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21 "Harry Potter" Fanfictions To Read Before You Die

Because the magic never has to end.

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community for the best fan fiction they ever read, and Harry Potter fans delivered. Here are fics Potterheads should check out:

1. Harry Crow by robst

Warner Bros.

Word count: 737,000

Rating: PG-13

Author Summary: "The Dursleys are excruciatingly normal. They were just plain ordinary people, trying to live their orderly lives. Why should they take what they consider an abnormal freak into their home? This is so not a crossover fic."

"If Harmony is your OTP this a MUST." —irisibethcamarenah

2. H J Potter by S.M wane

Word count: 563,028

Rating: R

Author Summary: "Who would expect that sharing a simple kiss with his best friend was all it needed to begin a journey far beyond his greatest imagination? Soul-bond fic."

"Probably one of the best 'soul-bond' Harry Potter fics I've ever read." — Jessica Herbert, Facebook

3. The Paradigm of Uncertainty by Lori

Word count: 121,492

Rating: PG-13

Author Summary: "Nine years after graduating from Hogwarts, Charms fellow Hermione Granger again finds herself caught up in Harry Potter's mysterious life."

—Gregg N Crystal Conrad, Facebook

4. Isolation by Bex-chan

Warner Bros.

Word count: 278,881

Rating: R (Mature content and themes, explicit language)

Author Summary: "He can't leave the room. Her room. And it's all the Order's fault. Confined to a small space with only the Mudblood for company, something's going to give. Maybe his sanity. Maybe not. "There," she spat. "Now your Blood's filthy too!" DM/HG. PostHBP."

"It's the most believable Dramione one I've read, and I've liked it so much that I actually re-read it a few times! I just think she dealt with the Mudblood prejudices really well." — Katy English, Facebook

5. Macbeth by cyropi

Word count: 120,000

Rating: PG-13

Author Summary:"'Come what come may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day.' Voldemort's second rise to power and a part in Shakespeare's infamous Scottish Play make this fitting for Hermione – especially when she discovers a darker side to Draco Malfoy. PreHBP."

"If you're a Shakespeare and Dramione lover, you'll enjoy this one." —lovelyc3

6. We Learned the Sea by luckei1

Word count: 201,007

Rating: PG-13

Author Summary: "Draco Malfoy turns himself in after a very successful career as a Death Eater, then enlists Harry and Hermione to help him in a scheme to bring down the Dark Lord. DHr. A story of forgiveness."

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7. Cruel and Beautiful World by Lena Phoria

Word count: 422,070

Rating: R

Author Summary: "After years of captivity, Hermione Granger fights her way onto the streets of Voldemort's London with only the knife in her pocket and the blood on her hands. There's a checkpoint on every corner, a curfew enforced by Voldemort's most trusted followers, and the only way back to the Boy Who Lived is through the Death Eater responsible for her capture in the first place."

Reeeeese

8. Draco Malfoy, It's Your Lucky Day by faithwood

Warner Bros.

Word count: 37,382

Rating: R

Author Summary: "Even though he's unarmed, injured, lost in the Forbidden Forest, and facing a possible murder charge, Draco Malfoy gets lucky."

"Considered to be classic." — haniii

9. Cunning and Ambition- Book One by MinaAndChao

Word count: 50,017

Rating: PG-13

Author Summary: "Harry Potter has found out he's a wizard and is on his way Hogwarts. He is found by a boy on the train. Who knew one simple sentence and one simple gesture could change history? A Slytherin!Harry AU."

kathyr19

10. A Determined Frame of Mind by Lomonaaren

Word count: 101,603

Rating: R

Author Summary: "HPDM slash, sequel to A Reckless Frame of Mind. Draco and Harry now face the might of the Ministry in an attempt to discover who cast the Cassandra Curse on Harry. Add in Harry's trust problems, and it's a good thing Draco's confident."

hanniii

11. The Shoebox Project by dorkorific and ladyjaida

Warner Bros.

Word count: 231,325

Rating: R

Author Summary: "Part One; The Letters of Summer, '75. Sirius Black to Remus Lupin. August Fifteenth, Summer of 1975."

"So funny and so well done! It's Remus/Sirius told through notes and letters. I really hope everyone reads this, I love it more than the HP books. MORE THAN THE BOOKS, PEOPLE." — haywright43

12. Stealing Harry by copperbadge

Word count: 99,937

Rating: R (Graphic Violence, Child Abuse)

Author Summary: "In an alternate universe where Sirius Black never went to Azkaban, Harry divides his life between the Dursleys' house and Mr. Black's bookshop -- until Sirius realises what the Dursleys are doing to him, and takes him away from their care."

— Cara Liebowitz, Facebook

13. Very Bad Things by freudian fuckup

Word count: 58,832

Rating: PG-13

Author Summary: "On the list of Very Bad Things Sirius Black has done, Snogging Moony In a Bathroom is really only eighth or ninth."

"I don't read fanfiction too often, but this one is a story even those who don't enjoy it will absolutely love regardless." —haleym4714e6dc6

14. That the Science of Cartography is Limited by Rave

Word count: 7,364

Rating: R

Author Summary: "The whole thing is silly and illogical. There has to be a rhythm. There has to be a sense. Because there are things that make sense about living, and you can't come to a logical conclusion from an illogical premise, it doesn't work like that."

"All the Remus feels." —Anna Menta

15. The Life and Times by Jewels5

Warner Bros.

Word count: 613,762

Rating: R

Author Summary: "She was dramatic. He was dynamic. She was precise. He was impulsive. He was James, and she was Lily, and one day they shared a kiss, but before that they shared many arguments, for he was cocky, and she was sweet, and matters of the heart require time."

This fic is incomplete.

"It hasn't been updated in over two years, and my heart is crying." — mariarokkem

16. Queen of the Crunk by Lobotomised

Word count: 78,241

Rating: PG-13

Author Summary: "He asked her to Hogsmeade one hundred and thirty seven times. Then he stopped. And now Lily Evans has to battle her own fat mouth and mad head and the probability that number one hundred and thirty eight's going to have to be on her if she wants James Potter to ever smile her way again. Oh dear."

xxheartxxfingers

17. Commentarius by Beedaily

Word count: 739,666

Rating: PG-13

Author Summary: "Lily has always considered herself ordinary. But as she enters her 7th year, things start changing and Lily starts going a bit mad. Suddenly, she's Head Girl, her mates are acting strangely, and there's a new James Potter she can't seem to get rid of. PRE-HBP."

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18. When Luna Met Rolf by uptowngirlinlove

Warner Bros.

Word count: 94, 692

Rating: PG-13

Author Summary: "Luna moves to Dorset, following her graduation, to work as assistant and apprentice of the famous naturalist Newt Scamander, whom she admired from childhood. It is there that she becomes the sudden interest of Rolf, the spoiled, yet most handsome grandson of her mentor, and where she falls madly for him."

"It has the length of a book (so you have to commit) but it is like reading a Harry Potter sequel; it really maintains the language and spirit of J.K. Rowling. " —mallorys13

19. Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness by Thanfiction

Warner Bros.

Word count: 247,715

Rating: R (Graphic Violence, Death, Underage)

Author Summary: "A novel following Neville Longbottom and the students left behind at Hogwarts while Harry and the Trio were off hunting Horcruxes in Deathly Hallows. The first novel in the Daydverse Trilogy."

"It's pretty canon-divergent, and a little gory, but SO WORTH IT. I wish I could print it out, bind it, and put it on the shelf next to the rest of my HP books." —rachofsunshine

20. Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky

Word count: 661,619

Rating: PG-13

Author Summary: "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."

"It is like actually getting to go back to Hogwarts for the very first time, and getting to bring your intelligence along!" —alyssb

21. Promises Unbroken by Robin4

Word count: 170,882

Rating: PG-13

Author Summary: "Sirius Black remained the Secret Keeper and everything he feared came to pass. Ten years later, James and Lily live, Harry attends Hogwarts, and Voldemort remains…yet the world is different and nothing is as it seems. AU, updated for HBP."

"A well written and epic Marauder Harry Potter story" —amj205

Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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