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10 Years of Leaky

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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895 Points

CONGRATULATIONS thanks very muchhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Emmaria on July 04, 2010, 10:10 AM report to moderator
3777 Points

10 years of awesome

Posted by ZachBlack [ROAR] on July 04, 2010, 10:14 AM report to moderator
2200 Points

I’ve been a fan for a while im just sad to know that it took me late into the fandom to realize there were harry potter sites out there. This site is truley amazing and so are the people who make. Thank you for giving our community a place meet and talk about what we love, Harry Potter.

Posted by Sirius17 -ROAR_ on July 04, 2010, 10:30 AM report to moderator
523 Points

Happy Anniversary!!!

Posted by Phlegm dela Coeur on July 04, 2010, 10:31 AM report to moderator
121 Points

happy birthday leaky!!!!!!!!!!♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Posted by nickyh on July 04, 2010, 10:38 AM report to moderator
510 Points

I think this calls for a worldwide chorus of, “This cauldron’s got a hole in it! It’s where the news leaks out…” followed by about a million rounds of butterbeer. Cheers!

Posted by GreenLightening on July 04, 2010, 10:40 AM report to moderator
329 Points

This is truly amazing. 10 years? wow!
Happy birthday, Leaky!♥

Posted by Jillian {WBM} on July 04, 2010, 10:41 AM report to moderator
308 Points

Happy Birthday!! <3 Thanks for bringing news!! Can’t wait for LeakyCon 2011 (we need to find a new word for LC’11, LC’09 was epic!) :D

Posted by Steph-potter on July 04, 2010, 10:42 AM report to moderator
193 Points

Happy Anniversary Leaky! Well Done and Thank you! :D

Posted by moondragon15(ROAR) on July 04, 2010, 10:45 AM report to moderator
179 Points

Congrats to everyone at Leaky! What a great site run by great people! <3 Can’t wait to see what is coming next.

Posted by clayzy4hp on July 04, 2010, 10:45 AM report to moderator
1194 Points

Absolutely incredible achievement! Congrats to Leaky!!!

Posted by HufflepuffSam on July 04, 2010, 10:46 AM report to moderator
304 Points

I lift my glass to you, Leaky! Happy birthday and thank you for everything you have done and continue to do.

Posted by Jordan Edwards on July 04, 2010, 10:51 AM report to moderator
797 Points

I think I’ve been around here for about 5 and it’s been love all the way. Thank you, Leaky, and congrats!

Posted by Lysh on July 04, 2010, 10:53 AM report to moderator
174 Points

Happy 10th Leaky! It’s thanks to you that I have somewhere to go with this addiction to Potter!

Posted by AldenF on July 04, 2010, 10:55 AM report to moderator
889 Points

Happy anniversary! leaky Cauldron! I hope there’s many,more 10th anniversaries

Posted by molly43 on July 04, 2010, 10:57 AM report to moderator
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