Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy

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Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy, commonly known as "Drarry" or "Guns and Handcuffs", is a non-canon slash ship from the Harry Potter fandom. It is the most commonly tagged ship in the Harry Potter fandom on the popular fanfiction archive An Archive of Our Own (AO3) and as of July 15, 2015, was AO3's 9th most popular ship overall[1], with more than 14,000 works tagged with the pairing.

Popular tropes in Harry/Draco fanfiction include:

  • Auror fic - in which they have to work together as Aurors
  • Quidditch fic - in which they play Quidditch professionally on the same or rival teams
  • Veela fic - in which Draco (usually) is part Veela

Impact on Fandom and Society

As the largest ship in one of the largest fandoms, the Harry/Draco fandom was the starting point for a number of fandom traditions that have now spread to other ships and fandoms. For example, the first of a now popular type of writing/art challenge called a "Big Bang", which typically matches a writer and artist team to create a novel-length fanfiction with accompanying fanart, was held in 2005 in the Harry/Draco fandom[2].

Author Rainbow Rowell has been open about her love of Harry/Draco fanfiction and how it inspired both her novel Fangirl, about a young woman who writes slash fanfiction about fictional wizards named Simon Snow and Baz Pitch, a couple that closely resembles Harry and Draco in many respects, and Carry On, her later novel with her own take on Simon and Baz's romance[3][4].

Related Links


  1. http://centrumlumina.tumblr.com/post/123467319174/summer-is-here-again-so-its-time-for-the-2015
  2. http://fanlore.org/wiki/Big_Bang,_Baby_Challenge
  3. http://www.thebookseller.com/news/rainbow-rowell-speaks-out-writing-harry-potter-fan-fiction
  4. http://www.worshipthefandom.com/content/rainbow-rowell-loves-fanfiction-as-much-as-you-do

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