A new college building in Hebei province dubbed online as the Chinese Hogwarts due to its very Potteresque appearance was recently completed and is now welcoming students of the non-witch/wizard kind.
Images of the building under construction went viral online earlier this year after netizens noticed that it bears more than a passing resemblance to the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry featured in the Harry Potter franchise. The building in Xinle city, Hebei prince is actually part of the Hebei Academy of Fine Arts and will house the school’s animation students.
The structure, named “Cinderella’s Castle”, features a clock tower and turrets galore. It costed 2.4 billion yuan to construct, and its designers swear that it was modeled after architecture of castles from medieval Europe and will not contain transforming rooms or shifting staircases. Life is cruel.
[Images via CCTV]