A death curse utilizes all the power a wizard can access, and is cast at the moment of his death.(reference needed)
The curse's target is often the wizard's killer, but it can apparently be directed at anyone, regardless of the target's involvement or physical presence.
Known death cursesEdit
|Margaret LeFay||Lord Raith||Stole Raith's vampire powers||Margaret murdered via an entropy curse at birth of her son: Harry|
|Quintus Cassius||Harry Dresden||"Die Alone"....||Harry ordered Mouse to kill him after Cassius tortured Harry|
In the seriesEdit
- Main article: Storm Front
- Main article: Death Masks
- Main article: Blood Rites
In Blood Rites, Bob states that to make a spell long lasting, it needs to be anchored. To anchor it to a person, it needs to be a blood relation. Margaret LeFay could have anchored her death curse on Lord Raith to Harry so that as long as he was alive, the spell was still viable.
Harry learned that Margaret LeFay cursed Lord Raith on her deathbed, preventing him from feeding, and thus prevented him from gaining strength.
Later, Harry Dresden would use this knowledge to his advantage by causing Lord Raith to use up his reserves and getting him to monologue about it while Lara Raith was hiding close enough nearby to hear him.
- Main article: Dead Beat
In Dead Beat, during Harry Dresden's meeting with the Wardens at McAnally's Pub, Morgan mentions that he witnessed four different death curses in a single day while battling with the Red Court in Sicily.
Later, the former Denarian, Quintus Cassius, before being killed by Mouse at Harry Dresden's orders, hit Harry with his death curse. He wanted his curse to kill Harry, but he was too weak to manage that and so settled with cursing Harry to "die alone".
- Main article: Changes
In Changes, Harry recalled Cassius' death curse when he was laid up in St. Mary's with a broken back an he was all alone in the dark feeling utterly helpless. Later, Harry used the threat of his death curse to destroy Chichén Itzá in order to push the Red King into encouraging Arianna Ortega to answer Harry's challenge to a duel per the Code Duello. Harry recalls Cassius' death curse again while floating in Lake Michigan—a familiar voice tells it to "hush now".