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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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2006 Points

Happy Birthday, LeakyFriends ! <3<3<3
10 year is a long time for a website :-D

Posted by Viccy6 {ROAR!} on July 04, 2010, 03:01 PM report to moderator
252 Points

Congrats on 10 years Leaky! :D

Posted by PhoenixFeathers *ROAR!* on July 04, 2010, 03:06 PM report to moderator
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Hooray to 10 years of Leaky!!! I have been ‘visiting’ for 8 of those years, and have witnessed a lot of changes… A lot of usernames come to mind of folks who really made this place so special, that are no longer here… So here’s a big salute to them, and to all those who volunteered their time & efforts over the years to make this a very, very special place. Who knows what the future may bring, but lets hope Leaky will still be here with us for 10 more!

Posted by Won_Two on July 04, 2010, 03:21 PM report to moderator
226 Points

Happy 10 years of Potter Leaky !

Posted by wiltabone on July 04, 2010, 03:25 PM report to moderator
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Happy Birthday Leaky! Congrats on 10 years and I hope you have many more awesome years! :D

Posted by StayFree37 on July 04, 2010, 03:38 PM report to moderator
507 Points

Congratulations! I love the site :D

Posted by IloveDobby on July 04, 2010, 03:41 PM report to moderator
696 Points

Happy b-day! :P

Posted by Nwrosey on July 04, 2010, 03:41 PM report to moderator
256 Points

happy birthday leaky! its so amazing! this is such a great site and place for harry potter fans, thanks for being so amazing

Posted by WolfyWizard on July 04, 2010, 03:44 PM report to moderator
141 Points

Ten years!? Wow that’s Awesome!!!!!!!

Posted by Vella Rose ^Hiss^ on July 04, 2010, 03:56 PM report to moderator
190 Points

A very happy birthday to Leaky! I still love you so much, I don’t come often, mostly a quick glance at the site for some news, but I always feel welcome! Thanks to everyone for making this such a great place! :) And Melissa 9 years and 3 months, wow, that’s so long! I’m so glad you’re still at Leaky!

Posted by lollifant on July 04, 2010, 04:00 PM report to moderator
519 Points

Someone should take a screenshot right now, and save it. Then, ten years later, when it will all be holograms, and mini movies, and high-tech, we can look back on it, and see what it is today.

Posted by RavenclawGirl13 on July 04, 2010, 04:04 PM report to moderator
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Can’t wait for Leaky Con!!! :)

Posted by BShrib on July 04, 2010, 04:06 PM report to moderator
519 Points

Congratulations! I hope that in ten years, I will still be able to pull up this brilliant site. Ron might say: “Blimey, Harry! Ten years!”

Posted by RavenclawGirl13 on July 04, 2010, 04:06 PM report to moderator
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Happy Birthday Leaky and thankyou for keeping me very well informed in all the awesome Harry news!!! Love you leaky!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Posted by Snunkiebrian (Gold Marauder46) on July 04, 2010, 04:20 PM report to moderator
358 Points

Happy Birthday leaky! Im so glad I found this site! :) <3

Posted by Mischief_Managed *Roar* on July 04, 2010, 04:26 PM report to moderator
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