Introducing the new LeakyNews.com: Leaky’s New Multifandom Site

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Sep 20, 2011

Posted by Melissa Anelli

For several years we have been telling you to use LeakyNews.com as a quick shortcut to get to our admittedly difficult-to-remember domain name, the-leaky-cauldron.org. Yet as soon as we got the name and started using it, we realized that it had the potential to be its own entertainment site. The idea of getting your news as soon as it “leaks,” the continuation of the kind of exhaustive coverage we do on Harry Potter with all the other things we love… the idea had merit, but we got busy with other things, namely covering the releases of the final books and films, and LeakyCon.

It was at this year’s LeakyCon, however, that things started to come together and the right pieces fell into place: and now we’re thrilled to announce the Leaky team’s newest venture, the brand new LeakyNews.com.

Firstly: The Leaky Cauldron and LeakyCon are still Harry Potter. That has not changed and won’t any time soon! We are still your number one Harry Potter community online and do not anticipate any difference in how often we update or how the site functions.

LeakyNews is a site made by fans. It is based on the idea that we as fans of things are the most detailed reporters and even the best loving critics of the things we love. To that end we have started purposefully small, with just a handful of fandoms — Harry Potter, StarKid, Glee, The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who — with other scattered coverage throughout. This list is solely composed of the things we wanted most to cover. For the rest, we’re dependent on you: for our native “submit” feature, which allows anyone with a login to submit a piece on your favorite topic, or, if you want to contribute more frequently, to apply to become part of our writing team. You can find out how to do all those things right on LeakyNews.com‘s main page.

This is a really exciting time for us: it’s fulfilling a several-years-long dream of the editors of this site, and a bit like the Leaky name is growing up. Instead of being one of a few large sites on one topic, we are one of MANY – hundreds, perhaps thousands – sites that are on many topics. Yet we’re full of excitement and possibility and have a metric ton of ideas for making the site engaging and fun.

The site was designed by Jordan Edwards and made real by Andy Friel; Edward from Leaky will be covering Harry Potter there while Rosi will be handling Doctor Who and The Hunger Games news – I will be getting my Game of Thrones geek on with you all.

Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook – we would really appreciate it if you did!

See you over there, Leakies!





58 Responses to Introducing the new LeakyNews.com: Leaky’s New Multifandom Site

Avatar ImageMelissa Anelli says: I'm so excited about this :)Avatar ImageResaPotter says: Looks cool! Avatar ImageResaPotter says: Looks cool! Avatar ImageResaPotter says: hmmm.....this is weird Avatar ImageEmilyDeibert says: Awesome!Avatar ImageResaPotter says: Wait nevermind I like this!I just saw the site!!!Avatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: So, the-leaky-cauldron.org is exclusively Harry Potter and LeakyNews.com is for HP and everything else? As a non-follower of several of the new fandoms, the news feed is a bit difficult to follow. Seems like a cool idea though.Avatar Imagevicki_the_house_elf says: It looks great! Will we have to sign up to it or will our Leaky Cauldron accounts work on there? Love that you have Doctor Who and, my new favourite obsession, Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire (I'm about a quarter of the way through the first book. Everything is beautiful and nothing hurts. Yet.) How about adding the BBC's Merlin? If you did that then all of my favourite things would be in one place. Heaven! :DAvatar Imagesparkle9 says: You just made me so happy!!!!!! Thank you so much you guys! I love Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Starkid, and Glee is cool too! <3Avatar ImageGryffindor Lioness101 says: It looks so cool :) Avatar Imageharrypotter4258 says: So is LeakyNews different from TLC?Avatar Imagepurplehogwarts says: Cool idea - but I don't think I'll use it.Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: Isn't this just like Hypable? still cool though. Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: Isn't this just like Hypable? still cool though. Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: I saw it, it's pretty interesting! But it doesn't mean that MyLeaky would stop the updates/news, would they?! O_O Anyway, I'm so glad they mentioned Castle on the sight! =)Avatar Imageakcorr says: Cool!Avatar ImageLoopeyLooneyLuna says: It's just like Hypable..... why is everyone changing! :(Avatar Imagemencia says: I don't think I'll be using it because HP is my only obssession but it sounds like a great idea :DAvatar Imagemoglet says: Ah, it's doing the same thing as Hypable, which I already use, not sure if this will have different content, but I'll interested to see what it's like.Avatar ImageAurorPhoenix aka Phoenix says: The problem with following LeakyNews.com on twitter is that you get everything they cover, not just the one fandome you want to follow.Avatar ImageAurorPhoenix aka Phoenix says: Leaky's end of page hickup intervened and didn't show the post. So I did it again. Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Thanks for posting this...Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: It looks great!Avatar Imagekbicprez says: GREAT Idea Leaky! I hope LeakyNews doesn’t try to be all things media to all people as Hypable seems to be doing. IMO, navigating Hypable has already become a little tedious. I’d love for you to add coverage of “The Girl with the Dragoon Tatoo” series to LeakyNews. I loved the books. I also saw the original versions of the films and thought they were great. I’m sure you know the English-language version of the first film will be released next year. It may not have the hype of “The Hunger Games”, but I’m looking forward to seeing it. Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: I was worried for a minuet, but they arent going to stop reporting on Leaky, they're just adding other things to LeakyNews. So it two different fan sites, yet they are connected. I'm excited Doctor Who is going to be on there, thats the only one I'm interested in. I'm surprised about Game of Thrones though, I mean that is not a kid show at all, I've only seen in a few times and simply because Sean Bean is in it.Avatar ImageLivi22 says: I'm sure it'll be amazing! It's so great that we seem to have had a huge Potter reinvention this summer! The film, Pottermore and now this! Wow!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: This is basically Hypable.. But okay..Avatar Imagebellahawthorne says: Sounds like a fun, neat venture! Definitely going to check it out! :DAvatar ImageRose-Mclane says: This is just like Hypeable. But since I like MN and Leaky anyways, I'll follow both Hypeable and Leaky News. Sometimes one news site may pick up on one news story and the other wont. Excited. Does this mean a new Podcast? I hope so, I really miss hearing you guys talk.Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: Why is there no way into Leaky from LeakyNews? My old bookmark that used to take me to the 'front page' of Leaky has now reverted to LeakyNews and I have to find a back way in. I find it annoying.Avatar ImageMaestra2 says: It looks just like Hypeable, which was an offshoot from Mugglenet people. Love 'em all, and keep the news coming!Avatar ImageLaurenBrown says: yayayayay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagemark_sheldon1221 says: I haven't tried Hypable yet, so maybe I'm wrong about this, but it seems to me like the main difference from what I've heard about Hypable and this site is interactivity with the user - meaning that rather than you getting fed information about your favorite fandoms by the site, YOU can participate and add the new information yourself. That alone in itself makes it quite a bit different from Hypable (unless I'm ill-informed about the workings of Hypable). So, for example, KB Prez mentioned above that they would like Leaky to cover "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." Well, rather than waiting for them to decide to cover it, KB Prez can create an account on Leaky News in which they will be able to report on "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: Quite a cool idea :)Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: As long as TLC stays purely HP, I'm good with this LeakyNews thing!Avatar Imagenealiezealbie says: im quite excited about this! the site looks awesome both artistically/graphically and also information wise! im hoping a re-vamping of the leaky cauldron is coming because it could use a little tlc! (<<< hahaha, see what i did there? see? haha...ha.) anyway, itd be awesome if leaky got a bit of a facelift. is that in the works at all? whoever designed the leakynews site (oh! it was jordan edwards, apparently!) should tackle the leaky cauldron!Avatar Imagenealiezealbie says: also, can we get more PotterCast?! i want to hear what the Cast has to say!!! there is so much you guys havent covered lately and im dying for some PC! lets hear about leakycon and what you thought of part 2! i wanna know what you guys think about pottermore and get some insider news on lego hp 5-7! can we get a set report? and whats happening with leaky crafts? or how about a fan artist interview? and what are the actors up to lately-- can we get an interview with chris or evanna? i want more! more! more! more! and i want it now! ...or you know whenever...you get around to it...i realize thats quite i bit...so....take your time, please! :) I LOVE PC!Avatar ImageDarth Revan says: I demand Star Wars.Avatar ImageDarth Revan says: I demand Star Wars.Avatar Imageelanor17 says: i agree with Nealie can't wait for a Pottercast about Pottermore ;) still I'm looking forward to LeakyNews! Avatar Imagepinkmoosely says: This is a good thing if it gives Leaky a longer and stronger life beyond the fandom of HP. I really hope this is the right move. Good luck guys :-)Avatar Imagemolly43 says: The site's great for those looking for something beyond HP but I'm only interested in HP and hope Leaky keeps the HP site going separate.Avatar Imagemolly43 says: I agree with @ WeenyOwl {The Human Deluminator} If I’m on a Leaky Cauldron site and need to go back to home pg it is very frustrating to be sent to Leaky.com. I really doesn’t make sense to send me to home page of Leaky.com when I’m in the Leaky cauldron site. I had to go into may favorite’s to get back to the Leaky cauldron. Please keep them separate. Avatar ImageRowling Stones says: I think the sight is too broad, for people who only follow a few fandoms it won't be worth checking for updates. But good luck with it I think it could catch onAvatar Imagekandeeland says: wow cool! Avatar ImageVerityDarling says: Great idea, as long as the-leaky-cauldron.org isn't forgotten! :DAvatar ImageSugey says: Ill be fun to read about other fandoms too, thanksAvatar Imagepotion wiz Ms. Potter says: as the song goes "i'm so excited, and i just can't hide it" no no no no lol ;pAvatar ImageArchdude says: Very nice!Avatar Imagevioletngatai says: I know I can't wait!Avatar ImageAhvana says: sounds pretty interesting!i think i wud like to visit this site!Avatar ImageFran Potter says: Cannot WAIT!!!!Avatar Image says: It looks like a great site!Avatar ImageLara Skye says: CAN'T WAIT!!!Avatar Image says: seems interesting... :)Avatar Imageanajones234 says: This is awesome ! can´t wait to find out all about this :)Avatar Image says: I agree with LoopeyLooneyLuna. BTW Luna is my fave!Avatar Imagelonaticblack says: Harry Potter and The Hunger Games <3

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