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A one-stop Harry Potter bonanza.

What parents need to know

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The chat rooms and discussion boards are heavily moderated for language.


You'll encounter lots of ads on the site. Additionally, there's a store that sells everything Potter.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Leaky Cauldron could keep any fan of the Harry Potter series occupied for hours. With a wealth of content, including extensive book club groups, interviews with cast members, and heavily moderated discussion forums and chats (both 3D and text-based), this is really a one-stop shop for all things Potter. Kids can download podcasts for their MP3 players and cell phones, and can check certain news portions of the site remotely. The site does feature ads, and The Cauldron Shop sells everything from books to wands.

What's it about?

THE-LEAKY-CAULDRON.ORG hosts everything Harry Potter: a huge photo and video gallery, book discussions and essays, an extensive news feed, quizzes, craft ideas, and the very popular downloadable PotterCast podcast. If fans produce their own Potter art or crafts, they can upload photos of their creations to the site and let other fans rate them. Fans can talk to other fans in the heavily moderated chat rooms. In the Leaky Lounge discussion forum, fans gather to discuss theories for the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, their hopes for the upcoming films, favorite and least favorite characters, and more.

Is it any good?


What started out as a place for Harry Potter news, (along with its friendly rival is now the preeminent Potter site. The series' author J.K. Rowling herself has said that it's her personal favorite of the Harry Potter sites, and the creator and Webmistress, Melissa Anelli, has even met with the notoriously private author at her Scotland home. Besides the author's endorsement, the site has more to recommend it. Unlike many forums on the web, the threads at tend to stay friendly and age-appropriate, and moderators are on hand to ensure that it stays that way. The site also has strict policies on spoilers for both the books and movies, though those can be harder to enforce in a chat forum. On a less positive note, the site also features quite a few ads and products to buy, all related to Harry Potter.

Online interaction: The site links to or includes several ways to interact with other Harry Potter fans, but not all of them are functional.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about fan communities. Why do people love talking about the books and movies so much? Is it more fun to guess theories about the upcoming book or to be completely surprised? 

  • Who are your favorite characters and why? If you were making the next Harry Potter movie, what would you change from the book?

Website details

Genre:Fan Sites
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 13 years old Written byuntiltheveryend July 8, 2011

The Leaky Cauldron: #1 Name in Potter

Leaky is yet another amazing resource to rely on to get up to the minute coverage on all things Harry Potter. There are quite a few ads, but once you get past those, there is nothing that is necessarily inappropriate for children. It's a brilliant website I can use for resource.
What other families should know
Educational value
Too much consumerism
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 August 30, 2012

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completely surprised? Who are your favorite characters and why? If you were making the next Harry Potter movie, what would you change from the book?
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Kid, 12 years old March 6, 2011