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Millennium
Millennium Bridge
Location information
Location

River Thames, London, England

Affiliation

Muggle world

The Millennium Bridge was a pedestrian suspension bridge that crossed the River Thames in London. It was built some time before the Summer of 1995[1] and destroyed by Fenrir Greyback and a small group of Death Eaters in early July of 1996.[2]

History

Death Eaters destroyed the Millennium Bridge

The destruction of the Millennium Bridge.

Destruction

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.[3] Fudge refused to step down, and thus Voldemort ordered Death Eaters to cause the Brockdale Bridge[3] and the Millennium Bridge to collapse.[4] In early July, 1996, the bridge was attacked by Fenrir Greyback and a group of Death Eaters.[5] The cables snapping, the bridge undulated and twisted intensely, pulling free of its piers, ultimately splitting in half and crashing violently into the Thames below, killing about fifty Muggles who were crossing the bridge at the time.[6]

Aftermath

"The police are continuing with the investigation into the cause of the Millennium Bridge disaster. River traffic has been halted as police search for survivors. The surrounding area remains closed. The Mayor has urged Londoners to remain calm..."
—A Muggle radio broadcast[src]

The collapse of the Millennium Bridge had serious consequences in both the Muggle and Wizarding worlds. Shortly after it, a police investigation took place and river traffic was halted while the police searched for survivors of the disaster. The Mayor of London spoke to the population, urging them to be calm.[4] The collapse of the Millennium Bridge was most likely also a contributing factor for the replacement of Cornelius Fudge by Rufus Scrimgeour in the post of Minister for Magic.[3] The attack was reported in tabloids such as The Sun and The Daily Mail.

Behind the scenes

  • The Millennium Bridge, located in London, was used in place of the Brockdale Bridge in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Despite its representation, the collapse shown is not to be confused with the Brockdale Bridge's collapse that occurs in the book.
  • The newspaper says that the collapse of the bridge raised the death toll although it appears that everyone got off the bridge before the collapse.
  • The real-life Millennium Bridge had not begun construction in 1996 but in fact started in late 1998, with the main work starting on 28 April 1999.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
  2. Although the actual Millennium Bridge was built in 2000 and still stands today, the in-universe Millennium Bridge was built before 1996 and collapsed in July 1996.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 1 (The Other Minister)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film) - Chapter 1
  5. Inside the New Harry Potter Movie's VFX Tech at Popular Mechanics.
  6. In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film), a headline on the Daily Prophet is visible stating: "Bridge Collapse: Death Toll Rises"

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