesn't seem to have revealed either secret to anyone.
  • 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

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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.

Narrates the microfiction "Journal".


  • A Death in the Limelight: The last book to feature Morgan - Turn Coat - is not-so-coincidentally the one where he's the deuteragonist.
  • 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 innocent people until the end, though.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Harry sarcastically implies that he's getting into pedophilia, 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, and realized that even if he did kill Morgan through some miracle, then Morgan's death curse would've obliterated him regardless.
  • 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.
    • The microfiction "Journal" set between LaFortier's death and Morgan's escape, shows that the main reason why he’s been a dick to Harry for so many years is because he was actively trying to make sure that Harry had not been co-opted or turned by the bad guys, and that apparently Morgan seems to know the importance of Harry being a star born and how important that is regarding the outsiders. He was also aware of Nemesis itself, and how to spot an infection by Nemesis in other people.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly in Turn Coat, with Harry as his target, and the two more or less match each other 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: As demonstrated in Dead Beat, his specialty is in earth magic.
  • 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, to the point where at one point when he's about to actually thank Harry, he's described as looking like he's about to willingly stick his hand into a fire.
  • Hero of Another Story: Certainly a Anti-Hero, of course, but he's still done lots of heroic (more or less) deeds during his exceptionally long time in the Wardens. Entire novels could be written about his exploits, such as that time where he nuked a skinwalker.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He's a surprisingly good teacher, as shown when he teaches Molly how to open ways into the Nevernever.
    • The microfiction Journal is a journal entry told from his perspective. While Harry sees a hardnosed, overeager bad cop who is all too eager to carry out death sentences, the short story shows a jaded Old Soldier who was looking out for a young Harry due to a promise to Margaret. Looking over him and his every movement, due to his past as a warlock shaped by Justin DuMorne, was out of fear that Harry might just shift back to his old ways and become a "Destroyer" and a creature of Nemesis. He had regrets about how overzealous he was in pursuing Harry, but the possibility that Harry was a tool of the archenemy weighed even heavier on him.
  • 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. Though, to be fair, it turns out that he had a depth of character that was initially opaque to the audience. He stalked and tried to bait Harry into aggressive actions because he was convinced that Harry really was rotten. He even played the same role with Molly, though she had earned it, and having her death sentence suspended by debt to a Knight of the Cross, nearly carrying out the sentence caused him enough grief to go get drunk when he got back to HQ. In Turn Coat, he ironically ends up as the one on the run because he was covering for a mind-controlled Luccio for Lafortier's murder; and he does finally come as close as somebody as stiff-necked as him came to admitting that his pursuit of Harry was unjustified.
  • Irony:
    • Luccio abstained from a relationship with Morgan in their youth as explained above. Decades later, when she tried to pursue a relationship with him, Hero-Worshipper Morgan, having modelled himself after her, refuses despite still loving her. When she started a relationship with Harry, who was in a Headbutting Heroes attitude with Morgan, things got awkward.
    • In Turn Coat, he ends up as a fugitive from the Wardens, ironic given how he was usual the one pursuing fugitives.
  • Jerkass: He seems to enjoy stalking Harry just a little too much, and typically comes up with particularly barbed comments to throw at Harry. To put it into perspective, even ten books after Morgan has stopped officially hounding Harry, the latter still has nightmares of "a grey-cloaked wraith drawing his blade and cutting me to ribbons."
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While it was completely wrong of him to phrase it in such a harsh way, he's not entirely wrong in Turn Coat when he points out that Harry is still partly responsible for the Alphas getting involved with the supernatural world.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: However, in the end Morgan is 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 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 hundred years doing so has left him a very tired and bitter man. Harry compares him in Dead Beat to a worn-out cop that was probably at first a Wide-Eyed Idealist and who's now been on "his beat" seeing the worst of humanity for well over a century.
  • Magic Knight: As are most Wardens, with his massive broadsword being his Weapon of Choice.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Him nearly executing Molly Carpenter in Proven Guilty has him getting utterly sloshed at the bar afterwards out of guilt. He's also horrified when he realizes that he actually was in the wrong during Dead Beat and Harry didn't kill Luccio.
  • 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.
  • Nerves of Steel: During Dead Beat, when he thinks that Harry has killed Luccio, he snaps and goes in for the kill. When Harry gets Sue on his side, Morgan blinks in shock at the Tyrannosaur before shrugging it off and growling to Harry that even if he has to use his death curse, he'll make damn sure that Harry will never harm another innocent person.
  • 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 well over a century and change, but only looks to be 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.
    • There is 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 utterly sloshed at the Council bar. Most poignantly, this scene has him not only being polite to Harry (when Harry gets in Morgan's way, he just wearily states "Dresden, please stand aside"), but he also helps stall for time, quietly noting to the Merlin that the Gatekeeper does still get to cast his vote (even though the Merlin has already outvoted him six-to-one).
    • 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 that 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 nine times out of ten.
  • Sleep Cute: invoked Well... not cute. But the impression of him sleeping is less that of an utter Jerkass and more "Holy hell, this poor bastard has had a rough life."
  • The Stoic: Is this the vast majority of the time... except for when he's completely snapped and trying to kill someone like Harry, in which he becomes a terrifying fountain of Unstoppable Rage.
  • 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.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Even when they do ultimately reach a strange understanding, Morgan and Harry never really stop hating each other and every moment they're forced to work together inevitably devolves into bitter Snark-to-Snark Combat.
  • 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 countless innocent 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 realizes 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: But 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

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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).
  • Old Cop, Young Cop: While Morgan 100% fits the "Old Cop" archetype to a T, Carlos in turn is the best example among The Wardens of the Young Cop: Comparably idealistic, perfectly willing to indulge in rebellious rule bending yet inherently moral actions, is considerably more willing to compromise with others and has shown a great interest in seeing positive changes among the ranks. And while he has grown more world-weary as the series goes on he still maintains his deeply understanding and virtuous attitude intact while faces the monsters of the world with everything he has. Its almost fitting that when Ramirez first made his debut in the series is was sitting side by side with Morgan on a table, almost as if the comparison between them was meant to be noticed from the get go.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Seems more contrary and opposed to Harry in the latest two books (though given Harry's lack of communication, one can't exactly blame him too much).
  • Trauma Conga Line: By the time of Peace Talks he's had his back broken and still has pain issues and trouble moving. As of Battle Ground he's now lost his three closest comrades to the Black Court and has had his attempts to reach out to Harry constantly be rebuffed so many times it's essentially destroyed their friendship.
  • 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

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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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Most of his lines from the first half of War Cry are pure snark, and he only starts dropping off when he's absolutely exhausted.
  • 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.
  • Killed Off for Real: Killed by Drakul in Battle Ground. Even worse, it's implied that he and Yoshimo will be turned into Black Court vampires by Mavra.
  • Knife Nut: Doesn't carry a gun in War Cry, and, unlike other Wardens, doesn't have a sword either. What he does have is a large Bowie knife he uses to disembowel several vampires, and it's unclear if this is of the same make as the Wardens' swords. Confirmed not to be the case in Battle Ground, as Dresden says he has been working on his knife "for a number of years." What magics he has enchanted it with are currently unknown.

     Yuki Yoshimo 

Yuki Yoshimo

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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 distant cousin of Shiro, Knight of the Cross, meaning she is also a descendant of the last king of Okinawa.
  • Killed Off for Real: Killed by Drakul in Battle Ground. Even worse, it's implied that she and Wild Bill will be turned into Black Court vampires by Mavra.
  • Last-Name Basis: She keeps her first name a secret and doesn't let anyone call her by it. Ramirez eventually finds it out, though, and rumor has it that she has yet to forgive him.

     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.


  • Brother–Sister Team: They worked together before they were killed.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted; Harry is very pissed at the next ghouls he encounters in White Night. It remains a sore point for him years later in Peace Talks and Battle Ground, as Harry's hatred of ghouls is largely from this event and he equates it to Ebenezar McCoy's hatred of the White Court.
  • Last Stand: When Dresden found Terry's corpse he saw that Terry's knuckles were bloodied, showing that even when up against nearly unbeatable ghouls, he still fought with the only weapon he had left — his fists.

     Chandler, aka "Steed" 

Chandler

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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. He's also doing PhD in History.
  • 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."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Invoked in Battle Ground. Drakul hits him with a teleportation spell nobody involved in the fight has ever seen before, sending him to parts unknown. He doesn't reappear in the denouement after the Battle of Chicago is over and is presumed dead.

     Thorsen 

Thorsen

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


  • Badass Beard: Described as having a thick 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 increasingly ridiculous 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.

     Simmons 

Simmons

Another veteran Warden.


     "Lucky" 

"Lucky"

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.

     Ilyana 

Ilyana

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 actually 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.

     McKenzie 

McKenzie

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.

     Kostikos 

Kostikos

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


     Kowalski 

Kowalski

A trainee Warden who fought the Chicago Kemmlerites.


     Justin DuMorne 

Justin DuMorne

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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. Really, Lord Raith is the only parent in the series (adopted or otherwise) who is worse than DuMorne.
  • Adult Fear: His treatment of Harry and Elaine is a pretty disconcertinly accurate depiction of both Abusive Parents and cult leaders (minus the actual magic, of course). Probably the biggest example of this is how it's mentioned that he would intentionally distance Harry and Elaine from other children and was trying to teach them that using violent magic wasn't actually wrong (basically making them into Child Soldiers).
  • Asshole Victim: Easily one of the biggest in the whole series. Treated Harry and Elaine like utter garbage, subjecting the former to brutal Mind Rape and then sicced an Outsider on the latter when he ran away from home. Literally no one is ever shown to be sad about DuMorne's death.
  • Badass Beard: Had a goatee, and was a Warden of the White Council.
  • Bait the Dog: Him giving Harry a baseball glove and playing catch with him during a flashback in Ghost Story is actually just a depressing Call-Forward to how he supposedly taught Harry how to use a shield according to Small Favor.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In "Journal," Morgan notes that he suspects that DuMorne was infected by Nemesis, and was trying to infect both Elaine and Harry.
  • Evil Mentor: To Harry and Elaine.
  • Fallen Hero: DuMorne used to be a Warden, and became a ruthless warlock who summoned Outsiders to his aid and whom Harry was forced to kill in self-defense.
  • Hate Sink: Justin DuMorne was not only a powerful warlock who consorted with Outsiders (a.k.a. the Omnicidal Maniac Big Bads of the whole franchise), but was a disgustingly realistic portrait of a horribly Abusive Parent to Harry and Elaine, with him even subjecting the latter to Mind Rape in order to control her and also hitting the two of them with baseballs in order to teach them how to make force shields. Seriously, Rudolph is probably the only character in the whole series who is more despicable and unlikable than DuMorne is.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: At one point Harry muses on the idea that, with both him and Elaine having been Starborn (wizards whose magic is much more easily able to affect Outsiders and are also immune to the corruptive influence of Nemesis), that Justin was somehow molding them to fight against Outsiders in some greater plan, and that by fighting back and escaping, he ruined that plan and set back humanity in the rising war against the Outsiders that they now face. He's quickly disabused of the notion when it's brought up that Justin was inherently selfish in his actions and, even if he did have some plan to fight Outsiders, it would have been one ultimately for his own benefit.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Killed by one of the abused children he intended to use as a Laser Guided Tyke Bomb for his own uses. Furthermore, the child in question (Harry) was goaded into it by the Outsider that DuMorne had summoned to kill him.
  • Jerkass: Harry frequently mentions that Justin put him and Elaine through quite a lot of physical and emotional abuse. Just one example includes how he would throw baseballs at Harry and Elaine to get them to learn how to make Deflector Shields.
  • Laser Guided Tyke Bomb: This was his intentions with Elaine and Harry, though for what exact intention is kept vague.
  • Mind Rape: Used mental magic to subject this to Elaine and also planned to do to Harry so he could have his own little army of Starborn at his beck and call.
  • Mysterious Past: Not only did he help in the White Council's fight against Heinrich Kemmler, but he also knew a lot about Outsiders and was a contact of Margaret LeFay (Harry's mother).
  • Obviously Evil: In the RPG, Harry sheepishly admits 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: He was the adopted guardian of both Harry and Elaine.
  • Posthumous Character: Killed by Harry before the series began.
  • Training from Hell: Literally the only good thing that can be said about DuMorne is that him practicing this is a pretty good reason behind why Elaine and Harry are both so competent and dangerous in the present.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Ghost Story implies that he was one for He Who Walks Behind.
  • Villainous Legacy: Let's see... Not only did his status as an Abusive Parent help ensure why Harry and Elaine are so dysfunctional as adults, but his Mind Rape of Elaine caused her to develop numerous mental health issues that have plagued her into the present day and Harry being forced to kill him with magic in self-defense has forever tainted his soul with Black Magic, helping drive Harry's Fatal Flaw regarding his lust for power. Oh, and he also inadvertently left Bob in Harry's care.

Other Members

     Margaret LeFay Dresden 

Margaret Gwendolyn McCoy LeFay Dresden

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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.
  • Dating Catwoman: Deconstructed when it turns out that her relationship with Lord Raith was what ultimately caused her death.
  • 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: Though it was 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. It's stated in the text without hyperbole that she could "be in Beijing at breakfast, Rome at lunch, Seattle for supper, and stop for coffee in Sydney in-between".
  • Fatal Flaw: Her brilliance isolating her from reality. LeFay was insanely clever, but often wasn't that good at logically thinking through the consequences of her actions. For instance, she advocated for the White Council to become more active in the non-magical world because their immense power could be used for so much better causes, but Luccio later points out to Harry how she was incredibly shortsighted in this viewpoint and didn't realize that the Council primarily exists just to keep warlocks in check, not police the world (which would be a completely impossible and self-destructive endeavor).
  • Hero of Another Story: From what little is hinted of them, her colorful adventures among the White Council and Courts both Sidhe & Vampire could have their own entire series.
  • 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, she was 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 the 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.
  • Memento Macguffin: Is the source of one to her son Harry. At first, he wears a pentacle-shaped pendant on a necklace that he'd had since birth that he uses sometimes as a ritual focus but otherwise has no magical properties. That changes when Harry also receives a gem meant to fit inside the pendant that is Margaret's self-made map of the Ways.
  • 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: Towards 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 still 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.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: invoked Word of God is that she firmly believed in this, and was even dating Lord Raith at first solely for the opportunity to have "awesome vampire sex." Unfortunately, it really backfired on her due to Lord Raith being The Sociopath.
  • Walking Spoiler: She's the mother of both Harry and Thomas, and is also Ebenezar McCoy's daughter.

     Samuel Peabody 

Samuel Peabody

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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.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With the Skinwalker in Turn Coat.
  • 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.
  • Knife Nut: Very dangerous with a knife. He nearly kills Harry and an unnamed Warden with it.
  • 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.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: One of the reasons he failed to Mind Control Harry Dresden is because since he had always been a collossally pompous and controlling jerk to Harry even by Council standards, Harry would rarely talk, interact or listen to Peabody unless its absolutely necessary. This directly proved to be his downfall.
  • 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.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He attempted to kill Ancient Mai via proxy and cut the artery of a female Warden he took hostage to slow down Harry.

     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. 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 Nazis 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 Nazis had a warlock helping them fight, so the Senior Council sent Klaus to help them out.
  • Old Master: He's Senior Council level-material and was nominated for the position at least twice, though in both cases declined.
  • 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 insteads.
  • Underestimating Badassery: A warlock summoned SS-styled demons to help the Nazis and thought Klaus would be an utter pushover. 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.

     "Bluebeard" 

"Bluebeard"

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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