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Kim Delaney was a human female practitioner. She first appears in Fool Moon.


She was part of the occult community of Chicago, and a young woman who Harry Dresden helped teach to control her magical talent. She was described as "a tall woman, buxom and lovely in an old-world way, with pale, pretty skin and round cheeks well used to smiling." She had long dark hair and dimples.[1]

In the seriesEdit

Fool MoonEdit

Main article: Fool Moon

In Fool Moon, she approaches Harry Dresden at McAnally's, asking him to help her with a greater summoning circle, claiming it is for academic purposes. He refuses to give her the information, because he doesn't think that Kim has enough knowledge or experience to be messing with it, and knows that the White Council wouldn't want the dangerous information in the hands of a non-Council member. Angry at Harry for not telling her, Kim storms out of the bar.(reference needed)

When Dresden shows up at Harley MacFinn's house on Chicago's Gold Coast, he finds Kim dead. She was killed by Harley MacFinn when he transformed into the Loup-garou. She had been trying to recreate a circle that could hold in the werewolf, after his previous circle was ruined, but as she didn't know how to empower the circle properly, it had been unable to hold in the beast.(reference needed)

She seems to have been a kind and thoughtful person. She smiled often. She was an environmental activist who participated in a lot of fundraisers and protests (which is where she met MacFinn - a year before the events of Fool Moon, through the Northwest Passage Project). She offered to pay for Harry's dinner, even though he wouldn't give her the information, because she knew that he was strapped for cash. She tried to help MacFinn, even though she knew that she was going over her head and that there was a chance that what she was doing could get her killed.(reference needed)

Harry Dresden and Karrin Murphy attend Kim's funeral near the end of the book.[2]

Dresden feels incredibly guilty over her death, and very responsible for not giving her enough data to make an informed decision.[3]  There are many parallels between her situation and Susan Rodriguez's later on. The early mistake with Kim (and with Susan) undoubtedly made it so that he now has a more honest and open relationship with his apprentice, Molly Carpenter.(reference needed)

Word of JimEdit

Have you killed off anyone you know in the books?

There was sort of an ex-girlfriend that sort of died in effigy near the beginning of Fool Moon. I felt bad for it later, but it's already in print.[4]