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AU starting years 1-3 which still maintains the feel of the HP world

Discussion in 'Story Search' started by HMM, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. HMM

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    Stuff I want:
    • Focused on interactions of a group of friends against some mystery or villain or both
    • The magic system has to be very similar to canon (Somewhat poetic in nature, requires significant effort to master etc)
    • Characters maintain their core personalities
    • Doesn't have to be Harry as MC
    Stuff I don't want:
    • Bashing
    • Excessive angst
    • Muggles superior to wizards (either technologically or culturally)
    • Massive changes in world-building or tone such as enembee or joe's stuff
     
  2. Zombie

    Zombie John Waynes Teeth Prestige DLP Supporter

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    Good luck.
    I honestly can't think of one fic that fits your criteria. Anything you're willing to budge on?
     
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    Yeah, now that I think about it that is a perfect recommendation, thanks. Already read it though.

    Well these ones are more like preferences as long as everything is well-written and mostly self-consistent:
    • Characters maintain their core personalities
    • The magic system has to be very similar to canon
    • No muggles being superior to wizards
    • No massive changes in world-building or tone
     
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    Yeah, well that is the problem: most stuff isn't well-written or self-consistent. And beyond that requirement, I'd say most of the better writers in the Harry Potter fandom write an older Harry, usually starting in fourth year or later. This makes for them to get to where the real(?) plot is, while also allowing them to avoid having to write really young characters which are hard to work with.
     
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    I've not read it in years, butFugitives of Azkabanby Bajab comes to mind, as something that would maybe satisfy your requirements. His other stories are more well-known but this has stayed in my mind for some reason.
     
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    This probably kills most stories people here would write (and read), because unless you re-invent all of HP (the entire storyline), changing the characters/Harry is the entire reason to write an AU like that to begin with.

    That said, there are tons of AUs on FF.net that re-tell Canon, with differing elements here and there. Some are even readable. Well, or were readable, 10 years ago, anyway. Could I tempt you with the premise "Harry befriends Ginny after CoS", for instance?
     
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    Have you had any luck so far?

    If you haven’t read it, Hunting the Grim by Sophprosyne/@Plothole is pretty good. If I recall correctly, it fits most of your requirements. It felt like reading a story in an alternate universe where Rowling made all of PoA as dark and bleak as some parts of GoF are. It’s decidedly not a happy story, but I enjoyed it a lot.