Some of my favourite Harry Potter fanfictions

Like many writers out there, I got my start in fanfiction. I began with a delightfully terrible Harry Potter fanfic called “The Heir of Gryffindor”, which involved Harry getting horribly abused by the Dursleys and then being rescued by Sirius Black, who for some reason owned a mansion in the English countryside and had a fondness for mint humbugs. Yeah …

Then I progressed to my first real novelling attempt–a massive, 241,317 word fic entitled “Harry Potter and the Dream Come True”. Basically, James Potter comes back to life, hilarity ensues, and Harry finds the family he’s always been dreaming of (hence the title). It started off sweet and heartfelt, but has now become rather bizarre. I also haven’t updated it in about three years–shame on me! I’m sure I’ll get back to it one day.

But my most successful fanfiction by far has been my latest, a Hunger Games fic called “Life Through Sea Green Eyes”. People love it, and a few fans have even started translating it into Chinese. Awesome, right?! There’s a link on my “Fanfiction” page (located on the sidebar) if you’re interested.

On to the main event!

I used to read a lot of HP fanfiction. In fact, I probably spent more time reading HP fanfics in high school than I did playing WoW in university. Anyway, here are three of my favourites, two of which I’ve actually had printed out on Lulu.com so I can have them on my bookshelf forever. If you’re a HP fan and you haven’t read these, I suggest you get cracking!

Semi Charmed Life

Within the Marauder band of Merry Men, Sirius is the dashing Will Scarlet. Seventh year, his goal is to help Robin woo Maid Lily, avoid sermons from Friar Moony, aid a rat in need, and win the love of a fair lady.

This is a funny, romantic Sirius/Rosmerta fic with a little Lily/James and some Lucius-induced drama thrown in on the side. I particularly enjoyed the depiction of Hogsmeade daily life, as well as gratuitous Sirius-on-motorbike-wearing-black-leather scenes. This is one of the fics that I printed out, because I’m just that awesome. Go here to read.

Learning to Breathe

Harry Potter is 16 years old. He 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.

This is an AU (alternate universe, for the uninitiated) fic about how things would have gone if Sirius had never gone to Azkaban, and had instead raised Harry as the ultimate warrior. The story actually starts after Harry defeats Voldemort, and revolves around him trying to fit in at Hogwarts when all he’s known is being a soldier. It’s Ginny/Harry, so she plays a big role in helping him acclimatize to civilian life. It gets a little weird at the end, but it’s a really great fic, and has lots of re-read value. Go here to read.

Draco Malfoy the Amazing Bouncing Rat

Draco Malfoy, magically transformed into an evil rat. Who is it who always seems to get the evil rats as pets, and what is poor, poor Draco’s new name? Eventually D/Hr, just now mainly D/coffee…

My favourite HP fanfic of all time. As the plot summary suggests, Draco is turned into a rat and ends up living with Harry and the gang in Gryffindor tower. It’s full of brilliant one-liners, and basically just gives me a warm, fuzzy, happy feeling when I read it. This is the other fic I had printed out.

One problem with this fic is that it has apparently vanished from the internet. Neither the fanfic.net link nor the fictionalley.org link works. However, I did find this horribly-formatted site that has the complete text: click here to read. Expand the first menu and read the chapters as you please. Again, the formatting is squished and weird, so if you are interested in reading this fic (which I highly recommend!), I suggest doing a Google search and seeing what else you can find. Or I guess you could also copy/paste the text into a Word doc and change the paragraph settings so that the line spacing is double, which would make the formatting much easier to read.

Google “Harry Potter Fanfiction”, and here’s what comes up:

Fanfiction ftw!

I’m mostly past my fanfic-reading stage, but reminiscing is fun! What were your favourite fanfics / did you ever read fanfiction? For that matter, did you ever write fanfiction? Was it terrible? Was it awesome? Tell me!

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6 thoughts on “Some of my favourite Harry Potter fanfictions

  1. Lol, well, as long as you liked mine, I guess you’re off the hook for the rest 😀

  2. Who’s your OTP with HP fanfic? Mine is Drarry ;D

    • I once read a Drarry fic that took place in an all-male prison. Shower “fights” ensued, and the prisoners spent a curiously large amount of time in each other’s cells.

      I was gung-ho Snobby for a while, but now I’ve settled down to some good old-fashioned Dramione.

  3. I’ve never been a fan nor writer of fan-fiction. I’ve done many searches for tips and tricks, useful techniques, and the like, which have always resulted in fan-fiction being displayed in the results.

    I’ve read a few of them, along with a long list of writers who are (or were) aspiring to be authors in the genre of erotic-fiction. Many of the writers I found were unable to keep my attention for more than a page, if even that long.

    I’ve always had an interest in poetry, fantasy-fiction, and erotic-fiction. I’ve written several of each category but have only published one poem to date.

    • I’m not going to lie, most fanfictions are terrible. The ones I recommended are pretty good, but I had to pick those out from thousands of others that were … well, not, lol.

      You should publish more of your works! Or enter them into contests or something 🙂

      • There is talent out there lurking in the shadows, doubting itself. Many talented writers are simply hidden among the masses who aren’t interested in building their craft.

        I’ve considered publishing a few of the pieces that I have finished. Others, I am not quite sure about. I’m still debating on whether I’d like to tackle authorship of a book (novel or series of short-stories), or work my way into article writing for magazines and newspapers.

        Thank you for the encouragement.

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