Dresden Files
White Council

The Doom of Damocles is a suspended sentence pronounced by the White Council. It first appears in Storm Front.


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 their lesson and are found to 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