I’ve thought about it often, but now, after speaking on a fanfiction panel at Luncon, it’s finally time to present my fanfiction recommendations. I’ll start with the non-Sherlock ones, because the Sherlock ones (including crossovers) are so many more.
Stealing Harry series by copperbadge. Sirius isn’t sent to Azkaban. Instead he and Remus open a bookshop in Little Whinging to keep an eye on Harry. When they find out how the Dursleys are treating him, they steal him back and raise him themselves. Harry’s childhood and first three years at Hogwarts (which is how far the fic goes) are inspiringly different from the books. Also Sirius/Remus. 443K over 12 works (four longer), finished.
It’s Tea Time series by frombluetored. Post-Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Albus/Scorpius, obviously, but also the whole Potter-Weasley-Granger clan after the events of the book/play. Incidentally the fic that made me ship Harry/Ginny, which the books didn’t. 217K over two works, wip.
Of Strange Magic and Human Minds in Cat Bodies and After the Battle by spilled_notes. Rarepair OTP: Esme Weatherwax/Minerva McGonagall. Best rarepair OTP ever, but sadly, apart from these two and my own, I’ve found no more fic. 635+500 words, one-shots.
Note that all Sherlock fic recs will be Johnlock to some extent. Non-crossover Sherlock fic recs are in the next paragraph.
More Things Than Are Dreamt Of by 1electricpirate. Potterlock. “In which John is (reluctantly) a wizard, Mycroft is (apparently) omniscient, and Sherlock is (surprisingly) oblivious.” Sherlock’s obliviousness ends in the best way. Best, I tell you. Bamf!wizard!John potterlock forever. 38K over 3 works, marked as unfinished but the works are finished on their own, though of course I’d welcome more.
Keep the Car Running series by earlgrey68. Inceptionlock. ”If Mycroft Holmes lived in a world where people could steal information from the subconsciouses of others, tell me he wouldn’t be all over that when he had Moriarty in custody.” Johnlock and Arthur/Eames – the fic that famously made me ship an OTP from a movie I haven’t even seen yet … 232K over 6 works, marked as unfinished but it even has epilogues. egt68 has written lots more Arthur/Eames, too.
Regulation by Valeria2067. Bondlock. James Bond/John Watson: the ship I didn’t know I needed until it sailed right in there. I’ve read some more but apparently haven’t bookmarked them; there’s a post-Reichenbach one and a before-Sherlock-catches-on one, but I can’t find them now … 1664 words, finished.
Purity of the Heart by mresundance. Sherlock gets unstuck in time and meets Lord Byron Yes really. 10K, warning: unfinished fic that won’t be finished.
The Holmes’s unexpected but obvious cousins: in Rough Edges series by Basingstoke, bookseller Bernard Black is Sherlock’s mad Irish cousin. 25K, marked as unfinished. In Lets You Know You’re Alive series by EventHorizon, airdot pilot Martin Crieff is Sherlock’s cousin, as Arthur Shappey finds out when he needs help. 895K, wip.
Sherlock / Johnlock:
My OTF, One True Fanfic, my gateway and rabbit hole:
Texts from John and Sherlock by makokitten and h3rring. Started out as an RP blog, ask John and Sherlock questions. Then there was plot, character development, angst, surprise side characters, long fic interludes, and just all the angst and domestic fluff and feels and everything good. Read in chronological order here or catch the highlights! Has sequel/midquel The Sigerson Letters set while Sherlock’s dead. All left unfinished because of the mess of series 3.
Non-canonical settings and AUs:
Nature and Nurture series by earlgreytea68. Never in my life did I think ”Ooh, John and Sherlock as parents, I want to read that”, but then THIS FIC. Mycroft happened to clone Sherlock and now there’s a baby. John finds himself with one tiny Sherlock and one adult one. Sounds ridiculous but is awesome. 220K over 6 works, finished. PS: Oliver Watson-Holmes meets the son of Rose Tyler and Tenth Doctor. 1630 words.
Two Two One Bravo Baker by abundantlyqueer. Captain John Watson of the Royal Marines is assigned to protect and assist Sherlock Holmes as he investigates what appears to be a war atrocity in Afghanistan. War drama and love. 115K, finished.
Performance In A Leading Role series by Mad_Lori. They’re actors (They are not Benedict and Martin.) starring against each other and falling hard; including a lot of stuff about real-world homophobia and difficulties of coming out as a celebrity. 223K over 9 works, marked as unfinished but the main story is finished.
Show Me How to Stop Running by etothepii and All Things Inherit by BeautifulFiction. Werewolflock! ❤ ❤ In two different fics, John comes home from Afghanistan a werewolf and it’s bad, but then it’s good because it turns out that so is Sherlock. 12K, finished; 54K, finished.
Tales from the Northwest series by Kryptaria. Canadian!John. PTSD veteran John reluctant host to recovering junkie Sherlock. In Canada. Yup. 95K over 2 works, marked as unfinished but the main story is finished.
Inexplicable by emmagrant01. What happened with that magical matchbox we saw during Sherlock’s best man speech? Magic AU. Fluff to angst, be warned. 65K, cliffhanger ending.
More canonical setting recs:
The Progress of Sherlock Holmes by ivyblossom. UST, pining, realisations. 62K, finished. Letters by earlgreytea68. While he’s ”dead”, Sherlock writes John letters. John reads them. 71K over 5 works. Midnight Blue Serenity by BeautifulFiction: friends-to-lovers casefic (PS Sherlock in clubbing clothes and makeup). 152K, finished. A Study In Auto-Signatures, Sniper Dolphins, and Sex Holidays by cwb. John is on his honeymoon with Mary. Sherlock is bored and texts him. There’s more going on than Sherlock is at first aware of. 33K, finished; only available to logged in ao3 users. Arguing and Corpses series by AggressiveWhenStartled, #explicitconsent #johnwatsonsmagicalwangdoesntsolveproblems #talkingdoes 70K, finished.
Compound a Felony by Elinor Gray: I read about half of it on ao3 from whence it’s now gone: as this is Victorian BDSM Dom/sub Johnlock it draws on Conan Doyle, not BBC, is therefore public domain, and so you can buy it as an e-book. And if Victorian BDSM Dom/sub Johnlock sounds good to you, you totally should (Dom!John, sub!Sherlock). There is thorough dialogue and respect of safewords, unlike other fanfics I could mention.
P. S. Here are my own fics.