In this post I will be focusing on “Millennium Bridge” by Matt Freestone.
The Millennium Bridge is a steel suspension bridge crossing the River Thames in London, linking bankside with the City of London. It is located between Southwark Bridge and Blackfriars Railway Bridge (the latter mentioned in The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare where characters Tessa and Jem meet every year).
The bridge initially opened in June 2000 only to be closed the same day after pedestrians complained of an “unexpected swaying motion.” It reopened in 2002 and is both owned and maintained by Bridge House Estates, a charitable trust overseen by the City of London Corporation. Although the new nickname “Wobbly Bridge” following the events stuck for a while.
It’s no secret that London is a bubbling hub of literary wonder from both classic to modern day authors, with the majority of UK publishing companies using this massive capital as a base. Outside of the wizarding world created by J.K.Rowling in the Harry Potter series, the city of London plays a substantial part in showcasing the “muggle” world. In the 6th instalment – Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince – readers experience the British Prime Minister struggling to cope with the odd destructive happenings in the city, unaware that Voldermort’s army are to blame.
While not mentioned in the book, in the film adaption of Half Blood Prince, viewers can watch in a mixture of awe and horror as Death Eaters tear apart the famous Millennium Bridge.
Many Potter fans make visits to the bridge if ever doing location tours while in London and it’s certainly a sight to see.