|Episode(s)|| 1.17 Hell House|
4.17 It's a Terrible Life
Ghostfacers Web Series
5.19 Hammer of the Gods
You roll with a guy so many years, you start to think he's always gonna be next to you. Like, when you're old and you're drinking on the porch, he'll be in that other rocking chair. And then something happens, and you realize that other chair has gone empty.
– Harry Spengler, 9.15 #thinman
Harry is a self proclaimed "professional" paranormal investigator and was the co-runner of the website Hell Hound's Lair with his best friend and partner Ed Zeddmore. Two years after meeting Sam and Dean Winchester while investigating the legend of Mordechai Murdoch in Richardson, Texas, Harry and Ed meet up - once again - with the Winchesters, along with their team "Ghostfacers," while investing the Morton House in an attempt to catch paranormal activity on film.
In 9.15 #thinman its revealed that Harry had contemplated leaving the Ghostfacers for a normal life where he was married, but when Ed created the Thinman, he was sucked back in and it destroyed his relationship. Harry saved Ed by killing Deputy Tom Norwood, one of the two men who were pretending to be Thinman, but as a result of learning the deception, he quit the Ghostfacers (which was just him and Ed at that point) and left with Sam and Dean.
Information on Harry from the Official Ghostfacers' website: (the website is now defunct but most of it can still be accessed through the Wayback Machine)
Likes: Attaining the highest point total in laser tag, viewing his wall of collectible figures (all in mint condition), rolling a natural twenty in D&D, working up a sweat in sword-fighting class, recruiting new guild members, a perfectly executed detonation.
Dislikes: Rats, bok choi, wedgies, water chestnuts, fruity gum, and being told "no."
Movies: Star Wars (IV-VI), The Lord of the Rings (trilogy), The Last Starfighter, X-Men, Spider-Man, Coven, Legend, The Journey of Natty Gann, Willow, The Princess Bride, Monty Python's The Quest for the Holy Grail, Cocoon, Underworld.
Television: The Prisoner, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek: TNG, Battlestar Galactica, The Legend of the Seeker, Heroes.
Books: Ogre, Ogre by Piers Anthony, Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, Starless Night by R.A. Salvatore, The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis, Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey, Foundation by Isaac Asimov, Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn.
Music: Beethoven, Bach, The Beatles, Ravel, Devo, They Might Be Giants, Pinback, Legendary Pink Dots, She Wants Revenge.
Heroes: Drizzt Do'Urden, firefighters, my fellow facers.
Amidst a prank war Sam and Dean travel to Richardson, Texas to visit a reputedly haunted house where they run into Ed and Harry repeatedly. The legend of the ghost thought to be haunting the house is that of Mordechai Murdoch but the Winchesters are unable to find any evidence other than what is posted on the Ghostfacers website. Sam thinks that as people view the website, they are willing into reality what they read there and therefore creating the ghost. In order to “kill off” Mordechai, the boys tell Ed and Harry that they have found out that being shot with iron rounds will kill him. They wait for the boys to post it on their website, and enough people view it for it to become real.
Sam and Dean return to the house to finish off Mordechai, but Ed and Harry are there and tell them that their servers crashed, so the new legend will not manifest. As Mordechai attacks them, Dean sets the house on fire, figuring that without that part of the legend Mordechai won’t exist. Sam and Dean farewell Ed and Harry – Sam with a prank call from a Hollywood producer and Dean with a fish in the back of their car.
After their experience with Mordechai Murdoch, Harry and Ed decide to start their own ghost hunting team called the Ghostfacers along with Ed's adopted sister Maggie, Spruce and intern Alan J. Corbett. Their mission is to investigate the leap year ghost of Morton House, the team arrives to set-up base camp at the house, and proceed to try and document contact with a ghost. Harry, Maggie and Spruce take the second floor of the house where they feel a clear temperature drop and spiking EMF, when they suddenly see an apparition of a man in a hat get shot and disappear. Excited that they have seen an apparition, they race to the living room, where Ed is with Sam and Dean relay what they saw.
Corbett's anguished scream is heard in the distance, prompting Ed, Harry and Maggie to run upstairs only to find Corbett is not there. Harry then begins to go through all the camera feeds to try and find out what happened to Corbett but are unable to find any footage showing what happened to him. Later when Sam disappears, Ed finds out that Harry has started a relationship with his sister, and the two get in a tussle before they are stopped by Dean. Dean figures out that since Daggett lived during the Cold War he would have a bomb shelter and heads for the basement, telling Harry, Ed and Maggie to get in a ring of salt for protection. While in the salt circle the group sees the ghost of Corbett reliving his death, prompting Harry to urge Ed to go "be gay" for Corbett and snap him out of his death echo. Once out of his death loop Corbett destroys Daggett, allowing for everyone to leave Morton House safely.
The next morning Harry and Ed screen the pilot for Sam and Dean, who end up leaving a large electromagnet, which erases all the hard drives including the Ghostfacers pilot.
When a ghost beings attacking people at Sandover Bridge & Iron Inc., employees Dean Smith and Sam Wesson team up to figure out what is going on, during their research they come across the Ghostfacers website and watch a tutorial by Harry and Ed on ghost hunting. In the video they go over three rules to fight the supernatural. First thing is to figure out what you're up against, and then kill it. Secondly they go over the main weakness of ghosts, the first being salt, and also demonstrate a trick they learned from the Winchesters (who still suck ass) by putting rock salt in shotgun shells, the second weapon is iron which dissipates spirits instantly, and Ed calls "pure power in your hand."
The video ends with Harry and Ed describing the final way to get rid of a ghost -- burning it's remains.
Ghostfacers advertisement, hosted by Ed and Harry.
A teenage girl, Casey Miles, is taking selfies in her bedroom when she notices a mysterious figure in the background. As the lights go out, she hides in her closet and calls 911. While she is talking, a hand holding a knife appears behind her. Blood begins to pour through the closet doors.
Sam is doing research in the library when Dean comes in and tells Sam that he will be back. When Sam questions him about his leaving, Dean says he found a case, but he wasn't going to take Sam because he doesn't know what Sam wants. Sam wants to come along, so the boys head to Washington. Sam and Dean, as FBI agents, visit Casey's house and speak with her mother. As the Boys ask the usual questions, the mother knows all about “fritzing” and cold spots because she spoke with "Supernaturalists." Sam and Dean are curious about who she spoke with.
The Ghostfacers, Harry and Ed, are sitting in a diner, and Harry is obsessing about his ex-girlfriend's Facebook page when Sam and Dean sit down with them. The boys exchange some witty banter with the Ghostfacers, and Sam and Dean warn them to leave town. In the meantime, the busboy gets in trouble with his manager for not doing his job properly. The boys return to the motel to research, and Sam checks the Ghostfacers website where they discover the Ghostfacers latest obsession: Thinman. The boys argue about whether they are hunting a ghost or Thinman. Meanwhile, Ed and Harry return to Casey's bedroom to record some footage for their fans. They continue to discuss Harry's ex-girlfriend. A frustrated Ed says they should bail on the case, but Harry insists they need to find Thinman to make all the haters eat their words. As the boys continue to research at the motel, Dean is still skeptical of the Thinman legend. They wonder how the photo ended up online, so they head to the police station to gather more information. They get assistance from Deputy Tom Norwood who has also been talking to the Ghostfacers about the possibility of a supernatural killer.
That night, at the diner, the manager is going through receipts when a mysterious figure comes up behind him and slits his throat. The next day, Sam and Dean arrive at the diner to find the Ghostfacers are also there to investigate. Dean confronts Ed and Harry, about Thinman and possibility they created another Tulpa. Deputy Norwood shows them the security footage where a mysterious “Thinman” figure kills the restaurant manager. Harry wants to search the woods for Thinman, but Ed isn't so sure. He suggests that Sam and Dean should take over because two people are dead. Harry insists on continuing the hunt.
At the motel, Sam and Dean are tossing around ideas and discussing the case. Dean brings up how when, as kids, they pretended to be Superman and Batman. They reminisce and laugh about how they jumped off the shed and Sam broke his arm, and how Dean rushed him to the hospital on the handlebars of his bike. Dean and Sam share a moment before the tension returns and Harry interrupts. While Harry is in the woods looking for Thinman, Ed tells Sam and Dean his story. Harry was becoming wrapped up with his new girlfriend so Ed made up Thinman to keep Harry in the game. Sam insists that Ed tell Harry the truth because secrets ruin relationships. Meanwhile, Harry is attacked by Thinman who slashes Harry across the stomach. Sam, Dean, and Ed come to his rescue, and then they discover tire tracks which the Boys think may belong to whoever is pretending to be “Thinman.”
Ed tells Harry the truth about Thinman, and Harry is really, really mad. Harry says he can't trust Ed, and Ed leaves. Sam arrives and talks to Harry about secrets and whether they are forgivable. Sam believes this is something that Harry needs to decide for himself. Dean comes in and says they have a lead on the tire tracks so Sam and Dean leave. Then, Harry and Ed decide they will work together to fix the mess that Ed has created so they follow Sam and Dean. At a warehouse, the boys meet Deputy Norwood who then tasers them from behind and ties them up. He then reveals that he and his friend, Roger, the busboy, are behind Thinman. They plan to kill Dean and Sam in order to continue the legend. Roger, disguised as Thinman, steps up to cut Dean's throat while Norwood records the act. A frantic Sam works to pick the lock of his handcuffs so that he can save Dean.
However, before any slicing occurs, a noise distracts Norwood and Roger who go to investigate. Ed and Harry trap “Thinman” but then Norwood captures Ed and Harry. When they return to where Sam and Dean were cuffed, they see that Sam and Dean have escaped. The boys attack Norwood and Roger. Dean captures Roger and coldly kills him. When Norwood pulls a gun on Sam and Harry, Ed shoots him to save Harry. Harry and Ed discuss their relationship, and Sam and Dean watch as the Ghostfacers break up over a situation that mirrors their own. Harry leaves with the Boys as Ed sadly watches them. In the Impala, Harry laments that he thought Ed would always be there and they would grow old together. It's obvious that Sam and Dean can relate, but they say nothing.
In the beginning of the episode, the couple killed in the inn mentioned the Ghostfacers, about how they can't "capture the 'rage vibes'," suggesting Ed and Harry are back to working together after their break-up in 9.15 #thinman.
After learning the truth about the supernatural from encountering John Wayne Gacy's ghost, Eliot becomes interested in what is really out there. As part of this he watches Ghostfacers videos and thinks they are cool to the annoyance of Max. The video Eliot watches appears to be the same one from 4.17 It's a Terrible Life.
- Harry also appears in the tie-in comic The Beast with Two Backs.
- Harry's last name, Spengler, is a reference to Egon Spengler from from the Ghostbusters film series.