Dresden Files

The Word of Kemmler is a book written in by Heinrich Kemmler, with the original title of The Word of Heinrich Kemmler.[1] It first appears in Dead Beat.


The master wrote down his teachings, wizard, so that those who came after him could learn from him. Could learn about the true power of magic.Evil Bob on the contents of The Word of Kemmler.[1]

The books contains knowledge on both the Darkhallow[2] and how to wield the power of necromancy over Black Court vampires.[3] If the Heirs of Kemmler got their hands on it, the knowledge in it could create four or five "Kemmlers", creating havoc.[1]

It's an old, volume, black and slender, the size of a calendar notebook, without evil or dangerous energies around it,[4] and is written in German.[2]

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Dead Beat[]

In Dead Beat, the Black Court vampireMavra, coerces Harry Dresden into finding the Word of Kemmler by threatening to ruin Karrin Murphy's career and life.[5]

Dresden found it with Waldo Butters' assistance at the Field Museum of Natural History under Sue's skull. When Grevane arrives, Dresden flips through it so that Lasciel can memorize it. Grevane took it from Dresden after he overcame him.[4] Dresden uses the information in it to re-animate Sue in order to stop the Heirs of Kemmler.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Dead Beat, ch. 3
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dead Beat, ch. 38
  3. Dead Beat, ch. 43
  4. 4.0 4.1 Dead Beat, ch. 36
  5. Dead Beat, ch. 2
  6. Dead Beat, ch. 37-38

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