Fanfic Recs: Harry Potter General
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Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that doesn't fit into one of the other folders.
I'll Fight For you
Harry Potter and the Boy Who Lived
- Recommended by Drjafjaf, HirakuJoutei, Komodo Classic
- Synopsis: Set in the Marauder Era, this fanfic tells the story of Lily and James' 6th year from Lily's point of view.
- Comments: There are some elements of a typical Marauder Era fic, but this one by far surpasses all others. The writing is excellent and well thought out, the plot revolves around more than just belligerent sexual tension, and the characters are all done justice by the author. In particular, the last section epilogue of the story is one of the most powerful things I have even read, both in published work and fiction.
- I agree with just about everything said above. I do think that it falls prey to the tendency of fanfiction authors to leave Peter out of the story, but overall it really is fantastic.
by The Santi
Thou Shalt Not Suffer
- Recommended by Sweece, Magic Kirby
- Synopsis: Harry Potter loves, and is loved by, his parents, his godfather, and his brother. He isn't mistreated, abused, or neglected. So why is he a Dark Wizard? NonBWL!Harry. Not your typical Harry's brother is the Boy Who Lived story.
- Comments: An excellent fic with a more intelligent interesting Harry who isn't overpowered or bound by the chains of Destiney (or some such crap).
- Magic Kirby: The fanfiction link is no longer being updated, the up to date story can be found on Dark Lord Potter Here. About a third of the way down the page of the link is where it picks up from where fanfiction left off. And please for the love of god don't post anything in the story thread.
by The Wizards Harry
- Recommended by Liquid-Molasses, mermaidgirl45
- Synopsis: An emotionally realistic take on the idea of a fundamentalist Christian being invited to Hogwarts.
- Comments: Still in-progress but interesting so far, and it deals with the issue without being anti-religion.
- Seconded—a little cautiously—by Mthe R. The first couple chapters have a few persistent spelling errors and typos, but nothing distracting. The OC at the center of the story is flawed but likeable, and the representation of Slytherin so far looks to be one of the most balanced and realistic I've seen in a fanfiction. Mostly I'm recommending because it's the first Harry Potter fanfiction in ages to hold my attention past the fifth chapter.
- For those of you who were put off by the "Christian!" thing, as I was, give this fic a chance. The main character is very likable and the whole thing is great fun. I was expecting a religious rant, but got one of my favorite OC fanfics. Also, calling Lockhart "Captain Vainglory" is made of win.
and its sequels, Journeyman Potter
and Master Potter
(in progress) by Draco664 (All AU)
The Most Grievous and Lamentable Tragedy of the Death of Lord Voldemort
- Recommended by Looney Toons, Unclouded TJ
- Synopsis: A Harry Potter Alternate Universe that diverges shortly after the events of Order of the Phoenix. Instead of letting Harry return to Hogwarts for his sixth year, Mad-Eye Moody arranges an apprenticeship for him, with a mysterious and infuriating new master.
- Comments: Includes Fem!Blaise, Angry!Angry!Really Angry!Harry, and poly shipping.
- Nornagest: Technically competent and usually enjoyable. Unfortunately it makes a few fanficcy structural mistakes — but my standards are ridiculously high, and I did manage to get through it anyway.
A Bad Week At The Wizengamot
- Recommended by Micah, AcrossTheStars, boonerunner, Fenro, HirakuJoutei
- Synopsis: Harry Potter meets Jacobean revenge tragedy.
- Status: As of July 2013, “access denied” for the LiveJournal entry, and couldn’t find any mirrors.
- Comments: Written pre-Half Blood Prince. Has stage directions like "[In a manner suggestive of profound, puppy-kicking evil]" and "[Makes frightening groaning noises just for the hell of it, the scamp]".
- It's probably twice as funny for anyone familiar with Renaissance literature, especially Shakespeare and Marlowe, so English majors, theater majors, and AP Lit students will probably laugh harder than anyone else.
- Thirded—or is it fourth-ed?—by Ms. Byrd. Note that above troper is spot-on, however.
- Recommended by Looney Toons, Comartemis, Ms. Byrd, lanky, Chuckg, Dor, Seraviel, timeywimey, T7F, The Otaku Ninja, DragonRidingSorceress, Komodo Classic
- Synopsis: After Harry Potter is convicted by the Wizengamot for defending himself against the dementors the summer after his fourth year and goes wandless into exile, Cornelius Fudge is certain all is now well with the world. At least until Harry's revenge begins...
- Comments: Funny short story set in an Alternate Universe that looks much bleaker than canon... at least at first. Features Cornelius Fudge as the ultimate Pointy-haired Boss.
- Seconded by Comartemis: Best Humiliation Conga I've ever read. Just make sure you aren't drinking anything while you read.
- Thirded by Ms. Byrd, as she's convinced this fic is undiluted Crowning Moment of Funny. For that matter, she's convinced author DisobedienceWriter is made of Crowning Moment Of Awesome.
- This. This is how you perform a Humiliation Conga.
- Elenor: I will recommend this as soon as I can stop laughing long enough to type.
- Dor heartily * counts on fingers* sixths this, although he finds the second chapter — Sirius's efforts to fix the Ministry of Magic — even more appealing than the Humiliation Conga in the first chapter.
- T7F 8ths This: BURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRN!
- The Rich Sheik 9ths This: It is immensely satisfying to see Fudge and wizarding britain get torn apart piece by piece. However the third chapter doesn't live up to the standards set by the first two chapters.
- 10'th by The Otaku Ninja, as someone who despised how wizarding world treated Harry through the last few books, this was a breath of fresh air to her...
- Subzero008: I did not like the way it portrayed certain characters; some may find this annoying, like me. But for the most part, loved it.
by Silver Pard
The Book of Dobby: Per Arcana ad Astra
- Recommended by: Looney Toons, chimeras, 0Wraith, Fenro
- Synopsis: Harry finds himself reincarnated as a newborn Tom Marvolo Riddle, decades in the past. Can he do what he needs to in order to ensure that he is born and lives out the life he remembers? Can he bear the cost?
- Comments: Dark, heartbreaking and ultimately creepy.
- Definitely seconded, even if you saw it coming, the ending is still chilling.
- 0Wraith: This is one of the best Harry Potter oneshots I've ever read. Very dark, very devastating. Silver Pard writes brilliant Death Note fics too, if you're into that fandom.
by Doghead Thirteen
- Recommended by Looney Toons, Comartemis
- Synopsis: While obsessively cleaning Colin Creevy's stacks of nerd paraphernalia, Dobby stumbles on a book about The Battle Of Britain and takes a liking to the idea of big metal birds blowing shit up. A few weeks later after Voldemort's return, Harry is trying to think of ways to fight Voldemort and his Death Eaters when Dobby offers a solution involving magic, elves, and World War II air power. "TURNS OUTS THEM LIGHTSES! IS YOUS NOT KNOWING THERE IS BEING A WAR ON?"
- Comments: One of the most warped and entertaining Potter stories I've ever encountered. Words cannot describe just how twisted and fun this story is — it must be read to be believed. Completely unlike any other Harry Potter fic in existence. Incomplete, but still being written by an active author.
- Comartemis: A fic that absolutely refuses to take itself seriously, this is gloriously crack-tastic and a joy to read; my only complaint is that there isn't enough of it. Conspicuously avoids Evil!Dumbledore despite invoking the same Fridge Logic that generally leads to that characterization (he's not evil, he's just senile). Also, watch for 40K and Girl Genius shout-outs including a surprise appearance by the Jägers!
- Sinclair: This story is utterly hilarious and Dobby's (and his fellow elves') antics will leave you unable to breathe from sheer laughter many, many times. The best part? For all the crack, it could actually work!
by Sam the Storyteller
Measure for Measure
- Recommended by Lavanya Six, boonerunner
- Synopsis: In an alternate universe, one man still struggles with a moral decision made many years before.
- Comments: My favorite HP one-shot. It explores the life and mind of Tom Riddle in a world where, like a recovering alcoholic, he makes an conscious effort each day to not turn Dark.
- Seconded by Thanos6. Much like Dexter, this fic explores someone who is essentially a sociopath who is just barely clinging to morality by his fingernails.
by Grover Cleveland
- Recomended by Radiofreak
- Synopsis: Harry Potter's fifth year. Featuring a sarcastic!/slightly independent!/STRAIGHT!Harry Harry/Daphne
- Status: Incomplete. Last updated 2009-03-28.
- Comments: One of the best HP fanfics I have had the pleasure of reading, with a very well done first person view of a slightly mad Harry. Features Harry getting paid in virgins outside of a crackfic.
Bungle in the Jungle
- Recommended by Ithanyx, Unclouded TJ, boonerunner, Komodo Classic
- Synopsis: Harry confronts Voldemort after his sixth year at Hogwarts with an alternate reason for some of the Dark's Lord's failures, and offers to help him out, for a price.
- Comments: A fantastic ret-con fic which shows an interesting idea of what a power that Voldemort knows not could be like.
and its sequel, Turn Me Loose
- Recommended by Dor, Looney Toons, Foo Fighter, Chuckg, lanky, oruma
- Synopsis: Harry Potter escapes one of Dumbledore's plans to manipulate him by following Bill Weasley on an expedition to South America, where they find far more than they bargained for.
- Comments: Very few authors use the second person successfully; Bungle in the Jungle is among the best of the exceptions. The story can be a bit intimidating for the first chapter or two, between the point of view and the first chapter being in non-chronological order. Stick with it, and you find a cast of thoroughly-developed original characters, an insightful look into what a cursebreaker actually does, and one of the best climactic battle sequences in fanfiction. Be warned: There's a pretty significant amount of Hermione- and Weasley-bashing, although the sequel redeems them somewhat.
- Looney Toons: I particularly like his take on Luna Lovegood, which makes perfect sense in this setting. Also note that this story does not end conclusively, but its sequel picks up where "Bungle" left off.
- Comartemis: I'm not sure what to think about this one. On the one hand, Evil!Weasleys and Manipulative!Dumbledore are some of my all-time least favorite cliches, and the fact that Hermione gets similar treatment is another punch in the gut, and her later "redemption" doesn't do much to improve the situation. Setting those things aside, however, it's a damn good fic and probably one of the better Luna/Harry fics I've read.
- Foo Fighter: From reading this and The Lie I've Lived I'm willing to say that jbern writes THE best combat/duel scenes I've seen in any Fan Fic.
- Chuckg: I recommend this fic highly, especially to any Bill Weasley fan or anyone who wants to see jbern's take on what a Curse Breaker really does for a living. Magical Indiana Jones vs. the Zombie Apocalypse of the Ruined City is worth the price of admission all by itself. However, I stopped reading the series after the action got back to England in the sequel, but that's just me.
- lanky: This is worth the price of admission and the strange second-person perspective JUST for the fact that Ron is not Ron the Death Eater. Despite the fact that the Weasley Clan, Bill and maybe Charlie aside, have been an absolute bunch of manipulative bastards, the first thing he does when he gets the chance to talk to Harry is apologize profusely and try to stand by him. Honestly, I wasn't a fan of the demonization to that point, but it makes sense in context: Dumbledore presents something that might just win the war. Of course the Weasleys, OotP members through and through, would do it, especially when it was a case of making Harry happy. It's a grim, grim reminder of what the Harry Potter series could have been if Dumbledore was just a bit more of a bastard. Hell, it's worth the price of admission just for the Alternate Character Interpretation of Luna Lovegood, who becomes something more than some batshit crazy girl spouting moonspeak.
and Free Life
, by "fake a smile"
The Innocence of Guilt
- Recommended by Chuckg, Unclouded TJ
- Synopsis: Sirius' ghost hangs around after OoTP to help Harry get over his death and train him, leading to a Harry who enters year 6 with an iron determination to grow up and take his fate in his own hands and fight the war against Voldemort on his own terms. Meanwhile, the "Golden Trio" splits apart when Harry won't let them in on his new plans, leaving Ginny (and later Remus) as his only confidants. Independent!Harry and Genuinely-Well-Meaning-But-Stiflingly-Manipulative!Dumbledore. Taking Control is complete; its sequel Free Life is incomplete but in progress.
- Pairings: Harry/Ginny
- Comments: Although the main focus of the story is not the romance, this still has one of the best-developed Harry/Ginny romances ever. The pacing is delightfully appropriate, the author has a fine grasp of subtlety, and the plot is interesting and without obvious holes. Unlike most other Manipulative!Dumbledore fics, the Dumbledore in this one is neither using inappropriate methods or has evil intentions, he's just idealistically misguided. And while Harry's more kickarse than canon, this isn't remotely near a Super!Harry fic. Indeed, the only possible negative note is that Ron and Hermione do not come off well in this fic — its hardly Ron the Death Eater territory, but Ron gets to be the clueless git again, and Hermione has her bossy know-it-all tendencies taken to positively Flanderized levels. So, Ron and Hermione fans have been warned.
- Not so sure that it's not a bit of a Super!Harry fic, what with the dual animagus forms and the superfast learning cool stuff over the summer. The mandatory shopping splurge can't be avoided but it's a nice enough read apart from that.
Make A Wish
- Recommended by Unclouded TJ
- Synopsis: Harry Potter was sentenced to Azkaban prison. However he never went there. Who is this James Pathertrory who's running around the world causing problems for the Death Eaters?
by Rorschach's Blot
- Recommended by Looney Toons, Chuckg, Elenor, UnseenVoice, lanky
- Synopsis: After learning the prophecy, Harry comes to the conclusion there's no way he can win against Voldemort. And if that's the case, he decides he has to get in as much living as he can before he must return to the conflict. But in the process of the whirlwind round-the-world tour he takes under an assumed name as result of that decision, he inadvertently creates a mythic figure of such proportions that even Voldemort begins to fear him.
- Comments: An enjoyable, funny story despite the author's primitive grasp of the technical rudiments of writing and the somewhat anticlimactic ending. Watching how the Wizarding World creates the myth of "Mr. Black" by misunderstanding or selectively re-interpreting the information and stories left in Harry's wake is worth the occasional frustration with Blot's style, as is the scale to which the myth eventually grows — and how Harry reacts when he finally learns what his "last vacation before dying" has wrought. (Be warned, though, that Make A Wish starts slowly — although the lead-up has some good if low-key humor, the funniest stuff really doesn't start to kick in until the end of chapter 10.) Anyway, don't take this story seriously — just sit back and enjoy it. It has a sequel, The Hunt for Harry Potter, which isn't quite as good in my opinion, but is still fun to read.
- The writing is amateurish, but the plot is original and engaging, the OCs interesting, and the humor spot-on.
- lanky adds: The more the story goes on, the less entertaining it gets, I found. It's an interesting read, but Harry quickly becomes a Boring Invincible Hero when he stops being mistaken for a huge, powerful badass and actually becomes one. Especially after the story abandons humor to take the serious route. Honestly, the story could have been a lot better had it just stuck to the premise. It's still worth a read, however.
by Osireia (AU)
- Recommended by Unclouded TJ, abcd_z
- Synopsis: Harry is thrown into a world where purebloods are discriminated against, Tom Riddle is the Boy Who Lived, and the Dark Lord...is someone he'd never suspect. Will his emerging abilities be enough? Should he support Riddle — or the Dark Lord?
The Alexandra Quick
series by Inverarity
: the Thorn Circle
, the Lands Below
, and the Deathly Regiment
and the Stars Above
(Very completely AU)
A Place For Warriors
- Recommended by FrankRonaldOrion, Unclouded TJ, Chaosjunction Agogobell
- Synopsis: This story has next to nothing to do with the characters in the Harry Potter series; it has everything to do with the Harry Potter world. Set in the United States, where the Confederation, a government in political turmoil, has problems with revolutionaries and warring cultures. It focuses on Alexandra Quick, a Muggle-born (or not) girl who goes to Charmbridge Academy and discovers a lot about not only magic and the wizarding world, but about herself as well.
- Comments: If you liked Hogwarts Houses Divided by the same author you will most definitely like this one. The setting feels natural and sucks you in, and the characters are memorable and detailed. The first two stories are complete, but a third is on the way. I really hope he goes on to finish the entire series with seven stories total; Alexandra Quick is a lot more than fanfiction. In fact, it's closer to the Star Wars novels set in earlier eras with less Lucas guidance than it is to fanfiction. Got me teary eyed near the end of the second one, too.
- White Hat: It is good to know I am not the only one who got teary eyed. An excellent version of Wizarding America, though definitely not how I would have done it.
- Shay Guy: I just read the first one, and I'm not seeing any AU. But I would like to note that in HP canon, transfiguring people into animals alters their minds considerably, and I'm not entirely sure the Fidelius Charm works that way. Nevertheless, the fact that I blazed through it in one night when I should've either been sleeping or doing homework says a lot about it.
- Blufox: I fell in love with the series from the first chapter of Thorn Circle. It's riveting, and I have yet to see any proof that any of the characters are Mary Sues, a sign of a great story, especially since every character is original. Inverarity has started on the third book of the series, Deathly Regiment, which really focuses on Alex's reaction to Max's death. Personally, I vote on Alex having her own trope page.
- Khajmer: I love Inverarity's style. It's very reminiscent to me of J.K. in the delivery, but in terms of the content it's much more thought provoking. There is no clear black or white, plenty of wash of gray. The way The Lands Below ended had me in tears, and the Deathly Regiment had some serious philosophical implications that set me to thinking. Beyond that, I particularly love the way Inverarity takes similar character developing situations to Harry Potter and shows how Alexandra, an entirely different character, goes through them (for example, her insistence in Deathly Regiment on finding a way to bring Max back versus Harry's steady acceptance of Sirius dying) All in all I give it a big thumbs up and second Blufox's motion for her own page.
- Qwerfvtgb here and GOD, I loved this series. I read it straight through in one day because it was just that awesome. You can tell it's the same world as Harry Potter's, but if you took out the little connections and replaced them with something else, like removing house elves and using the Clockwork Golems entirely, it could be published as an actual book. Heck, it can be published as an actual book now. It should at least. TROPE PAGE.
- Handfoc: due to the rising HSQ of recent Stars Above chapters, I have gone ahead and stared an Alexandra Quick trope page. Let's get to work people!
- Agogobell: I LOVED this series. I LOVED it so very much. It's becoming nearly excruciating waiting for AQATWA (the fifth book) to be done.
The Dagger of Foreboding
- Recommended by Sharysa, Fenro
- Synopsis: A fifteen-chapter Bottle Episode begins as Dumbledore locks Harry and Snape in the Room of Requirement for a week, and as the focus on Snape and Harry's interaction is very tight even after they manage to get out, the cast is still less than ten people. The author mentions that it is not, nor will it ever be, slash.
- Status: Complete.
- Comments: The explosive mesh of "screwed-up-teenager" plus "screwed-up-adult" strikes a very weird but audible chord, and Dumbledore is presented as a flawed human rather than an emotionless chessmaster. The interactions between Snape and Harry are excrutiatingly powerful once they realize their similarities, and this is twenty-five chapters of Talking Heads that you will not resist reading out loud. And that friend you rope into reading with you won't mind, either.
- Shay Guy: Excellent characterization indeed, but be warned that it falls into the common fanfic trap of overdoing the Dursleys' abuse. (I mean, really, Harry considering suicide at age seven?)
- Unfortunately this troper knows someone who considered the very same at age three. It's probably not that uncommon.
by Lord Drash
The Brave New World
- Recommended by The Omegod
- Synopsis: A supposed AU of the Harry Potter series with the characters searching for the above-mentioned, Dagger of Foreboding.
- Comments: Honestly this is nearly impossible to describe. It is probably one of, if not the most hilarious fanfic ever made for several reasons. First, it's written in an awkward style rife with inconsistencies and contradictions and can be a biting parody of Harry Potter fanfiction as a whole. Oh, and it has the best similes ever.
, by 'bellerophon30'
- Recommended by Chuckg
- Premise: After year 5, Harry Potter hits the limit of his frustration and flees to Magical America to continue his schooling. Interweaves Slice of Life as Harry and a cast of OCs become friends and come of age at the Great Lakes Magical Institute, and wartime and espionage drama as events in England conspire to draw Harry back into the war against Voldemort.
- Pairing: Harry/OC
- Comments: This fic has one of the best portrayals of Rufus Scrimgeour as a competent, intelligent, politically adept and thoroughly ruthless Minister of Magic I've seen in Harry Potter fic. The cast of OCs is well-detailed and developed, and Harry's OC girlfriend avoids the obvious pitfalls. Although Ron Hermione have the hardest time adjusting to Harry's sudden absence, no character gets Ron the Death Eater treatment — not even Manipulative!Dumbledore, who is built up over the fic into an antagonist figure second only to Voldemort in Harry's view, only to have a shocking twist ending to his saga. At over 865,000 words, the author spends a tremendous amount of effort detailing his version of Magical America, the events of the war against Voldemort, and the political machinations surrounding Harry Potter, Scrimgeour, Dumbledore, and the Wizengamot. Contains everything from romantic comedy to technothriller espionage drama. Ends on its own personal 'in the far future' epilogue/happy ending. Goes heavily AU in some elements, most notably in the split between Voldemort and Greyback, the lack of horcruxes, the Alternate Character Interpretation of Dumbledore, and a significantly more intelligent and dangerous Peter Pettigrew. Highly recommended.
- mvdwege: Tentatively recommended. The Harry vs. the Order of the Phoenix dynamic is interesting, and fairly well written. Unfortunately the fic is marred by some bad writing that can be really jarring at times: expository asides that read more like private notes from the author to themselves, stilted dialogue, awkward paragraph breaks, and a romantic subplot that really does not develop at all, but is just stated to happen in about one chapter's worth of prose.
, by Quantum Cat
- Recommended by Comartemis
- Status: In-progress rewrite, now up to chapter four.
- Synopsis: Fate kicks Harry in the teeth in his second year when Ron and Hermione are both petrified by the basilisk. With the rest of the school villifying him worse than ever and nobody left to turn to, Harry begins to break down... until coincidince throws him a bone. A rather loony bone.
- Comments: Now here's something you don't see every day; a Harry/Luna friendship fic. No soul bonds, no "twu wuv!", and no use of Obfuscating Stupidity to turn Luna into a Possession Sue. A very engaging take on what it would take for these two to hit it off and what happens when you mix Lovegood-brand insanity into Harry's usual adventures. Highly recommended, but it seems to be dead; it's been on hiatus since April of '09.
, by Genkai Fan
To Fight The Coming Darkness
- Recommended By Mandrke, Unclouded TJ, Looney Toons
- Synopsis: "Harry has had enough of seeing his reputation shredded in the Daily Prophet and decides to do something about it. Only he decides to embrace his Slytherin side to rectify matters." As quoted from the author's page.
- Comments: It has its ups and downs but the overall story has enough twists and turns to keep you interested. The plot revolves around the wizarding world's reaction to the writings of one "Oliver Twist" during the summer between the 4th and 5th book and goes on from there. It brings up some good points about how stupid the wizarding world can be, especially during wartime. It's also a finished work with the author ruling out sequels or side stories, so what you see is all you'll get.
- Comments: Ruined by killing Voldemort in blatant deus ex machina event.
- Suffers a bit from Ron the Death Eater. Ron is reduced to dumb muscle, and Hermione to a goody-two-shoes who believes anything she's told. Even Professor McGonagall and Molly Weasley are vilified. The ending is also quite abrupt.
My Immortal Refined
- Recommended by lanky
- Synopsis: Susan Bones was with Amelia Bones when Voldemort came to kill her. Unfortunately for him, Harry was there to stop him. Essentially, the story diverges rapidly after the events of the fifth book, with Harry managing to catch Voldemort off of his guard and injuring him. This enrages Harry's powerful foe into taking him completely seriously, causing reality to ensue.
- Comments: This story rapidly gets darker and darker as it progresses, with both Harry and Voldemort not pulling their punches. While jbern's work is always leaning towards cynicism on the sliding scale, this work takes Anyone Can Die to new levels and develops some characters into quite believable monsters. This is a world where Voldemort becomes very Dangerously Genre Savvy, forcing Harry to ditch being an All-Loving Hero in order to examine exactly how far he's willing to go to beat Voldemort and to discover the simple truth that Good Is Not Nice. Brilliantly written, as always, and it gets bonus points for lots and lots of Character Development, not all of which is good for the characters involved.
- Unseen Voice: Really good story with a believable real-world-approach to the Wizards War. There are no true heroes in this story, just survivors who are ready to do anything it takes to win, leading to an egregious amount of What the Hell, Hero? moments. I disliked the Bitter Sweet Ending with hints of a sequel, but that's just my preference of reading stories with a definite closure. A good read.
by Evilkritter of Youtube
The Potions Master's Nephew
The Serpent of Lord Voldemort
- Recommended By: Kittastrophe, Komodo Classic
- Synopsis: An accident occurs and Professor Snape finds himself trapped in his fifteen-year-old body. Enrolled into Harry Potter's fifth year, he is forced to hide his true identity. Girls, drama and teenage angst do not bode well with Severus.
- Comments: Probably my favourite "Fountain of Youth" fic. The writing is beautifully done and the plot development is excellent. It eventually contains some Draco/Ginny (well-written, I add). It looked like a deadfic for a while, but when the author eventually finished it, the edited version was put up all at once. Anyway, excellent characterization, and who doesn't want to read youthified!Snape? It's fun!
by Angie Astravic
- Recommended by Leradny
- Synopsis: Harry can turn into a snake. This power saves him when Voldemort turns up at Privet Drive and blows up the (empty) Dursley's house — instead of killing Harry on sight, Voldemort just thinks he's a real snake who can recognize Harry Potter, and takes him prisoner.
- Comments: Voldemort has some of the oddest yet most in-character Pet The Snake moments EVER.
- This fic is the fourth in a series of fics: An Unwelcome Visitor, Under the Rose Bush, The Serpent
- Aryllia: There are some vague part in the plots that the author cover by including a Q&A session in the end of each chapter. I can't say that I in any way see why the author couldn't just as well have enforced these part in-story, as well as why spoilers seem to be given out there.
- Recommended by Looney Toons, Seraviel, Dor, Alfa290
- Synopsis: A Harry Potter fic set in the summer after Goblet of Fire — Harry comes back from Hogwarts to discover the Dursleys have packed up and moved to Australia without telling him, and he must find a way to survive the summer without unnecessarily alarming anyone.
- Comments: Incomplete, but not a Dead Fic despite the long period between chapters — the latest chapter was posted (after a two-year hiatus) in November, 2010.
- What's especially notable about this fic is that the Fridge Logic employed is never condescending to Canon and that nobody is villified- even the way that Harry's abuse escaped the notice of the Order and the Ministry is covered in an amazingly believable way (One Ministry social worker mistakes Petunia's violent reaction against Magic as protectiveness and shielding Harry from potential Death Eaters!), and once I got over Figg being a full witch and not a squib, my suspension of disbelief has never wavered.
by Pittsburghmuggle. Sexual imagery and discussion, but no actual sex
by or between the characters. Erotic issues at the very least, though. Set between Goblet of Fire
and Order of the Phoenix
, which is when it was written.
The Founder's Pendants
- Pairings: None. No romance ahead.
- Synopsis: Following some information given to him by his brothers, Ron Weasley takes Harry Potter to sneak into a store in Diagon Alley catering to adult wizard clientele. Hermione joins them at the last moment, and there is a thrilling escape involved when the owners arrive to open the store for the day.
, by Spiral Digger
Dimension Hopping For Beginners
- Recommended by Oracle Seven, Fenro
- Synopsis: The spirit of Salazar Slytherin has been released into an unwilling Snape and as the charismatic Founder takes charge of his body, Severus discovers the only way to regain control is through his own Slytherin cunning.
- Comments: A definite AU that diverges rather forcefully from the main plot of the books in the first chapter. Salazar comes across as a Magnificent Bastard right from the beginning, and it only gets better as the story continues.
- There are so few well-written Founder Fics out there. It is good to see one that is enjoyable.
, by nonjon
- Recommended by Khym Chanur
- Synopsis: After defeating Voldemort, Harry travels to other universes and helps them with their Voldemort problems.
- Comments: Several of the universes are serious, but most of them are comedic. Contains bashing of Draco, Snape, and Harry/Draco.
by Silens Cursor
Sounds Like a Breakfast Cereal
- Recommended by USA Bobcat, Vazeron1
- Synopsis: At the start of Order of the Phoenix, the Ministry comes to take Harry into custody for using a Patronus charm in front of a Muggle. Harry, warned by Dumbledore to not let them destroy his wand, defends himself. Things change.
- Comments: An in-depth look at the darker arts of Magic, the darker forms of politics, and the darker morals. And not just Voldemort or Fudge, for once.. Harry makes difficult decisions, Voldemort delves in Spell Creation, and it is very violent.
by Ara Kane
Happy Birthday Mr. Dark Lord
- Recommended by Mthe R
- Synopsis: In his fifth year, Harry finally gets to take a vacation. Join Hex Holmstrom as he dodges arrest from the Ministry, gets the girl, beats the bad guy, and turns Hufflepuff House upside down! This story was written prior to the release of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."
- Comments: I like this one because it takes the badfic staple of "American witch/wizard comes to Hogwarts," and keeps the core idea (let's follow someone new and different and see all their wacky fun adventures!) but sorts the OC into Hufflepuff, a house which sorely needs some wacky fun adventures. It's probably not for everyone, though.
by After the Rain
- Recommended by Valjean, Shadow AI, Mazz, bhadratheboss, JET73L
- Synopsis: Lord Voldemort announces that he's going to celebrate his birthday with Sugar Quills, Pin-the-Beak-on-the-Hippogriff, and Death Eaters in hula skirts. Has he finally lost his mind, or is somebody crazy like a fox?
- Comments: Achieves what all short pieces should strive for — packing a lot of meaning into a few paragraphs. Starts out sounding like a hilarious, highly random crackfic, twists into what seems to be a great light-hearted humor piece, and finally whiplashes at the end into one of the most horrifically bleak, dark, gut-wrenching, tragic slaps in the face this troper has ever read. The simple, two-word line "They won't." hurts like punch in the stomach.
by La Guera.
- Recommended by Eoppen.
- Synopsis: Draco Malfoy tells the story of the little sister he found he had, and why she had to be hidden from the world.
- Comments: Warning: This one is serious Tear Jerker material. If you don't start crying at some point in the story, you have no soul.
In Blood Only
- Recommended by Wookiee
- Synopsis: Summer with the Weasleys. Harry and friends go camping, and bring some muggle marshmallows along. Set in the summer after fourth year, written before Order of the Phoenix came out.
- Comments: Possibly the most beautiful piece of fanfiction this troper has read in her life, in any fandom. The powerful but understated characterization, the surprising drops of darkness and angst mixed with the strong, homey, familial tone, and the simple, childlike emotions were enough to bring tears to her eyes. The style is brief, but too descriptive to truly be called sparse. The various events are full of unanalyzed meaning that are addressed by the characters' reactions and never explained by an omniscient author, giving it the feeling of poetry and lingering in the reader's mind long after the story is finished.
by E.M. Snape
- Recommended by Fenro, lanky
- Synopsis: Snape is Harry's father. No one is happy to hear it. R due to colorful language, dark themes, and nongraphic violence.
- Comments: This is one of the best Severitus Challenge fics out there. This story is complete. See Severitus for challenge details.
- lanky adds: This is one of those stories that seems too silly to truly enjoy, and then it turns around and surprises you. Though the author pulls no punches and makes sure that we all know people suck, he adds in some truly poignant scenes which help to characterize the growing relationship between Harry and Snape. It's all topped by the fact that there's truly wonderful writing going on with this story, and again, the author pulls no punches: The duo hate one another even after the revelation, and it takes chapters and chapters before they even begin to stand one another, let alone begin to bond in any way.
by Purple Banana/Parnopius
- Recommended by skysong8, Aerin Alanna
- Synopsis: Set in Marauder time, seventh year, but centered around the Slytherins. Second in the trilogy (Carpe Diem, Fallen Angel). Currently being revised. Revolves around Katherine Riddle (Voldemort's daughter), her friend Remus, and her fellow Slytherins during their seventh year at Hogwarts. Not your traditional OC.
- Comments: Marauder time — start of 7th year at Hogwarts. Great characterization. Complex, occasionally dark, often hilarious.
- Aerin Alanna adds: Snarky, silly, dangerous, enigmatic...it's brilliantly written and extremely believable. There are other fics that go along with it, all of which are on the author's sites at ff.net and Chamber of Secrets.
The Lies That Bind
- Recommended by FatRat, Tender Lumpling, Fenro
- Pairings: Severus Snape/Lily Evans
- Synopsis: An accident sends the nineteen-year-old Lily Evans eighteen years into the future, and a coincidence leads her to her former best friend, Severus Snape. Lost in a terrible world she no longer recognizes, Lily is torn between doing what she is supposed to do, and doing what she thinks is right. Can Lily change her fate, or must she succumb to what was meant to be? Meanwhile, Severus can't believe his own luck when he realizes that he's given another chance to save Lily, and to finally tell her how he really feels -– but is he brave enough to take that chance?
- Comments: sort of AU but fits very well with canon in the Authors own words "time-travel. Tad confusing. Severus is mostly depressed, Lily has an odd sense of humour. Multichaptered and kind of long. Angst! Angst! Glorious angst!"
- Very well-done, especially Lily's reaction to finding herself seventeen years in the future, and her complete shock at how things have unfolded. Still in-progress, but the next chapters will be worth waiting for.
- This is among the best LE/SS fics out there.
The Third Wizarding War: The Story of Miles Brand
- Recommended by Willyolio
- Synopsis: Takes place mid-HBP and Harry gets captured and tortured for months. Quite a few twists for such a short fic, but it features a Dark!Harry and a good interpretation of the prophecy (marked as an equal and power he knows not). Also has a satisfying ending that's not all rainbows and sunshine.
- Status: Complete
- Recommended by McJunker
- Synopsis: An ex-Auror, a Pureblood supremacist, and a Muggle-born criminal are on the run during the Dark Lord's second acension. At least one Moral Event Horizon once per story arc.
- Comments: Darkfic. Lots of swearing and violence had by all. Basically, what would happen if a trio of villains instead of heroes were on the run during Deathly Hallows?
Man-eaters of Kumaon
- Recommended by mermaidgirl45
- Synopsis: What if, in Hogwarts, there was a wall in the girls bathroom where there was a list of all the guys in the school, rated from 1 - 10?
- Comments: This is a great fic. It's really interesting, and funny, and it's sticks with the characters. It comes highly recommended.
Carnival Of Dark And Dangerous Creatures
- Recommended by Goodwrench
- Synopsis: April, 1982. Remus Lupin travels to India to track a creature that has been devouring villagers in the Himalayan foothills.
- Comments: A Lost Years fic. The author does an amazing job of portraying the local color, and this is an excellent action/adventure story as well.
- Recommended by Goodwrench and Jedi Vulcan
- Synopsis: Four years ago, Remus Lupin lost his friends to death and betrayal. Now he finds himself betrayed once more, and in a place where death may very well be preferred.
- Comments: Great adventure story. The author's written several other fine works as well.
- Filled with great characterisation, despicable villains and an unexpected (but completely believable and totally in character) almost father/son relationship between Mad-Eye Moody and Remus. A great read, and highly recommended.
With Malice Aforethought
- Recommended by Those Dancing Days
- Synopsis: Rose is your surrender. You will not, cannot, be a Muggle now. You are not going to get another chance to escape.
- Comments: Chilling and memorable; this one will haunt me for years. The POV allows some of the story bits to resonate on a personal level that's achingly disturbing.
and And Malice Towards None
A Second Chance at Life
- Recomended by Shinji117
- Synopsis: An alternate 6th year. But surprisingly believable. Avoids Ron, Albus or Ginny The Death Eaters. A very possible what-could-have-been. Harry takes the death of Sirius rather badly, and decides to take things seriously (but realistically. No time-turner training, insta-god-mode from Founder inheritance etc) in 6th year.
- Pairings: Start of fic- Ron/Hermione, Harry/Ginny, end of WMA- Harry/Hermione, Ron/Luna.
- Comments: This is actually very good. Normally alternate year stories have Harry somehow gain power overnight (be it via time travel, inheritance or divine intervention). This story avoids that, and gives Harry a realistic power increase in proportion to the work he is putting in. This story has no moments that truly are canon-breaking (well, Crabbe and Goyle are a tad Leather Pantsified as unbelievable as that sounds). Voldermort is a tad passive at the start, but that does change later on. Even those who normally hate H/Hr probably won't mind as it comes off believably after all the main characters undergo quite a lot of well-written development. No-one really acts out of character other than Crabbe, Goyle and Dawlish. Now if only SPSmith would continue the sequel...
- Be warned: And Malice Towards None last updated in 2008. [[Dead Fic]]
by Miranda Flairgold
In Her Hands She Held The Whole World
- Recommended by rheasilviadiroma
- Pairings: M/M, M/F
- Synopsis: A Second Chance at Life and its sequels, Changes in a Time of War and A Magical World is a realistic take on the overdone 'Harry gets into a new school' cliche. It's a complete AU of Deathly Hallows, and features a much more diverse magical world, new forms of magic (which are fully explained by the story instead of Applied Phlebotinum). Unfortunately A Magical World hasn't been updated for over a year now, and leaves a lot of plot points hanging. Her older works aren't that stellar either.
Not Go Gentle
- Recommended by Thanatos13713
- Synopsis: Three years after the defeat of Voldemort, Hermione Granger looks back on the events that destroyed her world. Heart-rending, beautifully written, and utterly chilling. A masterpiece.
- Recommended by MrMous
- Synopsis: Harry goes on a Horcrux hunt, but is captured patheticly easily. Meanwhile, Hermione and Ron are having relationship problems... as yet unfinished, but enjoyable; HOWEVER, to quote the author,
- "WARNING: this work contains depictions of sex (heterosexual, lesbian, bi-sexual, and group acts with both consensual and nonconsensual sex scenes), graphic violence (including but not limited to torture, murder, mutilation, rape, and more). These actions will happen TO and be performed BY major canon characters (both protagonists and antagonists). This is a horror story so readers should expect evil activity from canon characters." I have read this, and if you are faint hearted or under, say, twelve (or even over), DO. NOT. READ.
As Long As You Know That, Potter
- Recommended by Rabid Cookie, Mazz, Fenro
- Synopsis: A new Muggle Prime Minister has been elected, and it's time for him to meet the Minister for Magic. Only, things don't go quite as smoothly as normal...
- Comments: Possibly my favorite HP fanfic ever. just read it and watch out for the ending. its a doozy...
- Slade JT: Seconded. Completely baffled at the new Prime Minister's name not ringing any bells, but then again...
- Recommended by dezba, Mazz, Marlee Cross, Fenro
- Synopsis: A different take on Harry's first Occlumency lesson with Snape. A very short, one-page fanfic that is nevertheless powerful, building up to a surprise ending.
- Comments: For a "one-shot", it's surprisingly compelling. Keeps Snape in-character, complete with snide and unnecessary remarks, but actually helping Harry in a roundabout way, and showing he cares in the only way he can.
A Better Man
- Recommended by Animaluver
- Synopsis: In a rash act of self-sacrifice, Harry saves a dying Muggle by magically transfering the man's cancer to himself. Now, going through his fifth year with a terrible secret, he begins to realize just what he's given up.
- Pairings: Harry/Ginny, Ron/Hermione
- Comments: Like the synopsis says, there is abuse, but this story is so heartrendingly sad, yet so inspirational, it's difficult to stop reading. The characters are well-written, keeping in canon even as they grow in their own way.
My Nephew Harry
- Recommended by GeorgeUK
- Synopsis: Vernon changed in the beginning to be a better man, thanks to a wish. How will this affect Harry, and the entire Wizarding World? Now complete!
- Pairings: Harry/Ginny, Ron/Hermione, Remus/Tonks
- Comments: The idea of Good!Dursleys is a novel one, and the author manages to make it work, due to Vernon getting a chance at redemption when he ends up in Hell after his death. Glosses over the first four books, with a few changes Peter is arrested instead of Sirius because Lily told Petunia about the switch but takes a MASSIVE diversion from Canon after A Dumbledore-led raid on the graveyard sees the Prophet report Voldemort's return. Well worth reading.
- Recommended by Marlee Cross
- Synopsis: During the two months she had watched her eight year-old nephews, Marge Dursley discovered that Petunia was a pathological liar, Vernon had somehow been brainwashed by that no good b***h, Dudley was the spawn of Satan, and Harry was actually a good kid.
- Comments: It's obviously not a new concept by any stretch for Harry to be removed from the Dursley's custody in some way, however, the fact that Aunt Marge of all people is the one who instigates it, and quite believably I might add, is what makes this fic notable. The chapters may be short, but are still quite well written. Also of note is the very interesting Alternate Character Interpretation of certain characters, Vernon in particular.
by Lady Azar de Tameran
The Reign of Theodore Nott
- Recommended by Mazz, Fenro
- Synopsis: One Shot. AU. A world in which Voldemort wins. And honestly wishes he hadn't. Time travel. Could be interpreted as slash, but only if you are looking for it. Ignores Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows but incorporates some of their elements.
- Recommended by AwayLaughing
- Synopsis: Oneshot. Draco Malfoy never noticed Theodore Nott at all until sixth year when his task starts to weigh heavily on his mind along with death and all things surrounding it. Very much a character driven work, Draco/Pansy is there and some slash if your goggles are on, but that is very much not the point of this work.
I'll Shoot the Shot, Bang
- Recommended by Aromli, Mazz
- Synopsis: James and Lily Potter have had to learn everything about their son through people who have died and come Above. But after 100 long years on Earth, Harry's finally at the Gate. Now James and Lily will get to meet their son, for the very first time.
- Comments: Character death is a lot more heartwarming from the eternal side of the Gate. Also, it's fun to see James and Lily learn about Harry second-hand. As James says, "Coolest. Son. EVER."
Never Alone Never Again
- Recommended by Str8Shoot
- Synopsis: Harry travels back in time to shape the future into a happier one, but will he listen to Hermione's warning? (Snape/Harry, oneshot, not slash)
- Comments: This, ladies and gentlemen, is a wonderfully original take on time travel. I recently stumbled upon this little gem and am very thankful I discovered it. It is extremely well-written and the characterizations are spot-on. Time travel has become an overused plot in Harry Potter fanfiction but, here, the author takes the idea and turns it into something unique and chilling. With fics like this one, you have a character going back in time to change certain things about the future, but what would happen if information about the future was given to someone like Severus Snape; a young, proud, active Death Eater very much capable of committing evil acts? Just when you think you know where things are headed, the author spins everything around, smacking you across the face with a horrifying, tragic, and absolutely delicious twist at the end. A haunting, bleak, and original story with solid writing. It will leave you speechless and feeling like you've been punched in the gut. Really, there are no words. I highly recommend it.
by Bored Beyond Belief
- Recommended by Zephyr7
- Synopsis: Harry's holiday reaches its lowest point. Will Harry finally be able to have the kind of love everyone else seems to take for granted?
- Comments: This was a well-executed fic with strong characterization and amazing development and layers to the characters. Harry's suffering (combined from the Dursleys' abuse, the worsening nightmares and the emotional and physical pain that came with Voldemort's return) was just gutwrenching for Harry's loved ones and for the readers to see. There are some parts in the story that can be quite dark and it seems like Harry won't be getting better. But there are some light-hearted moments and some heartwarming and Tear Jerker moments to balance it out, leading up to a Bittersweet Ending. The one-shot sequel Make a Joyful Noise couldn't have ended the story any better.
by Theta Serpentis
My Renewal, My Immortal
- Recommended by Shebali
- Synopsis: They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. From a few hours before his birth, to the end of his eleventh birthday, this is the life Tom Marvolo Riddle.
- Comments: A most wonderful story which tells us of the origins of Voldemort. Can be rather dark at times, but that's to be expected, really. Incredible writing style, well-developed characters and all historical research you could wish for. It's complete. Go ahead, take a look. And be sure to check LJ version for fact finders. They make the experience even better.
Dudley Dursley and the Quest for Truth
- Recommended by Melody H. Grace
- Synopsis: Ebony Way is normal. Even if the rapidly-growing canines and love of blood say otherwise.
- Comments: It's basically the author's attempt to give My Immortal's Ebony D'arkness Dementia Raven Way a real personality (and a normal name). There's not much up yet, but Ebony's character is pretty good and, more to the point, the Canon characters (Draco, Hermione, etc.) are pretty close to their Canon counterparts as well. It's not that long yet, but it's definitely worth the read.
- Recommended by: Tropical Snow
- Synopsis: When Dudley Dursley and his parents are forced to spend a year with witches and wizards, Dudley decides this is the opportunity for him to learn more about his apparently famous cousin. With Potterwatch,tall tales and magic thrown into the mix, it's bound to be an interesting journey!
- Comments: This story is well-written and truly is an interesting and entertaining read. It also gives Dudley, Petunia and several minor characters some well-needed Character Development along the way.
Against the Moon
- Recommended by Agogobell
- Synopsis: Who is James Potter anyway, when "he" is really Jasmine Potter, roommate of Lily Evans? Jasmine has always thought of herself as a boy inside, and when "she" becomes James, he is able to get the girl of his dreams, that red-haired beauty Evans. But when James presents himself to the Marauders, Sirius is unable to handle it.
- Comments: This is a wonderful piece of transgender fiction - no OOC moments, a brilliant plotline, and realistic handling of Transgender topics. Only there's magic involved. Highly recommended. - Agogobell
by Stoplight Delight
- Recommended by Mismoree
- Synopsis: The odds were stacked against him: a child from a blended home with no friends, no social skills to speak of, and a terrible secret. Yet slowly Remus Lupin began to realize there was a place for him in the world, if he could find the courage to claim it.
- Comments: I can't even begin to describe how amazing this story is. It has incredible imagery, realistic dialogue, character development, and some serious suspense; it's good enough to be considered canon. Updates are near daily and are several thousand words long.
- Updated comments by J_Shakespeare: This story is truly a masterpiece, and its synopsis frankly does not do the story justice. It is a tale of the Marauders' years at Hogwarts through the eyes of Remus, who must cope with lycanthropy and fight to keep his friends—for the first time in his life, he has friends!—from discovering his secret. Full of angsty goodness, but with good amounts of action and fluff to round it out as well. Personally, this story was what redeemed the Marauders in my eyes after learning less savory details about them in canon. Note: the story is currently at 101 chapters and over 600K words, and it is near the end of the summer before their third year. So time certainly is not breezing by! Updates have not been nearly as regular lately, and the author has been taking a break for several months now due to health issues. However, the story is not on a permanent hiatus and will be continued. Read it.
- Recommended by templar627, Salnax1
- Synopsis: What happens when a brain damaged Harry and a transgender Hermione both get sorted into Slytherin? Snape's not sure, but he thinks it's likely to be an interesting term. This story follows various first years through the trials of their first year.
- Comments: This story is just amazing. The characters seem to really just jump off the page, all of them have their pro and cons. They seem to be truly more than just one dimensional, from Malfoy to Crabbe. Also, the transgender Hermoine isn't as bad as it seems. He/she just really seems to be a guy stuck in a girls body and acts accordingly. Also, the brain damaged harry just seems to finish off the fic giving huge amounts of WAFF and genrally empathazing with everyone even a troll
- I'd like to add that while the storyline is endearing, Snape does have some out of character moments. Hermes (the trans* Hermonie) is extremely believable as a character, however, could have been an OC, as this character doesn't resemble Hermonie very well at all. It is clear that the author does not like Draco Malfoy, and overlooks the canon relationship between he and Snape completely. The other first years the story follows (a couple from each house) are actually almost more interesting than the characters the summery emphasizes! Their own issues are much more gripping because they're easier to relate too. Vincent Crabbe is given a lot of characterization. All the characters are well written, even if they do deviate from canon. The fic was last updated in early June of 2012.
Shapechangers and Espionage
- Recommended by Looney Toons, Unclouded TJ, The Forgotten One, feral
- Status: completed
- Synopsis: So the Dursleys have painted Harry as a freak and a criminal in the years before he gets his Hogwarts letter? Well, when Harry decides to find out what those words really mean, the well-intentioned intervention of a librarian results in Harry finding a role model — and the Wizarding World will never be the same. As the author puts it, the "mildest of fusions with Sherlock Holmes". And no, it's not Holmes who becomes Harry's inspiration.
- Comments: A complete short story. While it's a little hard to imagine an 11-year-old making some of the plans that Harry does here, it's still a gripping read, right to the end moments.
by Mc Junker
Reach the Open Space
- Recommended by Mc Junker
- Synopsis: A one shot the First War, a pair of Death Eater sympathizers try to infiltrate the Order using Polyjuice.
- Comments: An exercise in world-building, plot, and characterization. Features two OCs vs. the Marauders
by Tinn Tam
- Recommended by Magic Kirby
- Synopsis: After defeating Voldemort, Harry Potter was about to become the most adulated wizard in the History of Wizardkind. But he ruined it all. And he's damn proud of it. Mild violence.
- Comments: A oneshot that I keep going back and reading. Takes a canon Harry and turns him into the person he was always meant to be.
by EliDupree. Has its own page here
The Power He Knows Not
- Recommended by Zeroignite, Salnax1, feral
- Synopsis: A story of what the possible effects 11 years of horrible abuse would have had on a young Harry, and the aftermath. Hint: it isn't pleasant.
- Comments: This webcomic has a pretty distinctive art and storytelling style. Definitely an alternate take on the HP backstory that I think is worth exploring.
- Status: Unfinished, last update 2012-08*
and sequel The Triumvirate of Resolve
by Vicarious Leigh
Stages of Hope
- Recommended by throwaawy
- Pairings: Harry/Hermione
- Ratings: TPHKN is PG13, TOV is M for a scene late in the story.
- Synopsis: "During the summer between 5th and 6th year, what begins as an innocent flying lesson at the Burrow results in Harry's realization that something more is happening between he and Hermione. However, fast upon this realization is the mortifying thought that loving Hermione marks her as a tempting target in an unfinished battle with Voldemort." (note: Both stories were written before HBP came out, and cover Years 6 & 7 respectively.)
by kayly silverstorm
Fantastic Elves and Where to Find Them
- Recommended by: Kogut
- Comments: Great characters, amazing dark humour, rare example of well done dimension travel
- Synopsis: "things went pear-shaped somewhere along the way, and they're coping the best they can" (from AN) "Either this is the worst impersonation attempt ever, or things have just become very complicated." (from second chapter)
The Strange Disappearance of SallyAnne Perks
- Recommended by: Kogut
- Synopsis: "After the Dursleys abandon six year old Harry in a park in Kent, Harry comes to the realization that he is an elf. Not a house elf, though. A forest elf. Never mind wizards vs muggles; Harry has his own thing going on. Character study, pre-Hogwarts, NOT a creature!fic"
- Status: pre-Hogwarts finished, story is supposed to continue (first chapter of sequel was posted)
- Recommended by Nalana, Kogut, Agogobell
- Synopsis: Harry recalls that a pale little girl called Sally-Anne was sorted into Hufflepuff during his first year, but no one else remembers her. Was there really a Sally-Anne? Harry and Hermione set out to solve the chilling mystery of the lost Hogwarts student.
- Comments: An extremely well crafted mystery set in Harry's third year. Extremely good characterisation of a variety of characters, including but not limited to Snape, Dumbledore, and even the Fat Lady. Very good foreshadowing.
- Recommended by ShinBOmnis
- Synopsis: Harry is shunned not only Ron, but Hermione as well after the Goblet of Fire incident. Ginny befriends Harry and history changes.
- Comments: An interesting take on the Super!Harry cliche. Harry gets dark, but not too quickly. Interesting plans and politics. Recommended for all HarryXGinny fans.
- Status: Completed.
and The Firebird's Song
by Darth Marrs
A Curse of Truth
- Recommended by Unclouded TJ, Supernova92, Krspace T
- Synopsis: Think you know what the magical world is like? You're wrong. A completely AU story of Harry Potter in a world that was born from an intellectual exercise to envision what type of modern, educated society would actually permit, or even encourage, polygamy. The answer? A society with four times more women than men. But will a world run by women, in which wizards are commodities to be controlled and threats to be contained, actually be better?
- Status: Book 1 is complete. Book 2 last updated March 2014 and usually updates every Saturday.
- Recommended by Willyolio, Kogut
- Synopsis: A self-insert fic, where an avid fanfiction reader finds himself on Platform 9 3/4 at the beginning of Harry's 4th year, complete with Hogwarts letter and all.
- Comments: Yes, this is a self-insert fic, but quite honestly it's the best (i.e. only one I could tolerate past chapter 2, much less finish) that I've seen. The character does have some slight Sue-ish qualities, but mostly used in good humour. The only real superpowers come from his inherent knowledge of canon.
- Status: Complete
Here I Stand by Janiqua
- Recommended by Kogut
- Synopsis: "In the five years since the Final Battle, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley have struggled to cope with the mysterious disappearance and apparent death of Hermione Granger."
- Comments: Rare example of using multiverse theme in a proper way, beyond "I want AU that technically is not an AU". Nice mixture of different styles (there is an action, romance, a bit of fluff and angst).
- Status: Complete
The Last Straw
- Recommended by: DalkonCledwin, banny_nt
- Synopsis: This story tells the tale of one Lily Evans, who would become Lily Evans Potter. It traverses her years at Hogwarts and is set during the Marauder Era.
- Tags: Dark Fic
- Status: Complete
- Recommended by Kogut
- Synopsis: "A chance encounter leads Dumbledore to finally make the decision to confront his demons. Or more specifically the one demon who started it all - Gellert Grindelwald."
- Status: Oneshot.
Harry Potter Reads The Multiverse
- Recommended by Kogut
- Synopsis: "On the eve of the Decommissioning of Malfoy Manor, Hermione remembers the end of her childhood."
- Status: Oneshot.
Denizen of the Deep: A Hogwarts Fairy-Tale
- Recommended by KrspaceT
- Synopsis "We've all seen Harry Potter, friends and enemies read his past, but what happens when he gains the opportunity to read the adventures of entirely different Harry Potters. Completely original stories that can range from harem tales to X-overs to pairings that don't make sense. Reading stars including students, staff, death eaters and the Dursleys. Read, Review and prosper!"
- Status ongoing
- ''Comments' While not written to the levels of say, Firebird's Son, the sheer uniqueness of the idea helps make up for the above average but not stellar quality.
A Wizard of Her Own
- Recommended by fruitstripegum
- Synopsis: What really happened to Dennis Creevey after he fell in the lake on the way to Hogwarts?
A Breath of Fresh Air
- Recommended by fruitstripegum
- Synopsis: When Harry met Hedwig.
The Witching Hour
- Recommended by fruitstripegum
- Synopsis: Arthur Weasley's first day at the Ministry.
- Recommended by fruitstripegum
- Synopsis: Midnight, and none of the Order sleeps. Angst, humour, romance...the house at Grimmauld Place has it all.
Harry Potter: The Boy Who Lived a Lie
- Recommended by Kittenmommy.
- Synopsis: After the war, we gather to remember. And none of us escape unscathed, least of all Draco Malfoy...
- Comments: A very dark and incredibly plausible little AU ficlet, featuring Draco (but sooo not in leather pants), Hermione, Ron, Ginny, et al. Voldemort was defeated, but at a terrible, terrible price:
It will never, ever be over for you. There will be the parades every year and visiting Fleur in St. Mungo's on Thursdays and Ginny's constant, endless, terrified prattling. And the knowledge that you have to hold out your left hand when you meet Sirius because he hasn't got a right hand. And Severus Snape's pale white hair. And your library full of books in Braille.
by Jacqui The Pirate
- Recommended by Schlubalybub
- Synopsis: This fanfic is incomplete as yet, but it's a retelling of the Harry Potter story in the form of a biography written by Rita Skeeter. Rita's take on the story is written in a similar style to those few articles we saw from her within the canon text. If you loved Rita Skeeter's bitchy style, hopefully you'll like this!
- Comments: No pairings that weren't in the canon, and not really built on more within the fanfic, but this one isn't really about building on the story, but seeing it from another point of view, namely Rita's. As Rita wasn't exactly Harry's biggest fan within the canon, but writing a book about him anyway, I think that this fanfic also shows a lot about Rita herself- moreso than Harry or any of the other characters- she basically sees Harry as a way to make money, and it's stated numerous times that Harry refuses to speak to Rita, and would not be interviewed for the book.
The Anguis Series
- Recommended by Puidwen
- Synopsis: Her granddaughter will never attend Hogwarts. Over her dead body.
Nightwind School of Magic
- Recommended by omegaman
- Synopsis: A collection of shorts covering the school years of a group of Slytherin students in the year above Harry at Hogwarts. Voldemort might not be their primary concern - but they still have to worry about classes, the school's hatred of Slytherins, internal house politics, and most of all, how to survive the dangerous events which pan out around them, yet which someone else is destined to end.
- Comments: The writing is excellent. The plot is incredibly planned and enthralling. The four Slytherin OCs' personalities, motivations, actions, and relationships are just wonderfully written; they really come to life. Note that the characters are in the year before the Golden Trio and most of their friends, acquaintances, and enemies, so they are not quite in focus as they would be in other fics. Also note that this is a series consisting of four fics, with the title link and synopsis belonging to the first one, Latet Anguis in Herba. The others are Shade to Shade, Falls the Shadow, Beyond This Place.
by Lady Sabine of Macayhill
A Different Future
- Recommended by: Joyce13
- Status: Ongoing
- Synopsis: Instead of attending Hogwarts, Lily, Severus, Remus, James, and Sirius attend a different school called Nightwind School, a very liberal school that takes those with great magical talent or potential from around the world. They become friends along with eleven others that form a group called the Phoenix Club and this changes their futures greatly.
- Comments: The author decided to start out with Marauders' generation attending an alternate school, since most fics with this premise focus on Harry doing so. She also took the flaws she found with Hogwarts and corrected them. The fic is currently in fourth-year, and focuses on the Phoenix Club, a group of sixteen students consisting of Lily, Severus, Remus, James, Sirius, and their friends/roommates.
by Lady Sabine of Macayhill
Swear to be Remembered
- Recommended by: Joyce13
- Status: Ongoing
- Synopsis: The Dursleys decide to not keep Harry Potter and leave him on the steps of a church. A wizarding Gypsy couple adopts him, giving him the name of Alexander Romanov, and making him the twin brother to their daughter. Things change from there.
- Comments: The author has clearly done some research on the Romani, as they are shown in a good light and not in a stereotypical manner. It's mentioned that Harry's adoptive grandparents were in the concentration camps and survived the Holocaust prior to immigrating to England. He also has adoptive aunts, uncles, and cousins, who all care for him and know who he really is, but are keeping it a secret until he says otherwise. Harry, aka Alex, his sister Beth, Ron, Neville, were all friends prior to Hogwarts, and after becoming friends with Hermione, form a group called the Gryffindor quintet. The fic is currently in second year. There is also a prequel of sorts called Saved from Darkness, about Severus Snape and his relationship with Harry's adoptive family, based on the maternal grandparents telling Harry/Alex that Snape didn't exactly have a good childhood and after his mother's death, spent his summers working as an apprentice in their apothecary.
by Laces Kai
How Potter Broke Black
- Recommended by: Komodo Classic
- Synopsis: A story about a map, it's makers and wandering mischief makers.
- Summary: Follows the Marauders' Map, through its creation, various users, and into the next generation.
by We're All M-M-Mad Here
- Recommended by: Komodo Classic
- Synopsis: "Sirius Black. He always was a brilliant actor. That's why no one ever really knew the real him. Well that was until Regulus finally discovers the secret he has been hiding. Sirius plans for no one else to find out, but when have plans ever worked out in the wizarding world?"
- Summary: No one knows the truth about Sirius' home life, not even James. When Sirius goes home for the summer, his mother gives him a terrible ultimatum that will break him down further than anyone should ever go. Sirius is the strongest person any of them know—but even he can't fight forever.
- Notes: This...is not a happy fic. Sirius is beaten down like crazy. It doesn't even feel like angst, because it's quite well-written. There are semi-frequent grammatical and spelling errors, but they don't detract from the story. And really? I just want to be Sirius' friend after reading this. Not. A happy. Fic.
The Pureblood Pretense
- Recommended by: technicolortardis
- Synopsis: The sixth year has begun in Hogwarts with the arrival of a new student who seems too familiar to the others just as Ron and Hermione experience difficulties in dealing with each other. What can this strangely familiar new student do? Post Oot P.
- Summary: Jared Blake is the strange new American transfer student to Hogwarts, but there's something... off about him (and his American accent). He's familiar, and yet, nobody can really put a finger on why. With the wizarding war looming close, and with Voldemort now in the open, this only serves to make them highly suspicious of him. It doesn't help that he seems to have taken special interest in the Golden Trio, with Hermione in particular. He has come to Hogwarts with a mission in mind, but what that mission is, Jared isn't keen to say.
- Notes: I'll be honest, the fic has it's problems. The writing is a little dated, you can feel it's the author's early days of writing. The characters can sometimes be repetitive (take a drink every time Jared says he's got his father's temper), and it DOES make mention of the author's religion (Catholic) through Ret Conning one of the characters into being from a devout Catholic family and having the new DADA Teacher be a Catholic priest. However, outside this, the religion is surprisingly downplayed compared to other Harry Potter fics that bring in religion (no inexplicable chapels this time). The plot is interesting, even if the author has difficulty being subtle at times (by the end of the first chapter, it's extremely easy to recognise who Jared is). The new characters fit in well with the world and are interesting in their own right. It's also quite easy to see how it's clear to the reader who Jared is but not the characters themselves. The romance is underplayed, even though the relationship of two of the characters is very important to the plot. It's got comedy and the dramatic parts are quite well-written. It comes complete with a Reset Button (one that makes a degree of sense) so the story doesn't interfere with the actual events of Book 6, and where things may differ from canon, they are actually explained.
- Recommended by Kitzsah and Joyce13
- Status: Complete
- Synopsis: Harriett Potter dreams of going to Hogwarts, but in a universe where the school only accepts purebloods, the only way to reach her goal is to switch places with her pureblood cousin—the only problem? Her cousin is a boy.
- Summary: As the author mentioned, this is a Song of the Lioness take on the Harry Potter series. The universe it takes place in is heavily AU. Tom Riddle never becomes Voldemort, instead becoming the leader of a political party. Due to his influence, Hogwarts now only accepts purebloods with British half-bloods and muggleborns having to go to the American Institute of Magic. Harriet Potter and her cousin, Arcturus (Archie) Black, son of Sirius Black, who just so happens to want to go to AIM. Like in Song of the Lioness, she and Archie switches places, fulfilling both of their dreams. Now all she has to do to is to survive her next seven years in Hogwarts pretending to be a pureblood male heir in Slytherin. If only she could stop being a trouble magnet. This is part of an ongoing series, with the other fics being The Serpentine Subterfuge and The Ambiguous Artifact.
and the prequel Dudleys Memories
- Recommended by Ninja Marshwiggle
- Status: Complete
- Synopsis: Dudleys Memories: Minerva needs help delivering another letter to #4 Privet Drive. At forty, Dudley is not at all what Harry expects. A long overdue conversation ensues. DH cannon compliant, but probably not the way you think
Snapes Memories: Harry is finding a healthy outlet for his "saving people thing" in the form of one damaged little boy. In doing so he finds himself thinking about his old teacher, quite a bit.
The Life And Times
- Tags: Discussions of past child abuse, Kidnapping
- Reviews: Despite the characterisation occasionally feeling a little off to me these to truly are brilliant fics. The interactions are natural and fluid and the abuse (experienced by both Harry and Tim) is portrayed consistently and synthetically as well as realistically. The spelling and grammar is excellent and the pace of the stories is really nice and easy to read.
Harry Potter 24
- Recommended by tropicalbeaches
- Status: Ongoing
- Synopsis: She was dramatic. He was dynamic. She was precise. He was impulsive. He was James, and she was Lily, and one day they shared a kiss, but before that they shared many arguments, for he was cocky, and she was sweet, and matters of the heart require time.
- Has it's own page
- Recommended by: Hackstory
- Status: Complete
- Synopsis: October 1996. A 24 hour period in Harry Potter's life. Each chapter will represent 1 hour of real time. Summary details can be found inside the story. Tom Riddle is planning to end the war before it even begins. Dumbledore helps Harry and his friends do the same. WARNING - people acting OOC/ships are non-canon Chapter 24 is up (NO, it does not have Jack Bauer)
- Comments: Despite its at-times-poor grammar, the fic is overall very enjoyable and has moments of true brilliance. Watching the events of the story line up, and seeing the characters and their overlap in the ways that they do leads to some moments of that are truly amazing. Highly recommended to anyone who can get past the initial few chapters, which are admittedly not great.