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.