Dresden Files

Anthropomancy is the magical art of attempting to divine the future or gain information by reading human entrails. It's mentioned in Dead Beat.[1]


It is an extremely dangerous and powerful magic. Using it, requires killing someone and involves an "utter disregard for the sanctity of life".[1]

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Dead Beat[]

In Dead Beat, Corpsetaker,[2] posing as Alicia Nelson murders an anthropologist, Dr. Bartlesby, at the Field Museum of Natural History with the aid of her ghoul assistant, Li Xian.[3] Bartleby's body was taken to the Forensic Institute. Waldo Butters takes a look at him for Harry Dresden and describes the extensive and hideious wounds on his body. The damage to his internal organs leads Dresden to believe, or guess, that the murder may have partly involved anthropomancy.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Dead Beat, ch. 14
  2. Dead Beat, ch. 17
  3. Dead Beat, ch. 13

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