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Winter Court

The Scarecrow was a Fetch. It first appears in Proven Guilty.


You like movie villains, do you?
Have you seen this one?
How about a little fire, Scarecrow?
Harry Dresden to the Scarecrow, after tapping into the Summer fire in Lily’s firefly[1]

The Scarecrow was a Fetch that took its form from Darby Crane's horror film Harvest.

It is known as the Eldest Fetch.[2] It served Queen Mab since before wizards were around.[1]

At Arctis Tor, Harry Dresden got to truly See it. It was no Fetch. It was "not a changer of shape or image or illusion". There was no glamour altering its appearance. It was an independent creature, whole in itself. Or, possibly it was so old it could actually transform itself and not in illusion.[1] Ropy vines shoot out from its arms.[1]

The creature was about eleven feet tall, dressed in rags, and inhumanly thin. It has a huge, bulbous head in the shape of a pumpkin carved with evil eyes that glowed with red flame. It's legs were long enough to simply step over a van and cover yards of ground at a time. I'ts fingers were thick and tough, like pumpkin vines.[3]

Red flame glowed from inside its head. It was dressed in black tattered rags that look like a funeral robe. It's limbs were tough, thick vines. It's long arms stretched to the ground with the vines split into dozens of thin, twisty tendrils.[1]

Because Fetches feed on fear, if an opponent is drained of fear, the fetch can no longer block attacks from him.[1]

In the series[]

Proven Guilty[]

VS Scarecrow

Harry and his allies fighting the Scarecrow.

It first appeared at the Full Moon Garage after Thomas Raith rescued Harry Dresden and Henry Rawlins from Darby Crane (aka Madrigal Raith) who had kidnapped him. The Scarecrow killed Lucius Glau, ripping his head off. It charges toward Dresden.[3]

Dresden, Thomas Raith, and Mouse engage it, though nothing—including Hellfire—seems to stop it. When the Scarecrow choked Dresden with thick ivy fingers, Thomas cut off his hand but the severed hand continued to choke him. Dresden used his staff to draw a Circle of Power around himself cutting off the magic power from the fetch. The hand melted to goo running down Dresden's clothes. Dresden thought he saw recognition in its eyes when looking at Dresden.[4]

They get to the van and The Scarecrow gives chase. Dresden invented an Evocation on the fly from the van at high speed using water bottles tossed from the window that he heated till they exploded their water out, then used an intense flame to draw the heat out of the area, freezing the puddle. The Scarecrow fell on the ice giving Dresden and Thomas the chance to escape.[5]

The Scarecrow attacked the Carpenter home with the Reaper and Hammerhands abducting Molly Carpenter[6] taking her to Arctis Tor, Queen Mab's fortress in Faerie.[7]

Dresden took a team to Arctis Tor to rescue Molly, Lily and Fix opened a Way into Winter and guarded it for them for their return.[8] Dresden and Charity engage the Scarecrow in a valiant fight while Thomas Raith and Karrin Murphy hold back a gang of fetches.[1] Dresden killed The Scarecrow by using Summer fire given to him by the Summer Lady, Lily, in the shape of a fiery butterfly.[9]

Cold Days[]

In Cold Days, during a back and forth taunting with Cat Sith in which Sith expressed liking the idea of "dispatching" (killing) Harry Dresden, Dresden retorted: "Why don't you ask Eldest Fetch how easy that one is, Mittens." [2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Proven Guilty, ch. 38
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cold Days, ch. 3
  3. 3.0 3.1 Proven Guilty, ch. 28
  4. Proven Guilty, ch. 29
  5. Proven Guilty, ch. 28-29
  6. Proven Guilty, ch. 31
  7. Proven Guilty, ch. 32
  8. Proven Guilty, ch. 36-37
  9. Proven Guilty, ch. 39

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