This article is for Harry Dresden's daughter. For his mother, see Margaret LeFay.
"As horrible fates go, that is a good one. Worthwhile. Save your little girl. If you turn into a horrible monster and I am sent to slay you, I will remember this and make it as painless as I possibly can, out of respect for you."
Sanya - Changes[1]

Margaret Angelica Dresden, also known as Maggie, is a human female, daughter of Harry Dresden and Susan Rodriguez. She first appears in Changes.


Probably conceived during Death Masks,[2][3] Margaret Angelica is the daughter of Harry Dresden and Susan Rodriguez. She is the granddaughter of Margaret LeFay. and the great-granddaughter of Ebenezar McCoy. Susan named her Margaret, after Harry's mother.[3]

Dark-haired and dark-eyed, she resembles her mother with a slender nose, and paler skin.[4] There is something about her chin similar to her father's, making it appear she has strength, and she has darker and healthier than him.[5]


Susan did not tell Harry of his daughter, and, deeming both parent's lifestyles too dangerous, found a new home for her.[3] Her foster family were the Mendozas.[6] At some point, Duchess Arianna Ortega of the Red Court found out about Maggie, and had her taken. Susan then chose to inform Harry to secure his help in her retrieval.[3]

As of Ghost Story, she lives with the Carpenter family.[5] Mouse is with her—Molly Carpenter told Harry Dresden] that "Chewbacca is with her".[7] According to Uriel said Temple Dogs can live for centuries. She could have him her whole life even if she becomes a wizard.[5]

In the seriesEdit


Main article: Changes

In Changes, Susan Rodriguez calls told Harry Dresden that the daughter he never knew existed has been taken by the Red Court. Susan explained that she thought their daughter would be safer if no one knew. Harry is seething about his not being told. Susan tells Harry that Arianna Ortega has her. She and Martin are in town on a Fellowship assignment to find where Maggie is and what the Red Court plans are.[8]

In seeking Maggie's whereabouts, Harry called up various spirits from the Nevernever using the summoning circle in his lab. One of the fire spirits showed Harry an image of Maggie for a few seconds. She looked pale, cold, grubby, and scared. She was reaching out for a flame possibly to warm herself by. Harry got no information about where she was, but at least he knew she was still alive.[4]

Donar Vadderung told Harry he'll find his daughter in Chichén Itzá a few days where the Red King and Lords of Outer Night plan to use her as a sacrifice in Bloodline curse. It turns out to be exactly what Harry needed for a successful recovery of Maggie. Donar further said that Chichén Itzá is the center of their power and that they could just wish him dead.[9]

After Harry broke his back, he summoned Uriel who told him that he couldn't repair him or help him get Maggie, but that she was still alive, confirming that she was indeed his daughter and erasing the last little inkling of doubt. He said that Harry was her only hope and to consider Vadderung's words. Uriel ended by saying telling Harry to love his child, everything else flows from there.[10]

His back still broken and out of options, Harry made a deal with Mab to restore his body and give him the Power and strength he needs to save his daughter in exchange for becoming the Winter Knight.[11]

Harry told to Ebenezar McCoy that Maggie is his daughter by Susan and that Arianna Ortega and the Red Court plan to use her in a ritual sacrifice for a Bloodline curse. Eben gave Harry his blessing to go rescue his daughter.[12]

During the duel at Chichén Itzá, Arianna hinted that taking his daughter was never about him, and she was shocked that Harry didn't know what would be revealed about Ebenezar later that night.[13]

Martin revealed that Arianna targeted Maggie because her "father is the son of Margaret LeFay who is the daughter of the man who killed her husband." It was her intent to get revenge on all of them. That means that Ebenezar McCoy is her great grandfather. Ebenezar is the Blackstaff and it was he who performed the hit on Casaverde that killed Paolo Ortega.[14]

After Susan sacrificed herself with Harry's help to kill all the vampires, Maggie is successfully rescued and sent to Father Forthill until she finds a new home. Harry decided it would be best if neither knew where the other was.[15]

Ghost StoryEdit

Main article: Ghost Story

As of Ghost Story, Maggie and Mouse are living with Michael Carpenter and his family.[16] Uriel took Harry to see them at the Carpenter home which is surrounded by guardian angels. According to him, Father Forthill wanted the safest home for her.[5]

Cold DaysEdit

Main article: Cold Days

In Cold Days, she's only mentioned as gone 'trick-or-treating', when Harry picks up Mouse, at the Carpenter's.[17][18]

Skin GameEdit

Main article: Skin Game

In Skin Game, she asks Dresden if he's mad at her, and when he states he is not and asks why she would think that, she says it's because he's never around. She shows him her room and asks if he wishes to put her to bed, and Dresden complies, reading Where the Wild Things Are to her.[19]

She is considered a very lovable child, who at one point rides on Harry Carpenter's back while playing with the Carpenter children. Dresden has resolved to become more of a father to her in the future.[20]

"Zoo Day"Edit

Main article: Zoo Day

In "Zoo Day", Margaret challenges and defeats a pack of haunts, which were trying to feed on her fears.[21]


  1. Changes, ch. 33
  2. Death Masks, ch. 1
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Changes, ch. 2
  4. 4.0 4.1 Changes, ch. 19
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Ghost Story, ch. 50
  6. Changes, ch. 12
  7. Ghost Story, ch. 11
  8. Changes, ch. 1 & 2
  9. Changes, ch. 21
  10. Changes, ch. 29
  11. Changes, ch. 30-31
  12. Changes, ch. 40
  13. Changes, ch. 44
  14. Changes, ch. 48
  15. Changes, ch. 49
  16. Ghost Story, ch. 40
  17. Cold Days, ch. 36
  18. Cold Days, ch. 39
  19. Skin Game ch. 32
  20. Skin Game ch. 51
  21. "Zoo Day"

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