Harry Potter (character)

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Name: Harry James Potter
Occupation: wizard, student
Title/Rank: Gryffindor House
Location: Hogwarts (Britain)
Number four, Privet Drive (Little Whinging, Britain)
Status: half-blood; alive
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)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Other: born 31 July 1980
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Harry Potter is the main character of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.



  • 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[1])
  • 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[2]), 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).[3]
  • 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".[4][5]
  • Similarly, interpreting Harry as bisexual also became popular around the mid-10s.[6] With the phrase "The Bi Who Lived" being coined by an anon interacting with a Tumblr blog centered around this headcanon in 2015.[7]


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[8]. Some people also wrote lengthy shipping essays on the topic[9].

Popular slash ships include Harry/Snape and Harry/Draco. Other common slash ships include Harry/Ron and Harry/Voldemort.

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.

Example Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

[Examples illustrating common tropes; gen works; pairings other than those with their own articles]


Harry-centric Communities

LiveJournal Communities


See Also


  1. The Sugar Quill. Sugar Quill Glossary: KBTT.
  2. https://archiveofourown.org/tags/BAMF%20Harry/works
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20170720014953/http://burdge.tumblr.com:80/post/94665202994/ok-but-hear-me-out-what-about-a-lightning-bolt
  4. https://web.archive.org/web/20180504012430/http://tenderpotter.tumblr.com:80/post/117116312163/susanpevnesie-okay-so-the-only-harry-potter-i
  5. https://web.archive.org/web/20170510024633/http://jkrowlingaintshit.tumblr.com/post/149221818164/the-dursleys-were-so-annoyed-with-harrys-hair-and
  6. http://bisexualharrypotter.tumblr.com/post/147877595128/harrys-attraction-doesnt-depend-on-gender-it
  7. http://bisexualharrypotter.tumblr.com/post/113215011863/harry-potter-the-bi-who-lived
  8. Fandom Wank Wiki on Harry/Hermione related wank.
  9. Symbolic Flight: Part #1, by ginny_weasley, who criticizes a number of arguments made by Harry/Hermione shippers.