This article is for the Winter Court's Mantle. For the Summer Court's Mantle, see Summer Knight's Mantle. For other uses, see Winter.

The Winter Knight's Mantle is the power, or Mantle, bestowed upon the Winter Knight by the Winter Queen. The Knight's Mantle takes part in the books: Summer KnightChanges and Cold Days. It gets brief mention in: Dead Beat, Small Favor, Ghost Story, Skin Game.


Winter Knight's Mantle is the power conferred by the Winter Queen to a mortal chosen to be her Winter Knight.

In Cold Days, Harry Dresden refers to five prior holders of the Mantle, his predecessor Lloyd Slate, Gilles de Rais, Fritz Haarmann, John Haigh, Andrei Chikatilo - four of which were serial killers who preyed primarily on children.[1]

Dresden describes it as a "cold, clear power".[2] The Winter Knight is a very powerful weapon to the Winter Queen but it is double-edged. The Winter in the Knight comes from the Queen but she is just as vulnerable to the Knight as any other Sidhe.[3] The changes to the bearer start with strong impulses and intense emotions and then build exponentially.[4]

Any iron alloy that gets into the knight's skin disrupts the Mantle's power. Also, Butters posits that Mab fiddled with the pain threshold so that her knight can plow through her enemies without stopping even for knife wounds.[5]

Harry Dresden's new abilitesEdit

  • Ice Enhanced Spells: Winter Court power in his spells using ice in various manifestations.[6][7][8]
  • Strength and speed: Harry ran faster when he should gotten tired in the FBI HQ toward the Way, even faster than Susan.[8] Harry cracked the sternum of a half-vampire with a kick.[9]
  • Heightened vision.[8]
  • Mab's Voice: gave Harry a protection of frost as he started to weary and slow down on the stairs of the Temple of Kukulkan reviving him with renewed energy and strength.[9]

In the seriesEdit

Summer KnightEdit

Main article: Summer Knight (novel)

In Summer Knight, after capturing the traitor Lloyd Slate the current Winter Knight, Mab asked Harry to take up the Winter Knight's Mantle and all of his debts to her would be cancelled. He refused.[10]

Dead BeatEdit

Main article: Dead Beat

In Dead Beat, Mab stops answering his questions about Die Lied der Erlking and the Heirs of Kemmler because she will not give information for free. For the second time Mab asks Harry to take up the Mantle—she will cancel his debts and answer all of his questions freely. Once again, Harry refuses.[11]

Small FavorEdit

Main article: Small Favor

In Small Favor, Mab charges Harry with his second task for her, to find Marcone who had been abducted. And for the third time she asks him to take up the Winter Knight's Mantle, and again Harry refuses.[12]


Main article: Changes

In Changes, desperate, having just broken his back and unable to save his daughter from the Red Court vampires who abducted Maggie for a ritual Bloodline curse sacrifice in Chichén Itzá, Harry summons Mab and bargains to take the Winter Knight's Mantle for the power and strength and restored health of his body and the time to save Maggie. They make a deal and to seal it, Harry had to sacrifice Lloyd Slate on the Stone Table with Medea's bodkin.[13]

Cold DaysEdit

Main article: Cold Days

In Cold Days, Bob explains to Harry that it doesn't makes sense that Mab would want Maeve killed since the Mantle would simply pass on to another who would become another "Maeve" since the Mantle changes that person who wears it.[4] Thomas advised Harry not to ignore the predatory impulses of the Mantle, to acknowledge them instead to as to be in control of them and not let them sneak up on him.[14]

The instant that Harry said: "So, screw Winter Law—", the Mantle disappeared. Harry was filled with intense pain and fatigue, followed by his body going completely numb from the waist down. He could no longer hold himself up or have any control over the functions of his lower body, due to the broken back he had suffered before taking up the Mantle. So, not only was the Winter Knight's power taken away but his body was returned to the state it was in prior to taking on the Mantle. It came back a moment later.[15]

The power of the Winter Knight's Mantle restored Harry Dresden's shattered body, and gave him strength, speed, endurance to the limits of human ability, and possibly more, so long as Harry obeys Winter Law.[2]

Skin GameEdit

Main article: Skin Game

In Skin Game, Harry put on thorn manacles before the heist began, and this prevented not only his magic, but also the Mantle's. Immediately after this occurred, every injury came back to him.[16]

The power of the Winter Knight's Mantle was able to prevent Harry from freezing and also from slipping on the completely smooth ice ground when he faced the Gate of Ice.[17]


  1. Cold Days, ch. 19
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cold Days, ch. 6
  3. Cold Days, ch. 25
  4. 4.0 4.1 Cold Days, ch. 11
  5. Cold Days, ch. 27
  6. Changes, ch. 32
  7. Changes, ch. 42
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Changes, ch. 45
  9. 9.0 9.1 Changes, ch. 47
  10. Summer Knight, ch. 34
  11. Dead Beat, ch. 21
  12. Small Favor, ch. 6
  13. Changes, ch. 30 and 31
  14. Cold Days, ch. 22
  15. Cold Days, ch. 29
  16. Skin Game, ch. 34
  17. Skin Game, ch. 38

See alsoEdit