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Posted by: Melissa
July 16, 2009, 01:28 AM

Hey all:


Now that HBP is out, and our two-year wait (the longest since we were waiting for books!) for a new film has ended, and the suspense is over and everyone has started to form their opinions, it may be easy to forget just what went on here on Leaky in the past few weeks. So I'll tell you: An effort of mammoth proportions that required the efforts and energy of entire teams who work on this site. It often went unseen except in staff inboxes. 

We usually do our backpatting to fellow staffers behind closed doors, but this time we thought the occasion called for some serious front-page props. I hope if you have enjoyed the site at all in the past few weeks you will take a moment to read this and join us in thanking everyone who has done such work, which has gone well over and above anything of which we can ask.

Leaky is the result of the effort of hundreds of people. In the past few weeks, as we have been assaulted with clips from the flim, interviews, backstage peeks and more, more than a hundred and ten new videos were entered into our video galleries. We added thousands of images to our overwhelming archive. Since June 15 there have been 347 news articles. We have live-tweeted, Ustreamed, transcribed and posted as fast as fingers and the Internet allow. Keeping Leaky your number one source for all things Harry Potter has been a job of which only a group of people this insanely committed is capable. 

Please join me in thanking every last Leaky staff member, and also a few specific standouts:

Kimmy Blair and Chris Dotson, who head the image and video galleries respectively and do so with superhuman drive, have driven themselves and their teams to near distraction this month. Our gallery elves - Perenelle, SunnyElf, Yellowpepper2311, Apple, JavaJunkie, Danae24, Carli, LunasLion, nddulac, libbysmom, MirandaV, Birthday Twins, blue4t, Kendra.Dumbledore, hagiographer13, LizetM, moony_lupin, and sallene - have been outstanding and selfless at every turn. Edward Drogos has been a marvelous backstage worker on the news section; Alex Robbin and Nick Poulden have been pulling small miracles every day to keep us online; Doris Herrmann and Nick Rhein have been keeping the projects moving and forum running. And as usual the enthusiasm brought to the table by every Leaky staff member has really made this a month of excitement and fun.

Last but certainly not least we give a shout-out to Sue Upton, who probably posted 340+ of those 347 articles, at one point 30 in a single day. The stream of news and interviews and reports has been ceaseless, and she has been on top of it all like the HP news veteran she is. 

These people are the reason that Leaky remains your choice for HP info, news and entertainment and I hope you'll all join me in offering three cheers for every single one!

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321 Comments

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Thank you so much, everyone! You’re amazing!

Posted by JackieC on July 16, 2009, 07:22 AM report to moderator
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Thank you for providing the best coverage and the best quality of coverage. Congrats to you all. Sue, you must be superhuman to have kept up with WB’s frenzie. Melissa, Jon, & Frack not only did you kept the greatest HP site the # 1 site; you also managed to pull of a wrocking tour! Thank you for every thing! It is wonderful that you have provided a magical home for us all here at Leaky and for doing it with passion.

Posted by Nmbs2k {ROAR ROAR GRYFFINDOR!} on July 16, 2009, 07:31 AM report to moderator
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you leaky guys are the best! thanks so so so much! you work so hard, it’s amazing this work hasn’t killed you from lack of not typing!

Posted by HPWonder on July 16, 2009, 07:36 AM report to moderator
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I havn’t seen HBP yet, so… don’t tell me about it. I want it to be a suprise!

But now back to the topic:… Wow… I actually never new that the Leaky Cauldron had so much history!! It’s probably even more complicated than “Hogwarts: a History” (Such a wierd name for a book!)!! But… it might not be as complicated as the “Ultimate History of Video Games” (that was CRAZY complicated!!).

Posted by ?????? on July 16, 2009, 07:37 AM report to moderator
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Thanks, to each and every one of the folks who were named by Melissa. Leaky is THE go-to HP site, yeah!!

Posted by bettb [ITC!] on July 16, 2009, 07:37 AM report to moderator
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I finally got around to registering for the site after listening to Pottercast for the past 2 and a half years. Leaky is by far the best place to get all HP news, thanks for the constant updates- it helps keep HP fandom alive.

Posted by ender650 on July 16, 2009, 07:38 AM report to moderator
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thank you everyone!! for the best fan site ever!!! and Sue, i was just reading Entertainment weekly and you were in it!!!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on July 16, 2009, 07:46 AM report to moderator
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Thank you Leaky for everything. You’re the ultimate fansite. Love you guys, thanks again.

Posted by MysteryLights on July 16, 2009, 07:46 AM report to moderator
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thanks Leaky!

Posted by Girlraven1 on July 16, 2009, 07:49 AM report to moderator
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Long Live Leaky!

♥ ♥ ♥

Posted by stella8h8chang on July 16, 2009, 07:58 AM report to moderator
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A HUGE thank you to each and everyone of the staffers! You make the site better by the day!

Posted by Daniela [WBM] on July 16, 2009, 07:58 AM report to moderator
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Awesome work Leaky!!! Thank for all you do. You really fill a void in my life since the books were done!

Posted by PLongbottom on July 16, 2009, 08:01 AM report to moderator
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wow you guys are awsome!!! which is why leaky is my home page!! cuz i know i can always count on you guys!!
keep up the GREAT work

Posted by Anna on July 16, 2009, 08:02 AM report to moderator
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My daily (at least) Potterfix. Thanks

Posted by RaytheforgottenWeasley on July 16, 2009, 08:02 AM report to moderator
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You all know what I think of you and the work you do, but this reinforces it again.

I thank you all!!

Posted by Neil in Scotland * ROAR! * on July 16, 2009, 08:08 AM report to moderator
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