Harry Potter AU

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Synonyms: Hogwarts AU
Related: Magic AU
See Also: crossover, fusion, alternate universe
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Harry Potter AUs are crossovers or fusions where characters from other fandoms are placed into the setting of Harry Potter. These can be coexistent with Harry Potter canon, or ignore it entirely. They are often set at Hogwarts. It is a popular trope among many fandoms, especially newer ones.[1]

The writing or drawing of Harry Potter AUs often leads to much discussion about which House the characters should or would be sorted into.

Example Fanworks

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

Fanfic

  • Bandom (Panic! at the Disco): Never Was A Badger So by SkoosiePants. . “Apparently,” he said as they made their way out of the store, “I have a soft spot for spazzy Hufflepuffs.” (March 2007)
  • Bandom (Panic! at the Disco, Fall Out Boy) Response to the Bandom Mistletoe Meme by maleyka. Prompt: Comment with no less than 100 words of mistletoe shenanigans! (November 2007)
  • The Hobbit: Water in the Sun by Mila_Ros (2013–present; WiP)
  • One Direction: You Are The Blood by sarcasticfluentry. A seventh-year Hogwarts AU in which Niall gets all the girls, Liam goes on a journey of self-discovery, Zayn falls in love, Harry wants something more, and Louis tries to figure out once and for all why he, a Muggleborn, was sorted into Slytherin. (June 2013 – June 2014)
  • Sherlock: Expecto Patronum by thisisforyou. In which eighteen year-old Sherlock and twenty-one year-old John, first-year Auror trainees, embark on an impromptu study session which leads in very wonderful directions that neither of them had dared to expect. (July 2013)
  • Supernatural: Old Country by astolat. Dean Winchester is a Hufflepuff who thinks he's a Gryffindor, and Sam Winchester is a Slytherin who thinks he's a Ravenclaw. Discuss. (September 2007)
  • Teen Wolf: Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by pandacowhipster. When potions prodigy Stiles blows up one cauldron too many during one of his ‘experiments’, he gets assigned to making Wolfsbane Potion for the new groundskeeper. Which wouldn’t be so bad if the guy wasn’t you know, terrifying. (June–August 2012)

Fanart

The Appeal

In an April 2006 essay called When Worlds Collide: Harry Potter Crossover Fanfiction, Thevina wrote:

[…]both author and reader are required to be familiar with multiple fandoms. Many fandom participants are active in multiple fandoms at the same time, or function more as "fandom butterflies," spending an intense period of activity in one fandom, reaching a saturation point, and moving on to a new fandom to begin again. To most fully appreciate a crossover, the author and reader must necessarily have chosen to become fluent in the canon materials of two universes, which may or not have additional layers of complexity in regards to expectations based on pre-existing fanfiction with its own intra-fandom histories, stereotypes and tropes.

[…]The Harry Potter books can be considered wainscots fantasy, as defined by The Encyclopedia of Fantasy: "[…] invisible or undetected societies living in the interstices of the dominant world — normally but not necessarily human […]."6 From the very beginning, there are Wizarding/Muggle interactions, which appear to be increasing in frequency and malevolency as the yet-incomplete series continues. Because the two worlds already co-exist within this universe, Harry Potter is a more permeable world than other, closed, universes, lending itself more readily to crossovers.[2]

It is possible that Harry Potter crossovers and fusions are so popular simply because of the ubiquity of the Harry Potter fandom, so nearly everyone who is active in any other fandom also understands the "shared universe" of Harry Potter.[3]

References

  1. There are 1723 fanworks tagged Alternate Universe - Hogwarts and 2372 works tagged Alternate Universe - Harry Potter Setting on the AO3. The top fandoms for both of these tags are Sherlock, Supernatural, One Direction, and Teen Wolf.
  2. Kristi Lee, When Worlds Collide: Harry Potter Crossover Fanfiction, PDF. Presented at Lumos in July 2006.
  3. Any more recent meta is appreciated!