Hello I am in my early fifties, I am an Engineer in Kansas. My wife and I have two beautiful daughters. One is a nurse and the other an Engineer. I am a big Harry Potter Fanfic fan. I am almost obsessed. I started about Jan 2013 reading Big bang stories and then moved to Harry Potter. I loved the HP series. I started reading it to my youngest when they first came out and got hooked. (She is an Engineer now – my how time flies). I hated the last two books, but read them anyway. JKR about ruined the series. That is the biggest reason I love FF. There are better authors, better characters and better stories.
To me there are three major issues with JKR. The biggest is Ron Weasley. He is a terrible character. This character is a mean, selfish, jealous, bigot with an inferiority complex. His main addition to the golden trio was to hold Harry back and further stunt his growth. His character was useful in the first two books, but should have been relegated to minor status as the other two matured. The second is the destruction of the Hermione character in book six. The third was the absolute mediocre wizarding power of Harry. Harry other than the third book and a little in the fourth and fifth was a lucky wimp. I do not believe he should be super powered, but at least in the top 1% by the time he is 17. I rarely like stories where the hero is just a lucky incompetent and without Hermione Harry is.
Most of fic’s I like address some or all of these issues. However there are some stories I try to avoid. The first being any HG/RW pairing. This alone can make a great story mediocre. Some authors can pull this off with great writing, changing Ron’s character or making Ron & Hermione minor characters. But in general this pairing ruins a story. The same for any story that has a Hermione betrayal. I am sorry that is just completely unbelievable. There are some AU’s that do OK but stories with this component usually suck. I never understand authors who go a ll AU and keep bad cannon relationships like Ron/Hermione and Tonks/Remus
What is funny is Harmony is not my favorite pairing. I do like it, but it falls behind Harry/Fleur and Harry/Susan Bones. I am not opposed to Harry/Ginny but Ginny needs some development. That is something JKR also missed. To me Fleur was one of the best underused characters in the Series. I think she would be one of the few who could truly understand Harry and all the artificial expectations of him. I also think Neville would be a better friend to Harry, since they would have significantly more in common. I am also surprised that Katie Bell is not more of a friend to Harry. To me that never made sense. Hermione/Neville is a decent pairing or almost anybody except Draco or Ron. However with some AU’s Draco can work, but not if the author keeps much cannon.
I am very impressed with the Authors. I have many favorites and I can no longer pick just one. There are so many very good ones, But Here are some of my favorites:
Thank You to all you who write it is a great joy to read. I have tried to write a couple of stories, but after I do I realize I have no talent for storytelling. I will just enjoy reading :)
I see people do a lot of like and dislikes so I will try
The imagination of JKR.
The last two books
Thanks FanFiction for the GREAT STORIES