The first work listed on the site, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows , has been the center of a lot of discussion about the legality and morality of Harry Potter fanfiction. The site is written as a forum, with questions and comments posted by users. This is the type of exchange that usually occurs over a work of fiction, and readers are free to argue about the canon, or to debate the morality of certain actions. Of course, in Harry Potter fanfiction, this kind of discussion is held and woven into the narrative. Very much a part of the story itself, this kind of fanfiction can spark heated conversations about the author's stated intentions and the significance of certain events.
In summary, then, fanfiction is a very lively and active genre of writing, and it is populated by a wide variety of authors, of varying skill levels, who use their creative license to tell the stories they want to. In the end, it is as creative and exciting a way to engage in writing as any other: you are telling a story, and that story is unique to you.
If you want to start writing fanfiction yourself, you may want to check out some of the other fanfiction sites. For example, www.fanfiction.net has a section for Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling , and other J.K. Rowling authors. You can submit fanfiction by going to the Homepage and clicking on Submit.
The site also has a very searchable database of works. Here you can find the status of a particular fanfiction.net text, how many pageviews it has had, and details about where it can be found on the fanfiction.net site. In addition, you can search for fiction by author, by title, and many other features. It is a great tool for finding and tracking fanfiction.
As far as I know, for the most part, fanfiction is not allowed on Pottermore. However, sometimes a text will appear on the site, and of course, it's there for everyone to read. I have found several examples of fanfiction that includes Pottermore works in the fandom . In other words, there are texts on this site that discuss other works, and I was able to find these texts because of the links. Sometimes, there are specific fanon texts that are indexed, but not the rest of the website. Below is an example of one of those that was indexed, by the way.
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