Harry Potter fans wrote the happy ending that J.K. Rowling regrets she couldn’t

by Rachel Baker on March 7, 2014

A couple of days ago, I posted an article about fan fiction and whether or not it could go “mainstream”. Here’s a subsequent article about fan fiction in the Harry Potter world.

A slew of muckraking Harry Potter journalism in the last few weeks shows us that even the strongest of characters have trouble standing the test of time and love. In an interview with the entertainment magazine, Wonderland, author J.K. Rowling concedes that Hermione should have fallen in love with Harry, not Ron. And in a blog post from science fiction and fantasy blog Tor.com, we discover that many of key plot points that make us love Ron in the books are actually given to Hermione in the movies. Among the Muggles who live for Harry Potter, mayhem ensued.

But there is a universe where a book need not be set in stone—fan fiction.

Already, the genre has given rise to titans in the publishing world like E.L. James, whose Twilight fan fiction turned into the uber-bestselling 50 Shades series, as well as hundreds of thousands more who will probably only clock a handful of eyeballs on their work. Yet they continue to create anyway. There are at least 650,000 different Harry Potter spoofs on fanfiction.net alone. This is one of the biggest fan fiction sites—but still only one of hundreds.

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