Dresden Files
Winter Court

Rawheads are creatures of the Winter Court. They first appear in Cold Days.


Rawheads are creatures that assemble themselves out of discarded bones and flesh of slaughtered hogs and cattle. They eat whatever they can catch, generally starting with pets, progressing to schoolchildren and adult humans. They can be shot down early in their life cycle.[1]

Rawheads are huge, about twelve feet tall and larger that a couple of steers, weighing at least a ton,[2] with a shuffling gait, doubled over under a large grey cape. They have large strides, long arms spread out to either side on the floor. Their hands have only three fingers, very thick, a couple of feet long and glistening in red. Under their hood, they have a flat, broad, skull-like head, also glistening in red. Their eyes are very wide and white with only tiny black dots. They look like as though flesh and muscle are plastered onto a bone framework with no skin covering it, dripping ichor.[1]

Rawheads are parasites[2] and were more common when every farm and village did some slaughtering everyday. They look like a bizarre collection of bones dripping fresh blood. Their skull come from some big animals such as rhinos and have brilliant lights in their empty eye sockets. They breathe weezily and roar.[2]

In the series[]

"Welcome to the Jungle"[]

In "Welcome to the Jungle", Karrin Murphy's call interrupts a fight Harry Dresden has against a Rawhead..[3]

Cold Days[]

In Cold Days, a rawhead acts as one of Redcap's backup thugs, along with a snow ogre at Mab's birthday party for Harry Dresden.[1]

On Demonreach, the Rawhead is part of Maeve's coterie while she is part of the ritual trying to defeat the Demonreach Entity. The Redcap had its hand on one shoulder, Rawhead on the other and eight other sidhe behind them acting as a power pyramid.[4] Dresden and Fix charge Maeve's coterie including the Rawhead. The subsequent battle include Mouse, Karrin Murphy and Thomas Raith.[5] After Mab's arrival, and the Faerie Ladies' death, Dresden orders Redcap and the Rawhead to release his friends and return what they took and leave without violence.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Cold Days, ch. 6
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Cold Days, ch. 50
  3. "Welcome to the Jungle"
  4. Cold Days, ch. 47
  5. Cold Days, ch. 50 and 52
  6. Cold Days, ch. 53

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