Dresden Files
Dresden Files
White Council

The Doom of Damocles is a suspended sentence pronounced by the White Council.


It is considered a form of probation and a rare occurrence because it requires a member of the White Council to speak in the defense of the accused. If a young spellcaster uses black magic or breaks the Laws of Magic, they are put on trial; the Doom of Damocles is only granted if a member of the White Council speaks on their behalf and manages to sway three-fourths of the council. The defendant is then placed under the care and responsibility of that particular member to be trained; if they fail to learn and use black magic again, they will be killed, along with the senior member that they were being trained by.

In the series[]


Harry Dresden was put under the Doom after the killing of his master Justin DuMorne was ruled as self-defense.

Storm Front[]

In Storm Front, the Doom placed on Harry Dresden was lifted due to "valorous action above and beyond the call of duty".[1]

Proven Guilty[]

In Proven Guilty, both Dresden and Molly Carpenter are placed under the Doom, with Dresden being held responsible for the future actions of his new apprentice.[2]


  1. Storm Front, ch. 15
  2. Proven Guilty, ch. 47