According to the Canadian Government, only real magic and spells are allowed. If you are pretending then you are operating outside the law. Of course, many countries and places have some pretty strange laws: Canada is no different. You would have thought their strangest laws may have been to uphold the superb quality of their maple syrup culture.
You would have been wrong though. The strangest Canadian law happens to focus on witchcraft stating that it is illegal to pretend to be a witch or pretend to practice witchcraft. Well, that doesn’t really sound that odd no? Just a law to ensure people are not duped out of their money by “fake” spirit talkers?
Then it may come as a surprise to you that it 100 percent legal to be an actual witch and practice witchcraft. This is a real law that you can find yourself in their criminal code.
So do not worry if you are actually sending out some voodoo magic or hexes, that is all perfectly fine in Canada. Just don’t pretend to do any ritual circles or you will find yourself in prison. So wannabe witches and Harry Potter’s fans beware. Imagine you are pretending to play Quidditch with your friends, only for the police to come and shut everything down! Is this law actually enforced then?
It would not really seem so, looking at the Harry Potter Wizarding World which does exist in Canada. We would assume this sort of fantasy wizarding and witchcraft town would indeed be breaking the law.
So you may be forgiven for thinking this law is a bit of joke. Yet in the Toronto area, we see this law being enforced every couple of months. Using this law to clean up the city from sham conjurers, fake sorcerers, and fraudulent psychics. For example, a well-known scam in the city sees victims approached by elderly Cantonese speakers proclaiming to be “curse-lifters.” Once the victim has provided some valuables into a special bag for a ritual, the fake wizard simply runs off with their valuables.
The problem the police have with actually charging these criminals is that a lot of victims refuse to come forward. Not believing they have been scammed and entirely convinced that the scammer actually had real power. So the next time you are walking through a street market and see some “lucky jade bracelets” or a bottle of “mystical water” just think twice before you make a purchase.