|"Is this all real? Or has this been happening inside my head?"
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The Guardian was a British Muggle daily newspaper. A few days after the attack on the Millennium Bridge in early July 1996, patrons at Treats were seen reading various papers, including The Guardian. That day, a large photo of the ruins of the bridge was featured on the front page, under the headline "Bridge disaster hits London." David Blishen took the photo seen on the front page in 1996.
Other front-page headlines from that day's issue were:
- "Bill Clinton: Exclusive interview on his European tour"
- "Fresh and wild: Can you eat too much fruit?"
- "US award to Dalai Lama angers China"
- "25% of NHS trusts fail on hygiene code"
- "IVF doctors: don't rely on frozen eggs"
- "Rotherham in good shape for season"
Behind the scenes
- The Guardian is a real-world UK newspaper founded in 1821.
- The masthead of the prop Guardian featured in the film adaptation of Half-Blood Prince — single font, lowercase, two colours — was introduced in 2005, making its appearance in the movie anachronistic, given that it is set in 1996. However, the headline referring to Bill Clinton, president of the United States from 1993-2001, is in keeping with the canonical timeline. Regardless, the masthead shows that the date of that issue is 5 July, 2007, and all the small articles on the bottom of the front page refer to real-life events that took place in that year.