*re-reads sex chapter of fanfiction over breakfast cereal like it’s the morning paper*
Do u ever wanna punch urself in the face for procrastinating and ruining ur life
I’m so sorry - I don’t think I’ve ever read a purely HP fic (and I’m assuming fusions wouldn’t count although I’ve read a few fantastic ones!)
All I can do is point you at a reccer I follow for TW who also recs HP and that might give you a starting point/some good fics you haven’t read: blue_meridian.
Oh. This kind of question makes me so sad. Because it reminds me that there is a whole generation of fandom out there that probably doesn’t know about the wonder of Polyamorous Recs. Run by Nestra and Shrift, this is where you’ll find better-than-solid recs for all the classics of mid-to-late 90s and early 2000s fandom. HP, Due South, The Sentinel, Buffy & Angel, Sports Night, Highlander, Smallville, and then tons of newer stuff and smaller fandoms too.
Sure, some links are dead now, but my god, it was LIFE BLOOD for the multi-fannish reader looking for fic “back in the day.” They’ve got 200+ HP fics recced, and those will give you a foundations of authors you might like and be able to find more of on AO3 and links to non-AO3 sites with more solid HP fic.
AO3 is amazing, and searching with a Kudos or bookmarks cut-off can yield great results in pretty much any fandom. But it’s not always going to be where to find the best fic for fandoms that preceded its existence. Even a lot of folks who are still active in fandom and have AO3 accounts still haven’t migrated all their older fic over for whatever reason. (God knows I haven’t.)
Polyamorous Recs: for your older fandom surfing pleasure (and still updating).
Cosigned. Shrift and Nestra are great (and omg I’ve known them over 10 years now).
Also, that I have lived to see a day when people COULD NOT EASILY FIND DECENT FLUFFY HP FIC. *weeps* I am so old, I swear circa 2005 that’s all there was on the entire internet, reams of 250k+ fic in all possible pairings.
(Victoria P/musesfool/cacchieressa also has a very long running and still maintained recs site)
Yes, this. A million times this. At least once a month, I still dig into Poly Recs to read my favorite old gems from West Wing, Farscape, Alias, etc. And the misc section is truly a treasure trove.
Aww, you guys.
For those who don’t know, Nestra and I co-run Polyamorous Recs, which is somewhere around 13 years old and would be celebrating its coming of age if it were a human, so in internet years, it’s an ancient obelisk.
We still update it and fix broken links wherever possible to combat the heat death of the universe. There’s only two of us, so we can’t cover every fandom, but we do get around. And it’s worth attempting to recruit one of us into your fandom if you’re looking for fic to read because we’re still pretty skilled at turning over the internet and shaking it until good stories drop out of its pockets… and also skilled at complaining bitterly when the only thing that drops out is a lint-covered Life Savers in banana flavor.
Reblogging as there’s been a lot of great information and feedback since my original ask response for finding those older (HP + others!) stories. Enjoy and thanks everyone! You’re all the best!