Now that a considerable amount of the Harry Potter fanbase no longer supports J.K Rowling due to her stance on the transgender community, where do you turn when you turn when you want to stay in the Wizarding World but disconnect from the creator?
Thankfully, the franchise is so big that fans (and even critics) have created their own wonderfully weird Harry Potter fan creations over the years. From what’s been branded as the worst fanfiction of all time, to a Christian retelling of Harry’s tale, here are 7 bizarre, hilarious, and wonderfully weird Harry Potter fan creations.
7 Wonderfully Weird Harry Potter Fan Creations
1. My Immortal
If you haven’t heard of My Immortal, enjoy your last few moments of bliss before you’re thrown into what is arguably the worst fan fic of all time. Although named after an Evanescence song and riddled with My Chemical Romance references, My Immortal is at its core, a Harry Potter fic.
My Immortal is about vampire witch (and “goffick” pop cultural icon) Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way as she lives out her days turning the golden trio goth, getting caught in a love triangle with Draco and… Vampire which is what she’s nicknamed Harry, and saving the world from Voldemort and “Da Death Deelers.”
While this might sound like an emo version of any Harry Potter fan fic, be warned, My Immortal is a special kind of fic.
My Immortal is so poorly written than linguists have actually questioned if the author was just that bad of a writer or a troll.
The identity of the author is still up for debate, and in 2017 someone claiming to be the author almost got a memoir published about the fic only for it to turn out that she was allegedly lying. Personally, I always thought YouTube’s emo icons Raven Acid Bath Princess of the Darkness and Tara wrote it, since they have the same names as the My Immortal writer, like the same bands, and also call people preps – but it actually wasn’t them!
2. My Immortal Web Series
YouTube is full of dramatic readings of My Immortal but the adaptation of the fic that reigns supreme is the My Immortal web series.
The web series had to take on a life of it’s own and not recreate the fic word for word, and who could blame them? No one wants to see Enoby lose her “virlility” to Draco in the Forbidden Forest, or see “Snap and Loopin” “misticating” to “Eboby” in the bathtub.
3. A Very Potter Musical
A Very Potter Musical is a fan musical by Matt Lang, and composed by Darren Criss (yes, Blaine from Glee) and A.J Holmes. The first performance was in 2009 and became a Harry Potter fan creation cult classic.
A Very Potter Musical largely draws on the Goblet of Fire for inspiration, but is very much an original story. The absolute star of the show is the overly dramatic Draco who likes to remind everyone that his father will be sending him to Pigfarts next year, which is on Mars.
4. Hogwarts School Of Prayers And Miracles
Every Potterhead remembers that time the Vatican denounced the series for promoting witchcraft (yes that really happened if you don’t remember that). So what do you do if you don’t want your kids influenced by a book purported to be about satanism? You write your own version.
Hogwarts School of Prayers and Miracles is about Harry being saved from his atheist aunt and uncle and going to Hogwarts to be a Christian. So basically, this is the opposite of My Immortal. It’s not my cup of tea but it had to be acknowledged.
5. Puppet Pals
Snape, Snape, Severus Snape, Snape Snape, Severus Snape…
Harry Potter Puppet Pales was a web series on YouTube which was a parody of the series. It originally came out in 2003 an as animated series, and then was relaunched on YouTube in 2006 as the puppet’s we know and love.
When I was in school all it took was one person to start with “Snape, Snape, Severus Snape…” for us to start reciting the Mysterious Ticking Noise.
6. Leaky Con
Leaky Con is an unofficial Harry Potter convention run by Mischief Management, who also run Cons for Game of Thrones and Broadway. Leaky Con was originally a fan chat on The Leaky Cauldron but is now a real life convention.
7. Muggle Quidditch
Muggle Quiddich is another wonderful Harry Potter fan creation. Unfortunately, as Muggles we can’t play Quiddich like in the books, but Potterheads did their best to recreate it.
Muggle Quiddich works a lot like regular Quiddich. Two teams play against each other to try score the most points. Catching the Snitch still ends the game and totals 150 points, except in this case the Golden Snitch is literally a person running around the field dressed up.
A Note On The Death Of An Author
No, J.K Rowling didn’t die, and I’m not wishing death upon her. Death of the Author refers to a literary theory where once the author puts the work out; its not theirs anymore.
Harry Potter should have been ours to interpret once it was out. I think Amy from writersblockwhat put it better than I could: J.K. Rowling arguably had an invasive authorship by bringing up things she never wrote in the book after the fact. For example, Dumbledore was made explicit in the Harry Potter books, and I was disappointed his relationship with Grindlewald was glossed over in Crimes of Grindlewald – or how a lot of Cursed Child reads like fan-fiction to many fans.
Harry Potter fans have had the most beautiful interpretations, like viewing Harry as a brown bi man or the Trans Snape Fandom.
Daniel Radcliffe worded it perfectly for the Trevor Project:
“If these books taught you that love is the strongest force in the universe, capable of overcoming anything; if they taught you that strength is found in diversity, and that dogmatic ideas of pureness lead to the oppression of vulnerable groups; if you believe that a particular character is trans, nonbinary, or gender fluid, or that they are gay or bisexual; if you found anything in these stories that resonated with you and helped you at any time in your life — then that is between you and the book that you read, and it is sacred. And in my opinion nobody can touch that. It means to you what it means to you and I hope that these comments will not taint that too much.”
So thank you fellow Potterheads for these bizarre, hilarious, and wonderfully weird harry potter fan creations (except maybe Hogwarts School of Prayers & Miracles).
What’s you favourite thing these Potterheads have created?