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By knowing something's name, true name, a magical link can be created by associating oneself to it in a magical sense, in a similar way that one would if one had hair, nail clipping, or blood. One has to know exactly how to say the name, just knowing it is not good enough.[1]

DescriptionEdit

In the Dresden Files, all beings have a name and a Name. Anytime anyone says your name it touches you, but when a Wizard, or a supernatural being, says your Name, and means it, the effect is amplified a thousandfold.[2]

Names with a capital N, have power. If a wizard has an entity or persons name, they automatically have a conduit, a way to home in on it.[3]

Wizards collect names of creatures, spiirits and people. Like a huge supernatural Rolodex. [1] Some of the more powerful creatures in the Dresden-verse, like Ferrovax only need one part of a Name to influence said being.[2] Some of the beings are too powerful, be very dangerous and probably not a good idea to call upon. However, there are countless lesser beings with lesser price tags and it's not so hard to get them to one's bidding.[3]

A mortal's Name can change over time due to how their perception of themselves can change, whereas most supernatural beings' Name is static and unchanging.[3]

In the seriesEdit

Storm FrontEdit

Main article: Storm Front

In Storm Front, he uses Toot-Toot's real Name to summon him, enticing him into a circle with bread, milk and honey. Harry needs him to get some information on Victor Sells for him.[1]

Fool MoonEdit

Main article: Fool Moon

In Fool Moon, Harry called up Chaunzaggoroth, also called Chauncy, to get information on Harley MacFinn, the loup-garou. Chauncy gets Harry to give him one of his Names in exchange.[4]

Small FavorEdit

Main article: Small Favor

In Small Favor, Harry invokes Toot-Toot's Name gently in effort to be polite and he does it sans a summoning circle to entrap him. [3]

Turn CoatEdit

Main article: Turn Coat

In Turn Coat, Harry called Toot-Toot using his Name and a frosted doughnut, but not a circle trap anymore. [3]

Cold DaysEdit

Main article: Cold Days

In Cold Days, Harry asked the small faerie, Captain Hook identify himself, but not to give his Name, just something to call him. Hook says "I'm called Lacuna by some." Upon request, removed the helmet which shrouded his face revealing herself to be a beautiful female faerie with long hair.[5]

ExamplesEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Storm Front, ch. 6
  2. 2.0 2.1 Grave Peril, ch. 26
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Small Favor, ch. 5
  4. Fool Moon, ch. 11
  5. Cold Days, ch. 29
  6. Grave Peril, ch. 11
  7. Dead Beat, ch. 21
  8. Changes, ch. 29-30

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