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Welcome to Know it Alls, the very best of Harry Potter Fanfiction Recs.

We want to point you to the best stories in Harry Potter in all pairings and ratings, both Het and Slash, as well as Gen centered on all the different characters, but we have our own preferences that draw us to certain kinds of stories. You can help us diversify by giving us suggestions for stories in the underrepresented pairings on our Suggestions page and a Know-it-All will check them out. And who knows, if we like your recommendations and come to trust your judgement, we may not just include them among our recs but ask you to become a Know-it-All.

Wanted ~ January 19, 2007
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Rec'ers Wanted

January 20th, 2017

“he will have power the dark lord knows not” by dirgewithoutmusic


Gen, Drama/Angst, Harrycentric, Alternate Universe, DH/Epilogue Compliant


November 30th, 2014

“Just Stay Here Tonight” by Monroeslittle


Het: m/f, Drama/Angst, Romance, JP/LE, Alternate Universe


March 15th, 2014

“To Recollect The Future” by Oliver.Snape


Gen, Drama/Angst, Snapecentric, Action/Adventure, Friendship/Mentorship, Harrycentric, Alternate Universe, Post-DH

Hindsight is 20/20, but when Harry’s last steps into the forest set him back further than he’d ever thought, he never realised how grateful he’d be to have Snape there to help too. Mentor/guardian fic, time travel, but not cliched.


September 27th, 2013

“A Different Fate” by Lordhellebore


Gen, Drama/Angst, Rare Het Pairing, Drabble, Alternate Universe, Petuniacentric, RL/f

JKR portrays Harry as completely unaffected by the Avada Kedavra cast at him. But how would things have gone if it had been different? Drabble series, five drabbles per chapter.


April 12th, 2013

“Far Beyond A Promise Kept” by OliverSnape (aka Oliver.Snape)


Gen, Drama/Angst, Snapecentric, Action/Adventure, Friendship/Mentorship, Harrycentric

Snape never wanted anyone to know of his promise to Dumbledore, but has realised that he can protect Potter much better by taking a less passive role in the boy's training. Actually liking Harry Potter has never been part of his plan. mentor/guardian.


March 27th, 2013

“The Wise One” trilogy by FarenMaddox


Het: m/f, Gen, Post-HBP, Romance, HP/HG, Canon/OFC, Action/Adventure, Friendship/Mentorship, Harrycentric, Nevillecentric, Alternate Universe, Post-DH, Blackcentric, SB/OFC

When Sirius Black escapes Azkaban and 8-year-old Harry Potter disappears, the world is thrown into upheaval. What will Britain and Harry be without each other, and who will face the Dark? You only THINK you've read this before. I guarantee you haven't.


January 16th, 2013

“A Study In Magic” by Book of Changes


Het: m/f, Gen, Drama/Angst, Crossovers, Rare Het Pairing, Action/Adventure, Fluff, Friendship/Mentorship, Mystery/Suspense, Harrycentric, Alternate Universe, DH/Epilogue Compliant

When Professor McGonagall went to visit Harry Watson, son of Mr. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, to deliver his Hogwarts letter, she certainly wasn't expecting to find the cause behind Harry Potter's disappearance. BBC Sherlock HP crossover AU


December 24th, 2012

“Away In A Manger” by Snapegirl (aka Snapegirlkmf)


Het: m/f, Gen, Drama/Angst, Snapecentric, Holiday, SS/OFC, Friendship/Mentorship, Alternate Universe

On Christmas Eve, an unwanted child is left in a manger and found by a young Potions Master, changing both their lives forever. AU, implied child abuse, neglect, Sev raises Harry.


October 19th, 2012

“Harry Potter and the Nightmares of Futures Past” by Viridian (S’TarKan)


Het: m/f, HP/GW, RW/HG, Drama/Angst, Action/Adventure, Harrycentric, Alternate Universe

Thirteen years after leaving Hogwarts, Harry Potter finally destroys the last Horcrux and obliterates Voldemort, ending his reign of terror. Too bad everyone Harry cares about is dead now. A chance discovery sends… part of… Harry back into the past. No matter that Voldemort will be alive again – Harry is determined that this time, things will be different!


September 17th, 2012

“Brutal Harry” by LordsFire


Gen, Drama/Angst, Action/Adventure, Friendship/Mentorship, Harrycentric

Systematically abused and degraded children do not suddenly turn into well-adjusted members of society when removed from the abusive situation. Nor do they tend to be very trusting of others, or forgiving.

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