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Harry Potter

Alternate Book 1 (Fan Fiction)

I've written an alternate, fan fiction version of the first book of the Potter series. I call this alternate Book 1 Harold Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The goal of changing "Harry" to "Harold" was to avoid confusion, while also allowing the rest of the title to remain unchanged. As a result, someone looking for the real Book 1 will have some clue that this isn't it, while other people (including the lawyers, I hope) will be able to see that I'm not trying to hide anything. Yes, this is Book 1. It has the same settings, characters, and even the same overall plot as the original.

Why Do this?

Because it was fun! Beyond that, it was also educational and humbling. Managing all the various subplots; keeping the story going through the full year; having key characters (Harry, Voldemort, Quirrell, Snape, and Dumbledore) do things that made sense.... These were all challenges.

A number of goals influenced this alternate version:

  • Make Harry the hero-protagonist of the series.
  • Place greater emphasis on character consistency.
  • Give characters greater influence over key events.
  • Have characters grow, evolve, and experience the after-effects of abuse and trauma.
  • Play out key events on-screen.
  • In any case not covered by the other goals, stick as close to the original as possible.

Does the alternate version succeed? I'll let you decide for yourself. You can download a PDF version of the book here.