Dresden Files

A veil is a magical form of concealment which renders the affected either invisible or otherwise unnoticed by most of the magically unaware. It first appears in Blood Rites.


Veils can range from simple feelings of aversion to looking in a direction, to a lack of conscious recognition of someone's presence, to a complete state of invisibility and denial of the existence of the physical space in which the veil stands.[1] Veils can be seen through with the Sight and perhaps some varieties of sentient magical creatures.[2] Being under a veil also always reduces the veiled person's ability to see or perceive the world outside the veil.[3]

The creation of good veils requires a good control of magic, and to be calm and still.[3] One spellword for veils is Obscurata.[4]

In the series[]

Blood Rites[]

In Blood Rites, Harry Dresden states that Mavra is very talented in creating powerful veils.[5]

Small Favor[]

In Small Favor, Molly Carpenter is noted to be especially talented with veils due to her better fine control.[6]

White Night[]

In White Night, Molly Carpenter uses a veil to follow Harry Dresden to a crime scene. Karrin Murphy discovers her, and threatens arrest for trespassing at a crime scene.[7] Later, Dresden overlooks Elaine Mallory hidden by a subtle veil in Anna Ash's apartment.[8] However, Lash took note of the concealment and informed Dresden, who returned to the apartment to investigate.[1]


In Changes, Harry Dresden has gotten better at them after teaching Molly Carpenter. A simple veil is no longer beyond him. He uses one when when vampires approach his office building.[3]

Cold Days[]

In Cold Days, Harry Dresden used a veil: "Obscurata", in his fight with Fix on the top of the hill on Demonreach.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 White Night, ch. 10
  2. Proven Guilty, ch. 11
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Changes, ch. 03
  4. 4.0 4.1 Cold Days, ch. 47
  5. Blood Rites, ch. 3
  6. Small Favor, ch. 1
  7. White Night, ch. 2
  8. White Night, ch. 9

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