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Harry Dresden and his roommates on old couch~an artist's depiction

Harry Dresden's apartment was a basement apartment located in Chicago. For much of the series, it served as Dresden's home, as well as the location of his lab. It burned down in Changes and the Brighter Future Society was built on its ruins.


The apartment was one of many[1] in a big century-old wooden boardinghouse,[2] in a quiet neighborhood.[3] It was made almost entirely of wood and creaked and groaned with the wind. Dresden described it as a place with a history.(reference needed)

The apartment comprised one larger room used as the general living room, with a small kitchenette and a fireplace. A door lead to a bedroom and an adjacent bathroom. A door hinged in the floor lead down to the laboratory in the subbasement.[1] Bookshelves and tapestries, along with an original Star Wars poster he got from Billy, lined most of the walls. Rugs were scattered all over the floor, a few handmade Navajo ones and a black area rug with Elvis's[Footnote 1] face on it.[4]

Being a rental apartment with Dresden living in it alone, the threshold was almost inexistent.[5][6] Dresden kept beside it a basket full of vials of holy water, garlic cloves, bags of salt, and iron filings for any vampires, demons or faeries with malicious intent that might show up at his door.[7]

Being prone to malfunction, electric devices and gas heaters were absent, subsituted by a fireplace for heat, candles for light, icebox for refrigeration, and an old wood burning stove for cooking.(reference needed)

In Fool Moon, Dresden installed a new anti-burglar, steel-framed door to replace the one broken by a Toad Demon. Most of the furniture was also replaced. (reference needed)

After Summer Knight, Lily arranged for Little Folk to clean his apartment. They also stocked his icebox and kept household pests at bay. Dresden could not tell anyone about their services or they would leave him.(reference needed)

Harry Dresden's laboratoryEdit

Harry Dresden's laboratory was located in the sub-basement of the apartment. The door was kept hidden under a rug. It had a few lamps, a pair of burners, and a kerosene heater.(reference needed)

Three tables stood by the walls with another longer table in the center of the room. Shelves over the tables were stuffed with cages and boxes: tupperware, jars, cans, containers of all descriptions, a pair of unusual antlers and fur pelts, along with many old books and a long row of notebooks filled with his own notes and a white skull, Bob.[1]

A brass, and later copper summoning circle is laid out on the floor and fastened into the cement with bolts.(reference needed)

In the seriesEdit

Storm FrontEdit

In Storm Front, Harry Dresden's apartment was attacked by a toad demon sent by Victor Sells. Dresden and Susan Rodriguez hid in the summoning circle, which kept the demon out. However Susan mistakenly drank a love potion Dresden had brewed to get Bob's assistance earlier and was more concerned with having sex with Dresden than keeping safe inside the circle. Dresden and Susan escaped using another potion shortly thereafter.[8]

Fool MoonEdit

In Fool Moon,

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Summer KnightEdit


Susan with red tattoos

In Summer Knight, Lily arranged for brownies to clean the apartment tidy and clean.[9]

Death MasksEdit

In Death Masks, Susan Rodriguez, now a half-vampire, returned to visit Dresden after leaving earlier in the series. Susan's Hunger was on the verge of overwhelming her and Dresden was in danger, as they were both stuck in the apartment for the night. He tied her up with a rope spell and they sharaed sex, letting their love for each other calm her and bring her back.[10]

Later Dresden buried the Denarian coin of the Fallen Angel Lasciel under his lab, trapping it inside a steel ring and a spirit lock spell.[11]

Blood RitesEdit

In Blood Rites, Harry Dresden brought home a young Foo Dog. Dresden named him Mouse for his size and color.[12]

Thomas Raith, Dresden's newly discovered brother, was also cut off from his family after helping him. Dresden invited him to stay with him till he can get on his feet.[12]

Dead BeatEdit

In Dead Beat, the apartment was under siege by zombies led by Grevane and Quintus Cassius. The zombies heavily damaged the steel door, though they eventually withdrew after they took Waldo Butters.[13]

Small FavorEdit

Harry Dresden held a war council with Murphy, Thomas, Molly, Michael, and Sanya to determine what steps to take against the Denarian threat and the gruffs.[14] the Archive, Jared Kincaid and Luccio also stayed briefly at the apartment.(reference needed)

Turn CoatEdit

In Turn Coat, Harry Dresden hid Donald Morgan from the wardens in his apartment for a short time.[15] When Dresden learned of a supernatural bounty out on Morgan, he took Morgan to a safer location.[16] When a bounty hunter found Morgan anyway, Dresden took him back to the apartment, reasoning that he would be safer there.[17]


In Changes, Agent Barry Tilly and the FBI broke Dresden's door down[18] and captured him shortly after Dresden hid his most crucial items in the Nevernever.[19] The FBI searched his apartment for evidence that might link him to the destruction of his office building.[20] When Dresden returned, he found Lea, who mistook Susan and Martin for burglars and restrained them. Lea gave him a gem from his mother that held hidden knowledge about ways.[21]

Late the apartment was attacked by the Eebs, who set fire to the building in an attempt to kill Harry Dresden. Dresden was able to rescue Mrs. Spunkelcrief, yet while attempting to save the Willoughbys, he fell and broke his back. Sanya saved him, but the apartment was destroyed along with almost all of his possessions.[22]

Possessions in the apartmentEdit

Mickey clock 4

Dresden's Mickey Mouse clock


  1. Elvis Presley - wikipedia


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Storm Front, ch. 8
  2. Dead Beat, ch. 1
  3. Fool Moon, ch. 7
  4. Death Masks, ch. 04
  5. Summer Knight, ch. 07
  6. Dead Beat, ch. 32
  7. Death Masks, ch. 10
  8. Storm Front, ch. 13
  9. Summer Knight, ch. 34
  10. Death Masks, ch. 24-26
  11. Death Masks, ch. 33
  12. 12.0 12.1 Blood Rites, ch. 42
  13. Dead Beat, ch. 22
  14. Small Favor, ch. 18
  15. Turn Coat, ch. 1
  16. Turn Coat, ch. 12
  17. Turn Coat, ch. 21
  18. Changes, ch. 11
  19. Changes, ch. 12
  20. Changes, ch. 14
  21. Changes, ch. 15
  22. Changes, ch. 28
  23. Death Masks, ch. 15
  24. Proven Guilty, ch. 15
  25. Changes, ch. 6

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