FanloreProject:Harry Potter Fanfiction Tropes

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Topics: Harry Potter Tropes & Genres
See Also: Harry Potter, Category:Harry Potter
External Link(s): brainstorming googledoc
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Welcome to FanloreProject:Harry Potter Fanfiction Tropes! This project was created in order to add more info to Fanlore about tropes in Harry Potter fanfiction (and other fanworks. It was created because of discussion on the unofficial discord server but you don't need to join us on Discord to participate, although much of our discussion will probably happen there.

What are Harry Potter fanfiction tropes?

Tropes here is being used to mean common plot devices, characterization choices, worldbuilding, and genres. Harry Potter has had so much fic written about it that the common tropes are pretty much chest-high and still flooding in, so we thought it would be fun to brainstorm about them and see if we could really nail down the most common/weird ones we can think of! You qualify to help with this if you've ever in your life read more than a handful of Harry Potter fics.


Some Guidelines

Please note that we are still in the brainstorming stage, so we won't be making pages yet.

You can find our brainstorming document here. Hoopla owns it; editing is turned on for everyone with a link. Please add anything you can think of, including examples of tropes or pieces of meta.

The document will probably be a mess! Right now, we value enthusiasm over perfection. Indent with wild abandon, start new topics, ask questions, complain and gripe about terrible fic, it's all good. We'll neaten everything up later.

(Obviously we can't stop anyone from making pages, but seriously, take a look at that doc — this will go much smoother if we hold off.)

If you can't access the doc or just plain don't want to, feel free to brainstorm or add links or whatever on this page's talk page.


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History of the Project

  • Feb. 17th, 2019: Hoopla brought up a quote about the Harry Potter shopping trip trope in the #general channel on the Discord; the google doc was born.
  • June 2, 2020: Elfwreck added "Wizarding relationship customs" to Google doc and created the Potions Accident trope page

Requests for Links or Pages

Please note that we are still in the brainstorming stage, so we won't be making pages yet.

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