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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,[1][2] under the headline "Bridge disaster hits London."[2] David Blishen took the photo seen on the front page in 1996.

Other front-page headlines from that day's issue were:[2]

  • "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.[3]
  • 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.[4] 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.


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter Limited Edition - A Guide to the Graphic Arts Department
  3. "The Guardian" on Wikipedia
  4. "Design of the Week: David Hillman's Guardian" on

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