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This article is for the magical construct. For the current holder, see Ivy.

The Archive is a magical construct and repository of all knowledge and wisdom.[1] The magical construct which is the Archive resides in a huma and is passed down from mother to daughter and the current is usually known simply as "The Archive". The current one is Ivy. It is first mentioned in Death Masks.


The Archive is deemed neutral as it automatically records all human knowledge, primarily of what has been written down. Harry Dresden has been able to send a message to the Archive simply by writing it on a napkin.[1]

The Archive has enormous power, enough to scare Harry Dresden when he first met her,[2] and is a Freeholding Lord of the Unseelie Accords.[3]

Anastasia Luccio states that the White Council regards her a significant power in her own right, on par with the youngest Queens, the Summer Lady and Winter Lady of the Faerie Courts. According to Harry, her containment and neutralization would take a great Circle of Power, heavy-duty ritual magic in a prepared location, flawlessly executed, as she could otherwise break it.[4]

Though the Archive is stated to have been created as a repository of learning to safeguard against a collapse of civilization, a loss of knowledge and the destruction of learning,[1] its actual purpose was to provide leadership for the Oblivion War.[5]

Bob the Skull is considered to behave in a similar manner, the main difference being Bob needs to gather the knowledge of his own accord, whereas The Archive skips the learning process directly to the understanding phase.(reference needed)

In the seriesEdit

Death MasksEdit

Main article: Death Masks

In Death Masks, as The Archive, she is the neutral emissary for the Duel between Dresden and Paolo Ortega under the Code Duello outlined in the Unseelie Accords. She pays a visit to Harry Dresden in her role as neutral Duel emissary. The Archive outlined the rules and told Harry to get a second by sundown or forfeit and be killed by her. Harry give The Archive her name: "Ivy", derived from the "ive" part of Archive. Ivy is totally captivated by Mister, fondly petting him and Mister likes her back.[2] At the duel, The Archive, Ivy, provides a Deathstone, a Mordite sphere for the Duel of Wills.[6]

Small FavorEdit

Main article: Small Favor

In Small Favor, Harry asks for The Archive to be the moderator between the Denarians and Harry on behalf of Marcone's representatives: Ms. Gard and Hendricks. The meeting is set up at the Shedd Aquarium where she is kidnapped by by the Denarians.[1] Harry writes her a note letting her know he's coming to rescue her, to hold on, she's not alone, The Archive should get it.[4]

Harry frees Ivy from an elaborate greater circle created by Polonius Lartessa of the Denarians on Demonreach.[7] Later, through hugs and tears Ivy tells Harry that says she got his letter, and thanked him.[8]

Anastasia Luccio later explains the nature of the Archive to Harry, revealing that the power and knowledge of the Archive is passed from mother to daughter, which can drive the bearer insane; she explains that the ancient oracles like the Pythia were always described as madwomen, and though they were insane they were also the Archive, using their knowledge of the past to predict what was likely to happen next. Ideally, in order to avoid this problem the Archive would be passed on only after the new Archive has had a life with a family and children to insulate herself when she gains all the memories of her ancestors. In Ivy's case, however, her grandmother died unexpectedly in a car accident when she was middle-aged. Her teenage mother was young, pregnant and in love, and when she became the Archive she couldn't deal with it. She hated her mother for dying and forcing her to become the new Archive, and she hated her unborn daughter for having a life of freedom ahead of her. She committed suicide, and Ivy became the Archive as an infant, knowing exactly what her mother had done and what she thought of Ivy.[8]


Main article: Changes

In Changes, Harry contacted her through writing a note, asking for information on where Maggie was being held. Ivy was unable to help due to the limitations imposed on the Archive, but after Harry threatened to turn to demonic aid, she helps Harry by pointing him to Marcone, who did have useful information.[9]

Ghost StoryEdit

Main article: Ghost Story

In Ghost Story, Ivy would have found out that Harry died the moment anything was written. It is implied the information would shatter her since Harry was her only friend. She's about twelve or thirteen years old now.[10]


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