The title sounds a bit dramatic, I admit. But it’s true. I grew up reading Harry Potter, and it’s one of the series that made me the reader (and person) I am today. And I will always love the original 7-book series as they hold a special place in my heart.
My issues with the franchise and creator
But I can’t pretend like my love for Harry Potter hasn’t taken a hit in the past few years. The behavior of JKR has astounded me, and I no longer want anything to do with it. From liking transphobic stuff, to pretending there is any diversity in Harry Potter when there really isn’t, and keeping an abusive actor in the series because he’s famous. I can’t imagine any other reason to keep him in there other than his celebrity status considering he was only in the first movie for like 2 minutes and would be so easy to replace.
Don’t even get me started on The Cursed Child. I’m pretending that never happened.
I’ll be honest, I wrote this post before the trailer for the new Fantastic Beasts movie was released. I’m adding this extra part to it now, because once again JKR has blown my mind, and not in a good way. Apparently, Nagini has always been a cursed woman of color. So one of the only Asian characters in the series was apparently enslaved by Voldy and kept as a pet, milked by Wormtail and then beheaded by Neville. You’re kidding me, right? Right? This has got to be one giant cosmic joke!!
The point is, that I have started to ignore everything that happened after the release of the seventh book. My love for the 7 books will always be there, but that’s where it stops now.
However, this made me incredibly sad. There are so many aspects of the Wizarding World I still want to discover, and so many relationships to explore. Sadly, I no longer trust JKR with any of it. The last thing I want is more stories with exclusively straight, white and able-bodied characters. That’s where fanfiction comes in.
My love for HP fanfiction
I’ve previously written a post on fanfiction, and why I’ve fallen in love with it. If you want to read that one and discover my reasons for reading fanfic in general, feel free to check it out. Today, however, I want to focus on Harry Potter fanfiction, as it has kept my love for the original series alive.
I mentioned earlier that there are so many relationships I want to explore in the Wizarding World, and fanfiction has answered that call for me. I have fallen in love with pairings and ships JKR would never allow to be canon, but should’ve been in my opinion.
For example, Remus Lupin and Sirius Black. At this point, I’ve read so much fanfiction on their ship during their time at Hogwarts that it has become canon in my mind. There’s no way those two didn’t fall in love and you can’t convince me otherwise.
I’ve always wanted to read more about the Marauders in their Hogwarts time, because I think it would be both heart-wrenching and hilarious. Seeing young Remus battle with becoming friends with the Marauders and keeping his secret at the same time, James’ ridiculous behavior towards Lily, and Sirius’ love for the Potters and his motorbike -and Remus.
Fanfiction has filled this gap in with wonderful stories on Wolfstar, and has allowed me to imagine the lives of these wizards in a different and more concrete way. Remus and Sirius have become one of my favorite relationships, and nothing can take that away from me. Not even JKR.
The second aspect of fanfiction that I love, is that it adds the diversity that should’ve been included from the start. Harry being a person of color, him being bisexual, pansexual or gay (I’ve read them all), Draco being gay, Ginny and Luna being together… I just love it all.
Just like I pretend that screenplay never happened, I’m also pretending the epilogue never happened. Sorry, not sorry. I have read SO MANY Drarry fics that it too has become canon in my mind. Although I can be swayed to the Cedric/Harry ship too… There are so many beautiful LGBT+ stories with these characters out there, a lot of them far more realistic (to me) than the actual story’s ending.
Lastly, I adore the nuance fanfiction writers bring to Slytherin house. I feel like Slytherin was somewhat mistreated during the series, and has ended up seen as ‘the evil house’. It’s ridiculous. After all, Pettigrew was a Gryffindor, wasn’t he? The fact that fanfic brings the Slytherin characters to life, and allows them to redeem themselves, is something I will always love. I’ve read so many fics with Pansy and Blaise in them, that I’ve started to become attached to them as well.
Is fanfiction all good?
Of course not. There are so many fanfiction works out there in which the characters don’t feel authentic, or with really weird pairings and ships. Seriously, what is wrong with some of you?? There are stories with horrendous spelling and grammar mistakes too. So I’m not going to pretend it’s all rainbows and unicorns. It’s not. Once you know what to look for, however, a new world will open up to you.