Dresden Files

Objects of faith are objects such as: Harry Dresden's pentacle necklace or Michael's cross, the Swords of the Cross are tokens of a person's belief which can help repel certain creatures of the Nevernever. It first appears in Storm Front.


Red and Black Court vampires are susceptible to faith magic and can be harmed or possibly killed if they touch an object which embodies a person's faith.

That Includes the Knights of the Cross themselves, like when Kelly Hamilton, a Red Court vampire, touches Michael in Grave Peril, she gets burned.[1]

In Blood Rites, Harry Dresden states that his mother's pentacle represents the five forces of the universe—air, fire, water, earth, spirit energy—in a pattern of order contained within a circle of human thought and human will. He believes his magic is the force of life, of good, something meant to protect and preserve. That was belief enough to tap into the vast power of faith.[2]

It is important to note that objects of faith do not necessarily have to be of Christian origin. Any symbol which represents an individual's spiritual beliefs or ideals has power. Dresden believes in the power of magic - the four elements controlled by the human spirit, represented by the pentacle - and thus his necklace is an object of faith.[3]

In the series[]

Storm Front[]

In Storm Front, Harry Dresden uses his pentacle necklace to repel the vampire Bianca St. Claire; with a small infusion of will, his pentacle begins to emit a glow that forces her away.[4]

Grave Peril[]

In Grave Peril, both Michael Carpenter and Susan Rodriguez repel several Black Court vampires by using crosses.[5]

Blood Rites[]

In Blood Rites, Harry Dresden's pentacle necklace is the symbol of what he believes in. When Black Court Vampires under Mavra's control attack him (and Thomas, Lara, Inari Raith) he calls on its power, the power of his faith in what it stands for to take down the last vampire.[2]

"It's My Birthday, Too"[]

In "It's My Birthday, Too", Harry Dresden used his pentacle necklace as a talisman of faith against a Black Court vampire.[3]

Individual objects of faith[]