It made its debut in the second Harry Potter movie, right below the flying car, as Harry dangled dangerously from the car door. (And Ron looked on, screaming unhelpfully.)
As much as “that one bridge in Harry Potter” gets the point across, you should know the place is actually called the Glenfinnan Viaduct.
The Glenfinnan Viaduct is up in the Scottish highlands in Glenfinnan, Scotland.
When started in 1897, the viaduct was one of the largest projects made of concrete undertaken without reinforcing it. (And is, apparently, still standing!)
The viaduct, completed in 1901, was built by Sir Robert McAlpine, ironically, the same company that built the Millenium Bridge 99 years later. Don’t get the irony? The Millenium Bridge is the bridge destroyed by Death Eaters in the sixth Harry Potter movie!
Warner Brothers sure loves McAlpine! (They also built Wembley Stadium and the 2012 Olympics Stadium, but those are small feats compared to HP. Amirite?)
There’s also a Jacobite memorial near the Glenfinnan Viaduct.
The monument predates the viaduct, but thanks to Harry Potter and a few other on-screen appearances, the gorgeous 21-arch viaduct has stolen the show.
There’s also a rather disturbing legend associated with the viaduct. It says that the driver of a horse and cart was buried (along with his equine friend) in the concrete of one of the columns when he fell in while unloading. Shit’s macabre, man!
But it has since been disproven. The incident actually happened a few viaducts down the railway, and all parties survived. Aw, that’s not interesting…I mean, yay!
Luckily, Harry also survived his harrowing situation at the viaduct, too. So we can all enjoy an unspoilt marvel of a bridge without guilt or any looming sense of mortality!
Now if only I could get onto platform 9¾…