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Harriet "Harry" was the ex-wife of Allen Francis Doyle and an ethnodemonologist.[1]

Biography[]

Harriet and Doyle married when they were twenty, but barely a year later, just as they were discussing having children, Doyle's previously unknown Brachen demon heritage manifested itself. After the initial shock, Harry eventually came to accept it, enjoying the possibilities it created for them. Although, Doyle was unable to accept his demon side or to believe that Harry truly did so, so the two subsequently drifted apart. For her part, Harry was fascinated to learn of the existence of demons and became a professional ethnodemonologist, a student of demonic cultures.[1]

Harry eventually tracked Doyle down again when she became engaged to Richard Straley, an Ano-Movic demon. He agreed to sign the divorce papers after Angel confirmed that Ano-Movics were non-violent. Harry subsequently invited Cordelia Chase to her bachelorette party, reasoning that Cordelia was the only woman she'd met recently under three hundred.[1]

She and Cordelia left the party when a conversation Angel had overheard at the bachelor party revealed that Richard intended to eat Doyle's brains as part of a ritual to bless their marriage — an obscure ritual, seldom invoked because it had been a long time since anyone in his clan married a divorcee, but one his family were absolutely insistent on. Unable to go through with the wedding, Harry called the engagement off.[1]

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At some point after the end of her relationship with Richard, Angel asked Doyle to talk to Harry for information on the Kurgarru, a race of demons who eat the souls of others. She was Angel's only other option for information being Rupert Giles, who Angel was reluctant to contact. Although Doyle was briefly uncomfortable at Harry's implied fascination with the possibility that a Kurgarru was still alive, she provided Doyle with the information needed and encouraged him to both admit his feelings for Cordelia and recognize that he was a good person despite his heritage.[2]

After Doyle's death, Angel and Cordelia contacted Harry to help exorcise a group of vapour demons that had been summoned by renegade priest, Gaetano Noe. Angel acknowledged that she was a long shot but their best possible contact with the right knowledge. Harry used an old exorcism ritual and took the vapour demons away in jars for later analysis. Recognizing that Angel missed Doyle, Harry confessed her own grief at his death, noting that he had a truer heart than anyone else she knew under his attitude. She then advised Angel not to allow Doyle's death to prompt him to cut ties with his other allies.[3]

Harry was attacked and injured while on a dig by the forces of the Coalition for Purity, a pure-blood demon supremacist group led by Doyle's father Axtius, who blamed Harry and Angel for encouraging Doyle's human "weakness." She later contacted Angel Investigations to warn Cordelia about Axtius's actions — Cordelia noting that her final kiss with Doyle has left her feeling awkward when dealing with Harry. She also revealed that the Scourge were not affiliated with the Coalition, as their own arrogance would prevent them collaborating with others.[4]

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