OMG! Our Muggle hearts can’t even handle this news. The historic site, which was made famous as Hogwarts’ Great Hall in the ‘Harry Potter’ movies, caught fire on Nov. 12, according to an eyewitness on Twitter. Was it demolished by flames? Find out here.
Flames reportedly broke out at The Hall at Oxford University’s Christ Church College in England on Saturday afternoon. Lancaster University professor Linda Woodhead tweeted a photo of the heartbreaking scene, which you can see above. The picture shows multiple fire trucks outside the building, which we’ve come to know and love as Hogwarts’ Great Hall from the Harry Potter movies.
“Christchurch (Hogwarts) Hall caught fire just now – the hot plate!” Linda wrote alongside the photo.
Apparently, a hot plate was to blame for starting the fire. Entertainment Weekly reports it took firefighters an hour to put the blaze out.
After her first tweet, Linda said crews were “still working on [the fire].” She then retweeted another message that read, “just to say fire engines are now gone and damage is limited.”
Another staff member told the university’s student newspaper, Cherwell, “we didn’t see any fire but there was a lot of black smoke.” Phew! We mean, black smoke is still scary, but we’re so happy the building didn’t burn to a crisp. It has such history! Especially for Harry Potter fans like ourselves.
“Thanks to the quick reaction of staff … the Hall was quickly evacuated, the fire brigade called, the fire alarm sounded and the fire contained,” Christ Church Steward Pauline Linieres-Hartley wrote in an email to students, according to PEOPLE.
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