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Elaine Lilian Mallory is a human witch. She first appears in Summer Knight.


Alongside Harry Dresden, Elaine Mallory was apprenticed to Justin DuMorne; being also both adopted by him, who, unknown to them, was secretly training them to be his weapons—dark wizards. She has golden-brown hair.[1]

Fool MoonEdit

Main article: Fool Moon

In Fool Moon, Harry saw her in his dream as he remembers her. Eighteen, tall with gawky coltish legs and arms. She wore a pair of his jeans cut off, t-shirt tied off, a pentacle amulet identical to Harry's. Harry thinks she's beautiful and poisonous as a snake.[2]

White NightEdit

Main article: White Night

In White Night, Harry describes her as pale like the healthy skin of a tree beneath its outer bark. Her face was intensely and intriguingly attractive. She had wide intelligent eyes over an expresive and generous mouth, a slim build, long legs and arms. She wore a simple pair of jeans with a black Aerosmith t-shirt. Her hair was wheat-colored. — Elaine was the first woman he ever "everythinged".[3]

Elaine is nearly as strong as Dresden but has a finer handle on delicate magic and wards. She can also use reiki to heal small injuries.[4]


Elaine was an orphan. When she was ten years old, she was adopted by wizard Justin DuMorne, who took her as his apprentice.[1] DuMorne had already done this with another orphaned wizard of the same age, Harry Dresden.[5]

During their apprenticeship she and Harry became very close, eventually becoming Harry's girlfriend. They Soulgazed during their first night together. DuMorne had began dabbling in Black Magic, and brought his sights upon Elaine first, her being weaker magically speaking, about a week before he attempted to enthrall Harry. He enthralled her, bending her to his will. Elaine later helped DuMorne in his battle with Harry, slapping a binding on him during the fighting. After Harry defeated DuMorne, Harry scoured the earth with the assistance of spirits never finding her, assumed her dead.[6]

In truth, Elaine escaped during the last few minutes of their battle, when DuMorne's attention and power was focused elsewhere, allowing her to break the enthrallment spell. She sought sanctuary with Aurora, the Lady of the Summer Court. She resided in the Nevernever until called upon by Aurora in repayment for her shelter, to act a emissary for the Summer Court in the matter of the death of Ronald Reuel, the Summer Knight.[6]

In the seriesEdit

Fool MoonEdit

Main article: Fool Moon

In Fool Moon, in a dream, Harry recalls her as a poisonous snake and closes himself from remembering the image of her in her circle chanting the spell that held him down while Justin DuMorne tried to force him to drink blood, to enthrall him. Harry's dream-self tries to convince Harry that she is still alive and that he needs to forgive himsef for her fall.[2]

White NightEdit

Main article: White Night

In White Night, Elaine has opened her own PI buisness, and is also in the phonebook under 'wizard'. She is hired by the Ordo Lebes who are being targeted and killed.[7] One of Dresden's friends, and a warden, Carlos Ramirez comments on this.[8] Elaine and Harry track missing practitioners,[9] then she fights ghouls on Thomas Raith's boat, the Water Beetle trying to help targeted practitioners escape Madrigal Raith's attack.[10][11] Elaine heals Harry after the ghoul attack usingReiki, for about eight hours.[4]

Later, Harry communicates to Elaine via their old method that they used as kids: mind to mind, which awakes her from The Skavis psychic attack.[12] Elaine shows how strong she is by nearly killing the heir of House Skavis who'd attempted to force her to commit suicide.[13] At the end, Elaine agrees to help expand the Ordo Lebes, to build a network and hotline to help partitioners help themselves against supernatural threats.[14]

Ghost StoryEdit

Main article: Ghost Story

In Ghost Story, Harry's ghost was overwhelmed by a flood of memories of Elaine when they were kids, including their first kiss, as well as the guilt of not protecting her from Justin DuMorne.[15] While sheltering from the sun in his grave, Harry recalls the day he came home early from school worried about her, finding her enthralled, though he didn't know at the time what he was seeing. Justin tries to trap Harry and he runs.[16]


  • Chain - A chain that stores electricity, allowing it to be used like a Taser. It can be recharged by lightning, or by electricity from a wall outlet.[9]
  • Ring - A ring that is a great deal like Harry's original energy ring, only instead of storing kinetic energy, it stores random short-term memories. These memories can be used to induce hallucinations on an attacker, disorienting them.(reference needed)
  • Thorn wand - a carved wooden wand which looks like a very large thorn. It functions similarly to Harry's blasting rod, using lightning in place of fire.[17]
  • Coppery bracelets - Elaine wore half a dozen of them. They glinted with golden energy.[18]
  • A pentacle amulet - identical to Harry's.[2]


  • Aerios: A spell that summons up a miniature twister.[10]
  • Fulminaris: A spell that shoots a powerful bolt of green lightning.[13]
  • Samanyana: A spell used to unravel a wind spell Aurora had pinned Harry with.[17]

Word of ButcherEdit

At a signing in 2010, Jim implied that Elaine might be a Starborn like Harry.[19]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Summer Knight, ch. 07
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Fool Moon, ch. 20
  3. White Night, ch. 10
  4. 4.0 4.1 White Night, ch. 24
  5. Blood Rites, ch. 20
  6. 6.0 6.1 Summer Knight, ch. 8
  7. White Night, ch. 11
  8. White Night, ch. 17
  9. 9.0 9.1 White Night, ch. 20
  10. 10.0 10.1 White Night, ch. 21
  11. White Night, ch. 23
  12. White Night, ch. 0
  13. 13.0 13.1 White Night, ch. 31
  14. White Night, ch. 43
  15. Ghost Story, ch. 9
  16. Ghost Story, ch. 30
  17. 17.0 17.1 Summer Knight, ch. 33
  18. White Night, ch. 26
  19. Jim Butcher 2010 Fan dinner

See alsoEdit

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