David305
hide bio
PM . Follow . Favorite
Joined 06-11-02, id: 227103, Profile Updated: 07-29-20
Author has written 4 stories for Harry Potter.

[Three short essays follow the profile:
1/ "Why You Shouldn't Get a Beta Reader";
2/ "Why You Need a Beta, and How to Get One"; and
3/ "Wise Words to the Writer".]

I'm a man who resides south of Miami, Florida.
I was born in Montreal, Canada in 1950, but I've lived in the US since 1962.

My chief hobbies are music, humor, reading and writing;
My youthful hobbies also included acting, singing, piano, bicycling, swimming and travel.
I'm a member of Mensa and NA.

I've worked as a writer, editor, astrologer, waiter, salesman, manager and business owner.

In recent years, I've been treated for prostate cancer, kidney disease, and two heart conditions; and in 2012, I had my aortic valve replaced with a bovine valve, via open-heart surgery. (Moo.) So: Buy now! Supplies are limited!

I regard myself as "spiritual not religious." I don't blame God for religion. I like the saying: "Religion is for those who are afraid of hell; Spirituality is for those who have already been there." Of course, your mileage may vary.

Blessings, Cheers,
David

@[email protected] @[email protected] @[email protected]

Here's the short version on getting a beta, for those who are impatient and don't want to read the whole thing:

The best source for betas is to draw from your own readers. They already enjoy and support your writing, so are more committed to help. I recommend putting an author's note (to solicit volunteer betas) at the HEAD (not the end) of the next posted chapter: The head so it's noticed, the next because it hasn't been read yet (many readers won't reread prior chapters).
Your beta must be able to Proofread, (i.e. correct errors,) and not merely read.
Ask for a volunteer beta/editor with good proofreading skills. When at least three have replied, send them the NEXT chapter. The one with the most errors corrected, and/or the best suggestions, gets the job.
BTW, nothing prevents you from having more than one beta, if more than one impresses you! It just takes longer to get the chapter posted, when it has to go through two filters. But your readers need never know that the chapter was delayed, so long as you can resist the addiction to immediate reviews!
Keep it up, and best of luck.

@[email protected] @[email protected] @[email protected]


Why You Shouldn't Get a Beta Reader
(A Beta is an informal editor, who usually does a limited or "light" edit, usually online and usually at no charge.)

If a mere 60 percent of the following ten qualities are true of you, you could probably get along fine without a beta:

1/ You are a skilled and impeccable editor and proofreader yourself, with an eagle eye and many years of experience. You are an expert grammarian and a champion speller.

2/ You are a fine writer, a highly talented wordsmith, and your reviewers all say that your style, composition and usage are veritable perfection and virtually unmatched.

3/ Whenever you run spell-check and grammar-check programs on your story chapters, they never find a thing to correct.

4/ You use your estimable skills to carefully go over your own chapters at least 2-3 times, to weed out any typos or other errors.

5/ You are ruthlessly efficient at paring down the extraneous and repetitive, and can be utterly objective about weaknesses in your own work. You can take criticism graciously, and you never mind rewriting if it means improving. You are humble and wise enough to admit when you're wrong.

6/ Your stories always start with carefully constructed outlines, so you always know where you're going -- and the text reflects that sureness.

7/ You keep thorough notes so you always remember your place in the story-line, and what ideas, characters and events you want to introduce, and where.

8/ You are highly knowledgeable about your chosen story-universe, with an outstanding memory, so you never make mistakes regarding characters and their back-stories.

9/ You're utterly at home with reference materials. You always have dictionaries, thesauruses, source materials and almanacs within ready reach. As a great researcher, keen observer and logical analyst, you know life and the world so well that your stories never get caught in improbable or impossible dead ends.

10/ You are an omnivorous reader: you've spent your life reading literature of all kinds, you're always noticing and learning how good writers use structure, composition and word usage to best effect, and so you bring a wealth of understanding of writing, story-telling and pacing to your work.

(Didn't match with at least 6/10 of those? Then you may be well advised to read the next section:)

@[email protected] @[email protected] @[email protected]


Why You Need a Beta, and How to Get One

From time to time, I see stories here of outstanding promise that are like diamonds in the rough. They could have become great literature, but instead they have been left in an unpolished -- one might even say corrupt -- state, weighed down by errors, confusions, miscues and inadvertent dead ends. They are a chore rather than a pleasure to read, because no effort has been made to get help in cleaning them up. This is a great pity. So many readers give up, in exasperation, on a confusingly-written story that could have been great, when all it really needed was some light editing to shave off the messiness and reveal the beauty.

If you have a story you're proud of, why wouldn't you want it to be shown in its best possible light? There are so many people here with skills and talents at editing as well as writing, and they'd be happy to help if only they were asked or permitted to help. Are your words so sacred, your talents so unique, that nobody could possibly improve on them? If so, then you are the only such writer in the world.

Even the very best of writers need good editors. It is hard for even the very best editors among writers to edit for themselves.
Sometimes this is because we don't know what we don't know -- i.e. we are unaware of the gaps in our own knowledge, so we cannot correct an error that we don't realize we're making.
Sometimes this is because we're too close to our own ideas, and don't realize that they are only clear in our own minds, but not in our actual expressed language. Sometimes we have written something in a moment of heated inspiration, but have failed to go back to see if it made sense within the context of that story, and of its story-universe. Sometimes we have adopted local or personal habits of jargon, dialect or slang that may be current, appropriate and readily understood in our own milieu or neighborhood, but we don't realize that they won't make sense anywhere else in the English-speaking world. And sometimes we have simply gotten into eccentric habits of usage or spelling that we think should be true, but simply aren't.
(E.g. "he and I, we and they" are subjects, and should never be used as the object of a verb or preposition, even when connected by an "and" [if it's an object, you want "him and me, us and them"]; there are no such things as "should of" or "would of" -- they're "should've and "would've," which are contractions of "should have" and "would have"; and there is no 'U' in 'among,' even though it rhymes with 'young.' And 'tongue.' And 'sung.')
A good beta reader will do what we can't: he or she will bring fresh eyes to the story, see it objectively, and offer repairs that will make it more accessible and acceptable to the eyes of all our readers.

The reason to correct all these errors is that mistakes tend to draw the reader's attention toward the mistakes THEMSELVES, and away from the actual writing. When the poor, baffled reader encounters a glaring but confusing error, s/he has to come to a screeching stop, look off into the distance, try to decode what the writer actually meant from the error presented, rewrite it in her/his head, and then start up reading again. This interrupts the flow of the story, and more importantly, it disrupts what is known as the "Suspension of Disbelief."
This is a psychological term, equally applicable to theater, politics and popular religions; but it's especially associated with fiction writing. All readers have a kind of unconscious "inner critic" that says, "Is this real?", and "Does this make sense?" while it is reading (or watching a show or movie, for that matter). When a work of fiction is tightly edited, all distractions are removed and the reader can get deeply immersed in the story, putting that inner critic to sleep. This is when a story can come alive, and the reader or viewer feels like s/he's living it rather than just observing it.

However, introduce enough errors, or discontinuities, and the inner critic reawakens. It nags the reader, "This doesn't make sense," or "This isn't true." If it happens often enough, the reader detaches from the story and loses interest. Moreover, while preserving that Suspension of Disbelief is important in any kind of fiction, it is absolutely critical in the genre of Magical Fantasy. A magical story has to have even more attention paid to its internal logic, consistency and precision than any other form of fiction, because it is, by its very nature, so much more improbable. Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings have to make MORE sense than do the works of Ernest Hemingway and John Grisham! That's why careful editing is important; and yes, even J. K. Rowling herself has some excellent editors.

Some people believe that all those pesky rules of grammar, syntax, usage etc. are an arbitrary confinement, imposed upon us by oppressive experts, and therefore defiantly rebel. Actually, they're not completely wrong, because language rules and word usage do change over time -- just try reading Shakespeare without annotations! But within one's own time, those rules provide the same security and sureness to English users as the rules of the road do for drivers: they let us all understand at a glance what another writer means, without having to guess or assume. We don't get to pick which side of the road we want to drive on, or there would be too many deaths. Similarly, if we insist upon the right to choose or invent our own rules of language, we practically guarantee that we will be misunderstood by nearly everyone else. Far better to save our creativity for our stories and ideas, and let the framework of standard language endure for one and all.
(The obscure jargon of a subculture is actually designed to separate "us and them" by excluding all non-members -- which is the very definition of elitism, to the eventual surprise and embarrassment of those jargon speakers who had thought they were excluding elitists! Standard language, it turns out, is very democratic.)

Writers, by definition, are good at noticing stuff. (Or should be.) We can learn a lot by observation and study; we don't have to leave all our repairs for a beta to make. For example, I recommend familiarizing yourself with the very useful tables of English Irregular Verbs that can be found online through search engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo. Normally, when a piece of writing has many errors of irregular verbs (such ghastly atrocities as "I seen" or "he had went" in particular), a canny reader would attribute them to the writer's not being a native speaker of English. But when we see bad usage by a native speaker, it's a dead giveaway: this person is not a reader. Look: I assume that you're a good writer, and you don't want to look ignorant. If you're writing in the Harry Potter story universe, you'll also want to bookmark the Harry Potter Lexicon, Pottermore, and Harry Potter Wiki -- each one is an exhaustive resource. And if referencing science, it pays to check your facts. If you don't know what's wrong with the phrase "Around the country and across the world", you need an extra beta.
English usage is flexible, but not infinitely so. Words, expressions, phrases and idioms do find new uses over time -- but may also be misused due to simple ignorance. If you misuse English expressions, you sow confusion and make yourself look ignorant.
If you don't understand the difference between "on edge" and "on the edge" ; between "no less" and "nonetheless" ; between "contrary" and "contradictory" ; between "consciousness" and "conscience" ; between "propose" and "proposition" ; between "ferment" and "foment" ; between "since" and "sense" ; between "exited" and "excited" ; between "ado" and "adieu" ; between "accept" and "except" ; between "purposely" and "purposefully" ; between "spur" and "spurn" ; between "perpetrate" and "perpetuate" ; between "flout" and "flaunt" ; between "hallow" and "hollow" ; between "hardy" and "hearty" ; between "the roof" and "the ceiling" ; between "the floor" and "the ground" ; between "ancestor" and "descendant" ; between "benefactor" and "beneficiary" ; between "regimen" and "regiment" ; between "subtly" and "subtlety" ; or the distinction between less and fewer (less rain, fewer raindrops), then get a beta!

(And if you don't care to know the real, classical, correct meaning of "beg the question" -- don't use the expression. It's a mistranslation of petitio principii, which means, To assume the initial disputed point -- a circular argument that is a fallacy of logic and a fault in debate. [If you have been using the expression as an antecedent to an actual question -- as in, "That begs the question: what does it all mean?" -- then the phrase you really want is, "That raises the question." Or even, "That demands the question." Best: "One must then ask."])
(BTW: Did you know? Kudos is not a plural. -os is a Greek singular form, similar to Latin -us. Thus: one Kudos, two Kudoi; Logos, Logoi; Cosmos, Cosmoi; etc.)
(One of the most misused words lately is "purposefully." Some writers mistakenly think it's a "grander" form of "purposely," but it's not. Purposely means ON purpose [intentionally, deliberately, not accidentally]; Purposefully means WITH purpose [resolutely, determinedly; with a specific purpose or objective in mind]. "While striding up to the microphone purposefully, he tripped his biggest critic purposely.")

I've seen all the above misused in fanfictions, by otherwise good writers. Some readers feel discomfort when reading these errors, while not quite knowing why. Adequate editing and proofreading would salve or prevent that discomfort.

If you don't yet have any editing help, you would do very well to post an Author's Note to ask your readership for volunteers for Beta Reader. Why ask your readers first, instead of using the website's beta volunteers? Because your own readers are already invested in and committed to your story! They know the material and like your ideas, and will be more enthusiastic about helping you -- that is, IF one of your readers has the actual editing and proofreading skills. But if none of them do, then better to accept an anonymous recruit who knows how to edit, than an old fan who eagerly volunteers but can't deliver.
A Beta Reader gives a chapter a light edit or proofreading for typos, misspellings, incorrect grammar, punctuation and usage. Usually they don't recommend major rewriting unless something is very unclear, though a good beta will also point out internal or story-universe continuity errors.
(Continuity is originally a movie term. Scenes that appear to be adjacent in the final film might really have been shot months apart. It's important that the actors' clothing, skin tans and hair lengths look the same, or the audience will notice. Similarly, in fiction, the story has to agree with itself: it mustn't contain clumsy contradictions from one chapter or paragraph to the next.)

A beta receives the draft chapter, makes appropriate corrections, and sends it back to the author for posting. (Two superior formats for this exchange are Open Office and MS Word, because they let you turn on correction tracking so both sides can see, in another color, what corrections have been made. Open Office, because it is the native format for FF dot net, is probably best to use here. If you're the editor, you make a new copy of the document with a slightly different name (using "Save As"), then you click Edit, Changes, Record. You then make corrections and save the file; then you send the tracked and corrected file back to the author. If you're the author, after receiving it and saving both versions, please be sure both to study the corrections made, and then to turn the tracking off before submitting the final copy to the website for uploading and posting! Otherwise, both the original and the corrected items will appear in the posted chapter, which is even more confusing [and embarrassing]. The most important reason to use correction tracking is so you can learn what mistakes you're making, so that you won't repeat them.)
If your beta is efficient and has the time to spare, (and if your chapters are neither insanely long nor as hard to decode as Mayan hieroglyphs,) the turnaround should not exceed 1-2 days. Always remember, though, that your beta is performing this valuable service at no charge! Being patient, and giving them credit and thanks, are both appropriate.

"Okay," you may say, "I get the importance of grammar and usage, but why should I bother with fixing spelling and punctuation?"

Spelling is a function of observation and memory. (That "noticing" thing I mentioned.) If your spelling is constantly off, readers will take that to mean that you observe and remember poorly, and will be less likely to believe you or to believe in you -- especially if you misspell well-known celebrities' or characters' names. Even worse, misspelling can produce entirely wrong words, which adds to your readers' confusion.
Too many writers here have so often written "defiantly" -- which means, "with insolent and impudent rebelliousness, or with a contemptuous challenge" from defy, defiant -- when they quite obviously meant "definitely" -- "clearly, certainly, absolutely" -- from define, definite. Readers can't be faulted for assuming that the writer was not paying attention to what s/he was saying. Those writers can quite fairly be assumed to not carefully reread their stories before posting.
Many writers lose credibility with their readers by ignoring such glaring errors. Anyone who can't distinguish or regularly confuses "of" with "off", "an" with "and", "when" and "went", "were" and "where", "from" and "form", "trial" and "trail", "tilted" and "titled", "quite" and "quiet", "now" and "know" ; "then" and "than", "shone" and "shown", "wary" and "weary", "lose" and "loose", "statue" and "statute", "tomb" and "tome", "customer" and "costumer" ; "bought" and "brought", "cackle" and "crackle", "clamor" and "clamber", "staring" and "starring", "diffused" and "defused", "rogue" and "rouge", "barely" and "barley", urgently needs a beta. Those are similar but confusible words; they don't even include the many homophones, such as "rein/reign/rain" or "cent/scent/sent" or "peak/peek/pique" or "there/their/they're" or "you're/your/yore" or "wear/where/ware" or "do/due/dew" or "toad/toed/towed" or "for/fore/four" or "pair/pare/pear" or "palate/pallet/palette" or "vain/vane/vein" or "carat/caret/carrot/karat" or "air/aire/are/ayre/e'er/ere/err/eyre/heir". (I've seen every one of these pairs/trios/groups confused by some fanfic writers here, some of them quite talented! But talent and carefulness are two different things, and one neither implies nor excludes the other.)
Typographical Errors (Typos) are close cousins of spelling mistakes, and can be just as confusing. Just one letter, but a whole world, differentiate "Citizens Bank" from "Citizens Band"; "amuse" from "abuse"; or "Evacuate the plane" from "Evacuate the planet." A sharp-eyed beta, like a safety net, will catch you before you crash.

Punctuation shows how a sentence "breathes." That is, when punctuation is used correctly, it provides the cues of emphasis, pausing and tone that would make everything unmistakably clear if the sentence had been spoken aloud. In fact, proper punctuation marks are almost like script directions: they make a story that is read aloud clear to any listener. When misused or underused, those cues to meaning are confusing or lacking, and so the reader has to keep guessing and figuring what the real meaning, intent and emphasis should be -- which soon grows exhausting. See if you can spot the difference:
"I never shall love." ; "I never shall, Love."
"I know Tom." ; "I know, Tom."
"I want to go." ; "I want to. Go!"
(And at times, even a mere apostrophe conveys a crucial wealth of information. Is not this distinction apparent:
"That hell be glad"; or "That he'll be glad"?
"Godspeed" or "God's peed" ?)

A few writers are afraid that a beta will somehow "spoil" their story. While that could happen rarely or theoretically, more often such writers just tend to be pretentious and insecure, mistakenly believing that their every word is sacred, or their "child," and that every correction or deletion is an attempt to "slay their child." This delusion is laughably untrue; a good editor only makes a writer look good, and never tries to totally rewrite a story or stifle a writer.
If (God forbid) you did inadvertently get a beta who was too controlling, (or who may have picked up their own undesirable eccentric usages,) never fear: you are still the owner of the website account; and unless you foolishly gave someone your account password, only you have the power to post (or not post) the edited version which they have sent back to you. Nothing that you don't approve of has to be uploaded if you don't like it; the corrections must be returned to you first, and if you have sensibly kept a copy of the original unedited chapter, you can compare the two versions, and change back any of your beta's changes that you deem inappropriate, or erroneous, before posting the revised chapter.

Then too, some writers arrogantly assume that their writing could not possibly be improved upon. Even if (by some miracle) that were true, those writers might still be missing little errors of usage or context that could be making their story (and, by extension, them) look silly. Just a brief run-through by a competent beta -- or better yet, two -- would save them a whole lot of face.

Some fan-fiction authors say that they have a beta, yet their stories are still loaded down with errors and confusions. In some cases, this was because their beta was really only interested in being the first person to see a chapter, but not in actually doing the work. In other cases, their beta was merely the first person to offer to help, but may be no more competent at word usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and composition than the author him/herself is. If your beta is falling down on the job and not properly correcting the submitted chapters, you owe it to your own creative work (and to your readers) to either get a second beta, or to simply replace them. Don't keep a failing beta on just because you're afraid of hurting their feelings; that's co-dependency. And don't be bullied -- especially not by someone you've never met who only knows your email address and screen name!

To get a beta, Ask! Post an author's note saying, "I'm looking for a beta"; but put it at the heading of your NEXT chapter. (If you go back and add it to the end of your last chapter, too few people will see it, because they'll have already read it -- and many people do not back up to reread old chapters.) Once you have 4-5 volunteers, send them all the next following chapter -- BEFORE you post it. The one who returns that unpublished chapter with the most (valid) corrections, and the best suggestions, gets the job.
And yes, please restrain yourself: always resist the temptation to prematurely post a chapter in its raw state, prior to its being sent to your beta for editing, just because you "can't wait" for feedback, by which you really mean, strokes of appreciation. Most readers don't tend to re-read chapters; and if you insist on pre-posting unedited, raw copy, they will get their only impression from that earlier, more flawed and confusing, unedited version. But if instead you are willing to wait just a few days for your beta's corrections to be returned, and then post the chapter, the readers will enjoy a more perfected, clarified and elegant version, and they will never know that they had to wait an extra two whole days (!) for the beta to turn it around -- unless you tell them so. (Some writers are too addicted to the instant gratification of reviews, and post the unedited raw copy anyway. Good writers have the patience and discipline to wait, only letting the very best version of their work be published.)
When your beta returns your chapter, it would be wise, indeed essential, to reread it again before posting. First, you might catch errors (s)he missed, or inadvertently caused (or worse, large deletions you didn't authorize); and second, because that is how you'll learn what errors you persistently make, and how to improve. And yes, once you have a beta, urge them (if they're willing and have the time) to go back and edit all the earlier chapters too. Any new readers, upon just finding your story, will start at the beginning: Chapter One. The first impression a new reader gets, upon seeing your story announcement appear on the website, will be from Chapter One -- not from the latest chapter you've posted. If you don't polish the early chapters, those who -- like me -- are annoyed and put off by great numbers of language errors or by confusing narratives, may not have the patience to stick around to get to chapter 10. The most important part of your story to be properly proofread and polished (after the summary) is the very first chapter.

Why bother to beta? Some writers airily proclaim that they're "only writing for themselves," or that they "can't be bothered tidying up their art for the sake of fuss-budgets."
In the former case, a writer who was really only writing for himself would never have bothered to post it anywhere. There is great pleasure in actually being read by others, and that is not anything to be ashamed of! (We are all allowed to have normal, healthy egos! It's a normal human trait to enjoy having other people appreciate us. We just want to avoid having unhealthy -- that is, grandiose, vindictive or self-pitying -- egos.)
In the latter case ("won't tidy for fussies"), a writer needs to respect all their readers, and not just those who happen to share their own jargon or skill level, or who are rabid uncritical fans. Having one's work edited clarifies and polishes it so everyone can appreciate it. Every work of art consists of both essence and expression -- i.e. both concept and execution. It's not just what you say but also how you say it. Permitting an edit allows the manifestation to catch up to the conception. It makes it more acceptable and welcome to every reader. Letting a beta fine-tune your story is an act of trust and love.

Hope you'll forgive me for waxing poetic on the virtues of editing! Bear in mind that I would not offer correction for a story I did not respect; I would simply skip it and say, "Next!" If I like and respect your work, then I want to see it set in a more attractive frame.

Blessings,
David

@[email protected] @[email protected] @[email protected]


Wise Words to the Writer

1/ Every writer needs a quality collegiate dictionary within easy reach whenever writing. (I like the Random House Webster's Collegiate best, but I have others too. I like to have a good Canadian and a good UK dictionary handy as well, and translating dictionaries for Latin, French, Spanish, German, and other languages. A good thesaurus, an almanac, and a major-media stylebook couldn't hurt either.)
Mark Twain said, "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is like the difference between the lightning and the lightning bug." Similarly, does your hero live in a coop, or a co-op? Is a man outstanding in his field a great doctor or an idle farmer? Your dictionary (and your beta) should recognize the distinction.
(The Journalism stylebook with the best joke: United Press International Stylebook (1977, p. 29):
"burro, burrow A burro is an ass. A burrow is a hole in the ground. As a journalist you are expected to know the difference.")

The good writer loves language, and is always eager to learn more about it. Good reference works, close at hand, help produce better literature. Likewise, good writers are also good readers. They constantly inhale books, magazines, websites, newspapers, and even billboards because they love to read. They learn good composition and structure largely by observing how other good writers do it. Bad writers, on the other hand, pay no attention to literature or dictionaries. They arrogantly assume that they are above all rules and teachers, and that they can be an artist, despite having never been a student. It is fair to say that someone who never reads cannot know how to write.

2/ The writing and editing functions draw on opposite sides of the brain. Writing is more creative and imaginative, while editing is more analytical and critical. It is extremely hard to perform both functions simultaneously, and wiser not to try. Even if one does have the skills and experience to be one's own Beta -- it is best to go ahead and just write until the muse is exhausted; then go back to review and edit oneself; then wait a day before posting or submitting the material, and review it again. One will always see things differently (and usually more clearly) after 24 hours have passed. It can be very surprising and humbling to realize, after a day's wait, how many things could be better-phrased, or how many errors one failed to notice while lost in the bliss of creation.

3/ One's every word is not sacred! Writing is as much craft as art. As a good sculptor or architect will tell you, very often Less Is More. If you or your editor believe that a word, a phrase, a sentence or even a whole chapter distracts and subtracts rather than clarifies and adds to the story, try the idea out with an open mind and leave that word or chapter out for now. (Just keep the full, uncut version aside in a separate file; that way you can still restore the missing piece easily if necessary.) Remember, unedited movies would be sixteen hours long if the screenwriter had his way. Tighter is almost always better. Extravagant verbosity is self-indulgent. (Like that one.)

4/ A story is not a diary or journal. Not only is it unnecessary to describe every moment of every day, it is downright tedious. Even diarists eventually tire of recording their every thought. Observe how the passage of time is handled in well-written fiction: often weeks or even years may pass, with only a bare mention of the fact. The only action one must include is that which furthers or enhances the story; all else is mere stuffing.
It is also best to avoid such vapid blather as "The next week seemed to fly by in a blur." It adds absolutely nothing, because the rapid passage of time while one is busy is an experience as universal as eating, sleeping and bathroom habits, which are similarly not usually worth taking particular note of, unless they explicitly further the story.
If passage of time must be noted, then it ought to be done creatively and reveal something about the story: "The following week was routine, but the overwhelming feeling of time running out grew worse for him." "For the next three weeks, he exhausted himself preparing for exams, the inevitable battle ahead, and his plans for the summer -- if he lived to see it." And if nothing happens for a month or two, just say that, or say nothing: "By the end of July, he had grown so sick of nothing happening that he started taking long naps just to pass the time." "If he hadn't had his books to reread over the next two months, he'd have died of boredom." "By July 31, he was two inches taller but ten pounds thinner."

5/ Timing isn't everything; it's only 90 percent. (That's a joke, son; joke, that is.) Good storytelling includes clever pacing. Just as in telling a joke, telling a story requires not blowing the punch line. Many good writers compose the conclusion of a chapter -- or even the ending of a whole story -- first, and then outline how they propose to get there. (Sort of like the story of the boy who shot his gun at a wall, and then drew targets around the bullet-holes; then a military officer, passing by the wall, saw the targets and mistakenly assumed him to be a sharpshooter!)
There will always be expository sections -- i.e., portions or chapters that fill in the details or form a bridge, but in which not too much actually happens, and not much is said. But if the writer doesn't already know where he wants to go, he risks getting too bogged down in extraneous detail or pointless distracted meandering -- "lingering too long on the bridge."
Many of the best writers always start first by outlining, so they will have a framework that can be gradually filled in. They might not stick to their outline, as stories and their characters have an odd habit of taking on a life of their own; but the outline, at the very least, provides a point of arrival and a route to get there. Once the goal is clearly defined, the pacing is much easier to determine.
And thank God for Word Processing programs! We can move things around, type-over, rewrite repeatedly -- without having to totally retype everything on a page. Unlike our pioneer forebears constrained by the typewriter, a ribbon and a sheet of paper, today we have endless flexibility. Electrons, pixels and bytes are malleable and cheap.

6/ No fanfic or series reader will ever know that you took a little more time to polish a story unless you decide to tell them; and unless you made the mistake of promising to write chapters to a strict weekly schedule (which is almost as bad an error as writing by surveying what readers want to see, rather than what you want to write), they can't complain. Taking a day or even a week longer to make a story better is a far greater service to your readers than getting it out as fast as possible. (The only valid excuse for putting haste above care is if you have -- God forbid -- only six weeks to live.)
Readers will notice, however, if a story is rushed or confused, or if succeeding chapters are far below the standards of earlier work. If there's a problem, and rereading doesn't seem to reveal any way to improve it or get out of a hole, better to sit on it and just let the subconscious sift through it and sort it out. It'll often discover a solution that conscious scrutiny can't. Of course, some fan-fiction writers are addicted to the drug of reviews, and just can't wait long enough to re-examine their work, or to let a beta edit it. They fail to realize that holding out for improved, polished work will result in more, better and friendlier reviews.

Readers will also notice if a story summary is error-ridden or lame; or worse, refuses its duty to summarize. If a writer has the gall to post "I can't write summaries, just read it!", I can promise them that I won't, and I am sure neither will hundreds of others. If you can't write one now, better to put "Summary to follow" than to arrogantly refuse. Readers rely on summaries to guide their choices among thousands of stories. Even zero guidance is better than petulant, demanding guidance. Readers will reasonably assume that the inability to summarize may well imply the inability to write. (Or at the very least, the inability to condense an idea concisely -- which means they can expect that a story will contain a lot of wasted words and bloviation.) Far better to just submit the matter to one's subconscious or dream nature to create a summary, and come back to it later; or get help from one's beta, friends or readers. (Oh, and by the way: If your HP story summary reads something like "Hermoine and Voldermort meet Sirus and the Dursley's in Private Drive Surry" then expect precious few reads, let alone reviews. Spelling and punctuation do not count for everything; but misspelling of major character and place names is a very telling hint: poor writing and observation ahead.)

7/ Length: While there are no absolute hard-and-fast standards, for purposes of fanfiction, somewhere between two thousand and five thousand words seems to work best for average chapter size. Very short chapters suggest that an author has not developed his idea sufficiently, or hasn't much to say; and terribly long chapters become hard for readers to sustain their concentration on. If a chapter is ten thousand words long, the writer would do well to find some natural splitting point to separate it into two. The brain can only contain what the bottom can endure. (Exceptions: joke stories leading to a punchline deserve to be short. Tense, gripping, action-packed battle scenes that climax the story deserve to be long.)
Not incidentally, writers want to be read, and for that, they need to be noticed. But on an active fanfic site, each chapter posted online "ages off the front page" of the New Stories list very quickly. I.e., as new chapters of various other stories are posted by their authors, the one you just posted gets moved down a slot; and before you know it (sometimes within a half hour!) your brand-new chapter has moved down to the second page. (Just on FF dot net, easily seven hundred chapters are posted each day in the Potterverse alone. They don't stay at number one for long.)
If you were to post five chapters of two thousand words, once every week for five weeks, there would be five times the likelihood of your story being seen, tried out and subscribed to, compared to posting one chapter of ten thousand words, just once every five weeks. And if you should decide to wait till your whole story is completed before posting it -- for heaven's sake, post just one chapter a day, rather than all of them on the same day! If the entire story is all posted all at once, then the whole of it will age off the front page almost immediately, and be lost in the crowd, never noticed by the many who might have enjoyed it. (That's how some very good stories get no reviews.)

8/ You Can Never Please Everybody. It makes no sense to even try. Writers, speakers, artists, actors, musicians, politicians and even clergymen learn early on that unanimous audience approval is an impossible goal. Even if you're great, you're lucky to get eighty percent approval; and if you change what you do to attract the rest, you'll simply alienate a different twenty percent! So you might as well be true to yourself, and follow your own creative impulse. It is good to take advice; but creativity is virtually never enhanced by taking a poll. With very rare exceptions, creativity is a solitary endeavor. You must be happy with your writing. If you write first to please yourself, you're far more likely to find an audience that finds you worthy than if you try to please everyone.

9/ English is the most widely-distributed language in the world. Besides being the de facto universal language of business, science, computing, telecommunications, aviation, entertainment, travel and diplomacy, it is an official language in 52 countries, it is the first language of some 400 million people and the second language of roughly a billion more.
Since our language is both so widely diffused and yet lacks a central authority or academy, every version of English is really just a dialect. Even the Queen's English (aka RP or Received Pronunciation), while very proper, is only spoken by a tiny fraction of all English speakers. Therefore, there is no absolutely "right way" to speak English.
There are, however, many expressions and usages that are so limited to a single dialect or two that they will not be understood by most other English speakers. ("Thank you for having me on" can mean "Thank you for inviting me to be on your broadcast" to an American, and can also mean "Thank you for pulling my leg/playing a prank on me by trying to make me believe something that's not true" to an Englishman. A "pot plant" to an Englishman is the same thing as a "potted plant" is to an American; but a "pot plant" to an American is a marijuana plant. "Pissed" means angry in the US, but it means drunk in the UK et al. The more complete "pissed off" means angry in both.)
English has such a vast vocabulary that it is both easy and wise to choose language that will let other English speakers understand you more readily. If you're writing for more than the local market, this does require learning which of your everyday words and expressions are colloquialisms, and which are universal English. And if you're writing for the internet, you have to keep in mind that your audience is now global. Writers who want to be understood everywhere will seek to make it easier, not harder, for their audience to grasp their meaning on the first try.

10/ Use what you know; don't use what you don't know. If you know physics or chemistry, it's just fine to use them to develop your story -- at least in a way that a general audience will comprehend. If you've read every issue of National Geographic for the last 15 years, go ahead and take your characters on a round-the-world tour; you probably know your way around. If you know French or Latin, it's fine to use French or Latin (within reason, and not just to show off); you won't confuse your conjugations and declensions, or misuse your idioms.
But few things undermine an author more than trying to use knowledge that they don't have, but that the reading audience does. As a prime example: One of the more feeble inventions of the internet age is the "online translator." It uses a pick-axe instead of a scalpel. Anyone familiar with other languages knows that the structure of each language -- the way ideas are expressed -- is different. The people who translate at the U.N. are called "interpreters," not "translators." That's because they're so fluent in both languages that they can express actual meaning. But the online translator can't tell what you really meant to say; it just knows approximate word equivalences, and spits out absurdities.

Conversely, English has many peculiarities that do not translate easily. Chief among these are "Phrasal Verbs." In English, we take a simple verb, and add a preposition. (Or sometimes, an adverb or adjective.) The combined result is a Phrasal Verb -- which has a unique meaning, often very distinct from the simple verb on which it's based. Most other languages have nothing like this. While English-speaking kids pick these up naturally over time, it takes adult English learners ages to Get the hang of (to become familiar or capable with) phrasal verbs.
Try to run those through an online translator, and you guarantee misunderstandings. A mere machine thinks that "get" just means to take or receive; but will be confused by "get around," "get away," "get down," "get by," "get along," "get ready," "get old," "get high," etc. And so will a beginner at English as a second language, till they learn our weird (and very extensive) system of phrasal verbs. And likewise, other languages have tricks, rules and idioms that would simply not occur to an English speaker, or to an online translator.
Conveying the same meaning into another language, requires knowing its peculiar ways of expressing thoughts in language -- which can be radically different. Even the word order of sentences can be very different from what you're used to. Simple translation, without the subtlety of interpretation, comes off as tacky, simple-minded, silly and amateurish to those who know those languages. (Check out the hundreds of funny faux pas signs at Engrish(dot)com to see what I mean.)
Also, knowing the subtle preferred choices of using one word or expression over another requires the experience and practice of actually speaking the language, over time, with fluent native speakers. (Everyone who speaks to a foreigner has to forgive them for silly usage errors; they're still thinking in another language. It typically takes 6-7 years of regular use to develop fluency in a foreign language.) Using online translators, especially to create story titles, does not make authors look "arty" or "sophisticated." It usually makes them look ridiculous.
Similarly, each foreign accent is a way of "mispronouncing English" in certain distinct ways. If you are really good at accents, and you've read lots of good examples of dialect writing to learn how it's done, then it's fine to go ahead and use them to add color to a story. But misusing accents detracts from dialogue, and unnecessarily burdens a story. Characters whose accents are wrongly applied come off as mental defectives with speech impediments, rather than as foreigners. Better to use no accents or dialects than to use them badly.

Writing is an art of creating a world in the mind. When too many elements of that world are obviously the product of ignorance rather than imagination, the reader loses all respect for the writer. So to keep their respect, and interest, it is wise to reflect, rewrite, and when needed, to get help. The good writer is, first of all, a keen observer. The best writers create those imaginary worlds so artfully and transparently that the reader's own world is changed.

Language is the clay and sticks, words and grammar are the flesh and blood, with which we create and populate those mental worlds. Barring great progress in the technology of telepathy, we need carefully-crafted English to convey our ideas to others. To whatever extent we may lack well-honed language tools, it is a sign of wisdom and strength to get whatever help is needed to design and polish our work so that it may be beautiful as well as intelligible.

Sort: Category . Published . Updated . Title . Words . Chapters . Reviews . Status .

A Simple Act of Vengeance by Frickles reviews
Harry Potter found a loving home after escaping his relatives, but the wizarding world he's dragged into turned out to be anything but magical. Power, fame, and glory may not bring happiness, but they might just be enough to right the wrongs inflicted upon him. The sequel, Wrath and Remorse, is published on this site.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Supernatural - Chapters: 52 - Words: 356,425 - Reviews: 1319 - Favs: 1,854 - Follows: 2,146 - Updated: 1/1 - Published: 4/3/2020 - Harry P., Neville L., Susan B., Daphne G. - Complete
Who Dares Wins by OlegGunnarsson reviews
A Harry Potter who grew up studying military tactics and strategy uses the attack on the Ministry as an opportunity to lay an ambush of his own - only to learn that his parents are still alive, as well as a twin brother whom Dumbledore calls the true boy-who-lived. And then, things get complicated. Military!Harry. A subversion of DZ2's Prodigal Son Challenge.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 31 - Words: 179,936 - Reviews: 2827 - Favs: 7,978 - Follows: 10,465 - Updated: 12/31/2021 - Published: 1/19/2019 - [Harry P., Susan B.] OC
Animagus at War by White Squirrel reviews
Sequel to The Accidental Animagus. Voldemort's back, and this time, he's not alone. Harry and his family are caught in the middle as the wizarding war goes international. Years 5-7.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 32 - Words: 202,482 - Reviews: 1108 - Favs: 3,039 - Follows: 4,490 - Updated: 12/25/2021 - Published: 8/6/2016 - Harry P., Hermione G., Luna L., Neville L.
Proud Parents by RobSt reviews
Despite how impossible it seemed, Harry was sure his dad had saved the three of them from the dementors. After Hermione's time turner took them both back three hours, he was desperate to discover if who he'd seen casting that patronus was truly his dad. Harry certainly wasn't disappointed when his mum turned up instead, and changed the entire course of his life. Harry/Hermione
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 34 - Words: 240,131 - Reviews: 5889 - Favs: 6,965 - Follows: 9,392 - Updated: 12/22/2021 - Published: 3/25/2018 - [Hermione G., Harry P.]
Albus and Harry's World Trip by ZebJeb reviews
After defeating the basilisk, Harry is expelled for his efforts. Dumbledore was unable to get his job back as Headmaster. The two set off on a trip together around the world, where Harry will discover the benefits of being the only student of a brilliant former Headmaster who no longer feels the need to avoid sharing information.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 22 - Words: 126,185 - Reviews: 1216 - Favs: 4,865 - Follows: 6,369 - Updated: 12/7/2021 - Published: 9/15/2019 - Harry P., Albus D.
Harry Potter, et al, and the Keystone Council by OlegGunnarsson reviews
All his life, Harry Potter had heard voices inside his head. He never expected to learn that the voices were his own. Five different Harry Potters, from five different worlds, must work together to survive life, school, and the second war.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 59 - Words: 221,546 - Reviews: 1039 - Favs: 1,783 - Follows: 2,401 - Updated: 11/30/2021 - Published: 6/23/2018 - Harry P.
Harry Potter and the Chrysalis by the Imaginizer reviews
In which Harry Potter learns that even an unbroken soul is not immutable, and that everything has a price. The price of love is loss; the price of knowledge is understanding; the price of life is death; and the price of mastering Death...is far more than he ever wanted to pay. A continuation of Harry Potter and the Accidental Horcrux.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 36 - Words: 241,474 - Reviews: 1790 - Favs: 2,711 - Follows: 3,313 - Updated: 11/26/2021 - Published: 12/18/2016
Odd Ideas by Rorschach's Blot reviews
Odd little one shots that may or may not be turned into their own stories.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Humor - Chapters: 196 - Words: 862,540 - Reviews: 13240 - Favs: 6,356 - Follows: 5,263 - Updated: 10/28/2021 - Published: 9/4/2005
The Mind Arts by Wu Gang reviews
What is more terrifying? A wizard who can kick down your door or a wizard who can look at you and know your every thought? Harry's journey into the mind arts begins with a bout of accidental magic and he practices it and hungers for the feelings it brings. [Major Canon Divergences beginning Third Year.]
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Romance/Supernatural - Chapters: 30 - Words: 217,698 - Reviews: 2240 - Favs: 7,958 - Follows: 9,597 - Updated: 10/27/2021 - Published: 11/27/2017 - Harry P., Albus D., Daphne G., Gellert G.
The Good Master by PeacefulCompassion reviews
Harry didn't have the authority of the Ministry. He didn't have the reputation of the Dark Lord. He didn't have the influence of Lucius Malfoy. At heart, he was a simple tailor. "But anyone who had heard of Harry Potter knew that he was more than just a simple tailor. He was a good master." Abused, wise-beyond-years Harry.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Chapters: 34 - Words: 137,354 - Reviews: 392 - Favs: 1,369 - Follows: 1,679 - Updated: 9/30/2021 - Published: 8/9/2012 - Harry P.
Harry Potter and the International Triwizard Tournament by Saliient91 reviews
A disillusioned Harry Potter begins to unravel his potential as the wizarding world follows the Triwizard Tournament. Harry delves into a world that is much greater, and more complicated, than he was aware of. The story contains detailed magic, politics, social situations and complicated motivations. It is a story of growth and maturation.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 56 - Words: 565,017 - Reviews: 4836 - Favs: 10,248 - Follows: 10,934 - Updated: 5/30/2021 - Published: 12/6/2018 - Harry P., Fleur D., OC, Daphne G. - Complete
If I Knew the Consequences I Wouldn't Have Done it by raspberry dreams reviews
Harry is surprised by the side effects of having saved Ginny in the chamber. Turns out people he trusted were lying to him. There were many people who wouldn't have done what they did if they could forsee the consequences of their actions and Harry's reactions.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 34 - Words: 155,680 - Reviews: 2381 - Favs: 4,432 - Follows: 5,510 - Updated: 4/1/2021 - Published: 3/3/2016 - Harry P., Hermione G., Albus D., Molly W. - Complete
You Poked A Dragon by Zetasigma reviews
The loss of someone closest to Harry shows why the Hogwarts motto is apropos. He now has two missions in life, missions which would make any dragon proud; fierce care of what means the most to him and revenge against those who would do him or his harm. See how he handles the burdens of the end of 6th Year and The Hunt with these new mantras. HP/HG, NL/LL
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 16 - Words: 96,150 - Reviews: 857 - Favs: 3,069 - Follows: 4,600 - Updated: 3/31/2021 - Published: 8/19/2018 - [Harry P., Hermione G.] Luna L., Neville L.
The Merging by Shaydrall reviews
When the dementor attack presents Harry with an opportunity to begin to fight back he gladly sets himself on the path to have a hand in his future. But as time goes on, it's clear that not all is the same as it once was. Why has his scar stopped hurting? What are these seemingly random objects he's drawn to? How deep does the connection between him and Voldemort truly run? Post GoF
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 30 - Words: 428,055 - Reviews: 5352 - Favs: 13,409 - Follows: 13,697 - Updated: 2/21/2021 - Published: 9/27/2013 - Harry P. - Complete
The Dark Lord's Equal by Lens of Sanity reviews
Years after the Epilogue things look bleak: Harry Potter agrees to go back to the Ministry Battle to change history for the better. Premise: "canon makes sense" though not in the way you think. Fight scenes, humour, romance, magic, and insanity.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 6 - Words: 58,406 - Reviews: 713 - Favs: 2,655 - Follows: 1,123 - Updated: 2/21/2021 - Published: 2/21/2011 - Harry P., Hermione G. - Complete
Common Sense by DisobedienceWriter reviews
My odd ideas file. Little snippets that don't quite merit their own stories. Some funny; some less so.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 26 - Words: 126,964 - Reviews: 2023 - Favs: 2,505 - Follows: 1,604 - Updated: 1/29/2021 - Published: 1/18/2008 - Complete
No Fate by AndrewWolfe reviews
1995: Harry Potter tells the Minister where to stick his underage magic trial. That's the last the wizarding world hears of him. 2004: Corporal Harry Potter, RLC, is trying to have a quiet drink...
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure - Chapters: 9 - Words: 84,659 - Reviews: 373 - Favs: 1,121 - Follows: 1,778 - Updated: 12/31/2020 - Published: 9/11/2020 - Harry P., Hermione G., Molly W., Dobby
Barefoot by Zaxaramas reviews
Harry has the ability to learn the history of any object he touches, whether he wants to or not.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure - Chapters: 56 - Words: 157,477 - Reviews: 3372 - Favs: 12,058 - Follows: 14,168 - Updated: 12/22/2020 - Published: 7/7/2015 - Harry P., N. Tonks
A Shadowed Soul by devilblondie reviews
He was abandoned at a young age, the world believing him dead. They were wrong. Death Eaters believed untouchable are dying. Who is this assassin? Will he join Dumbledore or take the war into his own hands? Not typical powerful!politic!Harry.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Suspense - Chapters: 25 - Words: 105,492 - Reviews: 3614 - Favs: 10,008 - Follows: 11,351 - Updated: 12/9/2020 - Published: 7/15/2007 - Harry P., Hermione G., N. Tonks, Blaise Z.
Harry Potter and the Witch Queen by TimeLoopedPowerGamer reviews
After a long war, Voldemort still remains undefeated and Hermione Granger has fallen to Darkness. But despite having gained great power in exchange for a bargain with the hidden Fae, she is still unable to kill the immortal Dark Lord. As a last resort, she sends Harry back in time twenty years to when he was eleven, using a dark ritual with a terrible sacrifice. Canon compliant AU.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 17 - Words: 193,422 - Reviews: 636 - Favs: 1,671 - Follows: 2,290 - Updated: 10/10/2020 - Published: 12/23/2012 - [Harry P., Hermione G.] Luna L.
A Discordant Note by Noodlehammer reviews
It only takes a single disharmonious element to throw off the entire composition. Fifty years before Robert Baratheon was to ascend the Iron Throne, Westeros receives one hell of a bad musician. Harry never did care about any player other than himself.
Crossover - Harry Potter & A song of Ice and Fire - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 28 - Words: 351,549 - Reviews: 7292 - Favs: 10,041 - Follows: 10,240 - Updated: 9/20/2020 - Published: 8/13/2018 - Complete
Sympathetic Properties by Mr Norrell reviews
Having been treated as a servant his entire life, Harry is more sympathetic when Dobby arrives, avoiding Vernon's wrath and gaining a bit of freedom. That freedom changes his summer, his life, and the world forever. A very long character-driven story that likes to play with canon.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 46 - Words: 631,033 - Reviews: 3890 - Favs: 5,709 - Follows: 7,432 - Updated: 8/2/2020 - Published: 12/24/2014 - [Harry P., Hermione G.]
Little By Little by sweetsolitude137 reviews
Harry and Hermione grow together, little by little. My version of what I think should have happened immediately after the war. I've been working on this for over 10 years. A labor of love. Canon-focused, but ignores epilogue. Slow-burn H/Hr. Also features Ron/Luna, Ginny/Neville pairings. Please read and enjoy! Originally posted on Portkey. Rating likely to increase.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 18 - Words: 79,538 - Reviews: 89 - Favs: 249 - Follows: 414 - Updated: 6/9/2020 - Published: 11/26/2018 - Harry P., Hermione G.
The Gift of Knowledge by Sunlight3146 reviews
For as long as Harry Potter could remember, he knew. Information would appear in his mind at various prompts, and he would know things he definitely hadn't learned, things he couldn't possibly know. But the information wouldn't appear unless he was prompted, somehow, of it, which was why it came as a surprise to him when his Hogwarts letter arrived.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Friendship - Chapters: 4 - Words: 22,973 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 105 - Follows: 190 - Updated: 5/10/2020 - Published: 5/1/2020 - Harry P.
Dodging Prison and Stealing Witches - Revenge is Best Served Raw by LeadVonE reviews
Harry Potter has been banged up for ten years in the hellhole brig of Azkaban for a crime he didn't commit, and his traitorous brother, the not-really-boy-who-lived, has royally messed things up. After meeting Fate and Death, Harry is given a second chance to squash Voldemort, dodge a thousand years in prison, and snatch everything his hated brother holds dear. H/Hr/LL/DG/GW.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 57 - Words: 646,435 - Reviews: 9142 - Favs: 19,157 - Follows: 22,300 - Updated: 4/21/2020 - Published: 10/23/2015 - [Harry P., Hermione G., Daphne G., Ginny W.]
Dobby's Deceit by La Morraine reviews
What if Dobby bound himself to Harry without Harry knowing about it? How would that influence the story? [Harry/Hermione]
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 21 - Words: 378,980 - Reviews: 2008 - Favs: 5,065 - Follows: 6,775 - Updated: 4/16/2020 - Published: 1/19/2019 - Harry P., Hermione G., Dobby
Harry Potter and the Faces of Fate by TheTomWhoWrites reviews
A full rewirte of PS. Started 8 years ago and finally approaching completion. My own take on the world with serious exploration of the Wizarding world and its history and expansion. Trying to take into account things that JKR clearly made up as she went along. Darker Harry, the other Gryffindor girls and a few OCs to flesh out my own take on the story. Almost completed.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 41 - Words: 103,909 - Reviews: 259 - Favs: 464 - Follows: 613 - Updated: 3/17/2020 - Published: 6/28/2012 - Harry P. - Complete
Prodigal Delinquent by Ethereal Euphoria reviews
AU. Little Harry Potter knew from the moment he defied the laws of gravity and made a pebble accelerate at a freefall of 8.9 m/s 2, that he was going to have fun learning about the rules of all the known universe… and breaking every single one of them. WARNING: Sporadic Updates.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 16 - Words: 72,688 - Reviews: 2277 - Favs: 7,886 - Follows: 9,716 - Updated: 10/20/2019 - Published: 6/4/2008 - Harry P.
Dan Granger by old-crow reviews
Things didn't entirely get swept aside after the conclusion of the TWT. Dumbledore doesn't get his way. Riddle or Fudge won't either. Some OCs have large roles.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Mystery - Chapters: 23 - Words: 128,708 - Reviews: 2092 - Favs: 2,200 - Follows: 2,202 - Updated: 10/14/2019 - Published: 10/23/2014 - Hermione G., Susan B., Amelia B., Dr. Granger - Complete
The House of Potter Rebuilt by DisobedienceWriter reviews
A curious 11-year-old Harry begins acting on the strange and wonderful things he observes in the wizarding world. He might just turn out very differently, and the world with him.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure - Chapters: 8 - Words: 140,934 - Reviews: 2008 - Favs: 9,730 - Follows: 8,961 - Updated: 9/10/2019 - Published: 5/6/2016 - Harry P. - Complete
Vis Insita by Caleb Nova reviews
Every body persists in its state of being at rest or of moving uniformly straight forward, except insofar as it is compelled to change its state by force impressed. The seventh year sequel to That Terrifying Momentum.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 48 - Words: 440,191 - Reviews: 426 - Favs: 213 - Follows: 306 - Updated: 9/6/2019 - Published: 9/5/2011 - [Harry P., Ginny W.] [Ron W., Hermione G.]
The Havoc side of the Force by Tsu Doh Nimh reviews
I have a singularly impressive talent for messing up the plans of very powerful people - both good and evil. Somehow, I'm always just in the right place at exactly the wrong time. What can I say? It's a gift.
Crossover - Star Wars & Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Mystery - Chapters: 24 - Words: 207,600 - Reviews: 7611 - Favs: 17,441 - Follows: 19,586 - Updated: 8/24/2019 - Published: 9/6/2012 - Anakin Skywalker, Harry P.
Harry Potter and the Forests of Valbonë by enembee reviews
Long ago the Forests of Valbonë were closed to wizards and all were forbidden to set foot within them. So when, at the end of his second year, Harry becomes disenchanted with his life at Hogwarts, where else could he and his unlikely band of cohorts want to go? Join Harry on a trip into the unknown, where the only certainty is that he has absolutely no idea what he's doing.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 50 - Words: 118,942 - Reviews: 2305 - Favs: 3,731 - Follows: 3,275 - Updated: 7/18/2019 - Published: 8/14/2011 - Harry P., Sorting Hat - Complete
The Sun Dog by enembee reviews
I am Harry Potter and I've just destroyed everything; space, time, matter and all twenty-six dimensions of our fragile little world in the twinkling of an eye. I am Harry Potter and I have just irreparably violated Global Causality. Take that Hawking.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Humor/Tragedy - Chapters: 5 - Words: 22,434 - Reviews: 525 - Favs: 1,685 - Follows: 2,288 - Updated: 7/2/2019 - Published: 2/12/2011 - Harry P., N. Tonks
Adventures in Magick by PseudonymousEntity reviews
"What Would A Hero Do?" Newly crowned wizard and avid reader of fantasy fiction, eleven-year-old Harry Potter makes friends with the goblin standing outside Gringotts with unforeseen consequences. Armed with an unlikely posse -his insatiable curiosity- and a pocket full of questions, Curious!Harry embarks on his first year at Hogwarts. Merlin help us.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 32 - Words: 111,209 - Reviews: 3580 - Favs: 8,702 - Follows: 10,057 - Updated: 6/21/2019 - Published: 12/15/2015 - Harry P.
The Reclamation of Black Magic by ShayaLonnie reviews
Harry Potter's family isn't only at Number 4 Privet Drive. Unaware to even Dumbledore, an upheaval is approaching. The Ancient and Noble House of Black is reclaiming their power and changing the future of the magical world. *Updated Sporadically—Not Abandoned*
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Family/Drama - Chapters: 39 - Words: 199,026 - Reviews: 8588 - Favs: 12,400 - Follows: 16,507 - Updated: 3/14/2019 - Published: 7/19/2016 - [Harry P., Hermione G.] Sirius B., Dorea Black/Potter
The Paths Diverge by Vaneria Potter reviews
Because there was NO WAY leaving a toddler on a doorstep in the middle of a winter night could POSSIBLY go wrong...
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Family - Chapters: 16 - Words: 31,057 - Reviews: 2183 - Favs: 8,222 - Follows: 2,751 - Updated: 1/23/2019 - Published: 8/2/2011 - Harry P. - Complete
Harry Potter and the Marauders of the Mind by Moonsign reviews
Post-DH, Pre-Epilogue. The Wizarding world is slowly recovering, and Hogwarts is re-opened. Harry Potter struggles to become a good DADA teacher, but it’s hard when a large portion of his mind is commandeered by four familiar Marauders. Slash and het.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Humor/Family - Chapters: 28 - Words: 151,840 - Reviews: 2279 - Favs: 3,019 - Follows: 3,272 - Updated: 1/8/2019 - Published: 5/5/2008 - Harry P.
The Fires of Magic: Book One by Raolin reviews
The curse Voldemort cast on baby Harry had far-reaching effects on Harry's magic. Harry must now explore those effects, and magic itself, all while battling killer teachers, giant monsters, and more in a school that really needs a safety board. Luckily for Harry, he doesn't have to do this all alone. Harry/multi. Contains AU, OC characters, and more.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 16 - Words: 158,053 - Reviews: 646 - Favs: 2,009 - Follows: 2,530 - Updated: 12/6/2018 - Published: 11/28/2017 - Harry P., Blaise Z., Daphne G., Tracey D.
Atonement by Arrow Straight reviews
People rally to a just man, as Umbridge finds when the DA follows Harry to arrest her and demand that the Wizengamot try her for torture. When Dumbledore seeks atonement in battle against Voldemort Harry inherits his power and his responsibilities. Harry must learn to wield those powers in a world where law and justice have powerful enemies and many must atone for injustice done.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 56 - Words: 160,238 - Reviews: 807 - Favs: 1,937 - Follows: 1,844 - Updated: 10/28/2018 - Published: 2/24/2018 - Harry P., Hermione G., Albus D., Minerva M. - Complete
Who Will Fill a Coward's Grave? by RobSt reviews
A certain Miss Granger takes steps to ensure she can contact her best friend during the summer holidays. After the disaster of the Triwizard tournament, she believes Harry shouldn't be left alone - no matter what Dumbledore says.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 22 - Words: 142,906 - Reviews: 4333 - Favs: 7,598 - Follows: 6,973 - Updated: 10/25/2018 - Published: 8/24/2016 - [Harry P., Hermione G.] - Complete
Harry Potter and the Story by Dad by Dad9 reviews
A post HBP book seven substitute started well before DH. It is a HHr book. Ron and Ginny stay likable. I try to stay with the canon as much as possible and will eventually explain all actions and abilities. Please read the intro for more details.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 147 - Words: 1,003,736 - Reviews: 2526 - Favs: 1,856 - Follows: 1,912 - Updated: 10/13/2018 - Published: 12/22/2006 - Harry P., Hermione G.
A Study in Magic by Books of Change reviews
When Professor McGonagall went to visit Harry Watson, son of Mr. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, to deliver his Hogwarts letter, she was in the mindset of performing a familiar if stressful annual routine. Consequently, she was not prepared to find Harry Potter at 221B Baker Street. BBC Sherlock HP crossover AU
Crossover - Harry Potter & Sherlock - Rated: T - English - Family - Chapters: 82 - Words: 515,886 - Reviews: 5818 - Favs: 8,190 - Follows: 6,173 - Updated: 8/31/2018 - Published: 11/24/2011 - Harry P., Sherlock H., John W. - Complete
Harry Potter and the Invincible TechnoMage by Clell65619 reviews
Harry Potter and the Marvel Universe. 5 year old Harry accompanies the Dursleys on a Business trip to Stark International, where an industrial accident kills all of Harry's living relatives. A very different Harry goes to Hogwarts. Dating, Romance, noship
Crossover - Harry Potter & Ironman - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 25 - Words: 208,886 - Reviews: 6461 - Favs: 14,300 - Follows: 16,892 - Updated: 8/28/2018 - Published: 12/7/2007 - Harry P., A. E. Stark/Tony
Harry Potter and the Game by Concept101 reviews
With his life turned into a Game, Harry now has to raise a Phoenix, uncover the Founders' darkest secrets, deal with political manipulations and live through Hogwarts all while trying desperately to not swear too much.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 45 - Words: 363,393 - Reviews: 7731 - Favs: 11,650 - Follows: 13,593 - Updated: 7/28/2018 - Published: 5/17/2016 - Harry P., Hermione G., Ginny W., Albus D.
Harry Potter and the Daft Morons by Sinyk reviews
At the first task of the Tri-Wizard Tournament Harry sees his chance to strike down his enemies - and takes it. Here is a Harry who knows how to think and reason. Really Bash!AD, EWE, Clueful!HP Eventual HP/HG/DG/FD NL/HA/SB and others. Unapologetically!AU.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Drama - Chapters: 84 - Words: 745,285 - Reviews: 11639 - Favs: 14,227 - Follows: 15,524 - Updated: 4/23/2018 - Published: 7/7/2017 - [Harry P., Hermione G., Fleur D., Daphne G.]
Xtreme Freak by RightingLegends reviews
Extremely AU. Harry is befriended by two adults who take him under their wing and try to protect him from his family. Harry learns to maximize his potential and finds that he has an adiction to pushing the limit in all areas of his life. Starts out before Hogwarts years and will continue through. Rating may change, as Harry gets older. Also pairings may occur later, but again
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 16 - Words: 110,147 - Reviews: 313 - Favs: 863 - Follows: 1,143 - Updated: 2/27/2018 - Published: 3/5/2015 - Harry P., Hermione G., Hedwig
I'll Keep Coming by JudgeKnox reviews
Time travel, AU. When all that Harry Potter ever loved is taken from him, when he cannot fight alone against the tide of Voldemort's evil, he has to take his one last chance. A lonely, damaged Harry returns to his past, in order to save his future. Rated M for violence, death and trauma. Will eventually include Harry/Ginny.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 31 - Words: 114,342 - Reviews: 247 - Favs: 332 - Follows: 590 - Updated: 1/12/2018 - Published: 11/5/2016 - [Harry P., Ginny W.] Sirius B., Albus D.
The Well Groomed Mind by Lady Khali reviews
On Halloween 1994, Harry learns his mind isn't his own. On Samhain morn, he vows to question everything. Armed with logic and an unlikely ally, Harry makes a last ditch bid to reclaim his life. The goal: survive at all costs.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 30 - Words: 193,050 - Reviews: 4396 - Favs: 10,836 - Follows: 11,676 - Updated: 12/30/2017 - Published: 5/29/2012 - Harry P.
Doing Things Differently by Blufuzzybubbles reviews
Harry is going into his fifth year armed with something even more valuable than power: Knowledge. Dumbledore's worst nightmare is realized. The blinders have been taken off and from now on...Harry will be the one pulling the strings. Complete!
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Mystery/Adventure - Chapters: 36 - Words: 236,941 - Reviews: 802 - Favs: 1,683 - Follows: 1,448 - Updated: 12/18/2017 - Published: 7/4/2014 - Harry P., Hermione G., Sirius B., OC - Complete
No Competition by Evilgoddss reviews
What if the horcrux in Harry's scar hadn't quite been as contained by the Blood Wards as Dumbledore planned. Rather than twisting Harry's personality, it darkened his aura. And the dark creatures of the magical world really liked that aura. Gee. Sucks to be a Dark Lord trying to make your comeback. VERY AU. Just for fun.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 9 - Words: 69,157 - Reviews: 2477 - Favs: 14,217 - Follows: 13,966 - Updated: 11/13/2017 - Published: 3/20/2015
In enemy waters by DerLaCroix reviews
Having left Britain, Harry tries to find a course through the troubled waters of the British Carribean. Sequel to 'Rocking the boat'
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure - Chapters: 6 - Words: 59,094 - Reviews: 374 - Favs: 1,437 - Follows: 2,232 - Updated: 11/5/2017 - Published: 12/23/2015 - Harry P., Hermione G.
West of Here by MK-ONE reviews
Harry Potter accidentally disappeared to another place and time the night his godfather fell through the veil. Voldemort has taken over and Harry is needed now more than ever to fight the growing evil. The only trouble is that Harry Potter is no longer a teenage wizard, but a full grown territorial marshal who uses weapons of a simpler, harsher time period, somewhere- west of here.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Western/Romance - Chapters: 19 - Words: 157,888 - Reviews: 840 - Favs: 2,815 - Follows: 2,830 - Updated: 9/28/2017 - Published: 1/12/2014 - Harry P., Katie B.
The Last Casualties by muggledad reviews
"Lily, it's him! Take Harry and run!" It began the same way, but ended in a very different way. This change caused life instead of death for many. Life altering changes provide the Power The Dark Lord Knows Not. J/L, H/Hr
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 32 - Words: 386,442 - Reviews: 3190 - Favs: 6,606 - Follows: 7,278 - Updated: 9/17/2017 - Published: 2/26/2011 - [Harry P., Hermione G.] [James P., Lily Evans P.]
On a Pale Horse by Hyliian reviews
AU. When Dumbledore tried to summon a hero from another world to deal with their Dark Lord problem, this probably wasn't what he had in mind. MoD!Harry, Godlike!Harry, Unhinged!Harry. Dumbledore bashing. DISCONTINUED.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 25 - Words: 69,349 - Reviews: 4931 - Favs: 15,203 - Follows: 16,011 - Updated: 8/26/2017 - Published: 9/11/2014 - Harry P. - Complete
The Many Deaths of Harry Potter by Harry O'Henth reviews
Harry was always destined to gather the Deathly Hallows, from the moment the killing curse kissed his skin as a child. It is only right that Death should take a special interest in the one that would one day wield his talismans.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Supernatural - Chapters: 44 - Words: 167,908 - Reviews: 233 - Favs: 423 - Follows: 395 - Updated: 8/22/2017 - Published: 11/18/2016 - Complete
The Tinkerer by wickwynn reviews
The Dursley family, who valued normalcy above all else, would of course never dream of keeping their orphan nephew in a cupboard, or of making a spectacle of him. That isn't to say they wanted to spend all of their time and money on him, however. From the salvage of broken toys and unwanted junk, left alone to his own devices, Harry built dreams.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 16 - Words: 195,755 - Reviews: 724 - Favs: 2,600 - Follows: 3,217 - Updated: 7/13/2017 - Published: 4/23/2017 - Harry P., Hermione G.
Harry Potter as written by by Technomad reviews
Harry Potter as written by various authors...George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, Sir John Mortimer and others.
Harry Potter - Rated: K - English - Parody - Chapters: 20 - Words: 17,419 - Reviews: 160 - Favs: 151 - Follows: 132 - Updated: 6/13/2017 - Published: 2/15/2007 - Harry P.
Core Threads by theaceoffire reviews
A young boy in a dark cupboard is in great pain. An unusual power will allow him to heal himself, help others, and grow strong in a world of magic. Eventual God-like Harry, Unsure of eventual pairings. Alternate Universe, possible universe/dimension traveling in the future.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 73 - Words: 376,980 - Reviews: 5914 - Favs: 12,705 - Follows: 13,115 - Updated: 5/28/2017 - Published: 2/22/2014 - Harry P.
Circular Reasoning by Swimdraconian reviews
Torn from a desolate future, Harry awakens in his teenage body with a hefty debt on his soul. Entangled in his lies and unable to trust even his own fraying sanity, he struggles to stay ahead of his enemies. Desperation is the new anthem of violence.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Horror - Chapters: 28 - Words: 243,394 - Reviews: 2116 - Favs: 6,100 - Follows: 6,649 - Updated: 4/16/2017 - Published: 11/28/2005 - Harry P.
I'm Still Here by kathryn518 reviews
The second war with Voldemort never really ended, and there were no winners, certainly not Harry Potter who has lost everything. What will Harry do when a ritual from Voldemort sends him to another world? How will he manage in this new world in which he never existed, especially as he sees familiar events unfolding? Harry/Multi eventually.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 13 - Words: 292,799 - Reviews: 6076 - Favs: 19,967 - Follows: 22,882 - Updated: 1/28/2017 - Published: 9/21/2013 - Harry P., Fleur D., Daphne G., Perenelle F.
Great Things by redfoxrabbit reviews
When Harry was left on the Dursley's doorstep, Petunia quickly realised he couldn't stay. Where else to leave him but with the very person who'd first lured her sister into the magical world all those years ago? With a very different upbringing on Diagon Alley, it's not exactly the same Harry that arrives at Hogwarts ten years later.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 13 - Words: 59,865 - Reviews: 471 - Favs: 1,747 - Follows: 2,503 - Updated: 12/28/2016 - Published: 11/15/2015 - Harry P., G. Ollivander
Harry Potter and the Rune Stone Path by Temporal Knight reviews
10 year old Harry finds a chest left by his mother with books on some of her favorite subjects. Discovering he has a talent for understanding and creating runes sets Harry onto a very different path than anyone had expected. Shortcuts, inventions, and a bit of support go a long way! Pairings: H/Hr/NT/FD/DG. Ron/Molly bashing and GreaterGood!Dumbledore.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 50 - Words: 517,796 - Reviews: 6505 - Favs: 19,327 - Follows: 14,664 - Updated: 12/28/2016 - Published: 4/15/2016 - [Harry P., Hermione G., Fleur D., N. Tonks] - Complete
Harry Potter and the Accidental Horcrux by the Imaginizer reviews
In which Harry Potter learns that friends can be made in the unlikeliest places...even in your own head. Alone and unwanted, eight-year-old Harry finds solace and purpose in a conscious piece of Tom Riddle's soul, unaware of the price he would pay for befriending the dark lord. But perhaps in the end it would all be worth it...because he'd never be alone again.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 52 - Words: 273,485 - Reviews: 2559 - Favs: 5,024 - Follows: 3,766 - Updated: 12/18/2016 - Published: 1/30/2016 - Harry P., Voldemort, Tom R. Jr. - Complete
Families and Familiars: Second Year by Sherza reviews
The Death Eaters are on the move, Dumbledore is stymied, and the Black Alliance has geared up for a war on multiple fronts. What challenges will everyone face as Harry goes into his Second Year?
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Family - Chapters: 34 - Words: 186,035 - Reviews: 1154 - Favs: 2,341 - Follows: 3,248 - Updated: 11/14/2016 - Published: 12/8/2012 - Harry P., Hedwig
Harry Potter: Air Elemental by kb0 reviews
After his adventure in the Department of Mysteries, Harry finds a new power over air which gives him confidence. He's "live and let live" until you come after him, then watch out. This starts just after the revelation of the prophecy at the end of book5.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 19 - Words: 212,661 - Reviews: 1342 - Favs: 4,444 - Follows: 3,210 - Updated: 10/28/2016 - Published: 6/12/2016 - [Harry P., Susan B.] - Complete
Long Live The Queen by offsides reviews
With Harry Potter's hearing for Underage Use of Magic looming, and Sirius Black hunted for a crime he didn't commit and was never tried for, Harry reaches out to Her Majesty the Queen for help, with unexpected results. No ships. AU starting Ch 6-9 OotP, No HBP, No DH, No Horcruxes. COMPLETE
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 44 - Words: 174,577 - Reviews: 4595 - Favs: 11,373 - Follows: 8,615 - Updated: 10/27/2016 - Published: 9/11/2015 - Harry P., Sirius B. - Complete
Returning to Sanity by AchillesTheGeek reviews
The insanity that was Voldemort is over. The clean-up is about to begin. How will the Wizarding World return to sanity? And will Harry manage to keep his? EWE. Rated M for slash, adult themes, coarse language, maybe MPREG. COMPLETE
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 100 - Words: 641,068 - Reviews: 974 - Favs: 800 - Follows: 698 - Updated: 9/24/2016 - Published: 5/1/2013 - [Harry P., Draco M.] - Complete
Phoenix Tears by Alexannah reviews
Featured in The Sunday Times, 17-07-11. Harry had hoped for a quiet sixth year. A renewed friendship with Dumbledore, elusive Horcruxes, playing match-maker, unwanted extra Divination and the discovery of yet more secrets dictate otherwise. HPGW ADMM SBLE
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 25 - Words: 73,062 - Reviews: 135 - Favs: 147 - Follows: 207 - Updated: 9/18/2016 - Published: 3/14/2007 - Harry P., Albus D.
The Accidental Animagus by White Squirrel reviews
Harry escapes the Dursleys with a unique bout of accidental magic and eventually winds up at the Grangers' house. Now, he has what he always wanted: a loving family, and he'll need their help to take on the magical world and vanquish the dark lord who has pursued him from birth. Years 1-4. Sequel posted.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 112 - Words: 697,191 - Reviews: 5202 - Favs: 9,844 - Follows: 8,152 - Updated: 7/30/2016 - Published: 11/20/2013 - Harry P., Hermione G. - Complete
You're my Density by RobSt reviews
Just Suppose Harry hadn't heeded his godfather's advice, and actually lost his temper at his trial? Time travel fic and title is 'Back to the Future' joke.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 33 - Words: 237,193 - Reviews: 7670 - Favs: 9,524 - Follows: 7,535 - Updated: 7/9/2016 - Published: 2/9/2015 - [Harry P., Hermione G.] - Complete
The Handbook of Elf Psychology by evansentranced reviews
Sequel to Fantastic Elves and Where to Find Them! Harry is captured by wizards and brought to a castle. The wizards are obnoxious, but there's a lovely wood nearby which is quaintly named the "Forbidden" Forest. Harry thinks that's adorable.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 15 - Words: 99,261 - Reviews: 2672 - Favs: 7,058 - Follows: 6,588 - Updated: 6/21/2016 - Published: 9/8/2012 - Harry P., Draco M., Severus S., Luna L. - Complete
A Marauder's Plan by CatsAreCool reviews
Sirius decides to stay in England after escaping Hogwarts and makes protecting Harry his priority. AU GOF.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Family/Drama - Chapters: 87 - Words: 893,787 - Reviews: 11984 - Favs: 20,114 - Follows: 13,580 - Updated: 6/13/2016 - Published: 4/21/2012 - Harry P., Sirius B. - Complete
Harry Potter and the Eternal Realm by JBean210 reviews
When Harry goes to the Zoo with the Dursleys on Dudley's 11th birthday, he meets Samantha Stephens, who learns that Harry is a distant cousin and that he's being mistreated at home. She rescues him and she and her mother Endora begin teaching Harry witchcraft. A Harry Potter / Bewitched crossover, for now the story will categorize as HP only.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 17 - Words: 212,254 - Reviews: 436 - Favs: 756 - Follows: 986 - Updated: 4/15/2016 - Published: 6/21/2015 - Harry P., Albus D.
Lion Unity by Fruitality reviews
"While you are here, your house will be something like your family within Hogwarts," said McGonagall. Following the 1991-92 school year, the Gryffindors decide to make good on that promise.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Family/Friendship - Chapters: 69 - Words: 250,478 - Reviews: 1968 - Favs: 2,606 - Follows: 2,737 - Updated: 4/1/2016 - Published: 12/23/2012
Magical Relations by evansentranced reviews
AU First Year onward: Harry's relatives were shocked when the Hogwarts letters came. Not because Harry got into Hogwarts. They had expected that. But Dudley, on the other hand...That had been a surprise. Currently in 5th year. *Reviews contain SPOILERS!*
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Humor/Drama - Chapters: 71 - Words: 269,602 - Reviews: 6149 - Favs: 7,724 - Follows: 9,278 - Updated: 3/9/2016 - Published: 3/18/2007 - Harry P., Dudley D.
Heart and Soul by Sillimaure reviews
The Dementor attack on Harry during the summer after his fourth year leaves him on the verge of having his wand snapped. Unwilling to leave anything to chance, Sirius Black sets events into motion which will change Harry's life forever. HP/HG/FD
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 81 - Words: 751,333 - Reviews: 6568 - Favs: 12,808 - Follows: 9,248 - Updated: 2/16/2016 - Published: 1/19/2010 - Harry P., Hermione G., Fleur D. - Complete
Palimpsest by Larry Huss reviews
Hermione gets some of the answers early. She has trouble understanding what all the questions are.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 17 - Words: 114,963 - Reviews: 889 - Favs: 1,591 - Follows: 1,829 - Updated: 1/31/2016 - Published: 5/18/2012 - Hermione G., Harry P.
False Starts Harry Potter by Diresquirrel reviews
A series of disjointed story ideas that never went anywhere. They're all HP of sorts, with different twists and ideas that ran out before they became full fledged stories.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 20 - Words: 76,447 - Reviews: 688 - Favs: 778 - Follows: 667 - Updated: 1/5/2016 - Published: 7/9/2011 - Harry P.
Harry Potter and the Garden of Intrigue by Azjerban reviews
In which Harry understands Victorian flower language at age 11. Events grow gradually further and further from the original. Features CharacterDevelopment!Crabbe and Goyle, and many other not-quite-expected variations. This story has reached its conclusion; enjoy. Watch out for the April Fools' chapter.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Humor - Chapters: 69 - Words: 242,410 - Reviews: 320 - Favs: 638 - Follows: 606 - Updated: 1/1/2016 - Published: 4/17/2012 - Harry P. - Complete
Black Sun Rising by Mortaegus reviews
AU end of sixth year. The war spiraled out of control. Harry fought alongside his friends, but many died in the conflict. When Voldemort is finally defeated, it is discovered that he has set in motion the extinction of humanity. Harry, after all he has sacrificed, discovers a way that he can save what was lost, and he will risk everything for the chance to unmake the past.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure - Chapters: 5 - Words: 75,902 - Reviews: 77 - Favs: 243 - Follows: 359 - Updated: 11/16/2015 - Published: 8/5/2014 - Harry P.
Revenge of the Wizard by Darth Marrs reviews
A Harry Potter cursed with immortality must not only survive the ravaging of Earth by monsters far more powerful than any humanity has encountered, but he must rise to save it, and in the process exact one wizard's revenge against the Galactic Empire.
Crossover - Star Wars & Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Chapters: 40 - Words: 172,419 - Reviews: 4336 - Favs: 7,747 - Follows: 5,866 - Updated: 10/31/2015 - Published: 12/23/2014 - Complete
He's Not Dead Yet by Redbayly reviews
When Harry offered himself up to Voldemort, he discovered the people in the Ministry of Death are not happy with him at all. To make up for his years of blunders, Harry is sent back in time to correct everything that went wrong and to get some revenge. Harry/6 girls, Bashing of Dumbledore, Snape, and certain Weasleys. Written for humor only. Lots of cliches. Reviews welcome.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 34 - Words: 156,481 - Reviews: 2562 - Favs: 10,203 - Follows: 7,144 - Updated: 10/30/2015 - Published: 12/27/2013 - Harry P., Hermione G., Luna L. - Complete
Harry Potter - Three to Backstep by Sinyk reviews
YATTFF - A blend of the Reptilia28 and CoastalFirebird time travel challenges; Harry, Hermione and Daphne Greengrass die during the final battle and are sent back in time to set things back on track. AD/MW/RW/GW!bash. Rated M for themes and language. AU!world OOC!chars. Expect 450k words.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 50 - Words: 467,583 - Reviews: 6820 - Favs: 14,642 - Follows: 9,973 - Updated: 7/19/2015 - Published: 10/18/2014 - [Daphne G., Harry P., Hermione G.] Sirius B. - Complete
Harry Potter and the Power of Paranoia by arekay reviews
The events at the end of the Triwizard Tournament have left Harry feeling just a little bit paranoid.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 23 - Words: 103,719 - Reviews: 4508 - Favs: 10,152 - Follows: 7,386 - Updated: 3/31/2015 - Published: 6/26/2012 - Harry P. - Complete
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Less Wrong reviews
Petunia married a biochemist, and Harry grew up reading science and science fiction. Then came the Hogwarts letter, and a world of intriguing new possibilities to exploit. And new friends, like Hermione Granger, and Professor McGonagall, and Professor Quirrell... COMPLETE.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 122 - Words: 661,619 - Reviews: 36420 - Favs: 28,757 - Follows: 20,959 - Updated: 3/14/2015 - Published: 2/28/2010 - Harry P., Hermione G. - Complete
Don't look back in Anger by RobSt reviews
Can some angry words change everything?
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 20 - Words: 140,102 - Reviews: 5074 - Favs: 7,757 - Follows: 5,254 - Updated: 1/25/2015 - Published: 9/4/2014 - [Harry P., Hermione G., Luna L.] - Complete
George Weasley and the Computational Error by pisoprano reviews
Part 1 of The Computational Error Series. George Weasley may be 40 years old now, but he still misses his twin dearly. And when he has the chance to go back to 1989 and see Fred alive again and stop everything from happening, he can't resist. George's relationship with everyone he loves, however, will change in the process. Time Travel. NoSlash. COMPLETE
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 25 - Words: 93,340 - Reviews: 97 - Favs: 397 - Follows: 161 - Updated: 12/25/2014 - Published: 8/29/2012 - George W., Fred W. - Complete
Fairy Tales by Perceval23 reviews
Harry failed to learn the Power the Dark Lord Knows Not, so he, with Luna's guidance, must undertake a journey to learn the true history of the Wizarding world, and find himself in the process. Multi-crossover.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 28 - Words: 285,745 - Reviews: 406 - Favs: 648 - Follows: 711 - Updated: 12/25/2014 - Published: 4/6/2011 - Harry P., Hermione G., Luna L., N. Tonks
Harry Potter Jedi by zajinn reviews
The somewhat realistic and humorous story of Harry Potter, if he grew up watching a little too much Star Wars. - This takes place in the real world, where Harry is inspired by Star Wars to learn magic and discover the wizarding world in new and interesting ways. Canon secrets are revealed and hints are hidden throughout the story to discover what is really happening at Hogwarts.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 27 - Words: 236,805 - Reviews: 680 - Favs: 1,567 - Follows: 1,934 - Updated: 12/25/2014 - Published: 11/5/2013 - Harry P., Hermione G.
Hunter by gredandforgerock reviews
Harry is not content to hear how he is "perfectly safe" and turns to the only adult he feels he can trust. Sirius helps him gain his animagus form, its down hill for the bad guys after that. Then one shock after another leads to a new life for Harry and his three 'Uncles". No pairings. For missgsmith51 who picked the animagus form. **Mercedes Raine is a continuation on this story
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure - Chapters: 29 - Words: 92,910 - Reviews: 903 - Favs: 3,797 - Follows: 1,918 - Updated: 10/25/2014 - Published: 7/26/2014 - Harry P., Sirius B. - Complete
Full Circle by Crazy Mishka reviews
After the war a paranoid Harry Potter discovers something amiss, and sets out to find and hopefully save Hermione Granger. Due to circumstances beyond his control, time throws in a twist.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Family - Chapters: 6 - Words: 48,113 - Reviews: 314 - Favs: 992 - Follows: 1,313 - Updated: 7/28/2014 - Published: 7/5/2011 - Harry P., Hermione G.
Faery Heroes by Silently Watches reviews
Response to Paladeus's challenge "Champions of Lilith". Harry, Hermione, and Luna get a chance to travel back in time and prevent the hell that England became under Voldemort's rule, and maybe line their pockets while they're at it. Lunar Harmony; plenty of innuendo, dark humor, some bashing included; manipulative!Dumbles; jerk!Snape; bad!Molly, Ron, Ginny
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 50 - Words: 245,545 - Reviews: 6697 - Favs: 14,180 - Follows: 9,279 - Updated: 7/23/2014 - Published: 6/19/2012 - [Harry P., Hermione G., Luna L.] - Complete
Harry's Golden Nuggets by Snaggledog reviews
Harry takes charge of his fate and the war. He manipulates the wizarding world with revolts, scams and his own vast wealth, but even the best laid plans go awry. His mistake costs him more than he bargains for. Regardless, he is committed to making his crazy plan work. Begins after GoF - Some Dumbledore bashing.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 24 - Words: 147,742 - Reviews: 663 - Favs: 2,120 - Follows: 936 - Updated: 6/28/2014 - Published: 5/20/2014 - Harry P. - Complete
Harry Potter and the Greater Good by Forensica X reviews
He was gone. Dead. Because of him. But the Order was wrong. It wasn't just their war anymore. It had stopped being their war long ago. Harry saw the strings, and he would no longer play the puppet. AU as of year six. UNDER MAJOR CONSTRUCTION - SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure - Chapters: 4 - Words: 23,735 - Reviews: 527 - Favs: 1,151 - Follows: 1,824 - Updated: 6/17/2014 - Published: 2/2/2011 - Harry P., Hermione G.
Harry Crow by RobSt reviews
What will happen when a goblin-raised Harry arrives at Hogwarts. A Harry who has received training, already knows the prophecy and has no scar. With the backing of the goblin nation and Hogwarts herself. Complete.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 106 - Words: 737,006 - Reviews: 29085 - Favs: 29,439 - Follows: 18,264 - Updated: 6/8/2014 - Published: 6/5/2012 - [Harry P., Hermione G.] - Complete
A Knut to Start the Revolution by Hahukum Konn reviews
Sixth year AU fic. Harry Potter decides to even some old scores, and along the way, deal with that idiot Fudge. In doing so, he discovers how to be a politician and a warrior.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 15 - Words: 46,724 - Reviews: 284 - Favs: 695 - Follows: 1,004 - Updated: 4/25/2014 - Published: 7/26/2008 - Harry P.
Harry Silvertongue by butalearner reviews
Ten-year-old Harry Potter meets a kindred soul in secret who changes his whole outlook on his life with the Dursleys. Burned into Harry's mind with the violent death of his only friend, the lessons imparted guide him through his time at Hogwarts. AU, Slytherin!Harry.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 7 - Words: 45,302 - Reviews: 296 - Favs: 852 - Follows: 1,197 - Updated: 4/3/2014 - Published: 12/7/2012 - Harry P.
To Shape and Change by Blueowl reviews
AU. Time Travel. Snape goes back in time, holding the knowledge of what is to come if he fails. No longer holding a grudge, he seeks to shape Harry into the greatest wizard of all time, starting on the day Hagrid took Harry to Diagon Alley. No Horcruxes.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 34 - Words: 232,332 - Reviews: 10490 - Favs: 26,117 - Follows: 14,816 - Updated: 3/16/2014 - Published: 10/20/2010 - Harry P., Severus S. - Complete
Innocent by MarauderLover7 reviews
Mr and Mrs Dursley of Number Four, Privet Drive, were happy to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. The same could not be said for their eight year old nephew, but his godfather wanted him anyway.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Drama/Family - Chapters: 80 - Words: 494,191 - Reviews: 2507 - Favs: 6,340 - Follows: 3,355 - Updated: 2/8/2014 - Published: 7/7/2013 - Harry P., Sirius B. - Complete
Death's Pride by Paladeus reviews
Harry dies, again, and his Death Angel is NOT happy. Sent back for the last time with his memories intact, he tries to do it right. And his Death Angel won't leave him or his soul mates alone. Challenge by Reptilia28; H/Hr/L Nev/Sus B/Han A
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 28 - Words: 630,526 - Reviews: 3637 - Favs: 7,396 - Follows: 7,748 - Updated: 11/27/2013 - Published: 6/13/2008 - Harry P., Hermione G., Luna L.
A Most Important Element in Water by sylvanawood reviews
While hunting for Horcruxes with her friends, Hermione learns surprising facts about Snape's past. Will that change the way she thinks about him? AU after HBP.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 29 - Words: 221,851 - Reviews: 362 - Favs: 366 - Follows: 214 - Updated: 10/11/2013 - Published: 2/14/2007 - Hermione G., Severus S. - Complete
Harry Potter and the Temporal Beacon by willyolioleo reviews
At the end of 3rd year, Hermione asks Harry for some help with starting an interesting project. If a dark lord's got a 50-year head start on you, maybe what you need is a little more time to even the playing field. AU, Timetravel, HHr, mild Ron bashing. Minimizing new powers, just making good use of existing ones.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 70 - Words: 428,826 - Reviews: 5719 - Favs: 6,829 - Follows: 7,308 - Updated: 9/19/2013 - Published: 11/30/2010 - Harry P., Hermione G.
Knowledge is Useful, But Power is Power by DisobedienceWriter reviews
Harry and Hermione are gifted a handwritten book at the beginning of Fourth Year. A book that reveals horrible truths about the world they live in. Prepare for a tougher Harry and a battle focused on the Ministry.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 8 - Words: 93,462 - Reviews: 1524 - Favs: 4,901 - Follows: 3,221 - Updated: 7/28/2013 - Published: 6/13/2012 - Complete
A Time for Changeling by Bloodpage-Alchemist reviews
Two Dementors showed up in Little Whinging and changed Harry Potter's world forever. Now he's on the hunt for family he's never known plus entangled in a web of political intrigue and subterfuge. Why does everything happen to him?
Harry Potter - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 19 - Words: 127,035 - Reviews: 772 - Favs: 2,752 - Follows: 1,399 - Updated: 7/15/2013 - Published: 2/9/2010 - Harry P. - Complete
Hero Harry by LordsFire reviews
As Magical England grinds itself through civil war and Magical Europe at large collapses in upon itself, Harry hunts through it all. Dumbledore has disappeared, Lucius Malfoy has publically fallen out with Fudge, and most the population of Hogwarts has fled to America, bringing many families of Muggleborns with them. Sequel to Brutal Harry. Rated for violence/messiness.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Mystery/Family - Chapters: 15 - Words: 108,656 - Reviews: 1297 - Favs: 2,733 - Follows: 2,151 - Updated: 5/5/2013 - Published: 9/16/2012 - Harry P., Hermione G. - Complete
Harry Potter and the Four Heirs by Sinyk reviews
Merlin, not happy with how the future unravelled for the life of Harry Potter, intervenes early to set the course of history back on track. Implied Pairing Only. Smart!Harry Bash!AD Idiot!RW
Harry Potter - Rated: K - English - Adventure - Chapters: 30 - Words: 282,458 - Reviews: 2310 - Favs: 9,617 - Follows: 4,222 - Updated: 3/27/2013 - Published: 2/25/2013 - Harry P., Neville L., Hermione G., Susan B. - Complete
Harry Potter and the Unlocked Knowledge by kmfrank reviews
When Harry returns home to Privet Drive after the fiasco at the Department of Mysteries, he finds that Voldemort's possession released the Horcrux inside of him. In addition to the companionship of "Tom", Harry has his knowledge, and must learn to use it
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 15 - Words: 168,125 - Reviews: 1400 - Favs: 4,373 - Follows: 4,789 - Updated: 2/20/2013 - Published: 1/10/2008
The Dogs and Shakespeare by Ravenpuff reviews
An event sways the Dursleys to accept a five year-old Harry as a part of their family. He is slowly introduced to a normal life and the world outside his cupboard. Discovering magic early, it becomes his greatest joy and deepest secret. Can he share it?
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Adventure - Chapters: 24 - Words: 113,448 - Reviews: 597 - Favs: 1,191 - Follows: 1,422 - Updated: 12/29/2012 - Published: 1/26/2008 - Harry P., Petunia D., Dudley D., Vernon D.
DOOM Day by Joshua The Evil Guy reviews
YAHP/GHF. Harry is repeating the worst day of his life over and over again. Department Of Mysteries Day.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Suspense/Mystery - Chapters: 17 - Words: 203,219 - Reviews: 602 - Favs: 1,144 - Follows: 876 - Updated: 12/12/2012 - Published: 5/5/2011 - Harry P. - Complete
Families and Familiars by Sherza reviews
Hogwarts is alive. Familiars are more than mere pets, and Harry Potter has a destiny far greater than he knows. Enemies of the Heir, beware, for under his guidance a new future will be forged, either for good or for ill.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Adventure - Chapters: 25 - Words: 138,835 - Reviews: 922 - Favs: 4,031 - Follows: 2,569 - Updated: 12/8/2012 - Published: 11/9/2011 - Harry P., Hedwig - Complete
Rocking the Boat by DerLaCroix reviews
Harry is left with the Dursleys just after his godfather had died. One thing leads to the other and Harry is fed up with being a puppet. He breaks free and finds help. And boy, does he start rocking the boat.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 33 - Words: 245,784 - Reviews: 3719 - Favs: 10,029 - Follows: 6,834 - Updated: 10/2/2012 - Published: 2/5/2010 - Harry P., Hermione G. - Complete
Brutal Harry by LordsFire reviews
Systematically abused and degraded children do not suddenly turn into well-adjusted members of society when removed from the abusive situation. Nor do they tend to be very trusting of others, or forgiving. Sequel up.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Supernatural/Drama - Chapters: 13 - Words: 100,387 - Reviews: 2931 - Favs: 10,608 - Follows: 4,967 - Updated: 9/16/2012 - Published: 6/18/2011 - Harry P., Hermione G. - Complete
Fantastic Elves and Where to Find Them by evansentranced reviews
After the Dursleys abandon six year old Harry in a park in Kent, Harry comes to the realization that he is an elf. Not a house elf, though. A forest elf. Never mind wizards vs muggles; Harry has his own thing going on. Character study, pre-Hogwarts, NOT a creature!fic, slightly cracky.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 12 - Words: 38,289 - Reviews: 962 - Favs: 5,345 - Follows: 2,110 - Updated: 9/8/2012 - Published: 6/8/2012 - Harry P. - Complete
Harry Potter and the Search by LeTimbo reviews
Harry packs up and leaves Britain to find himself and find peace, and starts in the States, goes to college and just might eventually become a magical minister? Eventually Unitarian/non-denominational spirituality. Starts s-l-o-w, gets to deeper stuff starting Chapter 10. Updating often during June. First three chapters written in 2008, everything since in 2012.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Spiritual - Chapters: 16 - Words: 89,434 - Reviews: 61 - Favs: 89 - Follows: 92 - Updated: 6/16/2012 - Published: 7/31/2008 - Harry P.
A Different Halloween by RobSt reviews
Could a chance meeting change history? What would a different Halloween in 1981 mean for wizarding Britain?
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 20 - Words: 124,549 - Reviews: 4777 - Favs: 11,419 - Follows: 5,750 - Updated: 5/26/2012 - Published: 10/31/2010 - [Harry P., Hermione G.] - Complete
The Real Reason Why by CraZYdUCKIE reviews
In the Harry Potter books there are many gaps and flaws, as would be expected in such a broad narrative- here's the humourous solution to some of the most common ones, such as why they're stuck in the 18th century and why Ron never talks about his cousin.
Harry Potter - Rated: K - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 5 - Words: 6,387 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 5/4/2012 - Published: 4/17/2011
Harry Potter and the Sun Source by Clell65619 reviews
This is an extremely AU crossover fic that asks the question what might have happened if Petunia Dursley hadn't found a young Harry Potter sleeping on her doorstep on the morning of the 2nd of November 1981. After all, Dumbledore was a bit careless with
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 10 - Words: 111,868 - Reviews: 2530 - Favs: 9,767 - Follows: 5,721 - Updated: 5/3/2012 - Published: 9/11/2008 - Harry P. - Complete
The Power by twilliams1797 reviews
The Power they do not use Harry realizes that there is more than one way to do things, and that there are ways around a problem that the Wizarding world has ignored H/Hr - summary edit 11-17-2013 short version: Harry and Hermione with the advice of their friend Luna tread a path towards the best possible future.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 29 - Words: 256,026 - Reviews: 1128 - Favs: 2,346 - Follows: 1,867 - Updated: 4/29/2012 - Published: 10/5/2009 - [Harry P., Hermione G.] Luna L. - Complete
Partially Kissed Hero by Perfect Lionheart reviews
Summer before third year Harry has a life changing experience, and a close encounter with a dementor ends with him absorbing the horcrux within him. Features Harry with a backbone.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Humor - Chapters: 103 - Words: 483,646 - Reviews: 16864 - Favs: 12,328 - Follows: 10,661 - Updated: 4/28/2012 - Published: 5/6/2008 - Harry P.
Harry Potter and Deaths Revenge by DazMal reviews
Harry died a natural death at 112, he ends up back at the crossover between life and the next great adventure, death gives him a choice, move on or go back and do it all over again risking everything to save his friends. Warning: Some Mature Content.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 26 - Words: 226,817 - Reviews: 840 - Favs: 1,892 - Follows: 2,031 - Updated: 4/26/2012 - Published: 7/18/2010 - Harry P., Ginny W.
Banking on Her by RobSt reviews
Harry reckons his future is bleak if he stays at Hogwarts. The Tri-Wizard tournament offers him a fail-safe way of escaping his perceived destiny, that is until Harry discovered the hidden costs. H/Hr
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 18 - Words: 114,164 - Reviews: 3416 - Favs: 8,894 - Follows: 4,477 - Updated: 4/8/2012 - Published: 9/18/2011 - [Harry P., Hermione G.] - Complete
Journey Through the Dark by Earl Lonsdale reviews
AU 4th year. Spurned by everyone, Harry accepts Bagman's help, taking the 1st step towards greatness. Elements: charms-prodigy, no-bashing, manipulative but good Dumbledore, dragons, unspeakables, HarrySusan, Ginny-friendship. Oh, the veil is a hellmouth.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Drama - Chapters: 7 - Words: 68,917 - Reviews: 736 - Favs: 2,617 - Follows: 2,923 - Updated: 2/27/2012 - Published: 6/12/2010 - Harry P., Susan B.
A Different Start: American Harry Prequel by DarkeStar reviews
Harry's godmother gains custody of a young HP and escapes to America where he learns a new way of magic and carves a new path for himself. Powerful/Independent Harry, eventual slash, OCs, pre-Hogwarts. Reg. updates.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 40 - Words: 393,920 - Reviews: 1772 - Favs: 2,393 - Follows: 2,242 - Updated: 1/8/2012 - Published: 11/2/2007 - Harry P.
Free Life by fake a smile reviews
Sequel to Taking Control. Harry starts taking the fight to the Death Eaters as the Order members are forced to make some very difficult decisions. Will Dumbledore see the benefit of working with Harry or continue to try to keep him out of the war?
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 6 - Words: 72,568 - Reviews: 1062 - Favs: 3,202 - Follows: 3,894 - Updated: 10/16/2011 - Published: 3/15/2009 - Harry P., Ginny W.
Out of the West by Larry Huss reviews
Any suffienctly advanced science would be thought of as magic"-Arthur C. Clark. "We are being present at the birth of the Superman!"-Frederick Nietzche. AU/OC.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 65 - Words: 212,502 - Reviews: 336 - Favs: 448 - Follows: 224 - Updated: 10/13/2011 - Published: 10/24/2009 - Complete
The Best Revenge by Arsinoe de Blassenville reviews
AU. Yes, the old Snape retrieves Harry from the Dursleys formula. I just had to write one. Everything changes, because the best revenge is living well. T for Mentor Snape's occasional naughty language. Supportive Minerva. Over three million hits!
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 47 - Words: 213,669 - Reviews: 7081 - Favs: 11,521 - Follows: 5,776 - Updated: 9/10/2011 - Published: 3/9/2009 - Harry P., Severus S. - Complete
The End and the Beginning by muggledad reviews
My stab at the Harry travels through time genre. Significant inspiration from "HP & Nightmares of Futures Past" with a twist. Harry/Hermione
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 14 - Words: 144,392 - Reviews: 1913 - Favs: 7,498 - Follows: 3,795 - Updated: 7/24/2011 - Published: 2/28/2010 - [Harry P., Hermione G.] Sirius B., Minerva M. - Complete
Cause and Effect by apAidan reviews
It's the fall of 1998, after the Final Battle, and the Golden Trio has returned to Hogwarts. And it's just like old times, almost. Luna decides that something needs to be done before they do a rerun on Harry&Hermione's 6th year. HHr. Chapters 4,6,7 edits
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Humor/Mystery - Chapters: 8 - Words: 42,298 - Reviews: 187 - Favs: 559 - Follows: 229 - Updated: 7/1/2011 - Published: 6/9/2011 - Harry P., Hermione G. - Complete
Harry Potter and the Remnants of the Soul by Cubdom reviews
Post-HBP, The final battle arrives sooner than anyone expected. Voldemort's miscalculation grants Harry a path to victory, but one deeply tainted by loss. Piecing together his shattered Soul, Harry steps into a society where he wields incredible power and responsibility. Harry/Susan. Rated M for violence and character death.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Tragedy/Romance - Chapters: 17 - Words: 100,999 - Reviews: 762 - Favs: 1,251 - Follows: 1,564 - Updated: 5/11/2011 - Published: 5/4/2006 - Harry P., Minerva M., Susan B., Daphne G.
The Ten That Were Taken by maidros78 reviews
This is the sequel to Harry Potter's first year, which was covered in The Roaring Snake'. This story will cover years 2 and 3. Follows canon outline, but not completely compliant. The accent is on developing Harry and his friends into strong team.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Mystery - Chapters: 9 - Words: 43,788 - Reviews: 284 - Favs: 445 - Follows: 669 - Updated: 1/5/2011 - Published: 4/14/2009 - Harry P., Millicent B.
His Own Man by Crunchysunrises reviews
In the station between Life and Death Harry makes a different choice. Now he is eleven again, nothing is going the same as before, and people are starting to ask questions, especially the Malfoys, the Hogwarts professors and, most worryingly, Mad-Eye Moody. Harry is beginning to suspect that he might not be up to this Master of Death business and everything that goes along with it.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 31 - Words: 147,481 - Reviews: 5882 - Favs: 15,782 - Follows: 17,173 - Updated: 1/2/2011 - Published: 10/19/2009 - Harry P.
Lord of Caer Azkaban by Rorschach's Blot reviews
A letter causes Harry to learn some surprising things about his lineage, a different twist on the usual Harry in Azkaban story line.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 34 - Words: 119,393 - Reviews: 5660 - Favs: 13,317 - Follows: 6,564 - Updated: 12/14/2010 - Published: 10/24/2004 - Harry P., Hermione G. - Complete
Realizations by Wishweaver reviews
Harry returns to Privet Drive after 4th year and finds it...empty! What do you do when you can't go to your friends for help? Additional Story Notes FYI: a. AU Summer before Fifth Year Fic, b. Not particularly fast paced.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 36 - Words: 264,047 - Reviews: 9114 - Favs: 14,117 - Follows: 10,831 - Updated: 11/16/2010 - Published: 3/6/2003 - Harry P.
The Best Revenge: Time of the Basilisk by Arsinoe de Blassenville reviews
AU: The continuation of Book I. Not all of Tom Riddle is gone. A mysterious journal and a new Defense teacher pose challenges for Harry and his guardian. T for Mentor Snape's occasional naughty language. Supportive Minerva.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 30 - Words: 108,739 - Reviews: 2691 - Favs: 4,248 - Follows: 1,701 - Updated: 11/14/2010 - Published: 3/26/2010 - Harry P., Severus S. - Complete
Turn Me Loose: A Harry Potter Adventure by jbern reviews
The sequel to Bungle in the Jungle. Told in 2nd person. Harry Potter has returned to England. In the jungles of South America, he became his own man, a hero of his own choice and not unfortunate circumstance. Is it enough to save him?
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure - Chapters: 16 - Words: 134,063 - Reviews: 2014 - Favs: 4,713 - Follows: 2,486 - Updated: 11/13/2010 - Published: 8/31/2007 - Harry P., Luna L. - Complete
Unforgiven by Grinning Lizard reviews
HP... different. Not an original idea but an original story, somewhere between canon, reality and my warped imagination. Warning: Graphic Language/Violence, Racist/Abusive characters, Non-Consensual Sexual Content... Welcome to the Jungle. ABANDONED
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 27 - Words: 145,911 - Reviews: 978 - Favs: 1,184 - Follows: 1,334 - Updated: 11/1/2010 - Published: 4/23/2007 - Harry P. - Complete
Harry Potter and the Quantum Leap by Seel'vor reviews
Harry Potter won the Second Blood War and defeated his enemies... and was left with nothing. Decades later, he contributes to the creation of a revolutionary new piece of technology and destroys the future in order to rewrite his own past...
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 42 - Words: 274,521 - Reviews: 5151 - Favs: 9,056 - Follows: 9,020 - Updated: 10/28/2010 - Published: 12/17/2007 - Harry P., Hermione G.
Harry Potter and the Wastelands of Time by joe6991 reviews
Take a deep breath, count back from ten… and above all else – don't worry! It'll all be over soon. The world, that is. Yet for Harry Potter the end is just the beginning. Enemies close in on all sides, and Harry faces his greatest challenge of all - Time.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 31 - Words: 282,609 - Reviews: 3287 - Favs: 6,348 - Follows: 3,570 - Updated: 8/4/2010 - Published: 2/12/2008 - Harry P., Fleur D. - Complete
Summer of Opportunities by Inusitatus reviews
Following the events at the Department of Mysteries, Harry decides to take greater control of his life. A new relationship with his family, new friends and new opportunities beckon. As do new adventures . . .
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure - Chapters: 6 - Words: 82,613 - Reviews: 188 - Favs: 503 - Follows: 673 - Updated: 7/25/2010 - Published: 6/17/2010 - Harry P.
Harry Potter and Ice Cream Delights by Luckner reviews
Harry Potter knew that a person's life could be changed in a single day, but until a summer day with Luna Lovegood he never knew that his life could be made forever better. Fred and George add their own wicked magic. Harry fights back. For romantics.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 25 - Words: 158,878 - Reviews: 885 - Favs: 2,533 - Follows: 1,321 - Updated: 6/27/2010 - Published: 2/9/2008 - Harry P., Luna L. - Complete
The Thief of Hogwarts by bluminous8 reviews
Summary: AU Young Harry learns to steal as he is fed up from his deprivation of his wants and needs by his guardians. A Thief is born in Privet Drive.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 19 - Words: 105,046 - Reviews: 4141 - Favs: 11,954 - Follows: 10,937 - Updated: 6/22/2010 - Published: 7/7/2009 - Harry P.
What They Don't Know by Lil Nezumi reviews
Permanently "ON HOLD" - How much does anyone really know about Harry Potter? Things could have been very different if Hagrid... AU, what if type of story.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure - Chapters: 15 - Words: 142,064 - Reviews: 521 - Favs: 1,030 - Follows: 1,232 - Updated: 3/20/2010 - Published: 9/18/2008 - Harry P.
RuneMaster by Tigerman reviews
In third year, Harry decided to quit Divination, following Hermione. Having to take a substitute course, he end up choosing Ancient Runes and find himself to be quite gifted. Smart Harry. Slightly manipulative. Rated M for later subjects and language.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 18 - Words: 145,998 - Reviews: 4001 - Favs: 18,447 - Follows: 7,875 - Updated: 12/30/2009 - Published: 5/21/2009 - Harry P., Luna L. - Complete
Earl of the North by Lord Silvere reviews
Harry is framed for the mass murder of Muggles after he deals Voldemort a stunning blow. He is sent to Azkaban where he and his cell mate, Bellatrix Black, begin to discover Harry's heritage and his potential power as they plot to escape.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 50 - Words: 187,938 - Reviews: 4741 - Favs: 10,702 - Follows: 5,451 - Updated: 11/14/2009 - Published: 1/6/2005 - Harry P., Bellatrix L. - Complete
A Magical World by Miranda Flairgold reviews
Last fic in the trilogy! Demons invaded Earth intent on enslaving all magical life. But they miscalculated...the Earthling's magic is stronger than they suspected, and far more dangerous. Now the survivors regroup in the new magical world, to fight back.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 2 - Words: 31,170 - Reviews: 2153 - Favs: 4,147 - Follows: 4,313 - Updated: 11/3/2009 - Published: 8/20/2009
Harry Potter and the Amulet of the Moon by semprini reviews
Sequel to Harry Potter and the Antiquity Link. Harry and fifteen members of the DA go to an isolated island, then back in time a year, to train Aurors for a suddenly Auror-less society... and are unexpectedly thrust back into the thick of events.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 20 - Words: 236,266 - Reviews: 146 - Favs: 273 - Follows: 115 - Updated: 9/10/2009 - Published: 8/19/2009 - Harry P., Draco M. - Complete
Sort: Category . Published . Updated . Title . Words . Chapters . Reviews . Status .

Harry Potter Shorties reviews
Just a few very short, often funny HP vignettes, starring your favorite gang. ANOTHER NEW Aug. 15/2021: Inventor Hermione!
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 16 - Words: 13,899 - Reviews: 39 - Favs: 49 - Follows: 41 - Updated: 8/15/2021 - Published: 3/26/2004 - Harry P.
The Most Bizarre HP Pairing of All reviews
Rising to the challenge: someone asked, What's the strangest coupling you can imagine? Okay, I can imagine some pretty strange things. New in 01/14: The Ol' Switcheroo!
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Humor - Chapters: 17 - Words: 11,938 - Reviews: 137 - Favs: 44 - Follows: 31 - Updated: 1/1/2014 - Published: 12/24/2002
Project Potter reviews
Dumbledore elected Minister! The Trio tapped to run a department! 7 books devised to re-introduce wizards and muggles! The trio try to rein in fan fiction! Continuity; Cliches; Powers; English. Chapter 6: Ginny's Treatise!
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 6 - Words: 16,879 - Reviews: 53 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 1/31/2004 - Published: 12/19/2002
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix reviews
In 2002, while awaiting the 5th book, we all conjectured on the meaning of the title "Order of the Phoenix." I devised 12 Ficlets, in 7 Chapters: far-fetched puns based on the fifth book title! In amazed response to the continued pestering of kind readers, my wandering brain found another, #12. Hope you enjoy.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 7 - Words: 6,126 - Reviews: 32 - Favs: 5 - Updated: 9/28/2003 - Published: 6/11/2002
Manager of:
Community: HP: Only Great Writing
Focus: Books Harry Potter