Hi, I am a Scientist with a fanfiction reading hobby. One of my New Year Resolutions is to begin posting some of my own fanfiction on this site. (Hope I succeed). I currently frequent the Harry Potter Fandom.
I believe that fanfiction allows us to explore the numerous what-ifs in the fantastic books / movies / TV shows and gives us an avenue to keep the stories alive in our hearts.
I find it strangely amusing that the most negatively-toned reviews are almost always posted by those who have not yet published on this site. To all those whose stories I review / comment upon - if I forgot to add it in - I absolutely loved your story. Because if I did not like it, I would not have read it let alone review it :-) (Although, there are scores of stories I liked but haven't gotten around to reviewing them... yet!)
I admit it is hypocritical of me: I enjoy Harry Potter fanfiction with Dumbledore/Weasley bashing but I cannot stand Hermione bashing especially if the character does not redeem itself by the time the story ends. I guess I have a soft spot for bookworms.
I am at heart a HHr shipper (hey, he's the hero and she's the heroine of the story IMHO). I guess I just prefer stories where the hero and heroine act on an equal footing than stories where the hero's significant other is merely window dressing or just appears in scenes to give blazing looks. In a way, canon is a good thing... more fuel for fanfiction!
In fact, my default search setting for fanfiction is Harry Potter stories where Character (A) is Harry P and Character (B) is Hermione G. But I realize now that I miss dozens of excellent stories that way especially if a HHr story does not have Harry / Hermione as the two main characters. And I have found true gems even if they do not contain HHr romance. Hey, everyone has their tastes and we are fortunate to have such a large collection of HP fanfiction so as to cater to everyone's personal preferences.
August 2013 A random thought: I think that Severus Snape and Petunia Dursley deserve each other. Both hate one of Harry's parents, refuse to leave the past behind, and take it out on poor Harry.
October 2013 You know there are many a fanfiction with Marauders apologizing to Snape for their actions during Hogwarts. But what about Snape apologizing? After all you cannot clap with one hand... I find it hard to believe that Snape (going from the way he acted in his adulthood) was a defenseless lamb in his altercations as a Hogwarts student. Howsoever he was bullied, that does not give him the right to bully his students, especially Harry Potter. We only see Snape's memories and the canon is very clear about the fact that he is biased.. who is to say his memories only showed one side?
March 2015 I have read a few stories where Harry is raised by someone other than the Dursleys. When it is by the parents of one of his classmates, I have seen a pattern. Whenever it is someone in the magical world like the Bones, Greengrass, or even the Weasleys, Harry almost always gets paired with the daughter from that House. But when it is in the muggle world (mostly Grangers), Harry and Hermione become instant siblings with no chance for a romance. Why this double standard? Also, Harry being raised by the Weasleys is quite impractical since they already have an unusually large number of children (No other child in Harry's generation has that many siblings), and are already economically stretched (evident by the state of their vault).
One other observation... I am realising after reading numerous fan fiction with Luna Lovegood's so-called ability to see what other people do not. She may be a gentle soul and be bullied terribly, but I think her tendency to blurt out "truths" with zero empathy (how it might affect others, for example reveal someone's secret in public) makes her sound either foolish / touched in the head or vindictive and cruel at worst. Just wanted to air it out :-)