About ten years old at the time of its destruction in 1996, the bridge collapsed and killed a dozen driving Muggles. In the summer of 1996, Lord Voldemort ordered Cornelius Fudge to step aside from his position as Minister for Magic, with the threat of a mass Muggle killing if he did not do so. Fudge refused to step down, and thus Voldemort ordered Death Eaters to attack the Brockdale Bridge. Fudge was replaced by Rufus Scrimgeour soon after.
In the Muggle society, the best experts were at a loss on how the perfectly constructed bridge would just cleanly snap in two. Only the Prime Minister was told by Fudge what happened.
Behind the scenes
- The Millennium Bridge, located in London, was used to represent the Brockdale Bridge in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The Millennium Bridge was not used, however, to portray the Brockdale Bridge, but rather as itself ("Millennium Bridge" is heard in the film coming from the radio, when Harry is at Treats at the beginning of the film). There is no mention in the books of that bridge, as the real Millennium Bridge was built in 2000.
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (First mentioned)