Laws of Magic

The Laws of Magic are a set of rules governing wizards in the fictional world of wizard Harry Dresden. Developed and enforced by the White Council, the Laws of Magic are primarily intended to guard against the misuse of magic by wizards against humans.

Wizards deemed to have violated any of the Seven Laws are termed warlocks. Penalties for violating the Laws are exacted by the Wardens, and the sentence is usually, although not always, death.

The Laws are:

1. Thou shalt not kill by use of magic. A plea of self-defense is rarely allowed in mitigation. Wardens often wield swords when detaining and executing warlocks to avoid a technical infraction of this Law. At several points in the series, however, Wardens have used lethal magic against human wizards; it is possible that Wardens are allowed some latitude in the heat of combat. The use of magic to kill non-human beings, on the other hand, is lawful; a wizard may, for example, use magic to kill a vampire, a ghoul or any being of the Nevernever without breaking this Law.
2. Thou shalt not transform others.
3. Thou shalt not invade the mind of another.
4. Thou shalt not enthrall another. Enthrallment is the term for magically dominating another human through binding their will to one's own. It is not the same as compelling non-human beings through arrangements or exchanges; if the wizard does not actually control the being's mind through magic, the Law is not broken.
5. Thou shalt not reach beyond the borders of life. This Law prohibits both research into and the practice of necromancy, described as the summoning, binding and exploitation of the unwilling dead.
6. Thou shalt not swim against the Currents of Time. This prohibits any attempt to change the past through temporal manipulation for fear of paradoxes. Even magical prediction is frowned upon except in the vaguest, most general forms.
7. Thou shalt not seek beyond the Outer Gates. What the "Outer Gates" are is unknown, but the implication is that they mark the furthest boundaries of Dresden's multiverse. Beings from beyond the Gates are known as Outsiders, and are among the deadliest known threats to humanity – their existence itself is antithetical to the universe. May or may not be related to the Gatekeeper, a Senior Council member.

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