There are certain things about the Harry Potter series that are just iconic. The score. The magic. Harry in Gryffindor. But, what if he wasn't? We all know that Harry very easily could've ended up in Slytherin had the hat not taken his preference to heart, so that begs the question - what would it have been like if Harry hadn't been a Gryffindor? The other Hogwarts Houses sometimes get a bad rap, but maybe with the Chosen One sorted into them, they'll finally get the respect they deserve. We found some of the top rated fanfiction from Archive Of Our Own and Fanfiction.net of Harry as a Hufflepuff, a Ravenclaw, and yes, a Slytherin.
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Better Be Slytherin!
As a first year, Harry is sorted into Slytherin instead of Gryffindor, and no one is more surprised than his new Head of House. Snape mentors Harry fic.
All Through the Night
Harry awakens transported back in time over 500 years. Hogwarts is still being built and, amid the bustle, Harry finds the warm, nurturing parental figure missing in his life, in none other than Rowena Ravenclaw. Will Harry ever go home? Will he want to?
he Beginning, if There is One
by The Wigmonsters
Year one, AU. Things didn't go quite as planned the first time around, so a higher power stepped in and changed things around. How will Harry turn out now, if he learns not to take everything at face value? He begins his first year... in Ravenclaw.
Harry the Hufflepuff
Luckily, lazy came up in Petunia's tirades slightly more often than freak, otherwise, this could have been a very different story. AU. Not your usual Hufflepuff!Harry story.
Harry Potter in the Claw of the Raven
When a more studious Harry Potter enters Gringotts with Hagrid, the Goblins managed to talk to him privately - Dumbledore never saw that one coming.
Leo Inter Serpentes: First Year
A retelling of the original series, but this time, our hero wears green and silver, not red and gold.
Frozen Irises, Frozen Heart
There is only so much abuse a person can take before they turn around and strike back. Harry Potter is five years old when he slaughters his abusive, magic-hating relatives in cold blood. He disappears into the night, missing for six years until his Hogwarts letter arrives.
Everyone expects the Boy-Who-Lived to be the golden child of the side of Light, the epitome of Gryffindor hooliganism, to follow in his father’s marauding footsteps, and for a certain scheming headmaster with too many middle names, the ultimate weapon in his quest for eternal power and control over people who are no better than sheep.
No one expected a goblin-trained ice king, with irises as hard as diamonds and a heart as frozen as the Arctic North, to step through the doors of Hogwarts. Nor did anyone expect the great upheaval he was to bring upon the magical world.
A prophecy that supersedes everything that came before and the awakening of the elements destroy the status quo. The line between Dark and Light blurs, and the fate of magical Britain is thrown into uncertainty.
Nothing will ever be the same again.
Harry Potter the Gem Mage
When Harry is neglected and ignored by his family after his brother is named the Boy Who Lived, Harry decides he will prove himself to be better than him. With an inheritance and knowledge lost to the world, Harry struggles to define himself through actions and his magic. WBWL, Smart!Harry, Ravenclaw!Harry, Powerful!Harry, Independant!Harry, Grey!Harry. Not Slash. Not typical WBWL.
The Perfect Lord: Harry James Potter
Ravenclaw!Harry. His journey from the very start with the Dursleys till the end of the second war. Harry will lead the war his way. He is no one's puppet. Powerful, Ambitious, Intelligent & Political. Ruthless to enemies and loyal to his friends.
The Child of Azkaban
Being in the middle of a dangerous war meant having to plan ahead for the worst case scenario, as both James and Lily Potter very well knew. And as such, they placed powerful safeguards to ensure their son Harry would grow up with proper guardians should anything happen to them.
…in their defence, neither of them would have ever expected what would happen to one Sirius Black after their deaths.
A Badgers Champion
A Halloween plan that led the Potters to survival causes major in the Wizarding World. Harry is the boy-who-lived who embraces his desinty from a young age to one day defeat Voldemort. Follow Hufflepuff Harry as he assembles a loyal following of friends, and becomes the Leader of the light Dumbledore knows he can be. Good Dumbledore.
Not the Martyr You Wanted
Harry Potter is not safe at Number Four Privet Drive, but Lily Potter’s posthumous magic demands that he have a home, so in a crack of thunder four-year-old Harry flashes into existence next to Sirius Black, occupying Cell 12, North Tower, Azkaban.
Harry is anonymous there. No one knows who he was before he joined Padfoot in Cell 12, so he is given a new name and raised by Death Eaters, trained for Dark Magic and maybe a little crazier than he ought to be.
He knows only the stone walls and the cold until Minerva McGonagall stumbles into Dumbledore's office holding a first-year's letter addressed to the wizarding prison, and he is brought from its stone depths to attend Hogwarts.
He is not the Martyr Dumbledore wanted, and he is not the Savior the Wizarding World asked for.
This is not the Harry Potter you thought you knew.
Cunning and Ambition - Book One
Harry Potter has found out he’s a wizard and is on his way Hogwarts. He is found by a boy on the train. Who knew one simple sentence and one simple gesture could change history? A Slytherin!Harry AU
Adventures in Magick
Eleven year old Harry Potter, newly crowned wizard and avid lover of fantasy fiction, recites a few lines from a favourite book to the guard standing outside Gringotts...with unforeseen consequences. Harry blames the Goblins. Curious!Harry
6th Year, Harry gets a shock. All 5th & 6th year students are being resorted. Yup, another resorting but different. Can Harry save the Slytherins? More important, can the Slytherins save Harry? NOT a Dark!Harry tale. Snape!Mentor
by Chiyoku Shibata
AU Slytherin!Dark!Harry. Harry befriends Draco in the hallway before the sorting. Kinda PlotAsIGoAlong...check it out and follow Harry as he discovers magic through the eyes of a Slytherin. Bad!Dumbles Good!Malfoys
Other People's Choices
AU. The Sorting Hat doesn’t just let the Sword go when it falls on Harry’s head in the Chamber, but also Sorts him again, this time into Slytherin. Harry is furious and terrified, and the adults aren’t helping much.
The Wizarding Chronicles : Return of the True Descendant
by Arcturus Peverell
During the Time before, the Slytherin family was one of the ruling families of Magical Britain. What happens when the True heir to Slytherin returns? Ancient magick, AU. Concepts from Merlin. Slytherin! Harry, Powerful! Harry. Harry/Daphne.
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It Isn't Easy Being a Hufflepuff
After Voldemort is defeated, Harry finds himself pulled into another dimension where Neville is the bwl and Harry is a… Hufflepuff? AU.
The Celtic druids once made a decision that kept magic in abundance in Britannia, but they couldn’t account for the technological advances Muggles would make centuries later. Now magic is dying on the isles, and this is not a dark lord that Harry can fight. OR: Harry Potter doesn’t save the world this time, but he does get a lot of hugs.