Thirty Saudi Religious Police Complete Course on How to Fight Black Magic

Hogwarts headmaster Professor Dumbledore reacts to the news saying "Bring it on!" Photo source: Hummus for Thought Facebook page

Hogwarts headmaster Professor Dumbledore reacts to the news saying “Bring it on!” Photo source: Hummus for Thought Facebook page

Saudi Arabia's notorious religious police intend to give Professor Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts, a run for his money. Thirty members of the Commission for the Protection of Virtue and Prevention of Vice have just completed a five-day course which will enable to them to fight black magic, identify sorcerers and even break their spells.

Needless to say, practicing magic is strictly prohibited in the deeply conservative kingdom, where those convicted of witchcraft and sorcery are executed.

From the UAE, commentator Sultan Al Qassemi quips:

Others follow suit, with many making references to J K Rowling's best seller Harry Potter series.

Nadim Rifai tweets the British novelist directly saying:

But Hassan Cha says training the religious police is a “twisted version of Harry Potter”:

Harry Potter aside, it seems that such training programmes have been ongoing for a while. One user on Facebook shares a post from 2013 for a similar workshop. In fact, combating sorcery is one of five main areas religious police should focus on in doing their work. The other four are: “preserving Islam, preventing blackmail, fighting human trafficking, and ensuring that no one disobeys the country’s rulers.”

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