"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)
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.