If you grew up reading the Harry Potter books at the time of their publication, you knew the agony of duty wait a year or two to get their hands on the next installment in the series. (Of course, that’s nothing compared to this poor A song of fire and ice fans have been there.) So how did you satisfy your Harry Potter craving between two novels? You’ve taken to the internet for your fill of HP fanfiction.
Sure, they haven’t completely filled the quaffle-sized void in your life, but they’ve offered some pretty entertaining distractions in the form of alternate universe plots, next-gen stories, and more. of course non-canonical romantic couples. Maybe your Draco-Hermione fantasies weren’t played out in the current series, but you can find dozens of stories about them written by other Shippers. Or maybe you wanted more Harry and the Gang stories after Book Seven. The fanfiction community will take care of you there too!
Getting paid to go back and read some of the best Harry Potter fanfiction pieces was the highlight of my week. I was in full nostalgia mode. Some stories were great, some purposely ridiculous, and a few definitely NSFW, but they all took me back to the days when I obsessively consumed every part of Harry Potter culture that I could get my hands on. Below are seven of the best fanfiction pieces that can still be found online today. If you want to spend the next week going down the HP fanfiction rabbit hole, I certainly won’t judge you.
1. Reverse destiny by chattypandagurl
Once we learned that Neville, not Harry, had the potential to be the Chosen One, we all wondered: what if Voldemort attacked the Longbottoms instead of the Potters? This fanfiction imagines Harry falling asleep and waking up to a world where all of his family are still alive. Which means now Neville is the one fighting Voldemort. Harry must now choose between living happily ever after or helping his friend defeat the Dark Lord. While the concept might not be original, this story adds a nice twist by making Harry aware of the reversal.
2. Dumbledore’s army and the year of darkness by Thanfiction
Have you ever wondered what the DA was doing while Harry and the gang were looking for Horcruxes, or how Neville became a rebellious badass? Finally someone came and filled those holes for us! Be warned, this story is a violent one, but if you’re more interested in some of the show’s supporting characters and want to read a pretty cool tale of what was going on at Hogwarts during Deathly Hallows , I highly recommend that you take the time to read this story (the first of a trilogy!).
3. Double or nothing by Calico
HARRY POTTER / N * SYNC CROSSOVER SEXY FANFICTION. You probably didn’t expect to see these words together, but Calico has a much better imagination than you. The Weasley twins are at a party trying to hook up with Muggle men when they are both seduced by Lance Bass. Sexy wizard / popstar hijinks follow. NSFW, but definitely worth reading for the sheer hilarity of this bizarre (but fairly well-written) fanfiction.
4. First day by little0bird
After the battle of Hogwarts in Deathly Hallows , JK Rowling immediately jumps years into the future, showing us a happily married Harry with children. But what about the battle-scarred Harry, who has just defeated his greatest foe but has seen many of his loved ones die? This fan fiction picks up directly after the battle and deals with Harry’s struggle to cope with the aftermath of Voldemort’s downfall. While some of your favorite couples get attention, this story is much more about PTSD and the loss of loved ones than it is about romance.
5. My Immortal by Tara Gilesbie
Most readers of Harry Potter fanfiction are familiar with “My Immortal”, but if you haven’t heard of it (you’re gearing up!) Let me give you a taste of this masterpiece. Widely known as the best / worst fanfiction in Harry Potter history, this story revolves around Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way, 17, a vampire witch who goes to Hogwarts and enjoys attending Good Charlotte concerts with Draco Bad faith. Yes, it’s just as terrible and awesome as it sounds, and it’s a true fanfiction classic.
6. Insulation by Bex-chan
Rejoice, Hermione / Draco shippers! Harry and Ron are looking for Horcruxes and Hermione has been left to help Professor McGonagall run Hogwarts. Hiding from Voldemort, Draco Malfoy is placed under Hermione’s watch to keep him safe and make sure he doesn’t escape. Can you guess where this is going? Draco fights his prejudices against the Mudbloods as Hermione slowly begins to view her old nemesis as a love interest. Obviously, sensuality ensues, but the story is much more interesting than that.
7. Scorpius Malfoy and the unlikely plot by opal
Draco Malfoy’s son Scorpius befriended the Potter children and became somewhat of a surrogate son for Harry. After an explosion, Harry, Scorpius, and the rest of Harry’s family find themselves in an alternate reality in which Voldemort is alive and Harry is dead. But honestly, the plot isn’t that important. What is important is that this fanfiction is absolutely hilarious and has chapters titled “In which Harry dies inside, a little” and “In which Snape is irritated, for a change”. You’re reading this one for a laugh, not for the plot.
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