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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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199 Points

Happy Birthday, Leaky! Wow, that cauldron has been leaking for a while, eh? Haha

Posted by The Pure-Blood Prince on July 04, 2010, 04:32 PM report to moderator
683 Points

Happy Birthday Leaky!!Thank you for everyone who works and worked on this amazing site of Potterness :) hope to see leaky around in the next 10 years too <3

Posted by xxIBelieveInNarglesxx on July 04, 2010, 04:42 PM report to moderator
32 Points

Happy Birthday to I love the dashes. I can’t believe how much the site has grown. When I started visiting the site, there was not a pottercast, nor an essay section, and the site took forever to load. Maybe that was my computer’s fault:-) I remember wanting to see the prisoner of azkaban movie in new york with leaky, but couldn’t make it. That’s probably my earliest leaky memory. Thank you to all the staffers who have worked on this website. It’s been my favorite website since I discovered it. I visit you guys everyday and finally joined myleaky today!

Posted by hogwartslibraryassistant on July 04, 2010, 04:50 PM report to moderator
465 Points

Happy Birthday Leaky!!!! I just want to thank everyone who is or has been staff here (especially Melissa, John, Sue, and Frak) for everything they’ve done for all of us fans! Where would the HP fandom be without you guys? So thank you for always brightening my day and working so hard with everything from the regular news posts to PotterCasts and so much more :)

Posted by The Half-Blood Lauma' on July 04, 2010, 05:19 PM report to moderator
3208 Points

Oh my goodness, ten years! Congrats guys!

Posted by Jaclyn {WBM} on July 04, 2010, 05:21 PM report to moderator
141 Points

A daily part of my web viewing life. Thanks

Posted by RaytheforgottenWeasley on July 04, 2010, 05:27 PM report to moderator
13519 Points

Happy birthday Leaky! And thanks to everyone involved for making this wonderful website where fans from all over the world can meet and share their love for Harry Potter.

Posted by jenge {Meredith Mooncloud} ~ [ITC!] on July 04, 2010, 05:28 PM report to moderator
54 Points

wish you a very HARRY birthday !!

Posted by Nada on July 04, 2010, 05:34 PM report to moderator
256 Points

I’m so honored to be a part of this marvelous site. Going from a fangirl of Leaky back in 2004 to when PotterCast started to when I lived on the LeakyLounge to then becoming staff in Summer 2006. 4 Years later it’s been unbelievable because of this amazing staff, YOU all the made of AWESOME readers and our shared love of Harry Potter.
Am I gonna see you at LeakyCon 2011? Cause you DO want to be there. Really. So excited! :) -Lizzie

Posted by LizzieTLC on July 04, 2010, 05:37 PM report to moderator
16322 Points

Happy Birthday Leaky!! :) Thanks to the awesome people that designed this site! :)

Posted by FilmGirl27 *Team Weasley!* (ROAR!!) on July 04, 2010, 05:57 PM report to moderator
689 Points

Happy Birthday Leaky!!!!!! And how fitting that it fall on the 4th of July. Here’s to many, many more years =)

Posted by HPandtheDA007 on July 04, 2010, 06:04 PM report to moderator
279 Points

hey guys congratulations on 10 years of dedicated of potter service. And look forward to more harry potter info in the future, because Harry Potter will never be gone as long as there are those who remain loyal to him.

Posted by lizzardbreath on July 04, 2010, 06:11 PM report to moderator
3271 Points

Happy Birthday Leaky!! <3 I love this site and all it’s member so much!! I also am super excited to know about LeakyCon 2011… it’ll be my first conference and I will not miss it!!

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on July 04, 2010, 06:15 PM report to moderator
6978 Points

Happy Birthday Leaky!!!!

Posted by Slytherin Princess ^hiss^ on July 04, 2010, 06:50 PM report to moderator
111 Points

Happy 10th!

Posted by blockaderunner on July 04, 2010, 07:13 PM report to moderator
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