Dresden Files

Listening is a mental hearing ability. Harry Dresden uses it often, allowing him to hear things in great detail from a safe distance. It is first mentioned in Storm Front.

In the series[]

Storm Front[]

Listening isn't hard to do. No one has practice at it, nowadays, but you can train yourself to pay attention to your senses if you work at it long enough.— Dresden[1]

In Storm Front, Harry Dresden uses it to listen to the Guard's conversation at the gate to Bianca St. Claire's mansion.[1]

Fool Moon[]

I closed my eyes, and Listened, a skill that isn't hard to pick up, but that most people don't know how to do anymore. I heard voices, at least a pair of them, talking in hushed, urgent tones.— Dresden[2]

In Fool Moon, Harry Dresden Listens in on the Alphas when he first finds them at the abandoned department store.[2]

Grave Peril[]

In Grave Peril, Harry Dresden Listens for danger when tracking down Lydia.[3]

Summer Knight[]

In Summer Knight, Harry Dresden learns that the Gatekeeper can also Listen, during the Council meeting and they have a discussion that others cannot hear.[4]

Death Masks[]

Listening is a trick I'd picked up when I was a kid. Not many people have worked out the trick of it, blocking out all other sound in order to better hear one sound in particular—such as distant voices. It isn't as much about magic, I think, as it is focus and discipline. But the magic helps.— Dresden[5]

In Death Masks, Harry Dresden Listens in on the Churchmice's boat prior to boarding and confronting Francisca Garcia.[5]

Blood Rites[]

In Blood Rites, Harry Dresden Listens a few times, most notably when trying to locate Mavra and her Renfield's in the Black Court lair.[6]

Dead Beat[]

In Dead Beat, Harry Dresden Listens to Billy and Georgia Borden's conversation about his change in attitude.[7]

Proven Guily[]

In Proven Guilty, after picking a lock, Harry Dresden Listens at the door to the theater before going after the fetches that kidnapped Molly Carpenter.[8]

White Night[]

In White Night, Harry Dresden Listens to the cop and the security guard discuss how it would make sense that he and "Toe-Moss" are lovers.[9]

Before the duel in the Deeps, he Listens to Madrigal Raith and Vittorio Malvora argue over whether or not to accept the duel.[10]

"It's My Birthday, Too"[]

In "It's My Birthday, Too", after a car is thrown into the entrance of Woodfield Mall, Harry Dresden Listens to find out if anything is coming for them.[11]

Turn Coat[]

In Turn Coat, Harry Dresden Listens to Arthur Langtry and Joseph Listens-to-Wind's private conversation about the investigation into Aleron LaFortier's murder.[12]


I have a knack, a skill that some people seem to be able to learn. I’m not sure if it’s something biological or magical, but it allows me to hear things I wouldn’t otherwise pick up.— Dresden[13]

In Changes, Harry Dresden Listens for any reaction around the temple following the scream of a vampire that he stumbled upon.[13]

Cold Days[]

In Cold Days, Harry Dresden Listens during his fight with Fix. After throwing up a veil to hide in some fog, Dresden sharpens the acuity of his ears to a far greater level than that of which they would normally be capable and can hear Fix’s breathing.[14]