- "Even when your kind appears to triumph ... Still we rise again. And do you know why? It is because the Order is born of a realization. We require no sorcery. No indoctrination by desperate old men. All we need is that the world be as it is. And this is why the Templars will never be destroyed."
- —Amory Lorch to Albus Dumbledore
The Holy Order of the Knights Templar, also known as the Order of Solomon's Temple, known formerly as the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (Latin: Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Salomonici), or simply as the Templars is a monastic militaristic order of muggle extremists that seek to destroy wizards and witches and create a perfect world order.
The oldest and arguably the largest muggle fanatical group in the world, the Knights Templar were founded in the year 1099 with their initial purpose to reclaim the city of Jerusalem from Saracen control during the First Crusade. In 1129, one member of the group witnessed a wizard using magic and as a result, the Templars began to hunt down and prosecute wizards and witches all around the world for allegedly allying with the devil.
The Order of the Knights Templar became infamous for initiating the Salem Witch Trials in America, a major event in wizarding history that resulted in wizards and witches hiding from muggles in fear of prosecution from thereon. Although they were able to obliviate most muggles about the existence of their kind, they failed to do so to the Templar Order, and to this day they remain the only non-governmental muggle organisation that is aware of the wizarding world and its inhabitants.
In the years following their founding, the Templar Order continued to manipulate the political powers of muggle Europe, using many of their resources for the purpose of hunting down wizards and exposing their world.