Best Harry Potter Fanfiction (2023)

Top 10 Harry Potter Fanfics

Harry Potter universe is phenomenally popular among fanfiction writers and readers. There are not only thousands of fan-written stories available to read online, but also multiple websites dedicated to hosting Harry Potter fics of all lengths and genres. It comes as no surprise that most stories are average at best, and many are incomplete. That being said, some HP fanfics are truly outstanding, and - dare I say it - rival the original in terms of how well thought-out and written they are.

Finding such stories is not easy. communities and the impressive collection at do help a lot, but it can still be a hit-and-miss affair. With that in mind, I created this page to share the best Harry Potter fanfics I've ever read.

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  1. This list is based on my personal opinion. Your taste might be different, and I'm sure I've missed plenty of good stories that I simply didn't have the pleasure of reading. You are more than welcome, however, to share own favorites in the comments.
  2. Some stories contain more mature themes compared to the original heptalogy. has its own content ratings system, so if you are concerned about content inappropriate for younger readers, make sure to check the story's rating first. Other websites mentioned here also have similar filters in place.
  3. I do my best to keep the reviews spoiler-free, but I'm not a great reviewer so they might contain some information beyond what is mentioned in the story's summary.
  4. All stories are complete unless stated otherwise. This does not include sequels (which may be complete or not). I've had to ignore some very promising fics, but it can't be helped as in all likelihood they will never be finished.

#1. Harry Potter and the Last Horcrux

Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance, Tragedy

Harry Potter and the Last Horcrux by Mike aka Full Pensieve is one of the most well-written, and the most realistic HP fanfic that I've ever read. When I say realistic, I mean it in terms of portrayal of the Second Wizarding War and how it affects the Muggles, the detail that went into expanding the Harry Potter world, and the actions and emotions of the characters. It is still very much a fantasy story, and magic plays a crucial part in it.

The story starts with more mature and grown-up characters making a last stand against Voldemort. The atmosphere is bleak and melancholic, but very believable unlike many other HP fics which attempt to be "dark". There is a certain balance, and hope is never lost.

Harry Potter and the Last Horcrux was started back in 2006, and was only recently completed. If you have read this story before, you might recall the two endings, one of which was unfinished. Thankfully, the author completely rewrote and finished the story, and you can now read the whole thing.

#2. Bungle in the Jungle

Genre: Action/Adventure

Bungle in the Jungle and its sequel Turn Me Loose by JBern are my long-time favorites. It was hard choosing between them and The Lie I've Lived by the same author, but the latter will be getting a sequel while Bungle is complete. Regardless, I highly recommend reading all of this author's stories if you enjoy well-written action and a confident, independent Harry. Rest assured: he doesn't become a badass with superpowers overnight. There's always a long road ahead of our hero at the beginning of the fic, but he gets there through hard work, will, and sheer determination. And if he does beat Voldemort, it's through a real battle rather than a lucky fluke!

It's not just action, either: JBern's take on animagery and a unique cursebreaking / warding system he created truly deserves praise.

P. S. if you enjoy jbern's writing style, you might be interested in his published works.

#3. Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Humor, Rational Fic

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Less Wrong is probably the most unique HP fanfiction piece in existence. It tells the story of a very different Harry Potter: brought up by his scientist stepfather and a loving aunt Petunia, the boy possesses an intelligent, inquisitive mind and a healthy bit of skepticism. That's why learning of Hogwarts and the existence of magic is such a shock to him. Harry, however, doesn't break down but rather approaches magic using logic and the scientific method. This is essentially a story of him trying to learn how magic works, and why do wizards do seemingly ridiculous things.

HPMOR is so popular that it has its own website, fanart, and a huge following (and for a good reason). At 122 chapters and a whopping 661k words, it will keep you occupied for days.

#4. Stages of Hope

Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Tragedy

The story of Stages of Hope by kayly silverstorm is as follows: a year and a half after Bill's and Fleur's wedding, Harry and his friends are still looking for the Horcruxes. Voldemort has taken over the Ministry, and most of the Order is dead. During the Horcrux search, a freak magical accident occurs which transports the group to an alternate dimension - similar to their own, but also subtly different.

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I thought I didn't like tragic / dark fics until I read this one. Then I realized that most authors just can't write this genre very well. Merely killing off your characters one by one does not make a tragic fanfic. You also need to create an emotional connection between the reader and the characters, and don't forget to show a glimmer of hope even in the darkest situations. Stages of Hope does this well. I felt genuinely sorry for the characters, but I also laughed at the occasional black humor. All-in-all, it's a very well-written and remarkably believable fic.

#5. White Knight, Grey Queen

Genre: Action/Adventure, Romance

Jeconais has written a number of stories that essentially follow the same formula: Harry meets a girl, she helps him gain confidence, the pair destroys their enemies and live happily ever after. And it works: the stories are certainly entertaining to read, and if you're a sucker for happy endings like I am, you will definitely be satisfied. My personal favorite from Jeconais is the White Knight, Grey Queen which is one of his longest works, and features some interesting characters and an unusual pairing (Harry/Pansy).

#6. A Black Comedy

Genre: Comedy, Action/Adventure

There's plenty of funny Harry Potter fan-fiction, but few stories are as well-written and imaginative as A Black Comedy by nonjon. In this story, a twenty-something Harry gets sucked through the Veil during a magical experiment. Surprisingly, it turns out to be a portal to an alternate dimension - one which Sirius entered before him. Reunited with his uncle, Harry makes it his mission to mess with the lives of his friends and enemies, and generally have fun. There's plenty of crude humor in this story, but it's not just mindless entertainment: A Black Comedy also features an interesting take on the Harry vs Voldemort conflict.

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#7. Harry Potter and the Wastelands of Time

Genre: Action/Adventure, Time Travel

Harry's determination to win against Voldemort leads him to making a pact with the devil (figuratively speaking). As a result, their conflict escalates until it threatens the very existence of our world. Harry gains new, fearsome powers, but also makes new enemies that are more dangerous than he could have imagined. This story is definitely epic in scope, but sometimes it's a bit all over the place which is why I haven't ranked it higher. Wastelands of Time is complete, and its sequel Heartlands of Time is in progress.

#8. Indifference and Neglect

Genre: Drama, Comedy

At first, Indifference and Neglect might seem like nothing more than Harry acting cold or lashing out at everyone. You will soon realize that this isn't like most angst fics though: it's more the case of Harry simply deciding to stop giving a damn. Everyone expects something of him or wants to control his life, and the young wizard has had enough. This decision has unexpected consequences in the second half of the story.

Even though it is serious for the most part, Indifference and Neglect has some funny moments as well. The fic has plenty of confrontations, but not a lot of action.

#9. Harry Potter And The Summer Of Change

Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance

Fans of the Harry/Tonks pairing will surely enjoy Harry Potter And The Summer Of Change by Lord Dwar. It is a gritty and often grim story of Harry growing stronger and taking control of his own life. I definitely enjoyed Lord Dwar's version of Harry who is no longer content with getting by on luck alone, and tries to improve himself and actually learn from his mistakes. On the other hand, I felt that Harry's character was changing too fast when I was reading the story. He definitely doesn't become a mighty, confident wizard overnight, but 3 months of summer is still a very short time to essentially become an adult.

#10. Apprentice Potter

Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance

One of the best Harry Potter fanfics I've ever read is Apprentice Potter by Draco664. Hunted by the Death Eaters, at odds with the Ministry, and not seeing eye-to-eye with the so-called "Light Side", Harry finds an unexpected ally who takes him on as an Apprentice. The story is remarkably well-written, believable, and entertaining. It also features a rather unusual Harry/Blaise pairing (Blaise is a girl in this story).

I would have loved to rank this fanfic higher in my list since I enjoyed it a lot. Sadly, while Apprentice Potter and its first sequel Journeyman Potter are complete, the third installment Master Potter is unfinished and seems to be abandoned. I still think it's worth a read, and the first two fics stand well on their own.

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UD on August 07, 2020:

I like the last hocrux. My other favorites are Marauder's plan on top, Harry Crow, It could have gone that way and blindness. Yes you guessed it right i am harmione shipper. Take a cookie

Taliesin on May 01, 2020:

I was really missing My Immortal in this list ;D

Anthony on September 18, 2018:

I really enjoy Canon harry (young, stupid but somewhat street smart, powerful but not terribly so) harry/fleur harry/gabby stories that have the relationship emotionally developed and not forced together through magic. What i would really like to see though, is that story, eventually lead into somekind of Dark Harry/Dark Fleur/Gabby story.

JacklynC on January 24, 2018:

I chose other because I love a lot of different fabrics but especially dramione ones like 'in the arms of her dragon'

ohno on January 24, 2018:

for the vote i chose other because i love all except for OBHWF (Harry/Ginny & Hermione/Ron ships), Soul Bounds or Veela Bonds and Crossovers

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Cycle on December 16, 2017:

SMall correction ...HPMOR is complete ...

MalfoyMTM on August 29, 2017:

Harry Crow - awesome story

Ariel1999 on August 29, 2017:

I agree with some of the other commenters' additions, especially Child of Hogwarts series - which is currently in book three and really has been great; and Backwards with Purpose. Both of these authors are fantastic in perfectly capturing JKR's classic tone, especially the Child of Hogwarts series.

CrazyGuy on July 15, 2017:

The Marauders Plan, Harry Crow, and A Chance Encounter are my 3 favorites

John on July 07, 2017:

James Potter and the Hall of Elders Crossing is amazing. By far the best HP fanfic ive read and I'm pretty sure JK praised this series herself. Theres like 5 books in the series too so a lot of content, definitely check this one out

reya on June 28, 2017:

i am almost offended c'est la vie by cywscross isnt posted on here, but i will assume that's because its on archive of our own and not fanfiction.


Jiliane on June 15, 2017:

I personally want to see some Harry/Hermione, Neville/Ginny, Ron/Luna tics...

Leila on June 04, 2017:

I love reading OC stories, and I mostly use wattpad to read them aswell.

I especially love it when the main character is a Hufflepuff.

I'm certainly gonna be checking out some of these, but meanwhile, you should try Tightly Knit {Fred Weasley} by kmbell92 because it's an extremely well written story on wattpad and it has its own series aswell and her books are tied together.

nethra on April 19, 2017:

A Study in Magic by Books of Change is another gem of a fic!! It's an AU that crosses over seamlessly with sherlock and even has several OCs which I'm attached to just as much as the canon characters, sometimes more so. it's well written with some good character development and is novel length. A Study in Magic is completed, but its sequel is still a WIP with the last update sometime last week (but totally worth any wait guys)

Jayjay27 on March 07, 2017:

Hi ive been looking for a fanfic story i read a while ago i cant seem to find it anywhere! Hopefully someone would be able to tell me the name or where i can reread it..

Its about a girl named Hope shes from America and going to transfer to Hogwarts i believe in their 6th year her parents are killed she finds her moms diary it turns out shes Sirius daughter....anything sound familiar its such a great story i would love to reread it again anyone have any idea??? Let me know please

Katiekat on March 02, 2017:

Commentarius by B.C. Daily. It's not finished yet, but it's legit one of the most freaking hilarious things you will ever read in your life. It's 700,000+ words, but so totally worth it.

It's a Maurader's era fanfic, and it's from the point of view of Lily Evans, in a hilariously witty, self-deprecating and often slightly insane diary format. I'm in love with this protrayal of Lily. Often she's seen as this pure, perfect flower, either too stuck up or too wonderful. Comm. Lily is funny, flawed, a compulsive liar, brilliantly mad, and suffering from a slight Inferiority Complex. Not to mention James is wonderful. He's hilarious (all characters are in Comm, in one way or another), not tooo prank oriented, really cares about people, and has his own character faults and scars.

This may seem like a daunting read, but the action doesn't let up for one minute. There's not much of Voldemort/Death Eaters/war, but it's engaging, and shows a lot of how people tried to deny it's existence for so long, even when things were so terrible. It's a light, wonderful, read, and despite it's enormity, I finished it in a week, and I've read is six times since then. Not even kidding. It's that good.

And honestly, if you need just one more reason to read this...

Milk. Read it for the milk. And James Potter's hilarious obsession with Infallible.


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hpfan on December 17, 2016:

Harry Potter and the Prince of Slytherin by the Sinister Man

Literally one of the best WBWL stories I've ever read. Updates are a bit slow, but it's still updating and over 500k words.

For Hogwarts: A Regency Gamble by Subversa

Really good Sevmione fic. Like really good.

The Best Revenge by Arsinoe de Blassenville

Super cute and well-written Snape-rescues-Harry fic. It has a sequel and a happy ending!

Mudsnake by Flye Autumne

One of the rare Slytherin!Hermione fics. Reimagines a past for Hermione. Emotional at times, and superbly written

Gabriel by Shikatanai

Exquisitely written, hasn't been updated for over a year :'(

anonymous on December 02, 2016:

The Backwards with Purpose series by deadwoodpecker is exquisite. What makes it so, is that the characters are written so true to form, that it is nearly indistinguishable from Rowling's.

T on September 21, 2016:

The gypsy caravan

The queen who fell to earth & its sequels

These r absolutely gorgeous fics

MichelleMarie on August 25, 2016:

Just found this...

I like your choices, but the BEST fanfic out there right now in my opinion is the "Child of Hogwarts" series by AimeretVivre. They're new, the author only just starting posting in March or April or something, but the first volume (The Lion, the Snake and the Chamber) is complete and around 220,000 words, and the second (The Marauder Legacy) is already well underway. The writing is fantastic and the fic is perfect for those people who like something that is written in the style of Rowling (this author could honestly ghost for her, their styles are so simmilar) and compatible with the characters and world she's created. Child of Hogwarts follows canon pretty closely at times, but makes divergences that build and grow over the course of the story. The book is also written from several POV characters, which makes even the parts we've seen in Rowling's books new and interesting again. The author doesn't rush any of the story or character development, and it runs the gambit from action to emotional to intellecutual and back again... really a great set of stories.

Harry has a couple of mentors, but Dumbledore is the main mentor figure (with some McGonagall and some Snape in Book 1, and now some Lupin in book 2). I think the sequel is even better than the first so far, as she has started to incorporate scenes from the first war too. And the updates are really fast. There aren't any Harry pairings yet because he's still about 13 in the story... it's hard to tell at this point where the author plans to go on that front.

VeeMo on August 11, 2016:

The Inquisitors Son... hands down the best nextgen Scoripus/LilyLuna fic EVER

AsuiKitsune on August 11, 2016:

You forgot "My Immortal", in my years of reading fanfiction, i can safely say that this is one of the best fanfics I've ever read. It has a great blend of character interaction, love, and drama.

Anonymous on July 24, 2016:

Secrets of Midnight by lizzy0305 is one of my favorites. It is a slash with Harry/ Severus and has some syntax errors due to the authors native language not being English. It is also very explicit, but if you like that you will enjoy the story. Wink, wink.

MAC on July 06, 2016:

my immortal obviously

Liesmeli on June 25, 2016:

I actually haven't read any of these stories. My absolute favourite story has Hermione as main character and it's about time travel. It's not a fix-it, though. It's called 'The Debt of Time' by Shayalonnie on Fanfiction.

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I read all 154 chapters in 1,5 days. It's that good!

Anonymous on June 12, 2016:

Harry Potter and the Prince of Slytherin

robert on June 04, 2016:

wrong boy who lived stories where harry is negelted by the potters but is badass

TheVth on May 30, 2016:

Saving Connor is amazing. It's a Harry/Twin as Savior fic, which while awful in so many stories is beautiful in this one. The characters are complex, with personal goals and actual development. The writer, Lightning on the Wave, creates a world of culture and history in which Harry must grow in and become his own person. It's a fascinating story with an accurate take on the consequences of childhood abuse, while allowing the characters to move past it and become strong in their own rights. If you haven't read it, you're missing out.

EzekielHawk on April 11, 2015:

A great bunch of fan fiction

Thanks for the list, Carny!

Spirality on March 14, 2014:

Make a Wish by Rorschach's Blot is a classic

boa11kfh on August 24, 2013:

I've read number 3 already and quite liked it. I've read several where Petunia gets a different husband.

anonymous on June 26, 2013:

Most of those are among my favorites, so chances are our tastes are similar. I'll share a few more, pretty old ones and perhaps a bit more obscure. Hope someone enjoys them:

- Kate Lynn: The Broken Victory

- rabbit and -v-Jinx-v: Balance

- BJH: A Fairy Tale Ending

- rainhawke: Harry Potter and the Year of Living Stupidly

complicatedgurl on February 20, 2013:

Thanks, I have been looking for more fanfiction of harry potter. I just miss it so much!

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anonymous on November 25, 2012:

The Life and Times by Jewels5 is far and away the best fanfiction I've ever read. It's James/Lily and covers their 6th and 7th years at Hogwarts. It's not finished yet, but has a huge fandom of its own and is over 600,000 words. It takes fanfiction to a different level.

anonymous on November 09, 2012:

You've forgotten The Marriage Stone by Josephine Darcy. It's incomplete, has been for years, but is the BEST fanfic under the slash genre EVER.

anonymous on September 30, 2012:

You should add Not Your Typical Love Story by Bookwormlovesharrypotter. It's my favorite Rose/Scorpius stories.

anonymous on September 15, 2012:

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What is the most popular fanfiction ever? ›

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Is JK Rowling against fanfiction? ›

Another notable author who supports fanfiction is J.K. Rowling, who has said that she is “very flattered by the fact there is such great interest in her "Harry Potter" series and that people take the time to write their own stories.” However, she is also on the side of the authors who are hesitant to support fanfiction ...

What is the longest fanfiction ever? ›

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What does K+ mean in fanfiction? ›

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What is the oldest story on fanfiction net? ›

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What is the most popular fandom ship in the world? ›

As this quick study shows, though Snarry (Snape/Harry) dominates on FF.Net, it's followed by the straight ship Dramione (Draco/Hermione). On AO3, however, Snarry, Drarry (Draco/Harry) and Remus/Sirius – all slash ships – are far more popular than Dramione.

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What is the most popular FIC on AO3? ›

Meet the most controversial fic on AO3. Since it first appeared in October 2019, “Sexy Times With Wangxian,” or STWW, has become notorious across AO3. That in itself is unusual, because most AO3 users stick to their own fandoms and don't pay much attention to what's happening in others.

What happened to Harry Potter fanfiction? › initially opened in 2001, and as of 2021 contained over 85000 works by nearly 40000 authors. HPFF was no longer able to sustain itself financially, so the stories are being transferred to AO3 to save the many stories written by authors no longer with us.

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How many Harry Potter fanfictions are there? ›

On FanFiction.Net, there are over 834,000, while Archive of Our Own has over 300,000 fan fictions on Harry Potter as of August 2021. There are numerous websites devoted solely to Harry Potter fan fiction.

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