A veil is a magical form of concealment which renders the affected either invisible or otherwise unnoticed by most of the magically unaware.

Description[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Blood Rites[edit | edit source]

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

Small Favor[edit | edit source]

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

White Night[edit | edit source]

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]

Changes[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

References[edit | edit source]

  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

See also[edit | edit source]

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