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Hogwarts-Style University Lures Chinese Students

The castle-shaped buildings at the new campus of Hebei Academy of Fine Arts in Xinle, Shijiazhuang city, north Chinas Hebei province, May 5, 2014.
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The castle-shaped buildings at the new campus of Hebei Academy of Fine Arts in Xinle, Shijiazhuang city, north Chinas Hebei province, May 5, 2014.

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

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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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