Have You Read the Harry Potter Book “All the Young Dudes”? (My Thoughts)

I’m pretty sure that the only fan fic I’ve read for any major IP is for Harry Potter. I don’t know exactly why, but I think it’s some combination of wanting more stories in that world and wanting those stories to be told by someone other than JK Rowling. (see previous post on this topic)

A few months ago I learned about a massive Harry Potter fanfic book by MsKingBean89 called “All the Young Dudes.” A reviewer gave it the highest marks, so I was curious. I’ve spent those few months reading the 500k+ word novel on my Kindle, and I’ve loved every minute of it.

I’ll describe some broad-strokes details and why I loved the book below (no spoilers), but if you’ve been craving some quality Harry Potter universe content, I highly recommend spending some time with this incredible novel. It’s free here (as fanfic, I don’t think it can be sold–this isn’t an illegal download).

All the Young Dudes follows Remus Lupin as the main character. Lupin’s childhood is somewhat parallel to Harry Potter’s (albeit with some different challenges), so there is a sense of familiarity that works well. Lupin ends up in Hogwarts, of course, where he becomes fast friends with the “Marauders” mentioned frequently in the Harry Potter books (Harry’s father, Sirius Black, and Peter Pettigrew).

It’s here that I’d recommend you watch the third Harry Potter movie at some point while reading All the Young Dudes. It does a good job of reminding you of the impact these characters have on the Hogwarts many of us grew up with.

The book follows Lupin through all 7 years at Hogwarts and then quite a bit of time after that. Unlike the characters in the Harry Potter novels, the boys and girls in All the Young Dudes are quite rowdy–they smoke, they drink, they have sex, etc. None of this is for shock value; rather, it seems like what teenagers (magical or otherwise) would actually do if they have free reign over a castle for their formative hormonal years.

While there are some large ongoing narrative arcs throughout the fanfic, this is 100% a character-driven novel (opposed to the Harry Potter novels, which are much more plot-driven). I’m saying this so you don’t open All the Young Dudes in the hopes of 7 mystery adventures that are conveniently tidied up at the end of each school year.

All of this is to say is that I LOVED this book. It carries a strong sense of Harry Potter/Hogwarts nostalgia and lore while also being incredibly refreshing in its approach to storytelling, characters, and love. I highly recommend it, and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments if you give it a try.

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