Friday, October 7, 2016

Guest post: 5 Harry Potter fan fiction stories to lose yourself in

And now, for something completely different and fun.

I’d like to welcome entertainment and culture writer, Cassie to my blog today. Cassie, who writes features for Culturecoverage.com, has stopped by to chat about a topic that’s both a guilty pleasure and indulgence of mine. Fan fiction.

Not just any fan fiction though. Fanfic from one of my favourite fictional universes – Harry Potter.

I could write essays on my love for HP fanfiction, but perhaps it’s better if I save that for another day and hand over to Cassie who is stopping by to tell us about the HP fan fiction that she highly recommends you check out (if you haven’t already, that is)!

With Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it may seem like we’re never going to see the end of the Harry Potter universe, even though Rowling has promised she’s not going to write anymore of Harry’s story.

Just because we’ve got Pottermore to fall back on, I can’t help falling in love with fan-made stories whenever I get the tinge to revisit Hogwarts, and since you’re readers of Tammy’s blog, I bet you guys are too. Now, while I admit these are personal favorites, and I have my opinion, I suggest you check these out and at least give them a chance!

1.    Bungle in the Jungle by jbern

I’ll admit I read this one because I loved the name, but “Bungle in the Jungle,” and it’s sequel, “Turn Me Loose” has turned into one of my favorite fanfic series of all time. 

Centering on a confident, independent Harry, these stories really capture the hero Harry truly is and all the hard work it took to turn him into the bold and brave character we know and love. His fights with Voldemort are intense to read and immensely satisfying. The curse-breaking storytelling is one of a kind and at the height of awesome.

2.    Dumbledore’s Army and the Year of Darkness by Thanfiction

If you, like me, ever wondered what the rest of Dumbledore’s Army was doing while Harry, Ron and Hermione were out hunting for Horcruxes or, more importantly, how Neville turned into such an awesome hero, then this fanfic is for you.

For the backstory of what was happening at Hogwarts during the Horcrux quest, “Dumbledore’s Army and the Year of Darkness” is your exposé with some of the best characters who never got enough spotlight in the books.

3.    Harry Potter and the Last Horcrux by Mike

I love “Harry Potter and the Last Horcrux” because it just feels so real, and I still think it’s one of the best fanfics ever written and certainly the best Harry Potter fanfic out there.

The great thing this story does is it expands the universe of the Wizarding World, and it describes exactly how the wizarding wars affected the Muggles (which is something that really interests me, being the Muggle that I am!). Full of magic, fantasy and the great storytelling we trust Rowling for, this is one fanfic I love as much as the original series itself—it’s that good.

4.    My Immortal by Tara Gilesbie

While it sounds like an Evanescence knockoff, the similarities between the popular song and Harry stop with the title. Widely regarded as both the best and the worst of Harry Potter fanfic everywhere, “My Immortal” is about a vampire witch named Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way who loves Good Charlotte concerts and hanging out with Draco Malfoy.

Sure, the crossover pop culture references may leave half of you rejoicing and the other half cringing, but all in all, “My Immortal” is a great read for laughs.

5.    Harry Potter and the Wastelands of Time by joe6991
 

For readers who think Rowling didn’t exhaust the magical creature arsenal, “Harry Potter and the Wastelands of Time” makes a deal with the devil—yes, the actual devil.

When Harry’s quest to fight Lord Voldemort leads him to make a trade of his soul for fearsome new powers, the battle with Voldemort gets deadly and leads Harry to make new enemies more fearsome than he could have imagined. The great thing is once you finish it, there’s a sequel in the making for avid fans.

For Harry Potter fans everywhere, I definitely recommend these fan fictions, and I hope you respond with recommendations of your own! I’m always on the search for the next great Harry Potter story, and I’m sure you are too.

Comment with your favorite fan fictions stories, and I’ll get to reading them right away!
 

*Reader tip! Since all of these are read online, you might have some trouble pulling them up if you’re not in the U.S. If you’re reading from international waters and can’t access these stories because of geo-blockers, try creating a secure, untraceable connection with a Virtual Private Network. It will let you access from anywhere!

About the Author: Cassie is a Harry Potter junkie and lover of all things Hogwarts. When not planning her next Harry Potter World adventure, she’s totally tied up with being a total book nerd! She hopes you enjoy these stories as much as she did!

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