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Harry Dresden and his roommates on old couch~an artist's depiction

Harry Dresden's apartment was a basement apartment located in Chicago. For much of the series, it served as Harry's home, as well as the location of his lab. It was burned down in Changes and the Brighter Future Society was built atop its ruins.


The apartment was located in a big century-old wooden boardinghouse,[1] which was divided into several apartments[2] in a quiet neighborhood[3]. It was made almost entirely of wood and creaked and groaned with the wind. Harry described it as a place with a history.

Harry Dresden's apartment had one larger room used as the general living room, which holds a small kitchenette and a fireplace. A door lead to a bedroom, which had an adjacent bathroom. In the floor was a hinged door that leads down to the subbasement. It consisted of one room - his laboratory.[2] Bookshelves and tapestries, along with an original Star Wars poster he got from Billy, lined most of the walls. There were scattered rugs all over his floor, handmade Navajo rugs and a black area rug with Elvis's face on it.[4]

Due to it being a rental apartment and Dresden living alone, the apartment does not have much of a magic threshold.[5][6] By the door he keeps a basket of attached to the wall filled with holy water, garlic cloves, vials of salt, and iron filings for any vampires, demons or faeries with malicious intent showed up at his door.[7]

Due to Dresden's magic, electric devices and gas heaters are prone to malfunction. He instead used fireplace and candles for heat and light and an old wood burning stove for cooking.(reference needed)

In Fool Moon, Harry installed a new anti-burglar, steel-framed door to replace the one a Toad Demon broke down the previous year. Demon acid burned away most of the furniture and he had to change it.(reference needed)

After Summer Knight, Lily arranged for Little Folk to clean his apartment. They also stocked his fridge and kept household pests at bay. However Dresden could not tell anyone about their services or they would leave him.(reference needed)

Harry Dresden's laboratoryEdit

Main article: Harry Dresden's laboratory

Harry Dresden's laboratory was located in the sub-basement of his apartment. The door was kept hidden under a rug. It had a few lamps, a pair of burners, and a kerosene heater.(reference needed)

Three tables went along the walls with another longer table in the center of the room. Shelves over the tables were stuffed with cages and boxes: Tupperware, jars, cans, containers of all descriptions, a pair of unusual antlers and fur pelts, along with many old books and a long row of notebooks filled with his own notes and a white skull, Bob.[2]

A brass, and later copper summoning circle is laid out on the floor and fastened into the cement with bolts.(reference needed)

In the seriesEdit

Storm FrontEdit

Main article: Storm Front

In Storm Front, Harry's apartment was attacked by a toad demon sent by Victor Sells. Harry and Susan hid in the summoning circle, which kept the demon out. However Susan mistakenly drank a love potion Harry had brewed to get Bob's assistance earlier and was more concerned with having sex with Harry than keeping safe inside the circle. Harry and Susan escaped using another potion shortly thereafter.(reference needed)

Fool MoonEdit

Main article: Fool Moon

Most of the action took place in the Harry Dresden's laboratory. He changed the door and the furniture that was ruined by the Toad Demon attack in Storm Front.[3]

Summer KnightEdit

Main article: Summer Knight (novel)

Susan with red tattoos

In Summer Knight, Lily arranged for brownies to clean Harry's apartment.(reference needed)

Death MasksEdit

Main article: Death Masks

In Death Masks, Susan, now a half-vampire, returned to visit Harry after leaving earlier in the series. Susan's Hunger was on the verge of overwhelming her and Harry was in danger, as they were both stuck in the apartment for the night. Harry tied her up with a rope spell they had sex, letting their love for each other calm her and bring her back.[8]

Later Harry buried the Denarian coin of the Fallen Angel Lasciel under his lab, trapping it inside a steel ring and a spirit lock spell.[9]

Blood RitesEdit

Main article: Blood Rites

In Blood Rites, Harry brought home a young Foo Dog, though he planned to return it to a monk who had hired Harry to save the puppies. Harry named him Mouse due to him being small and grey.(reference needed)Thomas Raith, Harry's newly discovered brother, was also cut off from his family after helping Harry. Harry invited him to stay with him till he can get on his feet.[10]

Dead BeatEdit

Main article: Dead Beat

In Dead Beat, the apartment was under siege by zombies led by Grevane and "Liver Spots". The zombies heavily damaged the steel door, though they eventually withdrew after they took Waldo Butters.(reference needed)

Small FavorEdit

Main article: Small Favor

Harry held a war council with: Murphy, Thomas, Molly, Michael, and Sanya to determine what steps to take against the Denarian threat and the gruffs.[11] The Archive (Ivy), Jared Kincaid and Luccio also stayed briefly at the apartment.(reference needed)

Turn CoatEdit

Main article: Turn Coat

In Turn Coat, Harry hid Donald Morgan from the wardens in his apartment for a short time.[12] When Harry learned of a supernatural bounty out on Morgan, he took Morgan to a safer location. [13] When a bounty hunter found Morgan anyway, Harry took him back to the apartment, reasoning that he would be safer there.[14]


Main article: Changes

In Changes, Agent Barry Tilly and the FBI broke Harry's door down[15] and captured him shortly after Harry hid his most crucial items in the Nevernever.[16] The FBI searched his apartment for evidence that might link him to the destruction of his office building.[17] When Harry returned, he found Lea, who mistook Susan and Martin for burglars and restrained them. Lea gave Harry a gem from his mother that held hidden knowledge about ways.[18]

Late the apartment was attacked by the Eebs, who set fire to the building in an attempt to kill Harry. Harry was able to rescue Mrs. Spunkelcrief, yet while attempting to save the Willoughbys, he fell and broke his back. Sanya saved him, but the apartment was destroyed along with almost all of his possessions.(reference needed)

Possessions in the apartmentEdit

Mickey clock 4

Harry's Mickey Mouse clock

  • Original Star Wars poster from Billy
  • Mickey Mouse alarm clock book[19][20][21]
  • Area rug with Elvis's face on it
  • Second hand guitar from Waldo Butters


  1. Dead Beat, ch. 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Storm Front, ch. 8
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fool Moon, ch. 7
  4. Death Masks, ch. 04
  5. Summer Knight, ch. 07
  6. Dead Beat, ch. 32
  7. Death Masks, ch. 10
  8. Death Masks, ch. 24-26
  9. Death Masks, ch. 33
  10. Blood Rites, ch. 42
  11. Small Favor, ch. 18
  12. Turn Coat, ch. 1
  13. Turn Coat, ch. 12
  14. Turn Coat, ch. 21
  15. Changes, ch. 11
  16. Changes, ch. 12
  17. Changes, ch. 14
  18. Changes, ch. 15
  19. Death Masks, ch. 15
  20. Proven Guilty, ch. 15
  21. Changes, ch. 6

See alsoEdit

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