When you think of fanfiction, there are a few ‘must haves’ necessary to create the perfect story.
There’s amazing characterization, a storyline that will make you feel a range of emotions, and most important – an incredible opener that makes you forget everything but that story you’re reading.
There are so many ways to get distracted in a fast-paced world, sometimes it’s almost magical when a story has the power to silence everything around us, requiring our full attention.
That magic becomes even more special when the story starts on a high note and only seems to get better from there. In a way, the perfect fanfiction sets a standard and then exceeds it.
We decided to take a look at four incredible Harry Potter fanfictions that, in our opinion, did just that.
These openings will leave you wanting more.
So kick back, grab a nice cup of coffee, and be prepared to get lost in these stories.
‘On the first anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, Hermione Granger decides to take up baking. Not for some planned “event” – Merlin knows, no one in their right mind is throwing a party to commemorate that day. Nor does she do so in preparation for some witchy version of womanhood, as Molly Weasley has been urging her to do for years.
Instead, Hermione starts baking in the same manner she started everything else she’s ever done: like it’s a calling. Something akin to a religion that requires her determination and focus and whole self to accomplish.’
This opener shows Hermione in a different light than we’ve seen her before. She’s tough, she’s fierce, she’s badass, and yes…she’s vulnerable, but not so much that it’s a defining point of focus.
So when begins this new project, well, you can’t help but want to know more. This rings especially true when you read the author’s description of the way Hermione throws herself into the experience.
It’s ‘something akin to a religion that requires her determination and focus and whole self to accomplish’
We aren’t sure about you, but when it comes to baking, we’re usually the *stops by Target and buys pre-made cookies* kind of people. It’s not because we’re lazy, per- say…it’s just that it takes less focus and at the end of the day, sitting down with a good fanfic about someone else baking tickets our fancy more than actually having to do the baking.
Just us? We don’t think so.
So why is baking important to Hermione and what will come of her newfound talent? You’ll have to read to find out, but it’s definitely not a fic you’re going to want to miss.
‘Beneath the stone bridge, crumbled with both time and neglect, the rats prowled over soggy cardboard boxes with blurred and runny ink, through piles of stained and mildewed rags that at one point could have been clothing, into rotted and moldy fruits that gave off a smell as sweet and gut-turning as the death they’d come to investigate.
It was a scene Hermione Granger had examined too many times, a view she’d had so often that she no longer even noticed it. Her focus was reserved for the dark lump in the shadows, the outflung extremity, blackened and twisted into a claw. She stepped forward, kicking a rat out of her way to squeal into the darkness with its eyes gleaming beady and red – a shiver ran down her spine at a distant memory – then crouched beside the pile of black rags. The smell of burnt flesh was weak, and she shook her head as she pulled her wand from a sheath on her arm, casting a small ball of light to float over her head before she prodded at the body.
“Dead for days,” she muttered to herself, shaking her head again and lifting various bits of robe with the tip of her wand.’
In this fanfiction, Hermione is on a mission, but it’s more important than you might originally expect.
Yes, she’s trying to find out why it seems that someone, or something, is making a sport of killing death eaters. Why is this so important? Well, you have to read a little more to find out.
See what we did there? You already want to know more.
In just a few paragraphs, it becomes evident that Hermione isn’t just trying to find out what’s happening to the death eaters, she’s trying to make sure that Draco Malfoy isn’t one of them.
This, of course, causes drama in her relationship with Ron Weasley. Ron’s jealousy drives her mad, but it’s not totally unfounded. It’s clear, within the first few chapters, that even if Hermione and Draco seem like enemies – there’s something bubbling under the surface.
Who doesn’t love a little bit of a slow burn with tension?
This fanfiction leaves you wanting more as each chapter comes to a close. We ended up reading it in one sitting. There were some standout moments where both Draco and Hermione realized that they were thinking too often of the other or enjoying a lingering touch a little too much.
These moments left us reading anxiously anticipating the next moment. The important moment.
The moment where turning back wasn’t an option.
Let’s just say, it’s worth waiting for in this one.
‘”Ginny is dead.”
She said it without emotion, without a hint of pain, and that was the way he took it. There were no tears, no shock on his face. The last time Hermione Granger had seen Ron Weasley cry was ten years ago, and she didn’t expect to see such a reaction now, even at the sound of the terrible news she brought.
But something did change in Ron’s face. It was subtle, almost unnoticeable. No one else would probably see it, she knew, only her, and only because by now she knew every line in his face, every scar, every freckle. Something had hardened in him at the news of the death of his sister, just like it had when his brothers died, and she could see it in him, reflecting back at her. Ginny was gone, his eyes said just for a second. Just like Fred, and Charlie, and Percy. And just like with Fred and Charlie, Ron couldn’t even mourn her properly.
“How are my parents?” were his first words as he asked in a quiet, calm voice. Hermione shook her head. This, she couldn’t tell him. He had a right to know that his sister was no longer alive, but he was better off not knowing the way her death had affected the surviving members of his family.’
It goes without saying that the first line of this fanfiction is going to grip you: Ginny is dead.
What you might not expect is Ron’s response. Hermione only experienced a slight change, in his expression, at the news. It had been years since she’d seen him cry, and even the loss of his sister didn’t hit him hard enough to garner an emotional response.
You come to find out soon enough that the loss Ron has experienced is so painful that becoming numb is the only way to survive.
Ron isn’t the only one who has lost loved ones. The Battle of Hogwarts was lost about 10 years ago and this fic shows those who remain to deal with every single emotion that goes along with survival.
There is guilt. There is pain.
Then, against all odds, there is a glimmer of hope.
This story, from the summary alone, leaves you wanting more.
You don’t want the bad guys to have the last word.
You don’t want to see Hogwarts fall.
You don’t want to imagine a Harry Potter world without the sense of wonder we’ve come to expect.
So, does Hermione tell Ron about his parents?
Is there enough magic to give the good guys a second chance?
You’ll just have to read this fanfiction to figure it out.
‘She should have been cold.
Snow blanketed the ground and had melted and soaked into her coat and jumper and jeans when she’d fallen out the window, Harry’s arms wrapped around her. Adrenaline still pumped in her veins, the memory of the great snake, Nagini, sinking its teeth into Harry’s leg and neck. He’d fought though. Struggled and kicked and hexed his way out of the grip of the serpent, grabbing Hermione in an attempt to get them both free of the living Horcrux.
Hermione had aimed her wand at the beast, screamed, “Confringo!” and watched as her spell flew around the room. The wardrobe mirror exploded and sent pieces of glass flying at them. She could still feel the stinging cuts on her cheeks and hairline where she’d been hit. The reverberating heat of the spell burned their skin as they tried to escape; as Harry tried to escape, holding onto Hermione for dear life, even as he screamed and grasped at his forehead with one hand.
Seeing that her best friend was in distress, Hermione gripped her wand tightly, held onto Harry and tried to Disparate.’
Hermione is a pillar of strength.
It’s something avid readers of Harry Potter series know. It’s something casual fans of the books pick up on. It’s even something that those who just watch the movies catch on to right away.
Hermione is strong.
Hermione is also the one who seems to keep it together, even when everything around her is falling apart.
So in a fic where she has to see ‘the Boy-Who-Lived live no more’, you know she’ll manage to navigate the situation. Now, as fans of Harry and Hermione, we want her to do much more than just navigate the situation, we want her to make it right.
In terms of leaving you wanting more, what more could you really want?
This fic opener sets a reader up for a journey, one that could take a number of turns. It does so with just enough stability so that you don’t have a million silly possibilities running through your head, but still gives you room to dream a bit as you read the story.
The summary mentions that Hermione goes back in time, and with the possibility of saving Harry comes saving another Potter.
Will Hermione end up saving both Potters? If she does, will there be a cost?
You’ll have to read Storm Of Yesterday to find out and trust us, you’ll find yourself feeling all sorts of emotions along the way.
Like we said before, the introduction to a good story can make or break the experience, and we think you’ll find that the stories we listed only get better as you continue reading.
You’ll cry, you’ll laugh, you’ll feel inspired, and you’ll be reminded of the importance of companionship.
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