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Hellfire is a demonic magical power boost to fire and destructive spells. It is the antithesis of Soulfire.[1]

DescriptionEdit

Harry Dresden gains hellfire from Lasciel's Shadow, while she is in his mind.[2] Using it has a characteristic smell of sulfur and brimstone.[3]

The sigils on Harry's staff and blasting rod light up with a reddish glow when Hellfire in called forth into a spell. And a shimmering wave of force flows out from Harry.[4]

Dresden suddenly feels exhausted after the use of hellfire.[4] It seems to encourage Lasciel to insert herself more strongly into his consciousness—Lash was unable to communicate with Dresden until he made the conscious choice to use it, likely due to his free will. Lash appears to him in a dream immediately after his fight with Cowl (the first time he uses Hellfire).[5]

Comparison to SoulfireEdit

The key difference between soulfire and hellfire, is that the first powers the intention, the second powers the means.[1]

If Dresden uses a spell meant to send a wave of force and knock someone down, Hellfire has made his wave of force stronger. On the other hand, Soulfire made a silvery hand that Harry could control, with the same power of the original spell but given direction like a hand (rather than the simple 'push' that it gave before).(reference needed)

In the seriesEdit

Blood RitesEdit

Main article: Blood Rites

In Blood Rites,

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Dead BeatEdit

Main article: Dead Beat

In Dead Beat, Harry Dresden draws on Hellfire to empower his fight against Cowl, throwing a car on top of Cowl.[4]

Proven GuiltyEdit

Main article: Proven Guilty

In Proven Guilty, Harry Dresden uses Hellfire fighting the Scarecrow at the Full Moon Garage after escaping Darby Crane who kidnapped him. The Hellfire has no effect on the Scarecrow.[6]

When Dresden and his team enter Arctis Tor, they find hundreds of dead trolls and goblins, the air full with the scent of sulfur and brimstone, their bones cleaned, the flesh consumed by what was likely Hellfire. Harry used Hellfire in battling Fetches that attack them.[7]

White NightEdit

Main article: White Night

In White Night, Harry Dresden subsequently loses the use of Hellfire after Lasciel is erased from his mind.[8]

Small FavorEdit

Main article: Small Favor

In White Night, at the Shedd Aquarium, Harry Dresden confronts Nicodemus Archleone about the Hellfire used in Arctis Tor, the one of his The Denarians|Denarians was in on the Black Council raid. Nicodemus did not react well to the information. Calming, he wonders whether the "contamination" is among standing members of his order.[9] At the end, Harry learned the Denarian that used Hellfire at Arctis Tor was Thorned Namshiel.[1]

Uriel[1] bestows upon Dresden the angelic counterpart to Hellfire, Soulfire[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Small Favor, ch. 46
  2. White Night, ch. 43
  3. Proven Guilty, ch. 36
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Dead Beat, ch. 8
  5. Dead Beat, ch. 35
  6. Proven Guilty, ch. 22
  7. Proven Guilty, ch. 37
  8. White Night, ch. 41
  9. Small Favor, ch. 29
  10. Small Favor, ch. 30

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