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"Nobody but trained Hit Wizards from the Magical Law Enforcement Squad would have stood a chance against Black once he was cornered."

-- Cornelius Fudge in The Three Broomsticks pub (PA10)

A division of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement in the Ministry of Magic

Employees associated with the Magical Law Enforcement Squad:

  • Bob Ogden, head of the Magical Law Enforcement Squad c. 1920s (HBP10)
  • Alastair Gumboil, who handles applications for Hit-Witches and Hit-Wizards from room 919 (DP2)

The Magical Law Enforcement Squad

  • employs Hit-Wizards to handle dangerous criminals, such as Sirius Black (PA10)
  • enforces wizarding law, including when Bob Ogden had the unpleasant task of confronting the Gaunt family about their anti-Muggle behaviour (HBP10)
  • should be called upon if you suspect that your friend, colleague, or family member is acting strangely, as they may be under the Imperius Curse (HBP3)
  • handled a backfiring jinx in Elephant and Castle (HBP5)
  • Mr Weasley tells Harry that the "Magical Law Enforcement Patrol" will deal with a regurgitating toilet in Bethnal Green (OP7). This "ordinary" Patrol is sent out to trivial misdemeanours.
  • handles applications for employment as a Hit-Witch or Hit-Wizard through Alastor Gumboil (whose office was located at room 919 at the Ministry) (DP2). The advert in the Daily Prophet read:
  • BORED BY ROUTINE WAND-WORK? LOOKING FOR MORE THRILLS?
    THE MAGICAL LAW ENFORCEMENT SQUAD WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

    The job requirements:

    • 17 years of age or older
    • five or more OWLs including Defence Against the Dark Arts
    • not of nervous disposition

    The benefits include:

    • starting salary of 700 Galleons per month
    • Ministry of Magic broomstick
    • regular bed at Saint Mungo's
  • made arrests after rioting in Chipping Clodbury broke out during a meeting between the Brotherhood of Goblins (B.O.G.) and the Ministry to discuss goblin rights (DP3)
  • handled security at the Holyhead Harpies vs. Puddlemere United Quidditch match on Ilkley Moor hoping to avoid the trouble that had occurred at previous matches - even taking the extraordinary step of confiscating wands from fans - but trouble ensued anyway (DP3, DP4)

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Notes

While the date printed on DP2 is 8 February 1999, DP3: 1 June 1999 and DP4: 1 October 1999, the timeframe for these events is 1992-1993.

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