The Leaky Cauldron

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Name: The Leaky Cauldron
Owner/Maintainer: Melissa Anelli
Dates: July 2000 - present
Type: news
Fandom: Harry Potter
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The Leaky Cauldron is one of the largest and most popular Harry Potter fansites. It was founded in 2000 to report news on the Harry Potter series and franchise, and has since expanded to include forums, interviews, image galleries, a weekly podcast, and more. It is currently run by Melissa Anelli.

The site received J.K. Rowling's Fan Site Award on May 13, 2005.[1]

See also: A Brief (Believe It Or Not) History Of The Leaky Cauldron

2020 Statement

On July 1, 2020, the US-based sites MuggleNet and The Leaky Cauldron released a joint statement rejecting Rowling's beliefs on transgender rights and detailing their commitment to providing a safe community where all feel welcome. This statement was in response to an essay Rowling wrote in which she commented about gender identity on her website. She immediately faced criticism and condemnation from LGBTQ+ activists and fans, who called it "devastating."

The joint statements: Our Commitment, Archived version and Addressing J.K. Rowling's Recent Statements, Archived version; Addressing J.K. Rowling's Recent Statements, includes archived comments.

See J.K. Rowling and Transphobia for more.

Further Reading


  1. ^ J.K.Rowling Official Site. Section: Fan Sites - The Leaky Cauldron. 13 May 2005. (Accessed 08 October 2011.)