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Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

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    Harry/Ginny 
Learning to Breathe, by onoM
  • Recommended by Comartemis, Unclouded TJ, Seraviel, Robinton
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairings: Harry/Ginny
  • Synopsis: Harry Potter is 16 years old. He's already defeated Voldemort, with the help of his Godfather Sirius Black. Now he is in for the biggest challenge of his life: attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
  • Comments: Based on an idea originally posted by Jeconais, this is what happens when you mix Harry Potter and Full Metal Panic! without actually making any kind of crossover. Harry plays the embattled war hero trying to fit into civilian life after killing Voldemort and being instructed to attend Hogwarts by Sirius, and he does so about as well as Sousuke does (Ginny, incidentally, takes up Kaname's role, though she plays it quite differently than Miss Chidori does). Despite the comical premise, the story is fairly serious and has occasionally gruesome scenes from battlefields and missions in Harry's past, so the faint of heart should be prepared to skip scenes here and there. What's more, by virtue of the premise Harry is something of an ultracompetent Super!Harry, but the focus of the story is much more on Harry trying to fit into civilian life than on Harry battling Death Eaters and he's not invincible by any means, so this isn't really detrimental to the story.
    • His constant use of noncom to mean civilian, at least in the first chapter, is extremely annoying.

Forced Maturity by pseudonym (AU)

  • Recommended by Shay Guy, Unclouded TJ
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Harry/Ginny
  • Synopsis: In the summer after Harry's first year, the spirits of his parents decide to help him the only way they can: having him dream the next five years of his life, everything from the flying Ford Anglia rescue through the end of Half-Blood Prince. Of course, memories of dreams tend to evaporate after awakening, but what's left is still enough to make things...interesting.
  • Comments: This is what happens when you remove the actual foreknowledge from a Peggy Sue fic, leaving only skills, maturity, and instinctive emotional responses (with special emphasis on Harry now being in love with Ginny, but also examining his reactions to her diary, Scabbers, Dumbledore, Snape, Malfoy, and Neville). The author manages to produce some very clever twists on the source material, deftly dodging the "make it all better" bullet in the process — some things are learned much earlier than others, some later, and some things get much worse than they were in canon. (Also? Excellent basilisk fight.) Currently nearing the end of Chamber of Secrets.
    • Shay Guy: Just wanted to add a caveat to my rec, now that Chamber of Secrets is complete: the quality seems to slack off a bit in that part's denouement, partly due to the increased focus on the pairing, which I found excessive and thus tiresome (note how few times Rowling deemed it necessary to use the words "I love you"), and partly due to some magic-related wonkiness. (Specifically, Ginny having all Riddle's pre-diary memories and being a Parselmouth? Also, the "soul age" concept in itself fits well with the Age Line in canon, but I don't care what pseudonym says, an emotionally traumatized 11-year-old is still 11 years old.)

The First Day by little0bird

  • Recommended by Jek Windu 2
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Harry/Ginny
  • Synopsis: Follows the major characters (and a few minor ones) through the first year of the war. Canon-compliant for the most part, except for things that could easily change between the timeframe of the story and the time reference for the post-series canon.
  • Comments: Labels itself a shipping fic, and while the Harry/Ginny romance is handled extremely well, I find that the piece's greatest strength comes from its ability to multitask. The Ron/Hermione parts or the Fred/Katie parts are less numerous than the aforementioned couple, but their characterizations feel just as strong. One thing I like in particular is how Molly is handled. In most shipping fics I've read, she's either a thundering bear or a roaring mouse. This is one of the few who portray as a mother. My only complaint is one that be stretched to cover most post-DH fics: as of this recommendation the story has 52 chapters and there simply isn't a plot beyond "this is what they do now." Definitely worth a read, especially if you like shipping fics that don't exclude other characters.
    • Seconded, this fic is one of the best in the fandom, but it's more of an ongoing chronicle than a plot-driven story. Problems come and go as in normal family life, but the problems of the first few chapters have been long since resolved by chapter 30.

The Bonds of Blood by Darth Marrs

  • Recommended by Willyolio, cardboardtubeknight
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Harry/Ginny, Sirius/Rosmerta
  • Synopsis: Harry accidentally soul bonds with Ginny in the Chamber of Secrets when Diary!Riddle is feeding off Ginny's soul. Standard soul-bond-fic stuff happens: they get more powerful, they need physical contact, they gain a few other powers as well.
  • Comments: Despite the pretty standard synopsis above, there's one thing that really sets this work apart from the other "soul bond" fics I've read: Harry and Ginny develop normally. Instead of instantly understanding each other, or falling in love as soon as it happens, their reaction to their need for physical contact is perfectly appropriate for a 12- and 11-year old: "eeeeeeeeeewwww!" The telepathy they share leads to a lot of bickering. They grow up experiencing puberty together and all the fun that entails. On top of that, the adults are reasonable, if uncomfortable, with the situation, instead of it being "Harry + Ginny together vs. Adults who just don't understand".
    • Also contains one of the most hilarious instances of The Talk in literary history:
    Sirius: Know what sex is?
    Harry: Er, mostly.
    Sirius: Do it before you're sixteen and I'll kick your ass.
    Harry: Oh, okay.
  • Warning : Anyone Can Die and there's a bit of MustacheTwirling!Dumbledore in there.
    • cardboardtubeknight: I liked this, it goes from somewhat lighthearted to dark suddenly and that kind of caught me off guard. Even with the author's warning before it happened. Also, there's a lot of misspellings and miss wordings. If you can overlook that, you're golden.
  • YMMV- I really liked it at first, when it was still awkward between the two, but it devolved very quickly into God Mode!Harry/Ginny, with then gaining powers and abilities that don't really make sense. That, and reading a Lemon fic with 13-year-olds is a little...uncomfortable.
    • Seconded. Moments of brilliance, especially in the first half of the story, with an equal number of cringe-worthy ideas, especially in the second half. Harry as a God-Mode Sue wasn't badly done here, per se, just unnecessary; his heightened powers have no effect on the story whatsoever. And Anyone Can Die is right: The author drops enough bridges to qualify as a terrorist. Still, it has some very good moments, some heartwarming and others downright funny. A good story up until around Chapters 25-30; after that, it's a crapshoot.
  • IMO, the quality dips for a bit in the middle, during the events of book four. After that, it takes a very sharp turn for the dark. It's still quite good if you're into that sort of thing, but be aware that the first half is not at all representative of the second half. Fortunately, it does avoid that most common of bad dark fanfic tropes.

It Happened One Night by SunDevil05

  • Recommended by: MCanter89
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Harry/Ginny, Ron/Hermione
  • Synopsis: Harry and Ginny's first time together leads to teen pregnancy and marriage. Written/begins post-OotP and before HBP.
  • Tags: Romance

Ginny Weasley and the Half-Blood Prince by Reis Macleod

  • Recommended by: Ephyon
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Harry/Ginny
  • Synopsis: The Half-Blood Prince seen from Ginny’s point of view. Completely canon-compliant and blending seamlessly with the events of the book. Despite the title, the story actually begins at the end of Order of the Phoenix and continues all the way to the 19 Years After epilogue.
  • Tags: Romance

The Unbreakable Vow by Ash Darklighter

  • Recommended by: Milarqui
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairing(s): Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley, Ron Weasley/Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy/Pansy Parkinson
  • Summary: A woman called Jenny Peters is driving towards her home, her son in the back of the car, across a barely used road. Suddenly, coloured streams of light begin to fly across the sky. She calls her husband Gary, believing they might have been found by those they are hiding from. However, it turns out that neither Gary nor Jenny are who they say: their true names are Harry Potter and Ginevra Weasley, and they have been hiding for five years.
  • Comment(s): This story is a truly good one, starting in medias res with a married Harry and Ginny that suddenly realise that their time of hiding from the magical world is about to end, and then jumping to five years before, when Harry managed to kill Voldemort - but only he knows what happened - at a nearly too high cost, the loss of his magic, which was only prevented thanks to Madam Pomfrey's intervention. When Percy decides to use a loophole that makes him the head of the Weasley family (Arthur died a few months before, and neither Bill nor Charlie are in England) to force Ginny to marry Draco Malfoy in order to gain political credit (an offer Lucius Malfoy takes happily given that Voldemort has disappeared and he wishes to secure his family's future), Harry and Ginny decide to do a magical ritual that formalises their love for each other and then run away and disappear so that neither Ginny may be forced to marry with Malfoy nor Harry be forced to return to the Dursleys since Dumbledore believes Harry has completely lost his ability to do magic. The story only improves as things unravel and continue on their path, with many plans being made by people from all sides as things slowly go towards the hoped happy ending.
  • Updates are infrequent, but going.
    • Last update was 2013

This Means War! by Jeconais

  • Recommended by Comartemis
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Ginny/Harry
  • Synopsis: When the brothers Weasley make the mistake of scaring off Ginny's most recent boyfriend "for her own good", Ginny decides to get revenge by making a long-delayed move on Harry. What starts off as an amusing seduction attempt transforms into a prank war between the Weasley brothers and Harry while the students (and faculty) of Hogwarts place their bets. Somewhere along the way, the plot transforms into Harry finishing off Voldemort by completely wrecking his latest schemes with a lot of luck and "the power the Dark Lord knows not."
  • Comments: Not canon-compliant, and includes a retcon that saves Sirius's bacon after Order of the Phoenix, but is absolutely hilarious when it wants to be; this troper almost put himself in stitches when Fred and George reenacted the Frenchman scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail with Voldemort's Death Eaters during the siege of Hogwarts.
    • Tentatively seconded by moberemk — the fic is bloody hilarious, but towards the second half of the story, it turns more into "Harry Is Perfect" suefic territory. Still funny, mind, but sometimes more in the category of So Bad that it's Good unintentional hilarity than actual jokes. He masters apparition in one lesson, fercryin'outloud!
      • Definite third by Goldstein. Yes, it can be seen as a sort of suefic of the perfect sue sort, I always felt it was more of a parody of such. The entire premise is more or less that Harry can literally do anything he wants because he doesn't know what isn't possible. I felt that the plot excuses the almost Mary Sue characterization.
      • While Lord Khajmer doesn't generally enjoy suefic, and especially not with such an anticlimactic final battle, the humor is generally fairly good, Lucius Malfoy's fall from grace was quite enjoyable, and the absolute curbstomp in the final battle actually had some logic and reasoning behind it other than "Harry is infinitely powerful." Fourthed
    • Ronfar: I'm disappointed; I was promised an Escalating War of increasingly ridiculous pranks, and didn't get it! It's amusing but rarely laugh-out-loud funny, and it seems to have been started before Half-Blood Prince was published. (It ignores all post-Order of the Phoenix canon.) It's cute and competently written, but don't expect too much from it.
      • Absolutely fourthed by eostby. I would even go so far as to say this is my favorite HP fan fic, bar none. There is indeed a bit of silliness that isn't for everyone, but if you get past chapter 3 and are still reading, you're probably all right. There is a bit of a tone shift part way through, but still a good story nonetheless.

    Harry/Hermione 
Harry McGonagall and the sequel Harry Potter McGonagall
  • Recommended by Shinji 117, feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Harry/Hermione (but avoids Ron the Death Eater and Draco in Leather Pants)
  • Synopsis: After spending a day observing the Dursleys, McGonagall decides that Dumbledore is making a mistake in giving Harry to them. She waits until Albus leaves Potter on the doorstep before kidnapping him and giving him to her sister's family to take care of. To protect Potter, she also hides his scar and conceals his identity. And teaches him Occulmancy much to Snape's dismay. Harry and Hermione don't meet Ron at the station, and instead get put into Ravenclaw. Much Awesomeness Occurs.
  • Comments: Brainy!Potter and Hermione work very well together. The story explains why Harry is suddenly rather more intelligent than his canon-counterpart believably. The pairing actually makes sense (Ron doesn't meet Hermione for quite some time, and even then is in Gryffindor and has little impact on the story, and Ginny, like the entire wizarding world, doesn't know where 'The Chosen One' is or if he is alive). The Humiliation Conga pulled on Snape is incredible, and the author seems to enjoy calling out logical flaws in the canon characters (for example, Blood Quills are illegal, with a possible Azkaban sentence for black artifacts. So Harry and Hermione report Umbridge to Amelia Bones. Problem solved. And then Harry asks Hermione if Umbridge really was stupid enough to think that they would be stubborn and put up with it.) The author doesn't seem to like Dumbledore all that much, catching him up in the Humiliation Conga that hits Snape in the first year, and occasionally giving him the Idiot Ball (most prominently in the trial), but it doesn't really detract from the story. All in all, one of the best Harry/Hermione fics I have run into. And don't instantly assume that just because Harry is in Ravenclaw the story is bad. It isn't.
    • CaellachTigerEye: YMMV. There's no doubt it's well-written, but whether the style is you cup of tea depends. I personally am not a fan of stories giving such a ridiculous edge to Harry's side from the start, since it detracts from the well-balanced pacing of canon. Furthermore, the main characters' characterization feels borderline Sue-ish. More importantly though, the author can not write children very well - they're either too immature for me to believe in, or far too mature and intelligent despite their age. It makes me wonder if the author has any experience with people of that age recently ... the writing might avert the DiLP or RtDE, but it still over-perfects Harry and Hermione in my eyes. And the romance is just ... painful. People joke about Harry liking Hermione when he's eleven. Seriously ... you only need read a few more stories to see the consistency in the author's narrative style as presented herein, which ditches proper character growth, development and change in favour of this, which tends to REALLY drag. Evidently, it has it's good points, but in my personal opinion they don't redeem the many faults ... the alt-fic Magical Relations is a better choice for a story in which early changes make for a less suspenseful plot (lack of suspense isn't bad, but when nothing else really appeals to you it's not something you'll want spend your time on ... As I said, good in many ways, just not necessarily in the ways I enjoy my fiction.
    • Clendy82: I'm really torn. It is good, but it is so close to being truly great that it's painful. I can understand wanting a more intelligent Harry to work out the original story's logical fallacies, but these lead to many What Cliffhanger and Anti-Climax moments. Problem presented, problem solved...now what? If the author really wants to showcase Harry's noggin, then give him new and improved problems worthy of him. Much adu is given to Harry's early American magical education, which really only serves to cement his borderline Mary Tzu status. Along with that, the author's contempt for Dumbledore colors poisons the entire story, along with McGonagall's seething contempt of him and his decisions. If only these, and a few other niggling issues, were fixed, then this would rank among the truly great Alt Fics in the entire Potterverse. As it is, all I can say is that it's very well-written, good grammar, easy to follow, with many genuinely good moments throughout, but anything truly spectacular is missing, just out of reach. Moderately Recommended.

Paradigm of Uncertainty, The Show That Never Ends, and Hero With A Thousand Faces, by Lori (AU)

Harry Potter and the Sword of Gryffindor by Cloneserpents.

  • Recommended by: Darkaros, Foo Fighter, Willyolio
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Harry/Hermione, Ron/ Luna, Lupin/Tonks in the background, and one instance of Arthur/Molly
  • Synopsis: "Spurred on by a perverted ghost, Harry stumbles on a naughty, yet very special book. With the rituals found in this book, Harry gains power and leads his friends in the hunt for Voldemort's Horcruxes. EROTIC COMEDY" (Obviously, NSFW)
  • Comments: How to describe. It's part smut, part Harry/Hermione romance, part comedy, and part crack. Gryffindor is a horny ghost and Harry and friends search for Horcruxes... and encounter the most crack-filled, hilarious mini-adventures ever along the way. Highly recommended, more because of the comedy, I swear. Mild Weasley (as in Ron and Ginny only) bashing, at least compared to the author's other works.
    • Willyolio: agreed, it's hilarious. If you don't mind the sex (and there's a lot of that), it's still full of comedy and it has a decent plot, too. If you do like reading smut, those parts are written pretty well too.
    • Ephemeral Night: It is hilarious. If you don't mind the sexism (and there's a lot of that), it's funny like a train wreck; you just can't look away from the mess. If you have any attachment to the canon personalities or any attachment to the concept of "characters" at all, this story might not be for you, but either way, you will laugh.

When Harry Met Hermione by chem prof

  • Recommended by LightningStorm93
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Harry/Hermione
  • Synopsis: What if Harry met Hermione first, and became friends with her, before he met Ron? This story relates Harry's first meeting with Hermione and continues with the times they meet each other at the beginning of every year. H/Hr
  • Comments: An excellent look at the relationship between Harry and Hermione, and highly recommended for fans of the pairing. Be forewarned, Ron fans, there is some (slight) Ron bashing in places.
    • A resounding "meh" from this troper. I've read it before it was recommended, and it suffers the usual chem prof cliches of Hermione's family being more open sexually/nudists, a bigger role for Fleur, Cho and the other hot girls, and the complete marginalisation of the Weasleys (when they're not screwing one of the pretty girls). Harry and Hermione's relationship also develops far too quickly to be realistic It's well-written (in regards to spelling, punctuation, etc.) and the earlier chapters don't fall so much into those pitfalls, but that's about all there is to recommend it. — Medicus
    • The G: Likewise from me, while I had no problems about the speed of Harry and Hermione's relationship advanced, I did have a problem with how the story was paced, in that it basically summarises a full year of Hogwarts without going into much detail, add to that, the story is only 6 chapters long and you have a fic you can get through in one sitting, it's a shame the author didn't go into a lot of detail as they're some differences in this story from the canon material that would've been interesting to divulge into such as Pettigrew is arrested, Voldemort isn't revived, Sirius and Cedric don't die and Cedric basically replaces Ron in the trio while Sirius' name is cleared and becomes a free man etc. That being said, each chapter glances over the previous years events, i.e: Chapter 4 recaps Prisoner of Azkaban (Year 3), Chapter 5 recaps Goblet of Fire (Year 4), with the exception of the final chapter which flashes forward to Harry and Hermione's wedding. There's no Squick to be found (Except for a single instance where Sirius considers flirting with Fleur). The author even calls out authors who write about Underage Sex in Harry Potter Fics While this fic waits until they both adults and on the eve of getting married to even mention that they've done it. Overall, an OK Fic that might warm the heart of a Harry/Hermione fan, if you don't mind a bit of Ron bashing (and believe me, there's quite a bit of that), give it a go.

Notebooks and Letters by Chem Prof

  • Recommended by Lightning Storm 93
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Harry/Hermione
  • Summary: The "true" version of Books 5, 6, and 7, as told by Hermione to her daughter years later, using her old journals and letters between her and Harry.
  • Comment: The story basically retells the story of books 5, 6 and 7 (though reducing some of it considerably). The relationship between Harry and Hermione develops believably, and the story doesn't fall into as many of Chem Prof's clichés as some of his other stories do. It also deconstructs some of J.K. Rowling's elements from the stories ( The trace is found to be a superstition to keep wizarding children in line, it is impossible to mimic parseltongue like Ron did in Deathly Hallows, the Taboo on Voldemort's name is not present), as well as expanding on some moments. It also becomes very dark later on (it's rated M for a reason). It runs for a total of forty chapters and is well worth a read. Personally, I found it absolutely riveting, though as with many stories.

Unlike a Sister by Michelle AD

  • Recommended by HugoPerson
  • Status: Not sure - either Dormant or Complete with a teaser chapter for another (unwritten) fic
  • Pairing: Harry Potter/Hermione Granger, with some Harry/Ginny and Hermione/Ron
  • Synopsis: Author's Summary: Nineteen years ago, Harry told Ron he saw Hermione as his sister. Now, Hermione is in danger and Harry's feelings for her begin to change dramatically, jeopardizing everything he once knew. An epilogue compliant fic.
  • Comments: Very well written, and completely in character as far as I can tell. It's a slow building, and the relationship between Harry and Hermione is very well handled. Also canon-compliant!

Harry Potter and the Champion's Champion, by DriftWood1965

  • Recommended by Aust Kyzor
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Harry/Hermione (major), Luna/Krum, Cedric/Cho
  • Synopsis: Harry and Hermione become a couple. Not wanting to compete now that he has "other things to do", he gets Ron to replace him. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Tags: Character Bashing

    Harry/Draco 

Tissue of Silver by Fearless Diva

  • Recommended by: Y.S. Jennis
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Harry/Draco
  • Synopsis: A love story concerning possessed furniture, black silk pyjamas, courtroom drama, premonitions of doom, assassination attempts, Death Eater yoga, absinthe, bare feet and a sensible werewolf. Rated: R for coarse language, brief drug use, some sexual content, and consideration of issues of sexual consent.
  • Comments: Such depth. Interesting plot twist, too. Hadn't seen that coming. Did end in a happy ending, though. And do heed the author's warning above. Don't read this if you're easily squicked, but otherwise, you really should.
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Eclipse'', by Mijan* Recommended by Puck

  • Pairings: Harry/Draco
  • Synopsis: Draco swore revenge on Harry for Lucius's imprisonment, and for once, he keeps his promise. The old rivalry turns deadly when Draco abducts Harry for Voldemort. But when Draco's world turns upside down, the fight to save himself and Harry begins.

Reparations by Sara's Girl

  • Recommended by Lyra Orion
  • Pairings: Harry/Draco slash
  • Warnings: explicit sex, drug use/addiction
  • Comments: Even though it may look short at 10 chapters, the chapters are HUGE. It's not quite an epic, but it's very long and will definitely take more than one night to read. However, it's totally worth it. It's a fic set after the War of Hogwarts and is DH compliant (except for the epilogue), and has a really interesting take on each character. Every OC in the story is absolutely delightful and feel like a part of the original cast. Even with some serious subject matter, there's plenty of brilliant humour and cute moments that relieve some tension. Definitely worth a read.
    • The sequel, Foundations (Complete) is also worth reading. A rare case of a sequel that is as good (if not better) than the first installment.

Running On Air by elventy7* recommended by Yaosaysobjection

  • Pairing: Harry/Draco
  • Synopsis: Draco Malfoy has been missing for three years. Harry is assigned the cold case and finds himself slowly falling in love with the memories he collects.
  • Comments: A slow burn fic with good world building that gets really in depth with the continuation of Harry's story after Voldemort's defeat. While the story is rated teen, the most explicit this fic gets is hand-holding. It's a genuinely interesting tale about how someone may fall in love with a person that isn't actually there. The author makes good use of describing Englands's local culture and land, and this fic is overall an excellent continuation fic.

Transfigurations by Resonant

  • Recommended by Voodoo Child.
  • Pairing: Harry/Draco slash
  • Synopsis: Five years after the end of the War, Harry returns to Hogwarts a changed man.
  • Warnings: Explicit Sex, Violence.
  • Comments: Written before Books 6 and 7, so who's alive and who's dead are kind of different, though the author nails the fact that Sirius, Snape, and Dumbledore are all very obviously doomed from the start. Very, very long (clocking in at 450K), but SO worth it. I don't ship Harry/Draco, but this is how I could see it happening. Honestly, the pairing kind of fades into the background for me, because this is also one of the most fascinating fics I've ever read. The characterization is impeccable - Draco, Hermione, Harry, McGonagall, Lupin, and Penelope especially come off quite well. The American contingent Harry hides out with are an amazing amalgamation of sympathetic magic, herb-craft, and Native American traditions. I love the notion of a magic school at Disney, and Sunday is a lovely original character. The linguistics are excellent as well, the notion of spellcasting having a dialect that purebloods speak differently from others, and the idea of calligromancy. But I have to warn you, it's also one of the most legitimately fucking terrifying stories I've ever read. The curse-mines all over Hogwarts, the conditional clauses (including "hide", "multiply", and "target Headmaster/Minister of Magic/all Hogwarts professors") and sheer horror-movie feel of the piece just build and build, and there are consequences.

Merlin Works in Mysterious Ways by Lordhellebore

  • Recommended by: FatRat
  • Synopsis: When Harry is forced to form a Blood Bond with a destitute Draco Malfoy under threat of death, he thinks he'll have to contend with a cold home for the next 100 years. But when a group of left-over Death Eaters decides to stir trouble, their lives change completely – and it takes them both some years to figure out whether it's for better or for worse. Post Series.
  • Pairing(s): Harry/Draco

Turn by Saras_Girl

  • Recommended by: AverageSparrow
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A 100% DH-compliant fic, Harry comes to realize that his life with Ginny has become less than either of them wanted. While out drinking, he finds himself wishing he had reached out to Draco during their sixth year, wondering how much their lives might have changed if he had. The very next day, he wakes up in a universe where he did just that and finds himself in a relationship with Draco. Despite how ridiculous the premise sounds, the story is emotional and very satisfying. The slow build allows both Harry and the reader to fall in love with Draco and each relationship and character in the story is written with love and care.
  • Pairing: Harry/Draco

With Your Green Mantle by Lomonaaeren

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Pairing: Harry/Draco
  • Summary: Draco would like hallucinations of Harry Potter to stop appearing in his rose garden, please. Especially since Harry Potter has been gone for seven years.
  • Comments: A retelling of Tam Lin.Harriet Potter and the Minister of Magic by slytherin-nette
  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Fem!Harry/Draco
  • Synopsis: That fateful night in Godric's Hollow, something inside James Potter had changed forever. Becoming the youngest Minister of Magic ever to be appointed, he became obsessed with finding the Dark Lord and avenging the death of his wife. Unfortunately, his pursuits are about to lead him straight back to the daughter he's neglected for 14 years. (Fem!Harry)

Sanguis Vita Est by Shiguresan

  • Recommended by: Licyan
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy
  • Synopsis: Whilst Voldemort’s prisoner, Draco is made a vampire and forced to take Harry as his first meal. With Draco managing to resist the temptation to drain him, just barely, in a moment of blind rage at what he has been forced to become, he aids Harry in the destruction of Voldemort. But even with that threat vanquished, once back at Hogwarts, Draco finds himself disturbingly addicted to Harry’s blood. And amongst all this, a dark shadow looms ominously on the outline of the forest, watching them closely. A vampire!Draco story and also an ‘Eighth year’ story.
  • Comments: Beautifully written.

Twist of Fate by OakStone730

  • Recommended by Psycho Innocent
  • Pairing: Harry/Draco
  • Synopsis: Draco asks Harry to help him beat the Imperius curse during 4th year. The lessons turn into more than either expected. A story of redemption and forgiveness. SLASH DRARRY Pairings: HP/DM Timeframe: 1994-2002 Goblet to 4 yrs post-DH EWE
  • Comments: Easily one of this troper's favorite HPDM fics. It's well written and heartbreaking. It's difficult to explain how excellent this fic is without spoiling the second half of the story, but it's well worth the read.''

Malfoy Meets Muggle by Pen Noire

  • Recommended by: Silent Stranger
  • Pairing: Harry/Draco
  • Synopsis: Post-Hogwarts. Draco Malfoy is surprisingly happy in a comfortable relationship with Harry Potter. Unfortunately, Harry wasn't brought up doing things the wizarding way, and if Draco wants to make this work, he's going to have to learn to integrate the magical with the muggle. Really, how bad can it be?
  • Comments: A humorous look at Draco Malfoy attempting to adapt to doing things the Muggle way as part of his relationship with Harry. A very laid back tone, recommended if you want a change from the relentless angst common to this pairing.

Another Sun That's Brighter Still by Omi-Omi

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Pairing: Harry/Draco
  • Summary: Draco's parents are trying to force him to marry – just because of some stupid family curse – but Draco isn't willing to settle for second best. After rejecting one suitor too many, he's handfasted to a stinky and ragged minstrel and sent off without a Knut to his name.
  • Comments: A retelling of King Thrushbeard.

Catch 22 by Jad-fic

  • Recommended by veteranMortal
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Harry/Draco
  • Synopsis:As if NEWTS weren't enough, Dumbledore's gone and had another one of his bright ideas. If all ends well, the Houses will be getting along in no time. Or according to Harry's correspondent, hailing the Apocalypse. Oot P/HBP/DH disregaded.
  • Comments: It's cute.

Starts With A Spin by Maxine

  • Recommended by veteranMortal
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Harry/Draco
  • Synopsis: It started with the spin of a bottle, and now Harry and Draco have gotten themselves so far into their own game there's almost no way out again. Except to keep playing.
  • Comments: Fluffy and sweet.

    Harry/Other 

Only Enemies by leave this world

  • Recommended by Magyareagle
  • Status: Dead
  • Pairing: Harry/Bellatrix
  • Synopsis: In the aftermath of the Final Battle, a misplaced spell sends HP and Bellatrix to an alternative world. It holds everything each of them has lost to the war and yet they find themselves inexorably drawn back to each other. HPBella done right.
  • Comments: Perhaps the most realistic Harry/Bellatrix fanfic I have ever come across. Dark, and twisted, this story captures Bellatrix's personality perfectly. I believe that the author's summary sums this up best: Harry/Bella done right.

Hope by jeconais

  • Recommended by lhklan, Looney Toons
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing:Harry/Gabrielle
  • Summary:A man who is lost in his own country. A girl who needs her mate to survive. A tale of Quidditch and romance, of anger and betrayal, of friendship and enmity. A story of the power of hope.
  • Comment: A very good read. Jeconais take the usual bonding cliche then added his own personal touch, turning this into a very interesting and heartwarming story. I'm honestly surprised that a story as good as this wasn't recommended yet.

Protection From Nargles by Arpad Hrunta

  • Recommended by The G, Mazz, Robinton
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Harry/Luna
  • Summary: Takes place during Book 5, and asks a simple question, "What if Luna had kissed Harry under the mistletoe that night after the D.A meeting since he has 'no protection from the Nargles that are inside of it'"? And because of that one gesture of kindness; over the course of the Christmas break and with the help of Sirius, Harry begins to realize that he has fallen for "Loony" Lovegood.
  • Comment(s): Takes a simple AU concept, "What if Luna was Harry's first kiss instead of Cho?" and does it beautifully, at the time that this recommendation was published, there are only two chapters (with it being a fairly new fanfic) but both are incredibly well written and Chapter Two is guaranteed to give you 17 different warm and fuzzy feelings inside your heart, it is that good.

Educational Decree Number Twenty-Six by dukeofpoorplanning

  • Recommended by Hackstory
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Harry/Lilith
  • Summary: Harry storms outside one night after a particularly frustrating Defense Against the Dark Arts Class with Umbridge, only to receive unexpected company as he reflects on his hatred of "the toad." Company, it seems, that is determined to change his life for the better. Three-shot. Complete. I mean it this time. Sequel to be posted soon.

The Biter Bit by AHighAndLonesomeSound and its missing moment Inner Demons and Icicles

  • Recommended by AVeryPotterTroper
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairings: Harry/Luna
  • Status: In progress
  • Synopsis: It's the morning after Ginny and Ron's fight in Half-Blood Prince, and she can't concentrate in DADA class. Unfortunately, that means she incurs the wrath of Snape. But somebody in the class has had enough of Snape's bullying and decides to take a stand. No longer a one-shot, and spinning out from HBP into something AU and silly.
  • Comments: Light-hearted and fluffy, but not necessarily silly. The first section of the fic actually focuses on the fallout from Luna's clash with Snape in chapter one, and the attempts of her and others to deal with Snape's approach to classroom discipline. The romance is something of a slow-burn, growing out of Harry developing a closer friendship with Luna. On the one hand, this means that 20 chapters have been posted so far and the couple still have not had their first kiss (something the writer has actually joked about in his author's notes), but on the other hand it means that there's actually time for character development of Harry, Luna, and the supporting characters that actually makes the idea of a Harry/Luna romance believable. Pretty close to original flavour, tries to keep its deviations from canon logical (no sudden Ginny-bashing, nobody acting OOC), and one of the best-written Lunas I have ever seen in a fic (the best being the Luna in Protection from Nargles, recommended above).

[1] by malapropism

  • Recommended by veteranMortal
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Harry/Ron
  • Synopsis: In which Ron realizes that maybe, just maybe, you aren't supposed to feel this way about your best mate. But only after a dance at the Yule Ball, months of being busy with other things, Cedric Diggory's death, the return of Voldemort, and a quiet knock at his door.
  • Comments: Lovely fic about people coming of age, learning about themselves and finding happiness.

    Draco/Hermione 
''The Fallout" by everythursday aka Sage (dropbox link to PDF because she has taken down all her fanfictions. If anyone knows how to make that an actual text link, feel free to alter it)
  • Recommended by: wednesdayaddams
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy
  • Synopsis: Hermione learns about growing up through the redemption of Draco Malfoy.
  • Comments: I read this fic five years ago, and to this day it is still the best fic I have ever read, ship-related or not. In every single one of her works, Sage always kept Draco and Hermione completely in character. The war and its length bearing down on everyone involved is palpable; Sage openly mentioning the psychological trauma war has on those who fight in it is another plus. Draco's reasoning for joining The Order is believable, as is his role later on as their main strategist. The arguments between he and Hermione regarding his change of loyalty and how he treated her in the past are realistic, and I loved seeing that Draco's shitty treatment of her during their school days was not glossed over and forgotten in the least. It was refreshing to read of Hermione actually debating with herself for weeks (if not months) the reasons why Draco should be forgiven for his past. Another thing I loved that I rarely see in Draco/Hermione fics is a positive relationship between Draco and Pansy, as well as something near to a friendship forming between Pansy and Hermione before Pansy's death. I've also seen other people describe Sage's writing to be quite philosophical at times, and I would have to agree. All in all, there are not enough good things I can say about this fic.
  • Notes: Obvious trigger warnings for Death, PTSD, war, etc.

    Hermione/Other 
Widdershins by "Dido"/Trickofthedark
  • Recommended by: Looney Toons
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Hermione/Dudley Dursley
  • Summary: In an Alternate Universe, after the death of Sirius, Harry gets smart and begins spending his money to improve his chances of surviving the war with Voldemort and the Death Eaters. One unexpected consequence of his actions is a collaboration between Hermione and his cousin Dudley to analyze reams of data on Death Eater activities — a collaboration which slowly evolves into a romance. A strange and yet fun blend of tender first love leavened with both the tension of the war and outright crackfickery. Written in 2006, before Deathly Hallows, it gleefully ignores any canon that gets in the way of its plot. As a special added bonus, the author is also an artist, and all the chapters come with multiple, often very funny, illustrations. Warning! One of the later chapters is very NC-17.

The Case of the Creature Kidnappings by frostykitten

  • Recommended by: mutents
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Hermione/Draco
  • Synopsis: "What your puny mind doesn't understand, Potter, is that she does the paperwork I hate, and I do the dirty work that grates on her Gryffindor sensibilities." Hermione and Draco have been partners working in the Department for Control and Regulation of Magical Creatures for years, but their comfortable partnership is shaken up when creatures go missing and the Aurors get involved.
  • Comments: My absolute favorite Hermione/Draco fic, by miles, and one the only Harry Potter fic I've ever reread. It's an excellent look in on what a possible adult relationship between Hermione and Draco could be.

The Sinews of Thy Heart by Amarielle

  • Recommended by Goodwrench
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Remus/Hermione
  • Synopsis: The war altered nothing at Grimmauld Place. The house stayed the same, but its inhabitants changed. Against every natural law, Remus Lupin found a place where he belonged inside one of the largest hearts he'd ever known: the heart of Hermione Granger.
  • Comments: The best Remus/Hermione story in the fandom.

Want by WinchesterPhantom

  • Recommended by: Fiasco
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Scabior/Hermione (onesided)
  • Synopsis: 'Scabior smells sunlight and flowers as he stands in the woods: wanting her, needing her, chasing her.' A missing scene or rather perspective from the DH 1 film - it could be film canon. Scabior catches the scent of Hermione and is captivated and driven to hunt her.
  • Comments: Firstly the writing is beautiful, easy to read and flows very nicely. Secondly is that the writer does not attempt to soften up Scabior - he's a hunter, he's a snatcher, and he's a man who has been in the woods for a little bit too long. As said above this could very easily fit into the film and appears IC as far as Scabior goes from the film. Short and sweet to put it.

Shades of Purple by wawwhite

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Ron/Hermione
  • Synopsis: Their third anniversary is coming up, and Ron wants to buy something special for his wife.

Against All Explanation by Run Squidling

  • Recommended by veteranMortal
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Hermione/Luna
  • Synopsis: Hermione just really, really wants to know more about Luna, okay? There's nothing more to it. That would be ridiculous. Besides, she doesn't date stoners.
  • Comments: Funny, sweet, generally a nice fic.

your story's all wrong by Atilla

  • Recommended by veteranMortal
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Hermione/Cho Chang
  • Synopsis: Cho works as a healer. Hermione is her patient. They become friends. Later, they both learn something about themselves.
  • Comments: Wonderful fic exploring east asian culture and sexuality.

    James/Lily 
The Stolen Glasses Shenanigans by afterthree and thirty2flavors
  • Recommended by Goodwrench
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: James/Lily
  • Synopsis: "If I promise never to try and flick ice-cubes down the front of your shirt again, can I have my glasses back?" Assorted MWPP-Era madness, letter-style.
  • Comments: Very funny and charming James/Lily piece. There needs to be more fanfics like this.

Obsessive Lily Disorder by Procrastinator-starting2moro

  • Recommended by Goodwrench
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: James/Lily
  • Synopsis: James worships the ground Lily, er, throws him on? Includes stalking, Polyjuice potion and James attempting many acts of suicide such as drowning his head in toilet bowls because Apple Of His Eye Evans hates his guts. Or does she?
  • Comments: Truly lunatic romance, and highly recommended. The author's also written several other excellent stories.

We Sort Too Soon by onoM

  • Recommended by Elenor, Fenro
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Lily/James, one-sided Lily/Snape
  • Synopsis: An alternate universe in which Severus Snape prefers to be sorted into Gryffindor to join Lily rather than head to Slytherin.
  • Comments: Snapes' still a dark bastard, so don't worry that the author will change him into a golden griff. If you don't feel close to tears by the end then you're clearly not human.

Haggis From Algernon by Vea and GhostOfBambi

  • Recommended by Valjean
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: James Potter/Lily Evans
  • Synopsis: The fic about nothing. Humor, 101,594 Words.
  • Comments: Take one food-retrieving pet cat from the depths of your darkest nightmares, add two characters with more magnetism than a pair of magnets, set it alight with a smoldering, crackling ball of sexual tension, lob the whole thing into the golden Marauders' era, and you get this. I may be going out on a limb here, but I don't feel too uneasy about stating that this may be my favorite fanfic ever written in the entire universe. Set mainly during the Marauders' sixth year, it's part humor, part romance, part cat!love, and all sprinkled over with a light dusting of crack. This is the big, fat, sprawling James/Lily epic romance saga told entirely in the rib-crackingly hilarious day-by-day journal entries of the two lovers-to-be as they slowly fall in love despite (or because) of a conga line of whacky hijinks, hilarious blunders, teen drama, death eater uprisings, and everyday misunderstandings. As told with pitch-perfect comedic timing and Rowlingesque compact chronology, the Marauders are brilliant beyond belief, Lily's OC girlfriends could have stepped out of the original books, and the authors' fantastically alive voices for James and Lily capture the friction, attraction, and frustration of the two central characters in a way that makes them pop out the page without straying far from the books, except with regards to the titular Algernon, to whom I (and James and Lily) owe my deepest thanks.

Commentarius by B C Daily

  • Recommended by Harry BC Dresden
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairings: Lily/James
  • Summary: "Lily has always considered herself ordinary. But as she enters her 7th year, things start changing and Lily starts going a bit mad. Suddenly, she's Head Girl, her mates are acting strangely, and there's a new James Potter she can't seem to get rid of."
  • Comments: A wonderful, and at times downright hilarious portrayal of Lily and James' seventh year, told more-or-less from Lily's perspective. Be warned, closing in on 700K words, so quite a commitment, but in this troper's opinion, well worth the time.

Cleaning by gm weasley (AU)

  • Recommended by tenoreyequetis
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Remus/Tonks
  • Synopsis: Tonks and Lupin's relationship from Kreacher's POV, told while Kreacher is running his daily errands in Grimmauld place.
  • Comments: A short, funny one-shot fic told from an interesting angle that takes place in the background of Order of the Phoenix. It's also one of the only decent Remus/Tonks fics I've ever come across — it's non-fluffy, non-angsty, and non-squicky. Rated PG (with the exception of certain implications).

Imperius by Jess_Pallas

  • Recommended by Goodwrench
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Remus/Tonks
  • Synopsis: The last words of a dying man force Remus Lupin into a dangerous investigation at the infamous Feral Institute.
  • Comments: A good romance, as well as an excellent action/adventure piece. This is THE big Remus/Tonks story. The author's other stories, such as Oblivious and A_Little_More_Time are also good.

Bubblegum Pink by slightlysmall

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Remus/Tonks
  • Synopsis: Remus knows Tonks wants to marry him, but he's sure it's the wrong thing to do... isn't it?

Drastic Times, Drastic Measures by omidorichan

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Remus/Tonks
  • Synopsis: Harry Potter, a bit of alcohol, and a midnight argument bring out a startling revelation from one, Remus Lupin. Lupin Tonks fic, o' course!

    Next Generation 
The Start by sweasley
  • Recommended by Stump-a-licious
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Victoire Weasley/Teddy Lupin.
  • Synopsis: Every relationship has a spark, but every friendship has a start. Even the best of friends can face obstacles, which Ted Lupin & Victoire Weasley must learn the hard way. Also has three more parts.

Chronicles by Josephinee

  • Recommended by Still-li, Guessmyname
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Rose Weasley/Scorpius Malfoy
  • Synopsis: Rose Weasley always considered Scorpius Malfoy one of the most annoying people she ever had the misfortune of meeting. This year, however, deep down, she realizes... he's even worse!
  • Comments: Very entertaining and well-written, with an awesome (and hilariously snarky) main character.
    • Guessmyname: Seconding. See also the sequel, Paramnesia, now complete.

    Other/Ships Including O Cs 
Hocus Pocus, Adele Polkiss by Ecmm
  • Recommended by Person With Many Aliases, Looney Toons
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Harry/Titular OC
  • Synopsis: Every year, as Harry goes off to Hogwarts, Piers Polkiss' younger sister is left to wait till the arrival of summer, waiting till she can get a little glimpse of the magic she wants to still believe in.
  • Comments: The story runs concurrent to the books, so there's not much deviation. It calls itself a shipping fic, but I find the OC itself much more interesting than any bother about the romance. Adele is a unique character, equally as bratty as her brother when we first see her, and completely normal. The story is worth checking out for seeing the story from the perspective of someone who has to deal with wanting more than anything else to be part of an adventure but regardless is the one left behind when the adventure starts.
    • Looney Toons: Seconded. This is nice little fic, with an interesting point of view and a character who grows on you as she grows up yet somehow still remains a bit of a brat even at 18. Oh, and it's complete, which is always a plus, with a little extra scene as a bonus.
    • andy25100: Thirded. Excellently written story with an interesting OC who adds a twist to the original story with what would have happened if Harry had someone on the outside who knew everything about the inside. The romance element is minor but it gives some of the most memorable parts of the fic i find, and while she is a bit of a brat, you'll be hard pressed not to like her.
    • hackstory: Fourthed. This troper's recommendation was cemented by a single line in chapter four:"Usually [Harry] didn't have to stand around when girls cried, they all seemed to have the decency to do it elsewhere."

[[folder:Miscellaneous]]Velvet & Sidekicks by Anguis

  • Recommended by FatRat
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Gregory Goyle/Millicent Bulstrode
  • Synopsis: Because, as much as books and movies tell us otherwise, perfect people don’t live. A tribute to the imperfect.
  • Comments: A really sweet plotless little one-shot focusing on two much-overlooked characters.

Goldilocks and the Four Heads of Houses by DailyProphetEditor

  • Recommended by: Rereh 2, Fiasco
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Severus Snape/ Minerva McGonagall (Friendship)
  • Synopsis: The story takes place in Harry's second year. Gilderoy Lockhart (or how the whole staff has taken to call him secretly - Goldilocks) got the wrong idea that Severus Snape fancies him and decides to go for it. He meets the Potions Professor in the Library, on the night of Valentine's Day. Minerva McGonagall and Pomona Sprout end up in the Library as well and Pomona makes one (or maybe two) good points and Minerva decides to help. Later on, Filius end up there as well and seems in shock.
  • Comments: With a HUGE dose of humor, the author manages to make a really good history involving the beloved Heads of Hogwarts' Houses and the pain that is Lockhart. As the author says, this could be a real missing piece of the second book, and it IS really funny (hilarious really) and not hard to imagine the scene actually happening. A really important thing is that the characters do not look OC, Gilderoy is as pompous as ever, Minerva and Severus show how much Quidditch matters to them; Pomona is trying to "help", like every good Hufflepuff and Filius, always the gentleman, won't spy on anyone... but don't forget that he does have a really nice sense of humor. Really worth checking out!

Folie à Deux by DailyProphetEditor

  • Recommended by: Rereh 2
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Severus Snape/ Minerva McGonagall
  • Synopsis: The story takes place in Harry's second year and it is a sequel to "Goldilocks and the Four Heads of Houses". After that rather "fateful" night, the Heads of Gryffindor and Slytherin start to act differently towards each other, and all of the sudden the rest of Hogwarts' staff seems to think that Severus and Minerva are the perfect match. But they don't seem to think so. And certainly, neither does Gilderoy "Goldilocks" Lockhart.
  • Comments: As humorous as its prequel, but with a bit of drama and a good amount of romance. Daily Prophet Editor still manages to keep the characters in line and give us an excellent tour into the mind of not only Severus, Minerva and Goldilocks but of many of the other staff members and two other creatures. Also keeping the fic faithful to the facts of the Second Book. A really good fanfic to read.
  • Warning: This fanfic contains an important information of the seventh book.

Imperfect Girl by JustAnotherMadHatter

  • Recommended by: LittleWuve
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): George/OC, mentioned Fred/Angelina
  • Summary: Melinda Stringer, a muggle girl whose entire family gets murdered by Death Eaters, decides to take part in the war against Voldemort alongside the Weasley twins. To be more specific, Death Eaters believe that her older brother, a wizard loosely involved with the Order, has told his family details about the organisation, which he hasn't, and murder Mel's parents when they can't tell them anything. Mel will then be taken in by the Weasleys so that she stays in a safe place for the duration of the war.
  • Tags: Except for the addition of some original characters, stays as close to canon as possible. Character Death. Other than that, light romance developing at a slow pace.

If Only Your Father Knew by Technicolour Grey

  • Recommended by Orochi 132
  • Status: Complete.
  • Pairings: Lucius/Narcissa
  • Synopsis: An M-Rated Alternate Universe Fic, where Lucius Malfoy is the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts, and Narcissa Black is a fifth-year Slytherin whose studies are slipping. After serving detention with him, Narcissa starts to note an attraction to Lucius, and eventually vice versa. The pair struggles to keep their emotions in check, and also to keep them a secret.
  • Comments: I don't like Lucius, as people who know me will attest to. However, the tension of this relationship is very dramatic and had me unusually hooked through all the nineteen chapters. The plot was coherent, the characterisation sound, and whilst Technicolour's style leans occasionally towards the purple, it isn't so flowery as to distract from the action of the fic. Overall, If Only is a solid story that has my recommendation.

Going Back: The Director's Cut by dragonflybeach

  • Recommended by: MandibleBones
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Draco/Luna, otherwise canon pairings
  • Summary: "In the middle of the battle, Draco realizes what's worth fighting for, and later, finds friends who will stand with him against a serial killer ex-Death Eater. And just maybe, Luna's not really loony." Complications arise, ensue and are overcome. A few very, very minor changes from canon, and it tends to use the film's version of the final battle as a visual reference, but it's all for the best - the feel of the books is very much there. It's also a continuation fic, but the emphasis is on Draco and Luna's relationship, so it belongs here.

Friends and Enemies by daro-jesse

  • Recommendedby yourbrainontaint
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Draco Malfoy/Luna, minor Harry/Hermione/Ron
  • Synopsis: 'Draco Malfoy has been ordered to kill Albus Dumbledore - an impossible task. How far will Draco go to save himself? Can he convince the sainted Harry Potter to believe in him? And what happens if he falls in love with his most unlikely ally in Dumbledore's Army - Luna Lovegood? Set at the beginning of HPB.'

Memento Mori, by coffeecupcakegirl

  • Recommended by quantumspork
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairings: Lucius/Narcissa, several others later in the story
  • Synopsis: Begins with Lucius and Narcissa's time at Hogwarts and how they fall in love, and then branches out into many more viewpoints and storylines. Still in progress, and currently past Deathly Hallows in the timeline. (Compatible with all the books.)
  • Comments: This is a vast, sprawling epic that fills in the background of the Potterverse in ways you never imagined. Every character is given complexity and depth, often much more so than in canon. The Lucius/Narcissa romance is particularly well done, with just the right combination of realism and fantasy. The author's English is a little clunky sometimes as she's not a native speaker, but overall it's beautifully written. YMMV at some of the pairings and backstory choices.

A Courage of Heart by Artemis Rayne

  • Recommended by Rose And Heather
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Neville/Hannah
  • Summary: "Neville Longbottom had always known that he had a different sort of bravery than his fellow Gryffindors, but will it be enough to help him stand up against his most dangerous opponent yet?" Post-DH.
  • Comments: Could also be titled, "In Which Artemis Rayne Makes Sense of Neville/Hannah".

How I Met Your Mother-George and Angelina by Gryffindor010697

  • Recommended by Xalfrea
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: George Weasley/Angelina Johnson.
  • Synopsis: The story of how George and Angelina met, and the series of events that led to their eventual marriage. Crosses through pre-Hogwarts, Hogwarts, and post-Hogwarts.

For I Have Been Made New by scribe34

  • Recommended by Rose And Heather
  • Status: Completed
  • Pairing(s): Draco/Astoria
  • Synopsis: She had always loved him, even unconsciously, even when he was horrible, even when she didn't deserve him. He hadn't known, but once he did, nothing could stop him from loving her back.

Love Me For the Beauty Within by Silverness (slasher)

  • Recommended by Whatshisface
  • Status: ?
  • Comments: An interesting fanfic that halfway deconstructs gender-bending, and explores the effect it would have on someone. Broken Link

Harry Potter and the Twist of Time by Grand Poobah

  • Recommended by Clendy 82
  • Status: Complete
  • Comments: I have rarely come across a fanfic of such high quality as this. A novel-length alternative version of the seventh year, this story stays extremely true to Original Flavor and canon compliance. I think it compares quite favorably to Rowling's own seventh-year work, though it is tilted much more heavily towards Idealism than The Deathly Hallows. Heartwarming moments abound, and I guarantee you will like the epilogue of this one much more than the official version. The only real complaint is that Harry is somewhat more proactive than usual while Voldemort is somewhat more reactive. But that is a minor complaint at best. Highest possible recommendation.
    • It's been pointed out to me that the version I posted above is somewhat abridged due to the censorship policy of the host site. After a little bit of digging, I've found the original version here. Be warned, there are several passages which can safely be considered NC-17. Very nice writing either way. You're not missing out on anything storywise by going with the edited version; it just depends on your own preferences. Do you take your stories Lighter and Softer? Or just a little bit more risque? Or a bit more risque? Or even something just a bit more than that?

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