Lots of kids grew up dreaming about attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter’s alma mater. They dreamt about which house the Sorting Hat would put them in and whether or not Harry would be their friend. Well, there’s a school in China that can give you that dream… kind of.
Hebei University in China has gained recognition in the Harry Potter community for one, major reason – the castle design looks almost exactly like Hogwarts School. It has enormously tall towers and walls built of stone that look just like what fans drooled over on the silver screen. While no wands were waved at this school, something rather magical did happen there recently. The university graduated its very first class on Tuesday.
The ceremony wasn’t Harry Potter inspired at all. It was rooted in Confucian tradition. About 1,000 graduating students wore white gowns and stood outside a temple dedicated to Confucius, the ancient philosopher. During the ceremony, an official from the college patted each student on the back with a white brush before bowing to their headmaster, Zhen Zhongyi.
After the ceremony, the graduates reacted like most college graduates. A lot of them were nervous about the road ahead. One graduate, Deng Cui, who graduated from the design school, lamented, “I don’t want to leave college.” Sounds like a typical reaction to us, and it makes us happy to know the students had such a fantastic time in their four years.
Fun fact: Headmaster Zhen embraces the similarities between his school’s design and Hogwarts. Additionally, he likes the comparisons between his thinking and that of Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series.
Congratulations to the class of 2015, and good luck!