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    A.H.
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    The Department of Magical Law Enforcement

    I have a few questions and am in need of opinions.

    First off, I'm contemplating writing a series of one-shots, all based on Harry and Ron during their careers as Aurors. Other than a few random story-lines I have so far, that's about all I can tell you. What I need to know is how this particular department... works.

    Comparing Hit Wizards and Aurors:

    These two positions seem to be the highest level of "Officers" in the Department, though I can't see much of a different between them. The Lexicon states:

    The Hit Wizards are not the same as Aurors. Hit Wizards, it would seem, are sent primarily against criminals while Aurors track down and capture Dark Wizards.
    So, the only difference between the people they [Aurors and HWs] go after are levels of... danger, apparently. What do you think the dividing factor is? What constitutes a "Dark Wizard"? Obviously, the Death Eaters are the primary Dark Wizards, but would there really be that much work for an Auror after DH, if the Hit Wizards are there to catch everyone else?

    These two... careers, for lack of a better word, are the only ones mentioned as far as finding criminals are concerned. Why this troubles me (and why all this is so incomprehensible so far ) is because they both are classed as finding the most dangerous wizards, but there is no other department which handles petty crimes (crimes not of a magic nature, but of a human nature. Breaking and Entering, Robbery, Grand Theft... Broom. You get it...). So there are two levels for heinous crimes, but no other level for everything below that.

    So, knowing that Hit Wizards and Aurors are the main positions that handle crime, do you think that they often work together? Maybe Hit Wizards are people who weren't good enough to become an Auror? Maybe HWs are equivalent to uniforms in our world, and Aurors detectives?

    I'm not sure how comprehensible any of that is, so if you'd just share your opinion? Anything that might help me understand the workings of this aspect of the department will be superawesome.

    And a few more questions that the Lexicon doesn't answer and that I'm too lazy to look up in the books:

    Who took over the Department of Magical Law Enforcement? It was Amelia Bones for a while, but I can't remember who after that.

    An embarrassing question that I should know: Who was the MoM after DH?

    How many Aurors total do you think there are at a time? Do you think there would be less of them after DH, as Voldemort and the Death Eaters weren't a threat?

    How many do you think would be plausible for being on the HW team? Do you think that there are separate units within this group of people, like there are in our world? As in Special Victims, Homicide, Gang, Drug Task Force, etc.?


    Any opinions or help would be very appreciated. Thank you.

    /Ari

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.H.
    So, the only difference between the people they [Aurors and HWs] go after are levels of... danger, apparently. What do you think the dividing factor is? What constitutes a "Dark Wizard"? Obviously, the Death Eaters are the primary Dark Wizards, but would there really be that much work for an Auror after DH, if the Hit Wizards are there to catch everyone else?

    These two... careers, for lack of a better word, are the only ones mentioned as far as finding criminals are concerned. Why this troubles me (and why all this is so incomprehensible so far ) is because they both are classed as finding the most dangerous wizards, but there is no other department which handles petty crimes (crimes not of a magic nature, but of a human nature. Breaking and Entering, Robbery, Grand Theft... Broom. You get it...). So there are two levels for heinous crimes, but no other level for everything below that.

    So, knowing that Hit Wizards and Aurors are the main positions that handle crime, do you think that they often work together? Maybe Hit Wizards are people who weren't good enough to become an Auror? Maybe HWs are equivalent to uniforms in our world, and Aurors detectives?

    I'm not sure how comprehensible any of that is, so if you'd just share your opinion? Anything that might help me understand the workings of this aspect of the department will be superawesome.
    First things first - I think the label of Aurors as "Dark Wizard Catchers" is a bit too glamorous for what they probably do in actuality. The Voldemort Wars were obviously very short and intense periods of dark wizard activity, but during periods of normalcy, I don't think dark wizards are very common. The purpose of the Auror Deparment is to guard Britain against dark forces, but during those periods of peace, they'd just go after petty criminals just as much as they would Death Eaters.

    With that said, the primary difference I see between Hit Wizards and Aurors is not the choice of target but rather the level of skill. Aurors know how to fight, but they can also track, use disguises, collect information, and other abilities that would be familiar to James Bond.

    Hit Wizards on the other hand only fight, in my opinion (just the word "Hit" seems to imply that). I like to think of HWs as the rejects who failed to become Aurors, so they became the next best thing. These people know how to fight, but that's it - they don't know anything about stealth and tracking, or erecting and taking down magical defences, and that sort of thing. They're simply given a target and told to blast away.

    So, Aurors seem to do a lot of investigative and intelligence work, and chase down criminals (or Death Eaters) based on the information they gather. I'd expect the Hit Wizards to be subordinate to the Aurors, and they are called upon to provide extra firepower in certain situations - sort of like British SO19 or American SWAT teams.

    Who took over the Department of Magical Law Enforcement? It was Amelia Bones for a while, but I can't remember who after that.

    After Amelia Bones was murdered, the Department was taken over by Pius Thicknesse, who got the Imperius Curse placed on him at the beginning of DH.

    An embarrassing question that I should know: Who was the MoM after DH?

    That would be Kingsley Shacklebolt.

    How many Aurors total do you think there are at a time? Do you think there would be less of them after DH, as Voldemort and the Death Eaters weren't a threat?

    There are only about a dozen Aurors named in the entire series, so I'd imagine there's not too many of them - perhaps twenty at one time at the most. Here's the known Aurors:

    Pre-DH
    Frank Longbottom (deceased)
    Alice Longbottom (deceased)

    DH
    Rufus Scrimgeour (deceased)
    Alastor Moody (deceased)
    Nymphadora Tonks (deceased)
    Gawain Robards (fate unknown)
    Proudfoot (fate unknown)
    Savage (fate unknown)
    Williamson (fate unknown)
    Kingsley Shacklebolt
    John Dawlish

    Post-DH
    Harry Potter
    Ron Weasley
    + other survivors

    As you can see, there's not too many of them, and the mortality rate is distressingly high. There wouldn't be fewer Aurors because the war is over - there's fewer of them because a lot of them are dead! I'd think that the crippled Auror Department would increase its numbers just to get at full strength again.

    How many do you think would be plausible for being on the HW team? Do you think that there are separate units within this group of people, like there are in our world? As in Special Victims, Homicide, Gang, Drug Task Force, etc.?

    I'd expect there to be a similar number of Hit Wizards as there are Aurors. Since I think of Hit Wizards as little more than fighters, they wouldn't have separate units specialised for different crimes, since that's the Aurors' jobs (they do all the complicated information gathering and paperwork!). Instead, HWs might have squads or sections, just to make coordinating assaults easier and more efficient.

    Tim the Enchanter

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