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Is that Hogwarts floating in the sky? Harry Potter's school seems to appear above Chinese city 

Footage of the likeness of a Hogwarts-style castle appearing to float in the sky has caused a sensation on Chinese social media.

The ghostly image of what looked like Harry Potter’s school was spotted hovering above modern buildings in Shandong Province in eastern China this morning, according to accounts.

Local media reported that the sight was a natural phenomenon called a mirage.








Trending footage purports to show the image of an ancient European-style complex with three pointy turrets towering over three office blocks

The clip was said to be filmed in Jinan, eastern China, on Friday morning

Trending footage purports to show the image of an ancient European-style complex with three pointy turrets towering over three office blocks in Jinan, eastern China, on Friday morning

Amazed web users have compared the scene to Hogwarts, the school of witchcraft and wizardry from Harry Potter films (above). One wrote: 'Is this the Shandong branch of Hogwarts'

Amazed web users have compared the scene to Hogwarts, the school of witchcraft and wizardry from Harry Potter films (above). One wrote: ‘Is this the Shandong branch of Hogwarts’

The footage was filmed at around 11am in Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province, according to an influential Chinese blogger who released the clip.

The footage purports to show the image of an ancient European-style complex with three pointy turrets towering over three office blocks.

Users of Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter, were awe-struck by the scene. Many compared the building in question to Hogwarts, the school of witchcraft and wizardry from Harry Potter films.

One person wrote: ‘Is this the Shandong branch of Hogwarts?’

Another fan joked: ‘How can muggles see Hogwarts?’

A third viewer commented: ‘Has Hogwarts finally come to China to recruit students?’

Some people also related the scene to Hebei Academy of Fine Arts, a college in northern China that bears a striking resemblance to Hogwarts.  

One Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter, one viewer commented: 'Has Hogwarts finally come to China to recruit students?' Footage of the 'floating Hogwarts' has gone viral online

One Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter, one viewer commented: ‘Has Hogwarts finally come to China to recruit students?’ Footage of the ‘floating Hogwarts’ has gone viral online

Some people related the scene to Hebei Academy of Fine Arts, a college in northern China that bears a striking resemblance to Hogwarts. The above picture shows the college in 2019

Some people related the scene to Hebei Academy of Fine Arts, a college in northern China that bears a striking resemblance to Hogwarts. The above picture shows the college in 2019

The unusual spectacle was believed to be a mirage, a form of illusion that is common in humid weather, The Paper reported.

The phenomenon is caused when moisture in the air becomes warmer than the temperature of the water below.

As the rays of sunlight cross from the colder air into the warmer air, it is ‘bent’ or refracted – creating a reflection in the air.

The patterns in the mirage are typically blurred and shimmering with a resemblance to human structures. They are similar to a reflection seen in the water.

Some locals believed that the ‘floating Hogwarts’ was the reflection of a residential estate situated two kilometres (1.2 miles) away. The community consists of buildings in a similar architectural style.

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