I've been reading Harry Potter fanfiction for decades. This is my list of the best Harry/Daphne fanfics that are complete.
The Phenomenon of Daphne Greengrass
"Hermione’s name was called. Trembling, she left the chamber with Anthony Goldstein, Gregory Goyle and Daphne Greengrass."
—Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling
The sentence above is the only time Daphne Greengrass was ever mentioned in canon—yet it was enough to spawn thousands of fanfics, and in the end, create a distinct fanon character: the aloof and calculating Ice Queen of Slytherin.
Decades later, Harry/Daphne (or Haphne, if you like portmanteaus) fics are among the most favorited on Fanfiction.net and Archiveofourown.org. Below you'll find a list of my favorites, with the important caveat that I'm only including complete ones, which unfortunately means that some great abandoned stories didn't make the cut.
Top 10 Harry Potter/Daphne Greengrass Fanfiction
- Contractual Invalidation by R-dude
- Daphne Greengrass and the Importance of Intent by Petrificus Somewhatus
- Unatoned by SeriousScribble
- Perfect Situations & Matryoshka Vignettes by Jeconais
- The Pureblood Princess by TheEndless7
- The Reluctant Champion by TheUnreallnsomniac
- Dancing in the Green by Phoenix Dawn
- The Legacy Preservation Act by James Spookie
- Ice Cream by Andrius
- Honour Thy Blood by TheBlack'sResurgence
1. Contractual Invalidation by R-dude
Contractual Invalidation begins with the familiar trope of Harry discovering a marriage contract with Daphne Greengrass, but trust me when I say this fic puts its own spin on things. For starters, the characters are both adults, which is already a rarity. The characters feel real instead of being caricature "Gryffindor Golden Boy" and "Slytherin Ice Queen," with Harry doing a bit of plotting of his own. I particularly enjoyed the culture clash when Harry attempts to demonstrate to the pureblooded Daphne that muggles are not so different from them after all but misunderstands her point of view altogether.
2. Daphne Greengrass and the Importance of Intent by Petrificus Somewhatus
Daphne Greengrass and the Importance of Intent is a fairly straightforward Hogwarts-era Haphne romance. Daphne is your calculating Slytherin, Tracey is her ever-present friend, Harry asks her for help, and together they devise a way to defeat Voldemort. Mind you, the Voldemort subplot is mostly relegated to background as romance is definitely the biggest focus. The story follows the usual tropes, but in my opinion, it actually does it well.
3. Unatoned by SeriousScribble
Outstandingly written, Unatoned follows Auror Harry Potter who crosses paths with the Greengrass family while investigating a murder. Fair warning, it is a dark and tragic story that is a far cry from the usual Harry/Daphne fare.
4. Perfect Situations & Matryoshka Vignettes by Jeconais
No list of Haphne fics would be complete without Jeconais' Perfect Situations and its sequel Matryoshka Vignettes. Written all the way back in 2005, it just might be one of the first stories to feature the IceQueen!Daphne.
The first story follows Daphne herself as she delivers a eulogy for Harry Potter and reveals that she had been his lover. In the sequel, we learn more and more details about their relationship and the reactions of their peers.
5. The Pureblood Princess by TheEndless7
The Pureblood Princess is told from Daphne's perspective in first-person and follows her through the sixth year at Hogwarts as she meets Harry and starts to fall for him. The atmosphere is mostly casual and relaxed, and it's always a plus that the Slytherin house is portrayed as a bunch of regular teenagers rather than junior politicians or Death-Eaters-in-training.
6. The Reluctant Champion by TheUnrealInsomniac
The Reluctant Champion throws Harry's canon characterization out the window—as a result of being raised by James and the Marauders, he's more confident, brash, and yes, a bit of a prat. Similarly, this Daphne also doesn't have the fanon Ice Queen characterization, which might be either a breath of fresh air or a downside, if you prefer her that way.
7. Dancing in the Green by Pheonix Dawn
Listing a one-shot feels like cheating, but we're not exactly spoiled for choice when it comes to complete Harry/Daphne fanfics. Besides, Dancing in the Green clocks at a respectable 35k words, depicting Harry going to the Yule Ball with Daphne, and following him throughout the remainder of the Triwizard Tournament.
8. The Legacy Preservation Act by James Spookie
A long story from a well-known fanfic author, it centers around the titular "Legacy Preservation Act" that essentially forces marriages between certain pureblood lines—and thus, Harry and Daphne end up together. There's naturally a lot of friction and drama between them because of the forced nature of it.
9. Ice Cream by Andrius
Another one-shot and a much shorter one this time, Ice Cream is a fun take on the usual Ice Queen trope, with Harry being a clueless teenager and Daphne being socially inept. Somehow, they still manage to get together. Not much substance here, but you'll enjoy it if you like fluff.
10. Honour Thy Blood by TheBlack'sResurgence
While the writing is somewhat clunky, Honour Thy Blood should be enjoyable to those who like reading about Harry Potter becoming more proactive and coming into his power—with some help from Daphne.
More Harry/Daphne Fanfics
Whether she's the Ice Queen of Slytherin, an heir to the family fortune, or just a regular teenager, Daphne Greengrass is one of the most popular characters in Harry Potter fanfiction. Despite that, finding complete stories of acceptable quality remains a challenge. For more complete Haphne fanfics, see the excellent Completed Harry and Daphne Fanfiction C2 curated by Dorothea Greengrass on Fanfiction.net.
anon on November 06, 2019:
A Champion's New Hope is great!