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"...commanded the head of his army to form a Brigade of Witch-Hunters, and issued them with a pack of ferocious black hounds"
— The Brigade of Witch Hunters[src]

The Brigade of Witch-Hunters is a fictional organisation from the tale Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump, written by Beedle the Bard and included in The Tales of Beedle the Bard.[1]



"... there lived a foolish king who decided that he alone should have the power of magic."
— The King's description[src]

According to the tale, this organisation was created a long time ago by a Muggle King of a very far away land who wanted to keep all the magic in the world for himself. In order to do so, he needed to gather all the wizards and witches in the world, so he formed the Brigade and gave them packs of wild dogs. It is known that there was a Captain of the Brigade of Witch-Hunters, and that one of the Brigade's hounds was named Sabre and died when eating a Poisonous toadstool.[1]

"If you fail to help me, I shall denounce you as a witch, and it will be you who is torn apart by the King's hounds!"
— The Charlatan[src]

When the charlatan was suspected by the King being a fraud due to Babbitty's laughing when the charlatan pretended to teach the King magic in return for gold, the charlatan blackmailed Babbitty into helping him by threatening to denounce her as a witch and hand her over to the Brigade of Witch-Hunters, whereupon she would have been torn apart by the hounds.[1]


"At that, the King fell to his knees too, and told that he would issue a proclamation at once, protecting all the witches and wizards of the kingdom, and allowing to practise their magic in peace"
— The End of the Brigade[src]

The Brigade was likely dissolved when the King's washerwoman, Babbitty, threatened him that he would suffer a great pain (presumably the Cruciatus Curse) if another witch or wizard was harmed because of his actions.[1]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The Tales of Beedle the Bard - "Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump"
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
By Beedle the Bard
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Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump · The Fountain of Fair Fortune · The Warlock's Hairy Heart · The Tale of the Three Brothers · The Wizard and the Hopping Pot


Altheda · Amata · Amata's lover · Antioch Peverell · Antioch Peverell's enemy · Antioch Peverell's killer · Asha · Babbitty · Brigade of Witch-Hunters · Cadmus Peverell · Cadmus Peverell's fiancée · Captain of the Brigade of Witch-Hunters · Charlatan · Death · Evil Sorcerer · Gigantic white worm · Ignotus Peverell · Ignotus Peverell's son · King · Kinsfolk · Maiden · Old man · Old man's donkey · Old man's family · Peasant woman · Peasant woman's granddaughter · Sabre · Sir Luckless · Warlock · Warlock's family · The Warlock's friends · Wizard · Wizard's father · Young woman · Young woman's child


Altheda's potion · Altheda's wand · Cloak of Invisibility · Creepers · Crystal casket · Elder Wand · Enchanted garden · Fountain · Gold statue of Babbitty · Hairy Heart · The Hopping Pot · Never-ending hill · Poisonous toadstool · Poultice for warts · Resurrection Stone · Silver chalice