30 Day Fanfic Challenge – Day 3

The longest story/series of stories you’ve read

I completely lost track of time yesterday, so I didn’t do my blog post for this challenge. I shall not be defeated, however, and shall simply acknowledge my setback and pick up where I left off.

The theme for day three is to write about the longest story or series of stories I’ve read. This is actually a difficult question to answer for two reasons. Firstly, I have read so many fanfics over the years that I simply can’t remember every single one of them. I will solve this issue by simply choosing from the stories I’ve kept as favourites.

Secondly, this question could be interpreted in several ways. Does it mean the series with the greatest number of stories? Does it mean the story with the highest word count? Or does it refer to overall word count, regardless of the total number of stories?

Rather than attempting to interpret the question one way or another, I will provide three separate answers, thereby addressing all three issues. I will leave it up to my readers to choose which answer suits them.

The longest series of stories I’ve read, if we choose to interpret ‘longest’ as meaning ‘most stories’ is the Lost Perspective series by Bellegeste. This series has seven stories with a total word count of 260,367 words.

In Lost Perspective, Harry receives a letter from James informing him that Snape is his biological father, after having raped his mother. The first story in this series is very dark, as Harry gives in to his desire for revenge. The following stories are an in-depth exploration of the relationship between Harry and Severus, as well as the relationships between Harry and those around him. By no means could this series be described as pleasant. However, it is an interesting glimpse into the darkness that resides in all of us, and I highly recommend reading it.

If we choose to interpret ‘longest’ as meaning ‘highest word count’, then the longest series I have read is the Black Queen series by Silently Watches. This series has four stories with a current total word count of 771,711 words. This is still a work in progress, though, so that word count is likely to increase.

Black Queen tells the story of Jenny Potter, only daughter of Lily and James Potter and twin to the Boy-Who-Lived. When Sirius finally finds his god-daughter, he finds out that she has had one of the worst possible childhoods for a female child abandoned on the streets. He takes her in and blood adopts her for her own protection. But Jennifer Black is no child of the light. Nor is she willing to simply fall back into the ‘loving’ arms of the parents who dumped her on the Dursleys. She is a black witch, dangerous and ruthless towards those who cross her, with a streak of compassion and protectiveness towards those she perceives as hers.

I am a big fan of stories in which Harry is abandoned on the Dursleys’ doorstep, while his twin, or other sibling, is raised by the Potters. While this is the reverse of that scenario, it is just as enjoyable. That this story has also been added to my favourites list should indicate just how good it is. I definitely recommend reading it yourselves.

A third interpretation of today’s theme is that it refers to the highest word count in a single story. Firstly, let me just point out that many of the stories I read are works in progress, so the number of words I have read can not be taken as an indication of the final story length. Having said that, the longest story I recall reading is Harry Crow by robst, which has a total word count of 737,006 words. Harry Crow is one of my favourite Harmony stories. It is also one of those stories I have read over and over. I absolutely love it.

In Harry Crow, Dumbledore does not get the beaten down, compliant Harry he is expecting. Instead, the young man who arrives to be sorted has been raised by Goblins. He is confident, well-trained, horcrux-free, fully aware of the prophecy and has the backing of both the Goblin Nation and Hogwarts herself. This is not just one of my favourite Harmony stories, but also one my favourite fanfics altogether. If you only read one story I’ve talked about today, this should be it.

If you want to participate in the 30 Day Fanfic Challenge, you can find the daily themes here.

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