aka Part 1/2 of What The Dresden Files Can Teach You.
The Dresden Files is a series of urban fantasy books by Jim Butcher. They follow a wizard (Harry Dresden) who works as a PI solving various supernatural cases around modern day Chicago. Let me tell you a little about Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden:
- Powerful wizard. He’s among the top 30-40 most powerful wizards in the world. Also, a wizard’s power grows as they age. Harry is late 20s-40 (there are a lot of books), meaning he’ll be even more powerful when he’s older (like, 200-300).
- Dead parents. Typical Sue trait. His mom died when he was born and his dad died when Harry was six. His mom was apparently a badass wizard in her own right and made a lot of enemies.
- Childhood abuse. After Harry’s dad died, Harry went into foster care. He didn’t have a good time. He was adopted when he was eleven or so by a wizard named Justin DuMorne, who taught Harry to use his powers. Justin was a big believer in corporeal punishment. And black magic. But don’t worry. Harry kills him instead of subjecting himself to black magic that would kill other people.
- Big Damn Hero. Often stands against the tide of absolute evil for the good of humanity.
- Friends. Harry has a close circle of friends. Whenever Harry feels down, one of them is probably there to cheer him up. He’s pretty well liked.
- Smart as hell. Most of the books end in some quasi-apocalyptic setup that only Harry can solve. And, yeah, he solves them. Usually within days.
- Women. Women here, women there. Women every time Harry turns around. Most of them are relatively to beyond supermodel attractive. All trying to attach themselves to our manly heterosexual hero. Oh, and Harry describes himself as “average”.
Notice a pattern? Many of Harry’s main personality traits are the dread
Except not. Keep reading. No spoilers.