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Happy Birthday, Hermione Granger!

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Sep 20, 2014

Posted by Mel

September 19th marks the birthday of Hermione Granger, the brightest witch of her age. Please join us in wishing Hermione a very happy birthday and in hoping she gets many new books as gifts!



J.K. Rowling Donates to Local Town Hall

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Sep 18, 2014

Posted by Catherine

J.K. Rowling has given a generous donation to a Perthshire community project, turning Aberfeldy Town Hall into a music and drama center. One of Ms. Rowling’s official representatives confirmed that our favorite author has donated a generous amount to the project, but is inclined to keep the specific amount confidential. The project is said to …read more!



WB Studio Tour Gets Dark Arts Addition

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Sep 10, 2014

Posted by Brad Ausrotas

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London has long been a mecca for Potter fans, and now it’s about to get… a bit more sinister. The Tour has announced that they will be adding in a whole new feature to the tour dedicated to the Dark Arts, the first addition to the tour since it’s …read more!

Avatar ImagePollyC says: This is great news! I had already booked my tickets for the Studios before reading about this new Dark Arts addition. Fabulous!2 more comments »


PotterCast 254: Live from LeakyCon 2014!

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Sep 09, 2014

Posted by Melissa Anelli

It’s a PotterCast! This time we were LIVE from LeakyCon 2014, and we have a special co-host in Mark Oshiro! Join John, Frankie, and Melissa to discuss the new Wizarding World, all the fun of LeakyCon 2014, and more. Also: we are making a real effort to get PotterCast back to its regular posting schedule …read more!



J. K. Rowling Hints Patronus Test Might Come to Pottermore

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Sep 08, 2014

Posted by Mel

Today on Twitter, a fan tweeted J. K. Rowling, wondering about an official Patronus test and Rowling hinted that it might be coming soon:   @AlwaysUchiwa Keep watching Pottermore… — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 7, 2014 Keep close to Leaky for all Pottermore updates!

Avatar ImageGrindylow_101 says: Yahay! I really hope this happens, I've always wanted something like this! *secretly hopes for a Phoenix patronous*4 more comments »


Happy Birthday, John!

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Sep 07, 2014

Posted by Melissa Anelli

It’s John Noe’s birthday! If you don’t know who John Noe is, you should: he’s been the main designing force behind Leaky for a decade, and has remade the site several times since its inception. He is one of the three hosts of PotterCast, and most recently stepped in as Leaky Cauldron Savior, fixing our site …read more!

Avatar Imagegexpert says: Happy late birthday John! We miss you! Thank you for fixing the website too! I love the new layout!7 more comments »


UPDATED: J.K. Rowling tweets about Scotland Referendum and Replies to Fans

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Sep 04, 2014

Posted by Catherine

As reported previously this summer, J.K. Rowling has voiced her opinions and views on the Scotland Referendum that will determine whether or not Scotland will remain united with the UK, or become independent. With voting taking place later this month (September 18), the push for last minute support from the people for both sides of …read more!

Avatar ImageAJ Booton says: Hmmm... will New Scotland Yard become the New New Non-Scotland Yard?2 more comments »


First Images from the Set of The Casual Vacancy

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Sep 04, 2014

Posted by Catherine

The first images from the set of BBC One’s adaption of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy have surfaced. The Daily Mail has released images of actress Keeley Hawes in her role as Samantha Mollison. Also on set was Michael Gambon (Professor Dumbledore), who plays Keeley Hawes’ fictitious husband, Howard Mollison. The photos also include shots of Hetty …read more!



Emma Watson speaks against Nude Photo Controversy

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Sep 04, 2014

Posted by Catherine

As reported previously, Emma Watson was appointed as a UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador. As a part of her new position, Emma Watson has been speaking out against injustices against women around the world. Recently many female celebrity personal iClouds were hacked, and hundreds of nude photos were stolen and posted on a public website. Even …read more!

Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: Sad this happening... But glad Emma wasn't included :)Add your own comment! »


Life in the Leaky Cauldron! Alert! Alert!

Aug 30, 2014

Posted by Melissa Anelli

It’s taken years. It’s taken tears. It’s taken a revolution in technology and a new coding system. BUT THE LEAKY CAULDRON IS FIXED. (Or… about 90% fixed.) Over the past few years, the reason that we haven’t made a lot of updates to the Leaky Cauldron is that it was made, during the last time …read more!

Avatar Imagenellythemarrow says: I agree about time stamps on comments. Hope the groups will be sorted out soon, the list of groups I've apparently joined are very random and my own groups I created have vanished. News about Leaky Lounge would also be welcome!31 more comments »


Happy Birthday, Rupert Grint!

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Aug 24, 2014

Posted by Mel

Today, August 24th, marks the birthday of Rupert Grint, who plays faithful friend Ron Weasley. Please join us in wishing Rupert a very happy birthday and many happy returns.

Avatar ImagePollyC says: Hope to see you at the Wizarding World Orlando this coming January! Happiest of Birthdays, Rupert!4 more comments »


Happy Birthday, Percy Weasley!

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Aug 22, 2014

Posted by Mel

Today, August 22, marks former Head Boy Percy Weasley’s birthday! Please join us in wishing this Weasley brother a very happy birthday!



David Yates to Direct “Fantastic Beast” Films

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Aug 22, 2014

Posted by Catherine

Director of the last four Harry Potter movies, David Yates, has officially taken on the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy. As reported previously, J.K. Rowling will be working (along side Yates), writing the screenplays for the films, ensuring the film series spin off stays true to the Potter Universe. The first film is …read more!

Avatar ImageKat says: I would love to see Ewan McGregor play Newt!5 more comments »


Rupert Grint Discusses “It’s Only a Play,” Broadway Debut

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Aug 20, 2014

Posted by Mel

Rupert Grint, who will be making his Broadway debut in “It’s Only a Play,” was recently interviewed about the play and about how acting on stage differs from acting for a film: Tell me about this guy you’re playing, Frank Finger. It’s a type of character that I’ve never had the chance to play before—he’s …read more!

Avatar Imagesims159 says: Congrats Rupert. Maybe I'll run into you on the streets of New York (I can dream, can't I)Add the first comment! »


Celestina Warbeck Bio Added to Pottemore

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Aug 18, 2014

Posted by Mel

In honor of the fact that it’s the famed magical songstress’s birthday, J. K. Rowling has updated the “Chamber of Secrets” section of Pottermore to give fans more information about Celestina Warbeck. One of Warbeck’s hit songs is also available to be listened to on the site. You can log into Pottermore to read all …read more!

Avatar ImageBrooke says: I'm officially in love with "You Stole My Cauldron But You Can't Have My Heart" I wish it was on iTunes2 more comments »


Happy Birthday, Ginny Weasley!

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Aug 12, 2014

Posted by Mel

August 11th marked the birthday of Ginny Weasley! Please join Leaky in wishing Ginny Weasley a very happy belated birthday.

Avatar Imagesims159 says: Happy Birthday 'Mrs. Harry Potter'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Add the first comment! »


Emma Thompson “Save the Arctic”

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Aug 08, 2014

Posted by Catherine

Emma Thompson (Professor Sybil Trelawney) has joined the Greenpeace “Help Save the Arctic” campaign. The campaign calls for legal protection of the arctic against deprivation by oil drills and industrial fishing. As Emma Thompson says on her petition, savethearctic.org/emma, “it is not to much to say our future depends on it”. Harry Potter costar Emma …read more!

Avatar Imagegambyt says: I hope for the best on this score... However, many climatologists are saying we have already reached the point of no return. I pray they are mistaken...Add the first comment! »


One Millionth Rider Boards the Hogwarts Express

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Aug 07, 2014

Posted by Mel

Despite only opening last month, the Hogwarts Express ride at the new Diagon Alley expansion in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has already celebrated its one millionth rider: Cheers from guests filled the air at Hogsmeade Station today as Universal Orlando Resort celebrated its one millionth rider on the Hogwarts Express – the iconic …read more!

Avatar Imagegambyt says: One million already... Thats really something...Add the first comment! »


J. K. Rowling Writes Letter as Dumbledore to Shooting Victim

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Aug 06, 2014

Posted by Mel

Fifteen-year-old Cassidy Stay, who was the only survivor of a shooting that left her parents and siblings dead, received a letter and care package from J. K. Rowling following a speech she made just three days after the shooting, where she quoted Dumbledore. The speech went viral and J. K. Rowling reached out to Ms. …read more!

Avatar Imageemmawatsonishot says: This makes my heart smile!Add the first comment! »


J. K. Rowling and WB Form Harry Potter Global Franchise Development Team

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Aug 01, 2014

Posted by Mel

In order to manage all upcoming and future Harry Potter related projects – such as the theme park expansions and the “Fantastic Beasts” films – J. K. Rowling and Warner Bros. have formed a Harry Potter Global Franchise Development team: Warner Bros. Entertainment has conjured up the Harry Potter Global Franchise Development team, based in …read more!

Avatar Imagegambyt says: How very nice...Add the first comment! »




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