California Man: I’m The Real-Life Albus Dumbledore (PHOTOS)

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Harry Potter fans take note — err, flight? Hogwarts’s faithful headmaster has stepped out of the pages of author J.K. Rowling’s beloved series and into the streets of sunny California. Well, sort of.

Thanks to Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, the world’s first and only wizard academy, the Grey School of Wizardry, is now open for classes in Cotati, Calif. (We kid you not, so gather up those spell books!)

Zell’s — who serves as headmaster — school has been recognized as an academic establishment and features 16 different education departments, teaching aspiring wizards and witches on such topics as “alchemy, beastmastery, horse-whispering, wand-making and spell casting.” Those who attend will also have the opportunity to be split into four ancient houses: Winds, Undines, Gnomes and Salamanders. And staying in sync with Harry’s fictional syllabus, students will also be taught to defend themselves against the Dark Arts.

“If you’ve ever read Harry Potter and wondered if wizards really do walk among us, perhaps behind a secret train platform, or in secret communities, I can tell you that we are absolutely real,” said Zell, a former school teacher and counselor.

Some of Zell’s colleagues have even credited him as “the real Dumbledore,” in his quest to make the wizarding world of Harry Potter come to life. “In the magic community I’m referred to as the real Dumbledore,” Zell said. “but before Harry Potter, people just called me Merlin, or Gandalf.”

HP fans: What do you think of this wizarding school? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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