Harry Potter is the titular character of the Harry Potter books. Harry is a 'scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy' with his mother's green eyes, his father's untameable hair, and a lightning bolt–shaped scar on his forehead that acts as a conduit to Voldemort's mind. While the shade of green is never exactly specified, besides Ginny Weasley's poetic 'as green as a fresh pickled toad', most Suethors choose to give him piercing emerald green or Avada Kedavra eyes. In the movies, Harry Potter is played by actor Daniel Radcliffe.
Harry is portrayed in fanfiction as 'Light', 'Dark', or 'Grey' in reference to what type of magic he uses, with the additional note of 'Good', 'Evil', 'but not evil' or, rarely, 'Neutral' to indicate his alignment in the war. The 'Dark!Evil!Harry' type normally has him either joining with Lord Voldemort or overthrowing him. 'Light!Good!Harry' is almost always on the side of Dumbledore and the Ministry. 'Dark!but-not-evil!Harry' tends to be shunned by the 'Light', either the Ministry and/or the Order, because of his use of 'Dark' magic and/or possession of 'Dark' creature genes, but he still helps them against Voldemort. 'Dark!Neutral' or 'Light!Neutral' Harry often creates his own faction in the war and overthrows all of Magical Britain to create a utopia for all magical beings therein.
Harry is one of the most popular people to give a magical-creature heritage to. This includes, but is not limited to, Veela, dark Veela, Elf/High Elf, werewolf/other were-creature, vampire, dragon, and fae. If it is a 'Dark' creature, then it usually results in him being shunned by others unless he manages to use his greatly improved physique and newfound magical reserves (which he almost always gains no matter what the inheritance is) for the sake of good.
Whatever type of fic it is, there is almost always a Prophecy to be considered. Despite the fact that there is a canon Prophecy about Harry and Voldemort, many Suethors feel the need to make up another, usually poorly-rhymed Prophecy that states that Harry and the Sue will be the ones to defeat Voldemort. Sometimes the Sue will be substituted for a canon character – usually Harry's love interest – but the same rule still applies.
If the fic is set in Hogwarts, there will always be problems with Malfoy, snarkiness from Snape, a mysterious (and doomed) DADA professor, and a showdown with Voldemort at the end of the year. Ron, Hermione, and Ginny may or may not stand by him, depending on what choices he makes about his life.
If the fic is set after Hogwarts, then Harry is normally an Auror, a professional Quidditch player, or a Healer, who is called on to stop the next great evil, usually Malfoy or Voldemort's son/daughter. If the case is the latter, then she is normally a Sue and Harry will fall in love with her and she with him, following which either she will be redeemed or he will join the Dark.
Another common storyline is the raped/abused Harry who has to be taken care of and put back together by a caring person, be it a Sue or a canon character. This normally ties in with one or more of the above plot types, and quite often features Mentor! or Fatherly!Snape. The Dursleys are the typical source of the abuse, but on occasion, it can be as a result of capture by Death Eaters.
Harry doesn't have any real familial relationships, as his parents died at Voldemort's hand when he was just one year old and the Dursleys didn't care very much for him. He has a pseudo-family in the Weasley clan, and Sirius Black treats him as if he is James Potter for the short time that they know each other.
Canonically, Harry is romantically linked to Ginny Weasley and, briefly, Cho Chang. A surprising number of fanfiction authors respect this and pair Harry up with one of those two, but Harry is also frequently paired with Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, Nymphadora Tonks, Narcissa Malfoy, Bellatrix Lestrange, or a Mary Sue. In slash fics, Harry's most common partners are Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Voldemort/Tom Riddle and Blaise Zabini.
If the fic is a creature!Harry type, then the pairing is usually born of a need to find his destined mate within a certain amount of time or die a horrible and painful death. The normal recipient of this is either a Sue, Malfoy, or Snape.
Harry suffers from Main Character Attractiveness Disorder.
PPC Missions Featuring This Character
Listed in chronological order according to when they take place on the HQ Standard Timeline, as near as can be determined.
- 'Harry Potter and the One Ring of Power' (crossover with The Lord of the Rings), Agent Architeuthis (DoI), June
- 'A Time to Love, a Time to Fly', Agents Aria and Polaris (DMS - HP), August
- 'Two Worlds' (crossover with The Lord of the Rings), Agents Jay Thorntree and Acacia Byrd (DIC), August
- 'Dancing With Fireflies', Agents Aria and Polaris (DMS - HP), c. October
- 'The HP Series', Agents Magnolia Grey and Myfanwy (DMS - HP), January
- Agents BriRi and Melissa (DMS - HP), c. January
- 'Apologies and Past Mistakes', Agents Dee and Milask (DBS - HP), c. July
- 'Legolas' True Love AKA The Lost Princess' (crossover with The Lord of the Rings), Agents Anne and Kate (DMS - LotR), c. August
- 'Attack on Potter-verse: Clear Stream', Agents Krishna and Serenity (DMS), c. August
- 'By My Side', Agents Ekwy Fields, Milano Cricket, and Nea Forrest (DMS - HP), c. late 2003
- 'By Those He Trusted', Agents Dee and Milask (DBS - HP) with Agent Taboo (DBS - MPreg), c. December
- 'Middle-earth Meets Hogwarts' (crossover with The Lord of the Rings), Agents Twain and Jeanlily (DMS), c. 2004
- 'The Protector of Hogwarts', Agents Ekwy Fields, Milano Cricket, and Nea Forrest (DMS - HP), c. early 2004
- 'Harry Kathy and the Sorcerers Stone', Agents Ekwy Fields, Milano Cricket, and Nea Forrest (DMS - HP), c. April
- 'Pain and Regrets, Power and Battle', Agent Dafydd Illian (DOGA) with Agent Vemi Fincaran (DMS), April 17
- 'Harry Potter and the Girl With the Gift', Agents Loren Blue and Amelia Hayward (DMS - Rare Fandoms), c. late 2004
- Agents Jenn Wren and Nel Lemon (DMS - HP), September
- 'Threshold' (alternative link), Agents Mervin and Hyde (DMS - HP), March
- 'The Elf from...Hogwrats?' (crossover with The Lord of the Rings), Agents Manx and Shadow (DF), c. mid-year
- 'Girls Will Be Boys and Boys Will Be Girls', Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Agents Laburnum and Foxglove (DMS) with Agents Stormsong and Skyfire (DBS), November
- 'They Did What with a Baseball Bat?', Agents Laburnum and Foxglove (DMS), November
- 'Harry Potter and the Dragonriders of Pern' (crossover with Dragonriders of Pern), Agents Supernumerary and Ilraen-Aroline-Fothergill (DIC) with Nurse Jennifer Robinson (FicPsych) and Agents Sedri, Lunac, Maria Falcone, and Circe, March 11
- 'Blood in the Stars' (crossover with Firefly), Agents Maria Falcone, Crispin Reed, and Beethoven Sonata (DMS), April
- 'To the Moon', Part 1, Part 2 (NSFW), Agents Trojanhorse and Paddlebrains (DBS), June
- 'It's the Internet, What Did You Expect?', Agents Teek Virtanen and Crebaina Aisenyeva (DF), late June
- 'Hidden Truths, Hidden Lies', Agent Tawaki Penguin (DTO) with Agent Tadkeeta (DOGA), July
- 'Thesuperfunnymynoseisrunnyextracrazystory', Agents Tawaki Penguin and Dustin O'Grady (DTO), September
- 'Inconceivable Conceptions', Agents Teek Virtanen and Crelmos (DF), September/October
- 'Harry Potter and the Weapon of Atlantis', Agents Tawaki Penguin and Dustin O'Grady (DTO), November
- 'Extending the Family' (NSFW), Agent Oscar Henson (DBS - MPreg) with Agent Paddlebrains (DBS), December
- 'avala black An American at Hogwarts', Agents Julius Riddick and Leila Asher (DMS - HP), May
- 'What If?' Part 1, Part 2, Agents Ian Nahinu and Lee Keaton (DMS), July
- 'Ring Child' (crossover with The Lord of the Rings), Agents Supernumerary and Ilraen (DIC) with Agents Suicide and Diocletian (DMS), early summer
- Diptych: 'Secret Agents' and 'Cosmic Love', Agents Supernumerary and Ilraen (DIC), early summer
- '"Better Than Revenge," a.k.a. The First Mission' (NSFW, crossover with Doctor Who), Agents Mittens and Radioactive Moss Creature (DF), July
- 'Dirty Rotten Cowards' (crossover with Stargate Atlantis), Agents Eusabius and Florestan (DIC) with Agents Mark Sienna and Maria Nightingale (DF), July
- 'Dragon Lady', Agents Cadmar, Mark Sienna, and Maria Nightingale (DF) with Agent Miah Arthur (DMS), August
- 'Harry Potter the Death Eater', Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Agents Kirill and Zug (DF), August
- 'Harry Potter and the Twin Stus', Agents Ellipsia, Nathan, and Saline (DF), October
- '"The Making of a Queen," a.k.a. The raison d’être' (crossover with Labyrinth), Agents Mittens and Radioactive Moss Creature (DF), October
- 'Legendary Illogic' (crossover with Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha), Agents Ari and Tera (DF) with Agents Sergio Turbo, Nikki Cherryflower, and Corolla (DF), April
- '"Smells of Rose," a.k.a. The Enemy of My Enemy' (crossover with Labyrinth), Agents James Vulpes and Saxo Cruore (DF), November
- 'A Girl Out of Time' (NSFW, crossover with Doctor Who), Agents Eledhwen and Christianne (DMS) with the Disentangler and the Agent (DIC), April
- 'Time to Fix the Mistakes in "Time to Fix the Mistakes"', Agents Heather Warner and Ted Williams (DF) with Agent Kayla Morrison (DMS - HP), January
- 'Lord Potter and the Barking Owl', Agents Rina Dives and Randa Roan (DMS), July
- 'A Stint Into WhatThe', Agents Rina Dives and Randa Roan (DMS), December
- 'When Stus Stalk Sues', Agents Rina Dives and Randa Roan (DMS), December
- 'Back Into WhatThe', Agents Rina Dives and Zeb (DMS), February
- 'Harry+Draco+Snape? This Doesn't Add Up at All!', Agents Doom/Gloom and Carry Onin (DF), February
- 'Misophist' (crossover with Doctor Who), Agents Desdendelle and the Librarian (DF) with Agents Rina Dives and Zeb (DMS), April
- 'Of Effing WHAT!?', Agents Valon Vance and Kala Jeng (DF), April
- 'Of Slashy Stus', Agents Valon Vance and Kala Jeng (DF), May
- 'Snake Eyes', Agents Falchion and Velociripper (DF), May
- 'So Much for Subtlety', Agents Desdendelle and the Librarian (DF) with Rina Dives and Zeb (DMS) and Technician Corolla (DoSAT), May
- 'Little Rascal' (crossover with Thunderbirds), Agents Desdendelle and the Librarian (DF), June
- 'Riddle Me This', Agents Za'kiir and Natalie Carlman (DMS) with Agents Stephanie Podd and Chakkik (DMS), August
- 'Little Miss Mary', Agents Rina Dives and Zeb (DMS), August
- 'The Gods Must Be Crazy' (crossover with SMITE), Agents Cupid Carmine and Sarah Katherine Squall (DIC) with Agent Backslash (DMS - VGD), August 30
- 'Spring Cleaning', Agent Zeb (DMS) with Agent Dawn McKenna (DMS), September
- 'Irregular Apocalypse', Agents Desdendelle and the Librarian (DF) with Agent Aviator (DMS), October
- 'Shoot Them Later' (technically a crossover with Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha), Agents Desdendelle and the Librarian (DF) with Agent Aviator (DMS), November
- 'Why Would You Quit?' (crossover with Five Nights at Freddy's), Agents Valon Vance and Kala Jeng (DF), January
- 'Full Metal and the Hogwarts Mishap' (crossover with Fullmetal Alchemist), Agents Supernumerary and Ilraen (DIC), February
- 'Deep End', Agents Ix and Charlotte Webb (ESAS), March
- 'Babies, Babies Everywhere', Agents Aviator and Zeb (DMS) with Agent Dawn McKenna (DMS), June
- 'Curiosity Killed the Cat', Agents Aviator and Zeb (DMS), June
- 'Hair of Slytherin', Agents Ix and Charlotte Webb (ESAS), October
- 'Daughter Mine', Agents Aviator and Zeb (DMS) with Agent "Anthony Swift" (DMS), November
- 'Death: Accept No Substitutes,' Agents Jack Riggs and the Detective (DF), November
- 'Veni, Vidi, Vale' (crossover with Star Wars), Agents Lorson Rho and Dax (DIC), April
- 'Best Mates' (crossover with The Lord of the Rings), Agents Ix and Charlotte Webb (ESAS), August