Harry Potter (character)
|Name:||Harry James Potter|
|Location:|| Hogwarts (Britain)|
Number four, Privet Drive (Little Whinging, Britain)
|Relationships:|| James Potter (father)|
Lily Evans (mother)
Ginny Weasley (wife)
James Sirius Potter (son)
Albus Severus Potter (son)
Lily Luna Potter (daughter)
Petunia Dursley (aunt)
Vernon Dursley (uncle)
Dudley Dursley (cousin)
Weasley clan (various in-laws and nieces/nephews)
|Other:||born 31 July 1980|
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- Harry being oblivious/bad with names to explain inconsistencies in the canon (popularized by Maya)
- Harry having (uncanonical) psychological consequences of being raised in a cupboard (related: "Kathy/B. Bennett Therapy Theory" / Chain-smoking Harry)
- One step up from the above is Sexually Abused!Harry, who is sexually abused by the Dursleys, and frequently rescued by Snape
- Dark!Harry (e.g. Harry teaming up with or replacing Voldemort)
- Powerful!Harry (sometimes "Super Harry" or "BAMF Harry" on AO3), Azkaban!Harry, Slytherin!Harry
- Adoption Fics in which Harry is found or adopted by someone other than the Dursleys, often in a crossover with another fandom. This isn't unique to this fandom, but it is seen far more often than in other fandoms.
- While in canon, the shape of Harry's scar is based on the movements for avada kedavra, it became a trend in fanart to draw Harry's scar looking like a real lightning bolt after a piece by burdge on Tumblr in 2014 (see gallery).
- Interpreting Harry as biracial, often as Indian, Pakistani or black on his dad's side, was popularised on Tumblr in the mid-10s. This is often used to give extra context to the Dursleys' treatment of him and opinion on his father, or to why it's so noticiable that he has "his mother's eyes".
- Similarly, interpreting Harry as bisexual also became popular around the mid-10s. With the phrase "The Bi Who Lived" being coined by an anon interacting with a Tumblr blog centered around this headcanon in 2015.
Popular het ships including Harry are Harry/Ginny and Harry/Hermione, which caused some discussion and wank among fans over which of these two pairings would become canon. Some people also wrote lengthy shipping essays on the topic.
Additionally, the threesome ship Harry/Ron/Hermione is popular. Other threesomes or moresomes are also common (eg Harry/Snape/Voldemort, Harry/Draco/Snape), as are Harry/"Harem" stories in some fannish circles (FanFiction.net?).
In crossovers Harry is often paired with other characters, usually of roughly the same age but sometimes much older; in Buffy crossovers usually Harry/Dawn Summers, in comics crossovers typical examples include Harry/Supergirl, Harry/Rogue, Harry/Poison Ivy, and so forth. Slash ships seem to be much rarer in crossovers.
[Examples illustrating common tropes; gen works; pairings other than those with their own articles]
- Eternal Return by Silver Pard. For the Greater Good. Harry understands this. Dark!Harry
- The Tao of Job by Mad_Maudlin. Every rule has its exception, and there are forces in the universe to which even Percy Weasley has to yield Harry/Percy
- Whispers in Corners by esama. A solitary Harry uses the Gaunt ring to act as a psychic. Novel-length crossover with Sherlock; Harry/Mycroft (2011)
- Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky. A controversial AU epic, in which Harry's stepfather is a biochemist and Harry is a precocious scientist/logician (2010–2015)
The piece of fanart that started the trend of drawing Harry's scar to look like an actual lightning bolt by burdge.
- boy_who_shipped - Harry-centric fic and art; no gen or original characters
- harry_slash - Harry-centric slash; no crossover pairings
- harryslash - Harry-centric slash; no crossover pairings
- Potter Slash Archive (website) - for Harry slash pairings
- Kiss The Boy (Wayback) - for Harry slash pairings except for Harry/Snape
- Harry fanworks at the Archive of Our Own
- The Sugar Quill. Sugar Quill Glossary: KBTT.
- Fandom Wank Wiki on Harry/Hermione related wank.
- Symbolic Flight: Part #1, by ginny_weasley, who criticizes a number of arguments made by Harry/Hermione shippers.