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Posted by: Melissa
July 04, 2010, 07:52 AM

It's not often we take this much of Leaky's space and time to celebrate a birthday, but this one is special. Today marks The Leaky Cauldron's 10th anniversary on the Internet.

We appeared online on July 4, 2000: just four days before the release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the book. Before the big bestseller split, before the first midnight party. Not many people remember Leaky in its infancy: it was a blue page with orange text, and was testing out a new Web software called Blogger.



Over the years, Leaky has morphed into an international, sprawling database of all things Harry Potter, a "wonderfully well designed mine of accurate information," as noted by J.K. Rowling in her Fan Site Award.

In that time - to name a few of the amazing things that have happened since - Leaky has given tens of thousands of dollars to charity; it has won a Webby; opened the door for Harry Potter fans to report on the films by becoming the first and at the time only site to visit the junket and sets;  it has been reported on three book releases and eight film premieres; it has printed more than 10,000 news articles; it has performed live podcasts in front of tens of thousands of people; it has thrown an epic conference, and it has been given the honor of interviewing J.K. Rowling twice, the most recent being Ms. Rowling's only podcast interview to date.  And so, so, much more.

All of that is great. We're immeasurably grateful and proud. But none of it would have been possible without the hundreds of people who have worked here over the years, and the millions who have used the site. It has truly been a joint adventure for us, and we hope for you, too. Nothing would be possible here were it not for the fantastic group of sharp, funny, intelligent staff and users on this site; it would have been nothing without your input and interaction.

And we are celebrating with that in mind.

Over the next week, Leaky will release three things that celebrate you, the user, and allow you to more fully experience and enjoy Harry Potter through our site. One of them has been coming for a long time: registration will open for LeakyCon, our second Conference of Awesome(™), to take place in Orlando, Florida, next July, the weekend of the release of the last film in the Harry Potter series. (If you missed the first one, watch this video.)



The other two, we'll wait to show you when they are ready.

So… thank you. Thank you for a grand experience, and a grand adventure. Thank you for being here for a decade, or for getting here now. Thank you for all the memories; please use the thread below to relive them, or to just celebrate each other.

Thank you for ten years of Potter. Here's to the next chapter!

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Leakycon! Yaaay!!! 10 years, congrats guys :)

Posted by Nats on July 04, 2010, 08:05 AM report to moderator
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Happy Birthday :) I hope there will be another 10 years of Potter! That’s a little worrying….

Posted by jessh324 on July 04, 2010, 08:15 AM report to moderator
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Happy birthday, Leaky!!! You’ve come so far by now and I hope you’ll have 10 more years to come! ;)

Posted by hp-fan (Roar!) on July 04, 2010, 08:21 AM report to moderator
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congratulations! i’ve only just begun leaky, but i’m sure they’ll be another few years of good things to come!!!

Posted by Iris Lily™ on July 04, 2010, 08:26 AM report to moderator
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congrats and Happy Fourth of July Americans

Posted by rearea on July 04, 2010, 08:27 AM report to moderator
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i love the harry ttr crafts and the quibbler!!!

Posted by Iris Lily™ on July 04, 2010, 08:28 AM report to moderator
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Wow! That’s amazing!

Congratulations, guys! The Leaky has been a constant in my life. I think it has been a constant in the life of many others potter fans too.

I wish you 10 years more! :)

Posted by flaviobessajr on July 04, 2010, 08:36 AM report to moderator
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Ten years. So many things i have missed. And to consider the fact that i only joined in 2008 or was it 2009…, anyway i used to visit leaky since 2007 but i wasn’t fully on board XDD but since i joined it’s been awesome ;)

Congrats to Leaky, the staff behind it, Melissa and everyone else who helped on building such an awesome place for us Potter fans to gather together.

I only hope i can make it to LeakyCon 2011. Thing look pretty ugly right now with the economy and all…

Happy Birthday Leaky!

Posted by Mr. Brightside on July 04, 2010, 08:37 AM report to moderator
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Well done everyone involved in Leaky. You’re all amazing! Happy Birthday.

Posted by JoeWorthy on July 04, 2010, 08:39 AM report to moderator
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10 years! Wow! Congratulations!
I don’t exactly remember when I ‘discovered’ you guys, but it’s been great all these years. Since then, I don’t think I’ve gone a week without checking the website (except when I was on holiday).
Thanks for keeping me informed in the past and now, and of course for the all the fun things. I hope you’ll stay with us, many, many, many years more.

Posted by Tarana on July 04, 2010, 08:41 AM report to moderator
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Happy Birthday Leaky! I’ve been using this site for years and years, it’s always been my homepage, and I’ve never used any other fansite regularly. Love you Leaky, and all the fantastic staff behind it!

Posted by eccentricalice on July 04, 2010, 08:48 AM report to moderator
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I honestly cannot beleive this site has been up for 10 years. I’m 9 years and three months in. :)

Posted by Melissa Anelli on July 04, 2010, 08:56 AM report to moderator
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Happy Birthday to the best Harry Potter website in the world! :D

Posted by IHeartHarryPotter on July 04, 2010, 08:57 AM report to moderator
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Wow! Happy birthday Leaky! I love this site :)

Posted by Sebastian Myers on July 04, 2010, 09:00 AM report to moderator
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Awww Happy Birthday Leaky!!♥ What would I do without you?! =)

Posted by Peace.Love.Potter ♥ on July 04, 2010, 09:03 AM report to moderator
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