Harry Potter Fanfics – Mid-Length

This is a list of fan-fictions that I recommend. The criteria for this list are as follows:

  1. It must be a Harry Potter fan-fiction.
  2. It must be at least 1,500 words long.
  3. It cannot be longer than 14 chapters.
  4. It must be well-written.
  5. It may be canon-compliant, AU, slash, OOC or any other kind of story, so long as it fits the other criteria.

Anything But Ordinary by 0idontknow0
One-shot – 39,300 words
Harry/Ginny, Harry/Draco
Summary: “I got someone pregnant,” he said. “Draco Malfoy to be specific.”
Comment: This is an emotional story as it showcases the turmoil and hurt that result from infidelity, while highlighting the fact that, despite this, it is always better to follow your heart.

Per Tempus Discamus Amoris by greenisacolorto
13 Chapters
WIP – Last Updated 20/09/2015
Summary: When a misread spell sends Harry plummeting through time, where else would he end up but in the childhood of his worst enemy? HP/TR/LV Time Travel.
Comment: This is an enjoyable story thus far. I like that Tom still has the same character traits that allow him to become Lord Voldemort in the original timeline, only tempered by his affection for Harry. I also like that seeing Harry’s Slytherin characteristics as well as his own potential for darkness. I am highly interested to see where the author winds up going with this story.

Butterfly Goodbye by Darkravenwrote
One-shot – 3,270 Worlds
Summary: What do you want, Potter?” “I want to learn what it feels like to be normal. I want to be away from the pitying eyes of my friends and the awkward stares of my acquaintances. I want to feel alive before I die. I want to spend my last night living.”
Comment: This is a powerful and heartbreaking account of Harry’s last night and subsequent death told from Draco’s point of view and it left me feeling quite melancholy.

85124 by OccAmy Phyre
One-shot – 1,660 Words
No Pairings
Summary: The tattoo wasn’t a choice. It was forced on – forced through the screams of the needle, through the tears of his skin. He had no choice. Holocaust.
Comment: This is a short but powerful story that stayed in my mind long after reading it. It presents a possible alternative for Tom’s motivations and is really quite a compelling story.

Ruined In A Day by Net Girl
One-shot – 9,338 Words
No Pairings
Summary: Harry makes a foray into his own dark side … with shattering consequences.
Comment: This an interesting and well-written dark!Harry story. There are two sequels — Sea of Sin and Black Celebration.

Sea of Sin by Net Girl
One-shot – 9,805 Words
No Pairings
Summary: Sequel to Ruined In A Day. Harry continues his fall into darkness.
Comment: This is the second story in the Ruined In A Day trilogy and it is just as well-written and intriguing as the first story. The final story in the trilogy is Black Celebration.

Black Celebration by Net Girl
One-shot – 14,025 Words
No Pairings
Summary: Sequel to Ruined In A Day & Sea of Sin. Harry suspects Ron and Hermione know all of his secrets. Will he go to extremes to make sure they never tell a soul?
Comment: This is a fitting end to the Ruined In A Day trilogy and it left me feeling sorry for the Golden Trio, especially Harry.

Cherish by jamie2109
5 Chapters
Summary: Co written with son of darkness. Harry and Draco are separated and neither of them are happy about it. This is the story of their journey back to each other.
Comment: You will definitely need your tissues for this one. I cried all the way from the first paragraph to the last and even the epilogue wasn’t enough to make me smile.

Veritas Vos Liberabit by BloodyRose90
8 Chapters
Summary: One letter & one meeting leads to a romance and the changing of the world – but for who exactly? Contains Mpreg.
Comment: The later chapters of this story will have you on tenterhooks. The suspense damn near drove me crazy. This is definitely worth reading.

Harry Potter and the Strength of White by Wujjawoo
2 Chapters
Summary: Even when the world has turned against you and you have lost yourself and lost your way, you cannot deny who you are. Azkaban story.
Comment: This story is amazing. The descriptions of Harry’s insanity are very well-written and the prose is quite entrancing. This story has a sequel, Harry Potter and the Strength of White II.

Harry Potter and the Strength of White II by Wujjawoo
Oneshot – 14,592 Words
Summary: It’s hard to let go when you can’t decide whether you want to give up or keep on fighting. It’s hard to forgive people for things they didn’t really do.
Comment: This is the sequel to Harry Potter and the Strength of White. While it isn’t quite as good as the first one, it is still a good story. I particularly like Harry’s internal conflict about whether he wants to forgive his former friends or not, whether he wants to return to the wizarding world or not and whether he wants to live or die. I especially like the way the author is able to present Severus in a compassionate light without breaking character.

I have seen flowers come in stony places by Bridget & Trojie
One-shot – 29,862 Words
Harry/Draco, Hermione/Ron, Hermione/Viktor, Harry/Ginny, Draco/Astoria, Seamus/Dean
Summary: When Harry gets pregnant, of course he goes to Hermione and Ron for help. But the circumstances surrounding his little predicament start to cast doubt on things they all thought were settled long ago.
Comment: This is an incredibly thought-provoking story which delves deeply into the relationships between characters and the consequences of an unexpected, and unwanted, pregnancy. I really like how the relationship between Draco and Harry is portrayed. It isn’t sunshine and roses with an occasional spat like you so often see. This is definitely one of the better Drarry stories.

I Won’t See You Tonight by bentheslayer
One-shot – 4,891 Words
Summary: The War has ended, but not without casualties. A broken Harry visits Azkban in an attempt to find closure.
Comment: Devastating. That is the word that best describe this story. It is short but very powerful. You will definitely be needing your tissues for this one.

To Recollect the Future by oliver.snape
11 Chapters
No Pairings
Summary: Hindsight is 20/20, but when Harry’s last steps into the forest set him back further than he’d ever thought, he never realised how grateful he’d be to have Snape there to help too. Mentor/guardian fic, time travel, but not clichéd.
Comment: I was really impressed with the quality of this story. I enjoyed the understated way the relationship developed between Harry and Severus and I like that the whole time-travel thing didn’t magically fix all their problems, the way it does in so many other stories I have read. I will definitely be reading this again in the future.

Redefining Summer by loralee1
9 Chapters
No Pairings
Summary: Summer at the Dursleys has always meant Harry is overworked, under fed, and lonely, all Harry wants is a normal summer, what he gets is anything but normal.
Comment: This a fairly cliché independent Harry, manipulative Dumbledore story. However, it is still enjoyable to read. There is an unfinished sequel called Redefining Hogwarts.

Redefining Hogwarts by loralee1
7 Chapters
No Pairings
WIP – Last updated September 3, 2008
Summary: Sequel to Redefining Summer, Post OotP, no HBP or DH, independent Harry, no pairing, Harry returns to Hogwarts for his 6th year.
Comment: This is the sequel to Redefining Summer and it continues on at about the same quality as the first story. Unfortunately, it appears to have been abandoned.

Two Weeks in the Alley by BajaB
Oneshot – 12,075 Words
No Pairings
Summary: 13 years old, a vault full of gold, and two unsupervised weeks in Diagon Alley – What’s a boy to do? Summer before PoA AU, some adult themes.
Comment: This is a funny story. I particularly like when Harry gets banned from physically visiting his vaults after using the cart as a roller-coaster. It is also funny how everybody keeps lacing his food to fatten him up.

Communication by BlueSkyes101
Oneshot – 3,325 Words
No Pairings
Summary: On the night Dumbledore was supposed to die, Harry, instead of going to see Dumbledore, was driven to go see Snape by Felix felicis. …at 3AM. Oh, dear.
Comment: This story is hilarious! I can just picture Snape’s face while this is going on!

Xerosis by Batsutousai
11 Chapters
Summary: Harry’s world ends at the hands of those he’d once fought to save. An adult-Harry goes back to his younger self fic.
Comment: This is a well-written story that offers a rather unique solution to the whole muggles and wizards can’t get along dilemma. I like how this story, unlike many dark Harry stories, provides a very valid reason for Harry’s hatred of muggles (or mundanes, as he calls them). Had I lived to see the things he did, I would probably hate them also. I particularly like the way the story ends – so sweet.

War Begets Quiet by Telanu
One-Shot – 3,548 Words
Summary: Severus watches as Harry slowly succumbs to cancer.
Comment: This is one of those bitter-sweet stories that stays with you long after you read it. I like that it shows an aged Harry and Severus. For a relatively short story, this piece packs quite a punch. Best to pull out your tissue box. Telanu has also published a prequel called Noise, but for maximum impact, I recommend reading War Begets Quiet first.

Noise by Telanu
One-Shot – 3,153 Words
Summary: Prequel to War Begets Quiet (I recommend reading that first)
Comment: This story is just as heartbreaking as War Begets Quiet. Seeing Snape struggle with the fact that he would be losing Harry had me in tears. This author has true talent.

Radiation by Sailolee
One-Shot – 1,572 Words
Summary: Harry is sick. Ron is shocked. Hermione is worried. Draco’s just trying to hold on. Very sad, possibly triggering. Slash D/H Past mentions of MPREG.
Comment: This is a short but incredibly sad story that brought tears to my eyes.

Breaking Point by Littleforest
3 Chapters
No Pairings
Summary: When Snape is forced to search Little Whinging for a missing Harry Potter, the last thing he expects is to find the boy drunk, covered in bruises and close to giving up…
Comment: This is a rather poignant story about what happens when Harry reaches his breaking point. It could be classed as a mentor!Snape fic.

The Lord of Azkaban by padfootjr24
4 Chapters
Summary: Harry is sent to Azkaban for murder. Years later Dumbledore comes to release him but what he finds is nothing like what he was expecting. Dark and very unforgiving Harry
Comment: This is an interesting take on the whole Lord Azkaban storyline.

150 Things I am not allowed to do in Hogwarts by CaramelBoost
Oneshot – 2,779 Words
No Pairings
Summary: Molly Weasley, after getting tired of the tirade of complaints against her twins, has given Fred and George a list.. A list of things they are not allowed to do in Hogwarts upon penalty of death. Their reaction? Complete disbelief.
Comment: This story is hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing. My daughter kept giving me odd looks, I was laughing so hard!

I didn’t steal them! I liberated them! by lunakatrina
Oneshot – 1,519 Words
No Pairings
Summary: “What on Earth were you found doing in a drunken binge this time, Potter?””I was actually not drunk!” Harry exclaimed loudly and petulantly. “I actually did this of my own free and good will toward my fellow living thing.”
Comment: This story is unusual, but reading it had me in stitches.

The Poker Game by Enterprise1701-d
9 Chapters
Summary: Draco organizes a no-holds-barred poker game. Harry decides to compete…
Comment: This story is clichèd, but still worth reading.

Harry Potter Mercenary by DobbyElfLord
Oneshot – 27,402 Words
No Pairings
Summary: Harry Potter is sent to prison for a crime he did commit. Now they need their hero back but he’s lost all interest in saving them. They threw him away and now its going to cost them.
Comment: This is a lightly amusing story.

Be Good and Don’t make a Sound by Naatz
4 Chapters
No Pairings
Summary: How can Harry rush to the rescue when it’s his own dad who stands in his way, and Death Eater Severus Snape who needs his help?
Comment: This story shows the Marauders as bullies, so if you don’t like that kind of thing, you probably won’t like this. Having said that, this is a well-written and thought-provoking piece and I enjoyed reading it.

Fantastic Elves and Where to Find Them by evansentranced
12 Chapters
No Pairings
Summary: After the Dursleys abandon six year old Harry in a park in Kent, Harry comes to the realization that he is an elf. Not a house elf, though. A forest elf. Never mind wizards vs muggles; Harry has his own thing going on. Character study, pre-Hogwarts, NOT a creature!fic, slightly cracky.
Comment: This is a highly entertaining abandonment/independent Harry story. It has a sequel: The Handbook of Elf Psychology and a companion piece: Dobby the Almost No Longer Free House Elf.

Dobby the Almost No Longer Free Forest Elf by evansentranced
Oneshot – 3,381 words
No Pairings
Summary: Short companion piece for the Fantastic Elves and Where to Find Them and The Handbook of Elf Psychology. It’s exactly what it says on the tin, set after Harry’s freed Dobby and they’re out roaming the countryside again, but before the events of third year.
Comment: Cute and funny story about how Dobby was almost tricked into becoming a House Elf again.

Awkward Reunions by Rachelea
Oneshot – 1,530 words
No Pairings
Summary: Harry meets his cousin again after the Battle of Hogwarts is over and the war is won. So ‘family’ didn’t work out so well. Maybe they can be friends. (Note: doesn’t ignore Harry’s unhappy sixteen years with the Dursleys.)
Comment: This is a short but powerful story.


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