Story you like better than the source material
Ok. As a massive fan of Harry Potter, it comes as no surprise that I think J.K. Rowling is a brilliant storyteller. However, even I can admit that her writing does have room for improvement. I have, therefore, read several stories that were technically better-written than the original books.
I won’t be using that as my goal-post, though, because a book, or story, can be technically well-written while still being about as entertaining as watching grass grow on YouTube. Just as stories, or books, can be technically poorly written, while still providing a highly entertaining read.
Instead, my take on today’s theme will be ‘stories that I found more enjoyable than the source material’. And there are a few. However, I don’t wish to regale you with a long list of stories here, so I have managed to whittle it down to four.
First, would be Descent Into Darkness (and here) by Athey (and here) and the sequel, Harry Potter and the Breeding Darkness, begun by Athey and later adopted by Danyealle-sama. This is one of my all-time favourite fan-fiction series actually. Harry begins interacting with the horcrux in his head and discovers that everything he thought he believed is wrong. This is a Harry/Voldemort story, for those who like that pairing (which I very much do) and also contains Dumbledore bashing.
Next, would be Again and Again by Athey. In this story, Harry finds himself unable to permanently die. Instead he keeps waking at the moment of his birth, having to live his life over and over, never knowing why this is happening to him. He tries something different in each life, in the hopes he will stay dead this time. In his current life, he has decided to help Voldemort win. This story hasn’t been updated in a while, but don’t let that turn you off. While Athey updates her stories intermittently, she does update them eventually.
Another story I enjoyed more than the source material is Harry Crow by robst. This is a Harmony story, in which Harry is adopted by the goblins and arrives at Hogwarts without the horcrux, knowing all about the prophecy and determined to change things for the better.
Finally, there is Had I Known by kayly silverstorm. This story is incredibly well-written and it is also one of the most heart-breaking stories I have ever read, Harry Potter or otherwise. After killing Voldemort in seventh year, Harry disappeared without a trace. Eight years later Harry returns, suffering from a deadly illness that could see everything he has ever accomplished undone, including his defeat of Voldemort. But the cure may just be worse than the disease. If you read any story from this list, it should be this one.