A Hit Wizard or Hit Witch is a highly trained member of the Magical Law Enforcement Squad, tasked with arresting dangerous criminals. A team of Hit Wizards arrested Sirius Black in 1981 when he was thought to have murdered Peter Pettigrew and twelve Muggles.[1]

Entry requirements are five O.W.L.s including Defence Against the Dark Arts. Applicants for the job must be over the age of seventeen. Once accepted, they are taught defensive charms and counter-curses, and how to restrain criminals without attracting the attention of Muggles. Hit Wizards start on a salary of seven hundred Galleons a month, are provided with a broomstick and have a bed reserved at St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries.[2]

Known Hit Wizards

Behind the scenes

  • It is unknown how Hit Wizards are different than Aurors, as both their duties include hunting down dangerous criminals. One difference is in the qualifications, as Aurors require potential recruits to score Exceeds Expectations or Outstanding on their N.E.W.T.s in five different subjects (Potions, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Transfiguration, Herbology, and Charms are recommended), while Hit Wizards only have to pass their O.W.L.s in Defence Against the Dark Arts and four other subjects.
  • One possible difference may be similar to the difference between the Muggle Police and the Muggle Military. Alternatively, the difference could be similar to the roles of elite paramilitary units (e.g. SWAT) compared with national criminal investigative bodies (e.g. FBI) as well as elite military units (e.g. Navy SEALs, Delta Force, SAS). Alternatively, Hit Wizards may be licenced to kill a target on sight, acting in a sense similar to elite operatives who are ordered to kill targets too dangerous to be contained by any other means.

See also


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Chapter 10 (The Marauder's Map)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Daily Prophet Newsletters, Feb 8th 1999, p. 2

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