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Artemis Fowl character
Holly Short
Holly Short as depicted in Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel

Gender Female
Hair colour Auburn
Eye colour Hazel (with one deep blue at the end of Book 5)
Species Elf

Holly Short is a fictional character and a LEPrecon Captain in the Artemis Fowl book series by Eoin Colfer.


Character outline

Holly Short is a talkative and sarcastic elf with an auburn crew cut and hazel eyes, as well as the pointy ears and nut-brown skin typical of her species. She stands at one meter in height (said to be three feet in US editions), one centimeter shorter than the fairy average, and has a gymnast-like stance. Like all elves, she is child-sized by human standards, but her bodily proportions are adult. In Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident she is said to be about eighty years old.[1] Holly is the first female officer in fictional organization LEPrecon. In The Artemis Fowl Files, she notes that she eventually earns the respect of her male colleagues. Holly is able to disobey the orders of superiors and defy rules if she believes that she can be of more help that way, and has gotten into trouble multiple times for defying a direct command.[2] She is described as pretty, but in a dangerous way, comparable to a black widow. Her interests are playing fictional fairy game "Crunchball", reading, especially thrillers, and flying with artificial wings. [2]

Holly lost her father at a young age. Her mother, Coral Short, is described as a European elf who was temperamental and had an appearance similar to Holly's. It is revealed in Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox that her mother worked in Lower Elements Police division "LEPmarine" and died after she was exposed to dirty radiation, which is poison to fairies.[3]

Work and appearances in the series

  • In Artemis Fowl, Holly is abducted by 12-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II when he uncovers evidence of fairy existence. He demands one metric ton of gold as her ransom fund. When she consents to granting Artemis' wish of restoring his mother's sanity, he releases her along with half of her ransom fund. The rest of LEP try to Bio-bomb Fowl Manor, but realize that Artemis has escaped the time field. Holly also then realizes that she is up for a challenge, and promises to be waiting for him, with "a smile and a very big gun."
  • In Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident, Holly is sent to detain Artemis when he is a suspect in a goblin uprising. She, along with Artemis, Mulch Diggums, and Commander Julius Root are informed by Foaly that Opal Koboi and Briar Cudegon are behind the uprising. They break into Koboi Laboratories, where Cudgeon is killed and Koboi is incapacitated. After the goblins are contained, she travels to Murmansk to rescue Artemis' father, as they previously agreed.
  • In Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception, Holly is with Commander Root, a paternal figure to her, when Opal Koboi kills him. She is subsequently framed for the Commander's death and is forced to flee from fairy authorities. She later collaborates with Artemis Fowl, Butler, and Mulch Diggums to expose Koboi and prevent her plans for destroying fairy civilization. At the end of the book, she resigns from the LEP.
  • In Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony, Holly is working as a private detective since her resignation from the LEP, along with Mulch Diggums. Holly is informed about the demon race, a species of fairy that left earth and are now inhabitting an island in limbo between earth and time, and is recruited to Section Eight, which monitors them. When it becomes apparent that Artemis has encountered a demon, they encounter Minerva Paradizo, who has managed to obtain a demon. Artemis and Holly, along with two demons, №1 and Qwan, are forced to go to Hybras to save demon civilization. When they arrive back at Artemis and Holly's time, they find that three years have passed in their own dimension.
  • In Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox, Artemis and Holly travel into the past to find the silky sifaka lemur, the only thing that can save Angeline Fowl from death by a fairy disease, Spelltropy. The pair are forced to outwit Artemis' younger self and Damon Kronski, president of the "Extinctionists" organization. They eventually encounter Opal Koboi, who needs the silky sifaka lemur to increase her own power. Angeline is freed, but Opal disappears at the end of the book. During the travel, after healing him, she kisses him but seems to regret it later, saying it was because she had become an adolescent.


  1. ^ Colfer, Eoin (30 April 2005). "Narrow Escapes". Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception. Artemis Fowl. New York: Puffin Books. pp. 107. ISBN 0141381647.  
  2. ^ a b Colfer, Eoin (2004). The Artemis Fowl Files. Artemis Fowl. New York: Hyperion Books for Children. pp. 86–87. ISBN 1423100441.  
  3. ^ Colfer, Eoin (July 2008). Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox. Artemis Fowl. New York: Hyperion Books for Children. pp. 48–49. ISBN 078142310836.  

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