Defense Against the Dark Arts: Saudi religious police trained to fight magic

Published February 16th, 2016 - 10:40 GMT
Defense Against The Dark Arts class is actually a thing in Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
Defense Against The Dark Arts class is actually a thing in Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)

Saudi Arabia’s notorious religious police are being trained to fight magic in order to effectively arrest those involved in dark arts in the Kingdom. Sorcery is very much illegal in Saudi Arabia, with numerous cases of the death penalty being employed as a punishment for the crime being reported in the past.

Local media sources reported that 30 members of the religious police—known as the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice—completed a five day course in Riyadh earlier this month. This is not the first time that the training in how to fight magic has occurred, with courses reportedly taking place as far back as 2009 when the “anti-witchcraft unit” was first formed. 

The courses reportedly covered theoretical lessons as well as practical ones, aiming to educate the religious police on how to identify potential magicians.

The kingdom’s war on magic also extends into the world of fiction, with the Harry Potter series by British author J K Rowling being banned.


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