Top Genres In Harry Potter Fanfiction

Ashley Marie

Staff member
Here, we'll discuss top genres in Harry Potter Fanfiction and what makes them popular with readers. We'll also provide examples of each genre, look for new ones each month, to help inspire you on your own writing adventure.


Sticking close to the storyline, many readers enjoy their stories to be canon or canon-compliant.

Canon Divergent

Again, close to the story up until a certain point where the author then diverges into their own plotline.


Romance fanfic stories are popular in the Harry Potter realm. A few fan favorites are simply romance stories, slow-burn, friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, etc. You can use characters who were already involved in the Harry Potter realm or create your own ships. The ship will determine the storyline.


Stories with a healthy dose of angst are popular amongst readers. When writing a fanfiction with angst, remember, it takes more than just the frustration or drama to make a good storyline.


Hurt/comfort fics are extremely popular in most realms of fanfiction. There’s an obstacle for a character to overcome and the comfort found within the other person usually leads to love.

These are some of the stories we find ourselves searching for most often when reading Harry Potter fanfiction. What genres in the HPFF realm do you enjoy most? Share some of your examples with us.


I appreciate stories that are canon-compliant (I actually rewrote a story of mine to fit current canon) but I am open to stories that don't follow canon if they are well-written.

I mostly like stories that have an adequate dose of romance, drama, and reality. Being able to make sense of everything is pertinent. Some parts of a story may be the most important driving factors, but there needs to be some ebb and flow.