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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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Happy Birthday Leaky

Posted by Matt_Serverus_ Black on July 04, 2010, 01:28 PM report to moderator
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Happy Birthday Leaky! You are the only HP site that I check everyday :) I appreciate everything you guys do! Please keep it up :)

Posted by Hogwarts_Love_21 on July 04, 2010, 01:44 PM report to moderator
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Happy birthday, Leaky!!

I don’t know who I would be without you.

Posted by Olivia on July 04, 2010, 01:58 PM report to moderator
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our birthday is on july 4th? irony

Posted by hp7rules13(Roar!!) on July 04, 2010, 01:59 PM report to moderator
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<3 <3 <3 <3 Oh Gosh guys, 10 years, I can’t say how proud I am to be here, in one (maybe the most) awesomest HP fansite ever! I hav’ent been here very long but every minute on here took away five minutes of stress. You all rock, the staff, the fonder, Melissa the Webmistress, and all the users. Leaky (w)rocks on so many levels1 I’m so happy and proud for my #1: fansite, search engine, news spot, magazine, craft place, gallerie, and homepage!

Posted by hp's dead account on July 04, 2010, 02:20 PM report to moderator
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10 years! yay! Happy Birthday Leaky Cauldron! :) I love this site and I hope it lasts a lot more decades!!! :)

Posted by Heather Staples on July 04, 2010, 02:33 PM report to moderator
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Thanks so much Leaky! FOR EVERYTHING! Happy Birthday :)

Posted by Christine on July 04, 2010, 02:34 PM report to moderator
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Happy 10th Birthday, Leaky!! =D

Posted by Bonnie Radcliffe on July 04, 2010, 02:38 PM report to moderator
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Happy Birthday Leaky!!! 10 years of pure fanboy/fangirl awesomeness!

Posted by OddRavenclaw222~WBM~ on July 04, 2010, 02:40 PM report to moderator
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Yay, Leaky!! Congratulations on a decade!! You’re the best HP site ever (and I’m not kidding, I don’t go on that many others!)

Posted by Meggie the Goose on July 04, 2010, 02:42 PM report to moderator
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I found Leaky almost at its beginning, right after I’d discovered the books. I was 44 at the time (!) and “checking out” these “controversial” books my son’s 2nd grade teacher was reading them. I was hooked. . . Now, I’m 54 (!!!!! – not possible!!) and Leaky has nurtured my love and devotion of these books for almost a decade. My sons grew up with Harry, and so did I. So did my own mother – who is now 82 . . . We are all now breathlessly waiting Deathly Hallows. . . It has been wonderful to see the HP community grow up too – who could have imagined the work of the HP Alliance 10 years ago?

One gift Leaky has given me is not an obvious one – it made me keep up with technology! I had to learn what a blog was, then a podcast, how to download audio and video files, how to participate in a live chat. I had to get an iPod so I could listen more easily, and eventually when my laptop died, an Apple computer so it would be seamless. I learned what Facebook was and got an account – though I confess I held the line at Twitter. . . not for me . . . :-)

So thanks, Leaky, for the great times. Love to Sue – we still miss you!

Posted by ProfessorLily on July 04, 2010, 02:44 PM report to moderator
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I found Leaky almost at its beginning, right after I’d discovered the books. I was 44 at the time (!) and “checking out” these “controversial” books my son’s 2nd grade teacher was reading them. I was hooked. . . Now, I’m 54 (!!!!! – not possible!!) and Leaky has nurtured my love and devotion of these books for almost a decade. My sons grew up with Harry, and so did I. So did my own mother – who is now 82 . . . We are all now breathlessly waiting Deathly Hallows. . . It has been wonderful to see the HP community grow up too – who could have imagined the work of the HP Alliance 10 years ago?

One gift Leaky has given me is not an obvious one – it made me keep up with technology! I had to learn what a blog was, then a podcast, how to download audio and video files, how to participate in a live chat. I had to get an iPod so I could listen more easily, and eventually when my laptop died, an Apple computer so it would be seamless. I learned what Facebook was and got an account – though I confess I held the line at Twitter. . . not for me . . . :-)

So thanks, Leaky, for the great times. Love to Sue – we still miss you!

Posted by ProfessorLily on July 04, 2010, 02:44 PM report to moderator
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Wow ten years, 12 hours last wednesday since HP1 was published too.

Hope I can go to LeakyCon next year!

Posted by Celtise [TTW] on July 04, 2010, 02:44 PM report to moderator
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Wow! Happy Anniversary Leaky! I’m a little sad to say that I can’t remember how long ago I found you or what was happening in our little world when I did. But, what I do know for certain is that, I am a bigger HP fan because of you than I would be if I had never found you. Having a place to keep me up to date with all the latest news, excitement and being able to discuss and think about the books in ways I couldn’t have without you, have all contributed to the love I have for this series. I feel like we should be the ones celebrating you and thanking you for everything you have done for us. Thank you for helping me be the very proud Harry Potter fangirl that I am today!

Posted by Lindsay85 on July 04, 2010, 02:51 PM report to moderator
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Happy Birthday to one of my favorite addictions…the one that celebrates my other addiction!

Posted by Dawna on July 04, 2010, 02:53 PM report to moderator
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