When I need to de-stress – which is rather a lot of late, thanks to the work location (things are improving, but not anything resembling “good”, thanks to my medical issues interacting… poorly with the workplace), I’ll go trawling fanfiction for interesting, entertaining, and preferably funny pieces.
Since these are stressful times for all, I figured I’d share some of my finds with y’all – remembering of course that humor is very much an individual thing and one person’s wet-yourself-funny is another’s “meh”.
Now sure, these are not all paragons of writerly virtue. There are typos, incorrect words, interesting grammar… Also quite often bizarrely out-of-character behavior (although the best ones don’t do this, they just use bizarrely out-of-character events). What they are, without exception, is funny.
Floo Flashers – The surviving, more or less free sort-of-former Death Eaters gather to drown their sorrows in copious quantities of alcohol and indulge in what little rebellion they can. Pantsless floo calls ensue. I nearly died of oxygen deprivation while reading this because I couldn’t stop laughing. This particular piece is a fine example of drawing just enough of the picture to let you visualize everything.
What Wizards Want – In order to make his first Horcrux irresistible to the unsuspecting wizard, Tom Riddle does not use a diary. This piece is effectively a story wrapped around a punchline, and again, had me damn near dead from laughing.
Harry Potter and the Improbable Use of Chaos Theory – Minerva McGonagall, Esme Weatherwax, Gytha Ogg, and Greebo. At Hogwarts. With scumble. This pretty much sums it up.
The Substitute – Steve Irwin, Professor of Care of Magical Creatures. He as well as the Hogwarts staff are beautifully in character, which adds to the fun.
Make A Wish – Take a Harry Potter who figures he’s not going to survive to graduate and decides to spend what he expects will be his last summer touring the world and having fun, a series of improbable coincidences using the basic conceit of the The Man Who Knew Too Little, a lot of canon-faithful bits and pieces, and a whole lot of bizarre plot twists, and you’ve got nearly 200k words of mostly-hilarious shenanigans.
The Nekkid Quidditch Match – Characterization? Meh. Plot? If you spread it any thinner it would disappear. By my god the imagery and snarkasm, all of it delivered with perfect timing.
Do feel free to add your own gems (fandom is up to you – I just happen to have been reading Harry Potter fanfics lately) for everyone to enjoy. Or possibly generate hilarity-induced incontinence.
Fanfic is one of those areas that I just can’t get into.
Which is entirely your prerogative.
I have decided that you need to be a much bigger Harry Potter fan than I in order to enjoy potter fanfic.
If we all liked the same things life would be terribly dull – I’m quite sure you’re not the only person to feel that way.
And think what a haggis shortage there would be…..
There is some really excellent Potter fanfic out there–and not just the funny stuff, either.
But yes, there is a LOT of drek that has to be waded through to find it. Which is why I find TV Tropes and their fanfic recs to be a godsend. I don’t always like their recommendations, but I have found some really excellent fanfic in all kinds of fandoms from there.
(And discovered it because one of my own fics got recommended there, on the Doctor Who rec page. Which I found quite flattering! 😀 )
An excellent HP fanfic (not funny, but well crafted) is The Benefits of Old Laws, by ulktante (https://archiveofourown.org/works/10691892?view_full_work=true).
Currently at 567k words (71 chapters), this starts after the end of the Tri-Wizard tournament (book 4), and works from the premise that the fragments of Voldie’s soul haven’t gone to the hereafter, but have been lingering on this plane. When Voldie returns to a body, he not only has the fragment of soul that was contained in the destroyed horcrux, but absorbs the other lingering fragments as well.
Bookmarked… Damn, that one is going to take a while to work through, but judging from the opening I’m not going to get bored by it.
Kudos to you – yes, the TVTropes rec lists can point to some pretty awesome fics
At fanfiction.net one of the things I use to find good fics is the author’s favorite stories list. Usually if i like an author’s work I have a good chance to like stories they favorite.
Oh, yes. The same goes for AO3.
Yeah, basically most of my reading this past half year (which is what I can most easily reconstruct) is from following the favorites of drakensis, Marcus Galen Sands, rgm005 on FFN, and Vathara on AO3, and trying out the stuff that looks interesting.
::furiously scribbles down nameds::
Thanks, Bob! 😀
My current most eagerly followed fic is drakensis’ Davion and Davion (deceased).
The Severus Snape Fan Club. Harry decides to get revenge on Snape by starting a fan club. Everyone joins in enthusiastically. Writing .. meh.. concept and basic execution: FUN.
I’m especially fond of the t-shirts.
Given that chapter 1 had me laughing out loud… oh my. Bookmarked.
Harry Potter and the Natural D20 A visitor from another world appears. Milo iirc is from a world where the D&D rules (not the edition I know, first) are exactly correct, are known to the characters, and are vigorously gamed by the characters. Note Hermione being highly annoyed that Milo does not have to open a book to know everything in it.
The same location has a prior Harry Potter fanfic that was highly praised by Rowling. Can’t remember the title, though.
Bookmarked that one. The fourth wall breaking is particularly entertaining in the opening.
Draco accidentally saves the world, much to his own embarrassment.
Freaking hilarious short.
Indeed… Another bookmark, although this one I can read in one sitting.
Oh you kid!
Success level “Y” fanfic can be hilarious if you can keep from vomiting.
Argh. I have the notes but not the time for even the highlights of stuff I read over the past year. And my reading this year is cut back compared to what I’ve done in the past.
I haven’t read heavily in Potter for years.
I’m partial to rabbit&jinx’s Slytherin Study Group stories – Slytherin’s counterpart to the Marauders, with some wonderful clashes between the two groups. Go to the link below and start at the bottom with the first one
I look forward to checking out your suggestions. ^_^
Oh my… the sheep!
My favorite story is the climatic one where the SSG and the Marauders are forced, as punishment, to work together to clean Hagrid’s barn. You can imagine how that one goes.
Oh, yes… That’s truly a case of “how much can go wrong in the space of a day”.
My teenager has several suggestions –
to the Potter fanfic list: The Seventh Horcrux, a “freakingly hilarious story” where Harry really thinks he’s Voldy and among other things wanders around wearing his invisibility cloak always. I have it tagged mentally as the one where Harry advises Umbridge that smirking and wearing pink is only inoffensive when you’re five. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10677106/1/Seventh-Horcrux
And in crossovers, department, readable even if you don’t know the thing crossed: There May Be Some Collateral Damage by metisket. Ichigo from Bleach is bodyguarding Harry in year 5. I started reading of the kid’s shoulder about the time I heard chortling over “soul splitter guy” and “Whack-a-mole”. I knew nothing about Bleach, but it didn’t matter. http://archiveofourown.org/works/5030443
Also a Bleach/Potter crossover: My Father Isshin. Harry is adopted by Ichigo’s father.
A non-Potter Bleach crossover thing: Seeing Shinigami: Steve Rogers had always seen the flickers…
Potter crossed with the anime Slayers: Surprise! Harry’s got a Grandma! Lina Inverse is Harry’s grandmother and turns up after third year.
Not all Tolkien fanfic is graffiti on the Mona Lisa – Alizarin: https://archiveofourown.org/works/7766659, which I found and sent to the kid with “feanorians at home” as the description. Feanor decides to invent synthetic dye.
” Father,” he asked, with the air of someone who can see the avalanche coming but not avoid it, “why is our kitchen full of sea-snails?”
Briefly distracted by the presence of his wife, Fëanor’s attention instantly snapped back. He beamed.
“I am so glad you asked that question, Maitimo. Did you know, there’s a sort of dye called murine, terribly expensive, Father wears it sometimes, and the Telerin ambassador was telling me no artificial process could possibly replicate it – “
“Yes, they secrete it when distressed. I’m not entirely certain how one distresses a sea-snail, but I expect we can manage to contrive something. ”
Others worth a look on Ao3:
Unwanted Advice has Feanor haunting Elrond. And the Splintered Light series by arrogantemu among other things has a look at Gandalf’s strategic Hobbit deployment in Valinor. And the enormous, but very readable Leithian Script, which really brings Noldor to life, even when they’re in the Halls of Mandos.
Why, pray tell, did you send me to “The Substitute Substitute” when there were only 7 chapters written? Hmmmmmmm?
The Mighty Rassilon Arts Players(tm) once did a piece called “Welcome Back, Potter.” Harry comes back to Hogwarts as a teacher and gets the American exchange students.
Imagine. Young John Travolta and his buddies as wizards. Along with the entire cast of CHARMED. Back when Snape was still an irredeemable villain.
The first story you linked to reminded me of “HHarry Potter and the Champion’s Champion” by DriftWood1965. https://m.fanfiction.net/s/5483280/1/
” Harry allows Ron to compete for him in the tournament. How does he fare? This is a Harry/Hermione story with SERIOUSLY Idiot!Ron Bashing. If that isn’t what you like, please read something else “
I am truly grateful to find someone else confess to appreciating gratuitous foolishness when stress interferes with reading the good stuff. The past couple of months have been opportunities for us to demonstrate what we have learned in the first six decades of life, and really really really needful to embrace the one-day-at-a-time approach.
So, yeah. Absolutely.
It’s something on the order of eating whipped cream. I think it is, anyway.
Gratuitous foolishness has a place in life. There are times when you just need to let go and be silly for a while, then you can go back to being an adult again.
Lord of the Rings – Nine Men and a Little Lady https://www.fanfiction.net/s/536905/1/Nine-Men-And-A-Little-Lady
What happens when Mary Sue joins the Fellowship of the Ring.
I find myself nostalgic for the golden days of “MSTings.”
I’d be surprised a little if you haven’t read it, as it’s pretty famous in the circles I travel, but just in case, try “Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality”: http://www.hpmor.com/
sharper3 Thank you, I had forgotten the title of that one.
Okay, a few days late, but I remembered this one – DM of the Rings – what if JRR Tolkien was a D&D Dungeon master and he was setting up LOTR as a game? It’s an on-line comic that uses pics from the movies for the art. Reading this kept me going through the last days of my year-of-hell at a Big 4 accounting firm. ^_^