Lea is considered one of the higher sidhe within the Winter Court and held a position of power up until her imprisonment by Mab. Subsequently, in Changes, Mab refers to the Leanansidhe as her handmaiden and notes that she is second in power within the Winter Court only to Mab herself. She managed to lull the vampire parts of Susan and Martin to sleep, possibly demonstrating a way to treat half vampirism.
Leanansidhe is usually called "Lea" by Harry and she has made no objection to this, although she has objected to being called a faerie rather than one of the Sidhe.
In appearance, Leanansidhe has lots of curly copper and scarlet hair, and amber eyes.
Lea made a deal with Harry when he fled from his adopted father, who had tried to coerce him into performing black magic at the age of 16. Lea agreed to give Harry the strength necessary to defeat DuMorne, in exchange for his life, fortune, and power. In actuality Harry already had the strength he needed, so all Lea really gave him was confidence. Of course confidence is a very great gift in itself, so what Lea gave him probably saved his life and mind. Her torture sessions essentially handed Harry Dumbo’s magic feather: they made him think he was better, stronger, and faster without actually altering a damned thing, otherwise. And it worked. He overcame DuMorne. This deal was reinforced by another similar deal made by Harry during the course of Grave Peril. The debt from these deals was sold to Queen Mab before the events of Summer Knight.
In the Series Edit
In Grave Peril, Lea has spent many years attempting to get Harry Dresden to honor his bargain and become hers to which she has expressed the desire to turn him into a hellhound as evident in which Lea chases Harry Dresden and Michael Carpenter in the Nevernever.
In Changes, Lea claims that she was being treated for an ailment by Mab during her imprisonment. Despite such 'treatment,' it is still readily apparent that, by mortal standards, the Leanansidhe is less than mentally sound, evidenced by her childlike behavior and excitement at times of extreme violence such as Harry's victory in the duel near the conclusion of the book.
In Cold Days, it is mentioned that this ailment was an Outsider called Nemesis' mind controlling influence. Mab can cure the Outsider taint given time and the willingness of the afflicted. As Mave was not willing to change back to normal, Mab could not cure her like she did Lea.
Word of JimEdit
Lea serves as Harry's godmother because of a deal she made with his mother, Margaret, before she died. Not much is known about the deal other than that she was in a rush, so she wasn’t as detailed as she would have wanted it to have been.
In myth Edit
In Celtic myth, the leanan sídhe ("fairy mistress") is a fae or type of fae known for taking human lovers and providing them with artistic inspiration, at the cost of madness and an early grave.
- ↑ Jim Butcher 2009 Bitten by Books Q&A
- ↑ Jim Butcher 2010 Lee's Summit Signing
- ↑ Jim Butcher 2009 Chicago Signing