Cowl is an unknown, extremely powerful wizard, who is power-hungry, but sane. He may actually be one of the wizards on the White Council, or someone entirely different. His face has never been seen, and his real name is unknown. (ref) He could have been part of the White Council. Cowl informs Harry that the "Council is not what it once was. It's rotted from the inside, and many Wizards have chafed at its restrictions have see the War with the Red Court reveal its weakness. It will fall. Soon." 
In Dead Beat, he attempted to become a minor god with the Darkhallow spell. Bob believes that only Cowl knew that Halloween is the only time to do a Darkhallow—it had to be Halloween. "That guy is seriously scary." 
His skills at opening up portals to the Nevernever are better than Harry's and he is also able to close other practitioner's portals from a distance. He can sense other Practitioners from a distance.
Cowl can appear to be something he's not—he came up behind Harry as a zombie lifting his spear, then shimmered into his robed self and threw out a spell at Carlos Ramirez that threw him twenty feet. Then he quickly blocks a Hellfire-strengthend kinetic blast that Harry aims at him by crossing his arms in an x-shape, he didn't get slammed but he did get put off balance.
In the seriesEdit
- Main article: Grave Peril
In Grave Peril, Cowl first appeared with Kumori at Bianca's Ball. They are only described as hooded figures. One of them held out to Ferrovax a small cask about the size of a breadbox, opened it—"the lights gleamed on something that sparked and shone".
- Main article: Dead Beat
In Dead Beat, Harry meets Cowl for the second time, where he's searching for Die Lied der Erlking and The Word of Kemmler with Kumori, his assistant. Harry recognized them from Bianca's Ball as the ones who gave Leanansidhe the Athame. Harry flips a car onto him and manages to escape with the aid of Billy Borden and the Alphas. 
Cowl knew that Harry possessed Bob the skull, and took it in order to learn how to perform the Darkhallow. With Bob, he had no need for the Word of Kemmler. Cowl disappeared after the workings of the Darkhollow were disrupted.
At the end, Harry tells Morgan and Listens-to-Wind that he thinks Cowl had a deal with the Reds to keep the Council busy while he performed the Darkhallow. The Reds would get the Senior Council out of the deal. Morgan thinks the Edinburgh defenses are too good. It would take a god to break the defenses and that's exactly what Cowl was planning to do with the Darkhallow.
- Main article: White Night
In White Night, With the aid of Little Chicago, Harry followed Grey Cloak to a meeting with Cowl in a miniature hologram-like form (similar to Star Wars). He sensed that Harry was there eavesdropping and zapped him. Harry barely escaped getting fried.
Later, when Vittorio Malvora was about to lose the duel, he summoned Cowl, calling out "Master!". Cowl entered though a Way, bringing ghouls to the White Court conclave in the Deeps, which may imply that he was also a part of the New Mexico incident involving the murder of the Trailman Twins at Camp Kaboom—Harry felt the same echoes of power that he felt in the cave in New Mexico.
Cowl: "I was the only one of the three of us who thought you would succeed [in raising the Erlking]." Harry: "I thought you guys hate one another's guts. Are you working together or trying to kill each other?" Cowl: "Why yes. We smile at one another and play nicely all in the name of Kemmler's greater glory of course. But we are all planning on killing one another as soon as it's convenient."
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Dead Beat, ch. 8
- ↑ Cold Days, ch. 11
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 White Night, ch. 15
- ↑ White Night, ch. 14
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 White Night, ch. 38
- ↑ Dead Beat, ch. 42
- ↑ Grave Peril, ch. 29
- ↑ Dead Beat, ch. 34
- ↑ Dead Beat, ch. 42-43
- ↑ Dead Beat, ch. 43
- Word of Kemmler
- Die Lied der Erlking
- Bock Ordered Books
- Artemis Bock
- Billy Borden
- Black magic
- Red Court
- Heirs of Kemmler
- Carlos Ramirez
- Grey Cloak
- Vittorio Malvora
- Madrigal Raith
- Black Council
- The Circle
- White Council
- Camp Kaboom
- Little Chicago