When you've read all that J.K. Rowling has written about Harry Potter and the magical world he lives in, there's a definite sense of withdrawal. When I finally put down Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I felt an overwhelming sense of sadness because I would never read the story with entirely fresh eyes again.
Of course, J.K. Rowling said it best, "“Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” But if you're just not quite ready to let go, or there are some characters you wish the stories elaborated on, lucky for us some fans have taken it upon themselves to expand the Harry Potter universe.
I'll admit, I haven't read each of these fanfics all the way though, but when Redditor Orangekayla asked for new Harry Potter reading material, here are some of the interesting and well-written suggestions:
Harry Potter had a rough childhood, but what would his life have looked like if he had been saved from the Dursleys before Hagrid took him to Hogwards? Elvendork Nigellus' story Growing Up Black explores what Harry's life would have looked like if he had been raised by his Squib aunt and uncle, who were part of the prestigious, noble Black family.
The only things we know of Severus Snape's life were what we saw from Harry's Legilimency and what we saw from the Pensieve. Granted, there was a fair amount of information, but it was all tainted by Harry's perspective. Rannaro's story follows Snape from birth to death, intertwining with Harry's years and Hogwarts, giving readers a more in-depth look at one of the series' most dynamic characters.
We all want to know more about this, right?
Little0bird has a wealth of popular Harry Potter fanfictions worth checking out, but one of my favorite premises is that of their story There'll Be Bluebirds. It's from the perspective of Teddy Lupin, who finds his father's journals that he kept through the Second Wizarding War. If you've ever wanted to read about Order of the Phoenix, Half Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows through the eyes of Remus Lupin, this one is definitely worth a read.
Another popular read from Little0bird, The First Day focuses on the lives of Harry, Ron, Hermione and their families living and trying to regain a sense of normalcy in the year following the Battle of Hogwarts.
This is a fanfic from the perspective of Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy's son, Scorpius Wouldn't you know it, a decade or so down the line after Harry and Draco were schoolboy enemies, and a teenage Scorpius is best friends with Harry's boys, Albus and James. This is a really funny, light next generation story worth a read.
Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness takes readers back into Hogwarts just before the Battle of Hogwarts broke out. It tells the story of the members of Neville, Ginny, Seamus, and the rest of Dumbledore's Army as they lived in resistance and learned to fight against the reign of Snape and the Carrows.
Most of these are really lengthy reads, but if you felt like you flied through the pages of the Harry Potter series far too fast, then theses should be a breeze.
Even though theses won't stack up to the original books - I mean really, how could they? - for Harry Potter fans they'll be a great way to take a quick trip back to Hogwarts.