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Fics that continue the story from where the books left off

65 Years Later by BOC42

  • Recommended by Fambera
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Spoilers for D.H.! 65 years after the Battle for Hogwarts, George is dying. Oneshot
  • Comments: A wonderful take on George's death, as he reunites with his other half.

After the End by Arabella and Zsenya

  • Recommended by Captain Timesink, Marjojo, Dm M, Bardota
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  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: What happens after Hogwarts and Voldemort's defeat. Extrapolates an ending to the series, which had many elements that actually ended up happening in canon, and shows the characters assimilating to "normal" life without Voldemort.
  • Comments: Quite possibly the best fanfic This Troper has ever read. Warning: mild Sirius/Remus slash.
  • This Troper is shocked to see only three reccs for this incredible fic. First of all, it was written entirely before the release of Order of the Phoenix. The amount that it gets right in terms of characterization and plot prediction is impressive, to say the least. It's easily the best fanfic I've ever read, and I'm not just saying that because it is what got me into fandom as a sixteen-year-old. It's epic in scope with close to NINE HUNDRED PAGES in length, more than 40 chapters! And it covers so many relationships, developing the characters in a way that's convincing and compelling. Pairings include: Harry/Ginny, Ron/Hermione (these first two were The Sugarquill's M.O.), Remus/Sirius, Bill/Fleur, Charlie/Cho, Percy/Penelope. You'll find yourself rooting for all these ships by the end of this epic. There are plenty of original characters introduced who you'll care about, too. Honestly, I think Arabella & Zsenya's idea of the Harry/Voldemort final battle was more dramatic and interesting than what happened in canon. Although it definitely didn't result in immediate peace... because the entirety of ATE is about dealing with the aftermath of the war.
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  • Agreed, this is a brilliant piece. It's amazing how many details they predicted correctly.
  • This was my first fic and it made such an impression on me, that even more than ten years later, I can't re-read it, because it's still so vivid to me.

The Albus Potter Series by Vekin87 (link)

  • Recommended by windweaver19, nomnom07, Pastykake
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Starting out as a basic Albus and Slytherin fic, Vekin87 expands J.K. Rowling's world by introducing a variety of new characters, including the likes of wizarding vigilantes and morally ambiguous villians. Vekin's storys touch on themes like totalitarianism, the constant struggle between the public and the government, and ultimately, whether or not killing is right.
  • Comments: When I first read these stories I had to remind myself quite harshly that it wasn't canon. Vekin does a good job of blending canon bits with his own ideas for an entertaining read that is still very reminiscent of Rowling's story. Several of the characterizations are funny and he's almost as good at sparking Epileptic Trees among his fans as Rowling is. Story is in progress and has just recently finished book 5. He is currently working on his sixth book. He is the first (or one of) Harry Potter fanfiction authors to be on the road to completing all seven books. An absolutely amazing read. Some say his last few books are even better than Rowling's. Now that the series is finished, it's obvious what a Door Stopper it managed to become, with a word count higher than the official series, by about 100 thousand words, the 6th book being even longer than the infamously long Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Ambient by Caliburn

  • Recommended by Rolla
  • Status: Dead (last updated August 2012)
  • Synopsis: The final battle took place at Hogwarts, between Dumbledore and Voldemort. The events that happened there are quite unknown to all but the sole witness, Harry Potter. The aftermath was felt throughout Britain, most strongly at the areas surrounding Hogwarts. An oppressive leeching force drained the ambient magic innately required by all wards, structural magics and indeed the humans themselves. This force was known as the "Ambient Loss" and its origin and reason are unknown. Britain is now a no-mans-land; murders are frequent, as are muggings. But the things which they steal are not merely your possessions, but your very vitae itself. In a land where power is all you have, and blood itself is indicative of that power, can you survive with your body and morals intact?
  • Comments: Excellent story, very few obvious mistakes, great plot. The plot itself is more of a twofold plot with a personal one focusing on Harry and the people he interacts with and affects. Along with a larger plot focusing why the Ambient Loss occurred, and why Harry is seemingly immune to it. Great characterization all around; Harry is slightly cracked, as is everyone around him, leading to interesting characters who are not merely defined by those cracks and seem to evolve. The villains are delightfully twisted and the post-apoc setting is done disturbingly well. As to the rest, read it yourself.

Amends, or Truth and Reconciliation by Vera Rozalsky

  • Recommended by phoku
  • Status: Dead; last updated March 2015
  • Alternate POV: Andromeda In Which the Princess Rescues the Dragon, Draco Storm Surge
  • Pairings: Hermione/Neville, Draco/Neville, Hermione/Draco, Weird Polyjuice Experiments. (... let's just say everyone's standards are slipping)
  • Synopsis: ...and all was well. And then it got worse... The Goblins collect the debt for a certain bank robbery and Harry pays his and Ron's part. Hermione is left as a wage slave to the goblins. The British Wizarding World is cut of from the rest, her parents held in diplomatic custody and the war trials are coming ...
  • Comments: The fic starts off with one of Hermione's to-do lists. One entry reads: "Fix the Ministry." The fic explores the political struggles in a post-war world, rife with rogue dementors, unrepentant purebloods, and a shadow werewolf society. This is a Darker and Edgier exploration of the crapsack world Rowling only hinted at, rife with Alternate Character Interpretations. If you can stomach the sheer detail, length, and slight hints of blandness, this is highly recommended.

The Apprentice and the Necromancer by JunoMagic

  • Recommended by Fenro
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): SS/HG
  • Synopsis: Snape lives and marries Hermione.—MLC with a twist turns into AU-sequel of DH with new dangers, old secrets, and much more.—Virtual penny dreadful. Many short episodes with adventure, romance, a dash of hurt/comfort, and a sprinkling of horror.
  • Comments: At 251 chapters, this story is an epic. It expands on The Tale of the Three Brothers very creatively. It also explores the art of necromancy. Overall, very well done. This story is complete.

The ASP at Hogwarts by Inkwolf

  • Recommended by Sevenofdiamonds
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The adventures of Albus Severus Potter in his first year at Hogwarts after he is sorted into Slytherin.
  • Comments: This fic is very much in the spirit of the earlier HP books. It's humorous, fun, and at times heartwarming and poignant. There's lots of small school adventures as well as an ongoing plot, and some great world building of the post-Voldemort culture. It also does a good job of portraying the Slytherin house and non-evil Slytherins.

Cauterize by Lady Altair

  • Recommended by Maribelle, DevilsAdvocate, felixedine, Looney Toons, patriciarakel, Zadia, Keshia
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Oneshot. "Of course it's missing something vital. That's the point." Dennis Creevey takes up his brother's camera after the war.
  • Comments: Probably the best one-shot I have ever read.
    • Seconded, oh so much. I actually read this story not long after it came out, and it made me bawl. Three years later... It still has the same exact effect, and it seems /so canon/. There's one discrepancy, but unless you're a Word of God follower, then it really doesn't matter. It's a quick read, but it will make you want to read it over and over again. Absolutely beautiful.
    • Thirded, Hard. It is an experience, bittersweet and poignant. Still, it is triumphant in its ending and is very well written.
    • Seriously amazing. The pictures were so well-described and the little stories behind everything was just perfect. Probably one of my favourite fics of all time.
    • This is one of the most moving and beautiful fanfics I've ever read in my life.
  • Warnings: You will cry. Seriously. It's that good.

Cheating Death by SeriouslySam

  • Recommended by Adept
  • Status: On-going
  • Synopsis: Fifteen years since the end of the second Wizarding War, Head Auror Harry Potter is called by the head of the Department of Mysteries to identify a man retrieved from the Veil of Death. While Harry is elated to reunite with his godfather once again, he realises that something more sinister is happening within the other department.
  • Comments: A very intriguing read. While fics featuring characters coming back from the dead can easily become a mushy drivel, this fic provides an interesting mystery to justify the premise.

The Children by samvimes

  • Recommended by FatRat
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After the war, we gather to remember. And none of us escape unscathed, least of all Draco Malfoy...
  • Comments: Am angsty one-shot written way before OotP but is still moving to this day.

The Closing Of The Year by kcstories

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Tom/Harry, past Harry/Ginny, Ron/Hermione
  • Synopsis: AU, After his divorce, Harry Potter moves in with Tom Riddle. So does his ten-year-old son Albus Severus, who tries his utmost to get used to his new surroundings and to the strange, sinister man his dad has fallen in love with.

Death and King's Cross by sciathan file

  • Recommended by Wookiee, Shinji 117, The Shiny Sword, Looney Toons
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Who knew death had etiquette enough to be personalized? Post-DH Afterlife story.
  • Comments: Absolutely amazing, beautifully written one-shot comprised of snippets of varying lengths featuring the dead characters, mostly those who died during Deathly Hallows. Each afterlife is brilliantly tailored to the character (there's the epic meeting of Fred Weasley, mirrors, and James and Sirius), and leaves enough ambiguity and unanalyzed meaning to make the reader think for a long time and re-read over and over. It's also completely canon. Sirius and Dobby's interludes were especially poignant to this troper.
    • Seconded. The ones that stood out for me were Peter's and Dumbledore's. I have only once (RE-TAKE) before actually had to cover my mouth to stop sobbing at a fanfic, and I certainly didn't expect to at the line "Sherbet Lemon?". Context (but MASSIVE spoiler): he's offering it to Ariana and his mother. Oh Gods.
      • That wasn't the tipping point for me- I started sobbing at the line "No letters today." It's beautiful, it really is. Wholeheartedly thirded.
      • Fourthed I haven't teared up over a fic like that in a long time. It's truly a wonderful piece that needs to be read.
      • Fifthed, completely. I started crying at Sirius's part, and then Fred's... But it wasn't just sadness, I was actually crying tears of happiness and laughing as I cried. So, so beautiful.

Draco Malfoy and the Trials of Single Parenthood by Estora

  • Recommended by Cartographer
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Harry/Ginny, Ron/Hermione, eventual Draco/OFC, other pairings listed in appropriate fic headers
  • Synopsis: Draco Malfoy: ex-Death Eater, former bigot, widower, and single father. His children worship the Weasleys who clash with the decor, something is rotten at Hogwarts, and he doesn’t really know what he’s doing. But maybe he’s getting the hang of it.
  • Comments: First in a seven-part (WIP) Next Gen series of stories told in epistolary form - diary entries, letters and occasional newspaper cuttings. There used to be four completed fics in the series with a fifth in progress, but Estora took the stories down to revamp them. These first two focus more around Draco and his attempts to pick up the pieces of his life after his wife Astoria passes away. Estora somehow manages to have you laughing at Draco one moment, crying the next, and her plotting is compelling.
    • The Beach: Seconded. Even though this series is only on the fourth story, it's definitely one of the most original post-19-years-later series I have ever read. At first, I thought it was just going to be a series of stories from Draco's POV, but I realised that the author is branching out and going for an ensemble cast. I didn't expect the epistolary format to work as well as it does. Trust me, this is really worth a look. Perfect mixture of funny, sweet, dramatic, and emotional. And best of all, they're easy to get through! Only 11 chapters each. Go ahead and read these stories - you won't regret it.
      • [1]: Thirded oh so much. Not much I can say, but while the characters, plot, format, hell, everything about this is just incredible; what really sold it were those little nods to other fandoms.

Fabula Post Bellum: The Dragon of Morgana's Orchard by Maverick.Heart

  • Recommended by xXwindsofchangeXx
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Classes, sports, social life, and discovering the terrifying thrill ride of having your heart stolen for the first time. Such is the life of many third-year boys at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Add the pressure of being the son of the most famous wizard in Britain, having an enigmatic legend from a bygone era as a private tutor, that pesky shadowy plot - and making sure said pesky shadowy plot stays as far away from your little brother as humanly possible - and you have the life of James Sirius Potter. If you're Albus, on the other hand, your job is to stay out of trouble (which tends to be more difficult than usual when your name's Potter), try not to be too awkward around one of your best friends (who happens to be a very pretty girl to whom you may or may not owe a literal Life Debt), and take care of the mental and emotional well-being of the Gryffindor quidditch team's best player. Wait, what? And you consider yourself the boring Potter sibling. Best of luck.

Fabula Post Bellum: A Potter Fanfiction by Maverick.Heart

  • Recommended by xXwindsofchangeXx, omegaman
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Almost two decades have passed since the Second Wizarding War's conclusion, and life in the wizarding world has resumed a state of normalcy. Many of the war's survivors have gone on to starting careers, marrying, and having children. The Potter children have enjoyed a somewhat normal upbringing. But it is said that each generation has its own battle to fight...
  • Comments: This is a direct sequel story that picks up directly from the end of the Epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The first book of the series centers around the Potter brothers, James and Albus. The latter attempts to adjust to life as a Hogwarts first-year, while the elder Potter brother finds himself investigating a shadowy plot that threatens to throw the school into chaos.

Glass Half Full by Pir8fancier

  • Recommended by Lagomorph
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twenty years after the battle at Hogwarts, it's not happily ever after.
  • Warnings: Substance abuse, filthy language, lots of smoking references
  • Comments: Ron/Pansy, in a way that doesn't make my head explode.

The Golden Age by Arsinoe de Blassenville

  • Recommended by Fuzzy Boots
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After the War, Harry and Hermione try to carve out a life for themselves, but find difficulty living in a world at peace.
  • Comments: Theoretically set between the end of book 7 and the epilogue, although the author admits that he had to make a lot of changes to accommodate Rowling's shifting decisions on what happened in between. This story is an excellent example of flawed heroes. Both Harry and Hermione can't let go of the War and proceed to make many questionable decisions in the name of The Greater Good.

Golden Age byzeitgeistic (Faire Weather)

  • Recommended by: Eyikl
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When the Golden Trio go back to Hogwarts after the war McGonagall decides that all the eighth years should be resorted. Harry ends up in Hufflepuff,and the Hufflepuffs discover that magic is failing across Britain.
  • Pairings: Harry/Draco, Hermione/Pansy

Harry Potter and the Deadly Deception by Delylah

  • Recommended by Capt Equinox
  • Status: "most likely abandoned" she says
  • Synopsis: This was intended as a sixth-year book-length entry, to follow Order of the Phoenix. In order to protect Harry, Snape and Dumbledore fake his death and funeral in full view of all his friends. In illusionary disguise, called "Evan Jameson" and sorted into Slytherin, he has to maintain the deception even as his friends begin to suspect.

Hogwarts Houses Divided by _ (link)

  • Recommended by Fireangel 265, Roo, Shadow AI, Kittastrophe, Hazl, MtheR, Moo 92, Keshia, jgf, Bhadratheboss, Dame-Amaryllis, Pastykake
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:The war is over, and all is well, they say, but the wounds remain unhealed. Bitterness divides the Houses of Hogwarts. Can the first children born since the war's end begin a new era, or will the enmities of their parents be their permanent legacy?
  • Comments: Tells the story of Teddy Lupin's first year at Hogwarts. Not only does this story feel like a Harry Potter book, but it stuck so close to the Word of God that I had to remind myself after reading that this is not actually canon. WARNING: Even though Harry and the rest of the gang make an appearance, this is mainly about Teddy and the kids he's going to Hogwarts with. Expect a lot of OC.
    • Roo: Words cannot express how much this is seconded. The writing is absolutely amazing, capturing the tone and feel of Rowling's world and characters but still with its own twist on it. The dialogue is brilliant, all the canon characters are in character, and the original characters are entertaining and likeable. Best of all, no character bashing, no overpowered Super!characters, no Author Filibusters, and a decent plot that develops in a logical way. Look for the Sorting Hat in one of its best fanfic roles to date!
    • MtheR: Wow. So very seconded. I wasn't really expecting much from this fic—and in fact, I didn't love the first couple of chapters—since, as a rule, I tend not to love continuation fics. But it was good enough to keep me reading, and I'm incredibly glad I did. Some of the best OCs I've seen, including perhaps my favorite ever: Ophilia Karait.
    • Moo 92: Wow, I adore this fic. I wish it were canon.
    • Munchx 3: Seconded to infinity. The author clearly did their research, sticking as close to Word of God as humanely possible. The story also feels and reads like an actual Harry Potter novel, which certainly helps, and the characters, both OCs and previously existing ones, are handled flawlessly. All in all, an excellent fic, highly recommended.
    • Bhadratheboss: Love love love this one. Only complaint is that it doesn't have a sequel:(

Ignite by Slide

  • Recommended by omegaman, RoseAndHeather, Question Marker
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Entering his sixth year at Hogwarts, Scorpius Malfoy's biggest concerns are his ex-girlfriend and balancing his friendship with Al Potter with his difficult relationship with Rose Weasley. But a much bigger concern arises when he, Al, Rose, two other students, and a professor run across a magic ritual being conducted in the Forbidden Forest, and a magical virus strikes down all the inhabitants of Hogwarts save for the six of them. Can also be found here.
  • Comments: This fic is fantastically well-written. The characters are incredibly fleshed-out and given believable, detailed personalities. Scorpius, Al, and Rose's characterizations are among the most unique I've come across, and it's a refreshing change from some of the more traditional depictions (that's not to say there aren't some similarities, but the similarities are balanced by the uniqueness so that one does not feel that one is reading yet another iteration of common Fanon characterizations). The OCs are excellent as well; they're not bland stiffs whose purpose is to make the scene look populated. They have well-developed strengths and foibles, personalities, and motivations. There is a RosexScorpius romance, so be warned if that is not your thing, but this not a shipping fic; though their relationship is a big part of the story, drama is the main genre.

  • Inheritance by Alliriyan
  • Recommended by Pastykake
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Voldemort values his Slytherin ancestry and secures an heir, just in case. His child Marvela suffers a life of inherited but not invited evil traits; and she fears that new DADA professor Potter will want to kill her when he finds out who she really is.
  • Comments:

Lessons Learned by loveadubdub (Next Gen)

  • Recommended by Renagirl 9
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: My shrink says I repress feelings and emotions. She told me once that I have trouble "admitting reality" to myself. Now, I don't know if that's true. After all, I don't have the fancy Psychological Healing degree, do I?
  • Comments: Not just about Rose and Scorpius. It's about basically every next gen character there is plus a few OC's. What I liked about it was that it was real. This is how you would expect the next gen kids to end up since they are bound to be spoiled and chased by media all their lives. I like how they are all such egotistical brats at the beginning and even though a few of them still are at the end (cough, James, cough) most of the kids (including Rose) have learned their lessons. It's my favorite Next Gen fic.
    • As a warning: this is very rarely a happy fic. It is good, it is emotional, it is amazingly real and heartbreaking and wonderful; it is not happy.

Life Ever After by Ophelia Raven (as listed on the now-defunct hpfandom), or heavy_cream (as listed in the hpfandom archive import on AO3)

  • Recommended by Sethonan
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A certain character is found to not have died during the battle of Hogwarts 30 years after the fact and Harry must investigate.
  • Comments: If I have any complaint is that it IS a slash fic after all. —Sethonan

A Little More Time by Jess Pallas

  • Recommended by Goodwrench, Eyikl
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Was it possible to save two lives without altering history? Was it possible to give them a future twenty years after they had supposedly died? Teddy Lupin thought so.
  • Comments: Teddy Lupin goes back in time to rescue his parents during the Battle of Hogwarts. Jess Pallas has written several good stories and this is one of the very few well-conceived time travel fics in the fandom.

Made of Common Clay by LomonaaerenRecommended by: Eyikl

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Harry has reached a very bitter and jaded thirty. His efforts to reform the Ministry haven’t lessened the corruption or pure-blood bigotry one bit. That’s when he finds out that he’s apparently a part of a pure-blood nobility he’s never heard of before; he’s Lord Potter and Lord Black. Unfortunately, that revelation’s come too late for him to be a reformer. All Harry wants to do is tear the system down and salt the earth. And with a double Lordship, he just might have the power to do that.
  • Comments: This story has elements of Super!Harry, but mostly in the sense that he has a lot of power, not that he has mutant-like powers.

The Noticing of Lucy Weasley by Realmer06

  • Recommended by Roo
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Lucy Weasley was the most overlooked Weasley grandchild. Until she punched her cousin James in the face." A one-shot story about Percy's youngest daughter Lucy and how she deals with being a shy, introverted bookworm in a family of overachieving extroverts — not to mention how she deals with people who view her father as the dullest Weasley brother.

Obliviate by glanmire

  • Recommended by frayleon
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A drabble of fewer than 200 words concerning a man named George.
  • Comments: Tells the story in a very simple manner, but there's delicious reading-between-the-lines to be done, and it's up to the reader to figure out how this has come about. It's all in the title, of course.

The Ones Who Lived (Les Survivants in French) by Alixe

  • Recommended by BalthusDire
  • Status: English translation ongoing, all four tomes complete in French here: Les Survivants (The Survivors), Les Bâtisseurs (The Builders), Les Réformateurs (The Reformers), and Les Sorciers (The Wizards)
  • Synopsis: Straight after defeating Voldemort, the next adventure awaits Harry and his friends, becoming successful adults and rebuilding the Wizarding World better than before. Society, friendship, personal life, the battlefileds aren't missing.
  • Comments: I have long hesitated to recommand a fic not in English, but I really want to recommand these four little gems that kept me hooked for years. The author fills up the entire nineteen years from the victory to the epilogue, using all of Word of God to describes Harry's, Ginny's, Ron's and Hermiones's lives and how they drag the Wizarding Society to modernity kicking and screaming, each in their own way. All are very in-character, we see them mature and snark, humour and serious themes are far from missing, and no character is forgotten, with Harper as an Ascended Extra. I really hope you will enjoy as much as I did.

Our Little Secret by Kerichi

  • Recommended by LuthienT
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It was like a wizard tale. The clever Slytherin helps a hag who later repays the debt. Except that Rose Weasley wasn't a hag, and Scorpius didn't expect to call in the favour.
  • Winner of the 2010 Next Generation QSQ award*
  • Comments: Involves a seventh-year Rose Weasley and Scorpius. Very, very well written, with excellent characterization and character voices. Cannot recommend highly enough. Excellent portrayals of Original HP characters such as Draco, Ron, Harry, Hermione, etc.

Questions and Answers by Little0Bird

  • Recommended by Kateydidnt, Looney Toons
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Picks up right off from the Epilogue of Deathly Hallows and follows the younger generation for a few years. A fairly realistic look at how life continues. Excellent characterization (Albus is, as Molly puts it in one chapter, "exactly like Harry would have been if the Dursleys hadn't treated him like they did"). Author has a few minor deviations from canon (mostly departures from Word of God). Questions and Answers is a part of her larger post-DH universe which includes the following stories:
    • The First Day (Complete) tells the story of the first year following the defeat of Voldemort.
    • More Than Words (Ongoing) picks up right after The First Day
    • Tree Houses and Daisies (Complete) Ron and Hermione same period as First Day/More than Words
    • and More...
  • Warnings: There isn't anything terribly graphic, but some characters are pretty openly sexually active.

Reflections in the Silver Mist by Rannaro

  • Recommended by Powerupz 77
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Hermione conjured her flask in the Shrieking Shack to hold Snape's memory strands, what exactly did she capture? Harry is not certain at first, but he is determined to preserve it.
  • Comments:
    • Continued by Elementary, My Dear Potter: Part I (Complete) and Elementary, My Dear Potter: Part 2. Part 2 incomplete since 2012, but satisfactory cliffhanger satiates.
    • Disembodied spirits, ghosts, and clones abound. Please take note that the author is renown for Snape fan fiction and this is a great example. Well researched and characters are not too badly handled.An excellent continuation of a occlumen's entire memory repository.

Remembering With Joy by avidbeader

  • Recommended by Eoppen.
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: An AU fic, H/Hr, where Harry and Hermione are remembering Ron on Mexico's Dia de los Muertos.
  • Comments: I loved this fic for its seamless combination of the world of Harry Potter and Mexican culture; Harry and Hermione are on holiday in Mexico after Voldemort's downfall and know nothing about the Day of the Dead until they run smack into it. The part where they create a Dia de los Muertos altar in their hotel room, in memory of their fallen friend, is poignant and beautifully written.

Run by Toujours Padfoot

  • Recommended by daisyq444222
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): James/Lily, Remus/Tonks
  • Synopsis: "The village of the dead is not as peaceful as it seems." A post-Deathly Hallows afterlife story
  • Comments: This is an afterlife story with a plot besides characters meeting one another after death. The author does a good job of making the village of the afterlife come 'alive' through description. The premise is kind of similar to 'The Hunger Games' with a tournament called the 'Devil's Duel' that occurs every year that the characters compete in, with the 'prize' being 24 hours on earth and the consequence of losing being the loser's soul being 'destroyed' (no one knows what really happens to it). The author focuses on a variety of characters, such as the Potters, Lupins, Snape, Cedric, Fred, and Colin Creevey, with appearances by others such as Dumbledore and Salazar Slytherin.

Shut and be a Bud Again by MinistryMalcontent

  • Recommended by Puidwen
  • Status: Dead (last updated July 2012)
  • Synopsis: Voldemort is gone, but the aftereffects of the War linger. Harry, Ginny, Ron, and Hermione all must deal with the toll, and confront the consequences of their actions. Only one thing is certain, things will never be the way they were before.
  • Comments: One of those "everybody heads back to Hogwarts for their eighth year" fics. If nothing else it treats the problems Hogwarts would suffer the year after Voldemort's defeat well.

Snape's Worst Nightmare by Draco 664

  • Recommended by Milarqui
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: What is Professor Snape's worst nightmare? Why, teaching the next generation of Potters and Weasleys!
  • Comments: This story is supposed to diverge from HP canon at some point after Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix since Sirius is dead but Dumbledore is still alive. However, it does not deal with the war, but with the next generation of Potters and Weasleys. Somehow, the seven Weasley siblings have children that are born during the period of time that allows them to attend Hogwarts the same year, with 3 Potters and 9 Weasleys joining Gryffindor's ranks and doing their best to annoy the hell out of Snape and the Slytherins. Very, very funny!

Stars Fall by Lady Altair

  • Recommended by Goodwrench
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Remus/Lavender
  • Synopsis: A post-DH AU in three parts. We all craft our own happy endings. Even in the best of all possible worlds, romances decay and constellations fall from the sky, but Remus Lupin will pin them back up in a world that has already forgotten what he sacrificed.
  • Comments: Though the pairing seems unlikely, this is a very powerful and angsty post-war romance.

Strangers at Drakeshaugh by Northumbian

  • Recommended by qazwsx, Roo, Blackbirdie
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairings: Harry/Ginny, Ron/Hermione, OC/OC
  • Synopsis: The locals in a sleepy corner of the Cheviot Hills are surprised to discover that they have new neighbours. Who are the strangers at Drakeshaugh?
  • Comments: This is what it might look like if wizards try to integrate into a muggle community. In an interesting twist, the story of Harry and Ginny's post-DH lives is told by a rather perceptive muggle neighbor (and later friend) of the Potters who grows closer to finding out their secret with each chapter. It's well written, well researched, and has a fresh, unique flavor to it.
    • Seconded. The muggle viewpoint gives a refreshing take on the happily-ever-after scenario. Both OC-characters are nicely fleshed out, and all the small town gossip is simply delightful. There's also a nice side plot concerning a case at the auror office, which prevents the story from becoming one-sided and boring.

There's Always A Way by Starkan (a.k.a. Viridian)

  • Recommended by Rogue 7, Psalm of Fire, Looney Toons, Kogut
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A one-shot response to the "Marriage Law" plot hook. When research regarding declining birthrates and rising squib numbers comes to light (too much pureblood inbreeding, naturally), the Ministry has a complete meltdown and passes a law that requires all unwed purebloods to marry halfbloods and muggleborns in an effort to remedy the situation. Of course, the Ministry being the wretched hive of corruption and injustice that it is, the process quickly turns draconian and oppressive, but when Ginny and Hermione are matched up with Lucius and Draco, an injured Harry puts his foot down and calls in some outside assistance...
  • Comments: Imagine the protagonist of Burn Notice set in the Harry Potter 'verse. Wonderfully snarky and intelligent.
    • Psalm of Fire: I'm not a big fan of anything short of epic length, but I love S'Tarkan/Viridian's writing so much I had to read everything he's written. I wasn't disappointed, this one-shot is a whole bunch of fun!
    • Seraviel: This is the ultimate shortfic. Viridian proves with this that he can write more than epics.
    • rinsimyaldee: This Troper has to disagree, this fic did not impress. I am not really a fan of Viridian's writing style, so this fic was really just more of the same. There was simply not enough detail here, I know it is a oneshot, but it seemed to gloss over the only aspects of the story I really wanted to see, and left out any development for a potentially awesome character. Perhaps a two-shot or three-shot might have redeemed this fic, but as is, it didn't meet standard.
    • Comartemis: Rec thirded. Not exactly an epic saga, but a good read if you just want to burn five or ten minutes.

W-Anon by Lumi-Tea

  • Recommended by Ad Impestra
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: 26 years after the Second Wizarding War, messages begin appearing on the Muggle dark web from a mysterious user exposing the existence of the wizarding world- and a struggling American wizarding family finds themselves directly in the crossfire of this dangerous new conspiracy theory. Meanwhile, an elite team of wizards searches for the man behind the so-called "W-Anon" militia - knowing failure could end in war.
  • Comments: Very little is known about this story so far- all we have for now is a series of cryptic post by the 6chan (like 4chan or 8chan) user "W" threatening to expose the wizarding world. But if this story fills up to its promise, it is going to be an absolutely terrifying political thriller that very accurately shows what the Trump era and 2020 would be like in the Harry Potter universe. Keep this one on your watchlist.

Wizards Fall by Bobmin 356

  • Recommended by Looney Toons, Dor
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In the aftermath of the defeat of Voldemort, the Wizarding World goes down a path almost as dark as Tom Riddle's. And in response, Harry, Hermione, and Luna find themselves forced to take the most drastic possible measures in order to save the best of the world in which they grew up.
  • Comments: Like many Bobmin works, this is a Harry/Hermione ship and features Super!Harry. However, even if those two traits usually turn you off from a fic, don't pass this one by. Well-written and unlike anything else out there in my experience, Wizards Fall will have you simultaneously hating and pitying the villains of the piece even as the heroes' success is vaguely bittersweet. Features one of the most extraordinary versions of Luna Lovegood I've ever seen in fanfic.
    • Kogut: For me it was disappointment: lame sex-related jokes, low-quality technobabble, severe case of "magic exists only in Britain", OOC cruel acts, "most drastic possible measures" are used before attempting something less damaging, reaction of magic world is not believable...

you are the solace of impossibility and its sequel basilisk love songs by prouvaires

  • Recommended by daisyq444222
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Molly Weasley II/Salazar Slytherin
  • Synopsis:"She is young and smells like sunshine." Oneshot
  • Comments: The pairing does, indeed, seem impossible, but the characterizations of both Molly and Salazar are great, as is the rest of the writing.