Dresden Files

The Walkers are three[1] powerful Outsiders. They are He Who Walks Beside, He Who Walks Behind, and He Who Walks Before, the latter of which Harry Dresden calls "Sharkface". They first appear in Storm Front.


Wizard! Wizard! I see you! I see you, wizard! I see the things that follow, those who walk before and He Who Walks Behind! They come, they come for you!— A ThreeEye addict to Harry Dresden upon Seeing him[2]

Very little is known about Walkers. However, Dresden faced one, barely surviving, when he was sixteen.[3] Three of them are known in the series: He Who Walks Behind, He Who Walks Before,[1] and He Who Walks Beside.[4]

According to Bob, Walkers are not killable. They can be hurt or torn up and banished from the mortal world. But they can heal up and they can come back.[5]

They are capable of powerful psychic attacks and enjoy launching them.[6][3][7] They can leave a mark on those they hunt that can be seen with the Sight, or through the use of the ThreeEye drug.[2] According to Lasciel, He Who Walks Behind is an Outsider, "the most potent of Walkers, and a powerful knight among the ruling entities"—and Dresden overthrew him.[8]

In the series[]

Storm Front[]

In Storm Front, a ThreeEye junkie claimed to be able to see the Walkers associated with Harry Dresden.

Blood Rites[]

In Blood Rites, using an entropy curse in the Deeps of the Raith estate, Lord Raith has Madge Shelly call up He Who Walks Behind to destroy both Thomas Raith and Harry Dresden. He Who Walks Behind escaped instead and warned Dresden that he will return some day.[7]

White Night[]

In White Night, Lasciel informs Harry Dresden that he was born under circumstances that would give him the potential to wield power over Outsiders, including Walkers.[8]

Ghost Story[]

In Ghost Story, Harry Dresden recalls his battle with He Who Walks Behind when he was sixteen, after Justin DuMorne's betrayal.[9]

Cold Days[]

In Cold Days Harry Dresden faces off Sharkface several times in the book. He first faces him in McAnally's Pub. After He Who Walks Before leaves the bar, McAnally lets Dresden know there are three Walkers symbolically using three beer bottles.[10] He later faces him just off the shores of Demonreach, where Dresden and the Wild Hunt try to foil Sharkface's plot to free the Naagloshii and the Dark Gods buried underneath the island with an army of Outsiders.[11]

Battle Ground[]

In Battle Ground, He Who Walks Beside controls Justine, and has been for a long time, before being discovered by Harry Dresden in an attempt of his to reach Demonreach.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cold Days, ch. 23
  2. 2.0 2.1 Storm Front, ch. 11
  3. 3.0 3.1 Cold Days, ch. 43
  4. 4.0 4.1 Battle Ground, ch. 35
  5. Blood Rites, ch. 1
  6. Cold Days, ch. 22-23
  7. 7.0 7.1 Blood Rites, ch. 41
  8. 8.0 8.1 White Night, ch. 41
  9. Ghost Story, ch. 31–32
  10. Cold Days, ch. 22 and 25
  11. Cold Days, ch. 43 and 45

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