Molly Carpenter of The Dresden Files
by Theresa Bane
In Jim Butcher’s best-selling series, “The Dresden Files” there exists a cast of support characters who, when Harry permits them to do so, assists him in fighting the forces of evil. Naturally, some characters get more play than others; whereas Karrin Murphy is in virtually every novel, lesser characters such as John Marcone or Doctor Waldo Butters show up only once in a while. But of all these other folks I doubt any of them have gone through as many changes as Margaret Katherine Amanda Carpenter, or as we best know her, Molly.
Michael Carpenter, one of the Knights of the Cross met his future wife, Charity, while literally slaying a dragon. She, the damsel in distress, was being offered up to the beast and he, the knight in shining armor, rescued her. It was love at first sight. At that time Charity was a practitioner of magic so when she and Michael were soon thereafter married, some of that latent magical stuff (for lack of a better word or explanation) was still lingering in her when their first child, a daughter, was conceived. What this means is Molly was born with the innate ability to use magic.