A Very Different April Fool’s

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Mar 31, 2011

Posted by Melissa Anelli

Hey everyone. Every year since 2003 Leaky has taken part in April Fool’s celebrations, transforming, in some cases, the entire site: We have been hacked by Peeves, we have discovered the wizarding version of Twitter, we have hired Sybill Trelawney as a disastrous news editor, and we have turned into a Glee-lover’s paradise, for just a few examples.

This year will be the first exception in nearly a decade. We don’t have any funny to share with you today. Most of the staff is overrun with the rapidly approaching LeakyCon 2011, and it struck us how extraordinarily lucky we are: not only to be putting together a weekend of fun for a good cause, but to live with the luxury of even one full day of pointless silliness.

In the past few months the need for humanitarian response to natural disasters and violent crises seems to be multiplying at a rate that is difficult to comprehend. For most afflicted by these events and conflicts, nothing may seem more distant than a day where jokes are the rule. So, today, we want to encourage our readers to celebrate Fred and George Weasley’s birthdays in style, by enjoying every last April Fool’s Day joke, and then to consider, when all is said and done, paying back on the extraordinary gift of laughter by donating what you can to the Red Cross for disaster and trauma relief worldwide.

Have a great day, all, and we will see you in April Fool’s 2012 for our regularly scheduled tomfoolery.





33 Responses to A Very Different April Fool’s

Avatar ImageA Chocolate Frog says: I'm proud to follow the classiest Harry Potter site on the Internet! Thank you, Leaky staff, for your tireless work for disaster relief causes around the world, and for all you do to make the fandom such an incredible experience for the rest of us. Even Fred and George would approve, I believe. :)Avatar ImageJPHufflepuff says: 'Ear, 'ear!!!! :)Avatar ImageFlora Lovegood says: What a wonderful message and idea :) Dumbledore would be proud. Donating to Comic Relief would probably be appropriate too :)Avatar Imageredvolly says: I agree with RavenclawDancer and Flora Lovegood! Thanks Melissa for all that you do and for such kind and wise words!Avatar ImageBesthpfan says: Funny, Our Harry Potter Club had the same idea for April Fool's Day. IF YOU LIVE IN TEXAS(NEAR HOUSTTON) April Fool's Charity Ball Lone Star College-Montgomery 3200 College Park Dr. Conroe, TX 77384 7-10pm Wear Wizard Attire! $12 tickets(proceeds go to charity) www.aprilfoolscharityball.webs.comAvatar ImageDirectorbeme says: Very nice idea. I absolutely love it!Avatar Imagedobbylives02 says: Randomly, is this poster new?! https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-e8YBTCl9bFs/TYTy0GHe6rI/AAAAAAAABJM/92CMZBJUEz8/s1600/Deathly_Hallows_Part_2_Poster_by_theyoungtook.jpg Ive never seen it before. Its awesome!Avatar ImageSherylyn says: I agree w/Ravenclaw Dancer and others -- what a joy to be a follower of this site and its admins! I'm thrilled also, with Besthpfan's mention of the plans in Conroe, TX -- too bad it's too far from me, but I love the spirit behind such an event, as well. Truly, HP fans are some of the best people in the world, and for that (amongst many other reasons), I am forever indebted to JKR for bringing so many amazing people together.Avatar Imagepotterball says: this is a great site and this is why, humatarian efforts right now is much more of a high priority, look maybe next year they will have it back, but this is the right moveAvatar ImageFiniteincantatum says: This is why I love Leaky. Not only do you provide a healthy community for us Harry Potter fans, but you also teach us the value of giving, and the difference between right and wrong. Happy birthday to the amazing twins, and more power to Leaky.Avatar ImageMiss.Weasley says: I absolutely hate what you're doing...APRIL FOOLS, just joking! I really, really love this, THANK YOU LEAKY for being so thoughtful, so inspiring and so caring. Avatar Imageforgetmenot_007 says: Love you,Leaky! :-)Avatar ImageNicci Weasley says: So much love in this community :)Avatar ImageNeil in Scotland says: I love this. After all these years, Leaky is still the classiest HP site on the internet! <3Avatar ImageS.K.Weasley says: Thank you for bringing good to the world Leaky. It's amazing how caring you are for the rest of the world, specially those who arn-t as lucky as us!Avatar ImageDavidTheUnready says: love it, great you guys can be so thoughtful, it really is the best site :) oh and I just got tricked by James Phelps on twitter,Avatar ImageMamma Mia says: Happy birthday,Fred and George.Will always miss you, FredAvatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: What a wonderful message and idea Avatar ImageExpectoPatronum512 says: Amazing. Absolutely amazing! You guys are so incredible :) PS: Happy birthday to Fred and George!Avatar ImageLivi22 says: This is such a good idea, it makes a great change and shows that although this site is a Harry Potter fansite it's also bothered about events happening in the real world. I think Fred and George would approve.Avatar ImageHinkypunkmum says: Thank You Melissa ! This is a wonderful way to promote the message of the last Potter book ! Everyone coming together to help ! And who better to honor the gift of laughter than Fred & George ! 'Ear 'Ear ! Everyone: If you can , please donate to those still afflicted by the terrible earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand as well as Japan. Just go to the Red Cross site and they have all the links. Thank you Leaky for the wonderful work you do !! You rock my Potter world !!Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: This is why Leaky is my favorite site. Avatar Imagejhlovesmusic says: Where's the "like" button??? I need to like this! Great idea all! I always knew Leaky was the best! :DAvatar Imagephoenixortheflame says: Love this idea, Leaky! :) Avatar ImageMissHermione says: That's awesome you guys, I'm so lucky go be a part of this fandom. I love love love you guys for doing this, and think it is so cool. I love the Texas idea, wish I lived there! J.k. Rowling changes the world when the first Harry potter book came out, and today she's doing it again with leaky. Love you guys so much and think ur awesome!!!! Avatar Imagecloethebelatrixlover says: Woot! Leaky rules! It's so amazing what harry potter can bring to the world!Avatar Imagebellatrix15101 says: This is such an awesome idea! Thank you Leaky, for being so brilliant! And a very happy birthday to the twins! :)Avatar ImagePotters_pal says: April Fools!!!!!!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Very awesome Leaky! Thumbs up!Avatar ImageFarahey Sama Kabir says: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKKKKKKKKKKKKKK! But no ofense to anybody I don't celebrate April Fools.Avatar ImageFarahey Sama Kabir says: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKKKKKKKKKKKKKK! But no ofense to anybody I don't celebrate April Fools.Avatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: The LeakyMug was my favorite! Thanks for all you do and for putting things in perspective.Avatar ImageSmitch says: Leaky, you're a class act. Keep up the great work!

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