The Harry Potter fandom is more or less divided into two halves: those who enjoy fanfiction, and those who stick strictly to the canon. I've always been in the latter half; I never really thought fanfic was my scene. But it turns out there is a Harry Potter fanfiction for everyone — even for people who don't like fanfiction.
People who don't like fanfiction (i.e. me and, I presume because you're reading this, you) don't want J.K. Rowling's gospel contradicted. My fanfic-loving friends use fanfiction to help them fix the things they didn't like — but canon-lovers stick too closely to the book for that. Yes, I hate that Fred died — but it happened, so I can't change it just by reading an alternative universe. But did you know there's fanfiction out there that doesn't change a thing? It just slips right into the existing Harry Potter universe. Now that's my type of fanfic.
Another great thing people love about fanfiction is shipping different character pairs. If you're not a fanfic person, you probably don't want to read about what if Draco and Hermione had got together; if Rowling didn't write it that way, we assume it's for a reason. But she never specified that Dean and Seamus didn't get together... Thanks to fanfiction, even the most die-hard canon-lovers can enjoy fantasizing about this fan-favorite couple.
So here are seven Harry Potter fanfictions that won't take you outside your comfort zone. This is still the Harry Potter you know and love — but it's not just limited to seven measly books.