Listening is a kind of mental hearing ability. Harry Dresden uses it often, allowing him to hear things in greater detail from a safe distance.

In the seriesEdit

Storm FrontEdit

Main article: Storm Front

In Storm Front, Harry Dresden uses it to listen to the Guard's conversation at the gate to Bianca's Mansion.[1]

"Listening isn't hard to do. No one has practice at it, nowadays, but you can train yourself to pay attention to your senses if you work at it long enough."[1]

Fool MoonEdit

Main article: Fool Moon

In Fool Moon, Harry Dresden Listens in on the Alphas when he first finds them at the abandoned department store.[2]

"I closed my eyes, and Listened, a skill that isn't hard to pick up, but that most people don't know how to do anymore. I heard voices, at least a pair of them, talking in hushed, urgent tones."[2]

Grave PerilEdit

Main article: Grave Peril

In Grave Peril, Harry Dresden Listens for danger when tracking down Lydia.[3]

Summer KnightEdit

Main article: Summer Knight (novel)

In Summer Knight, Harry Dresden learns that the Gatekeeper can also Listen, during the Council meeting and they have a discussion that others cannot hear.[4]

Death MasksEdit

Main article: Death Masks

In Death Masks, Harry Dresden Listens in on the Churchmice's boat prior to boarding and confronting Francisca Garcia[5].

"Listening is a trick I'd picked up when I was a kid. Not many people have worked out the trick of it, blocking out all other sound in order to better hear one sound in particular—such as distant voices. It isn't as much about magic, I think, as it is focus and discipline. But the magic helps."[5]

Blood RitesEdit

Main article: Blood Rites

In Blood Rites, Harry Dresden Listens a few times, most notably when trying to locate Mavra and her Renfield's in the Black Court lair.[6]

Dead BeatEdit

Main article: Dead Beat

In Dead Beat, Harry Dresden Listens to Billy and Georgia Borden's conversation about his change in attitude.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Storm Front ch. 9
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fool Moon ch. 5
  3. Grave Peril ch. 16
  4. Summer Knight ch. 6
  5. 5.0 5.1 Death Masks ch. 12
  6. Blood Rites ch. 32
  7. Dead Beat ch. 9