Hogwarts-Style University Lures Chinese Students

Image: Women ride an electric scooter past buildings, designed based on Gothic architecture, which are part of the Hebei Academy of Fine Arts campus, in Shijiazhuang
Women ride an electric scooter past Gothic-style buildings at the Hebei Academy of Fine Arts campus in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, on May 24, 2014. Reuters

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A Chinese university has come up with a novel plan to attract students in this Harry Potter-obsessed country: build its very own Hogwarts.

The Gothic-themed buildings at the Hebei Academy of Fine Arts in Shijiazhuang are part of a $64 million fairy tale campus which will borrow from a smorgasbord of global architectural styles.

When complete, the campus will also feature a pagoda, a mosque, a cathedral and four helipads, according to China Central Television. The first students are due to enroll later this year.

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