As you may have heard, Micheline and I are hosting Harry Potter month throughout the month of July – a celebration of all things Harry Potter! If you’d like to join in, feel free! You can post about pretty much anything Harry Potter related, or take part in the House Cup at any time throughout the month, and we’d love to have you share your love for HP!
I’ve made no seccret of the fact I am a huge fanfiction fan, and a huge fanon shipper (sorry, canon fans), but I don’t often mention specifically which pairings I really love. I don’t tend to discuss these with my friends and family offline, mostly for fear of judgement but if I can’t share with my fellow HP month fanatics, what hope is there right?! So, after hesitating too much last year, this Harry Potter month I’m finally sharing my shipping obsessions! This first post is all about my favourite pairings from the trio era, since they’re the ones I’m most likely to read/write, but expect to also see a post on my favourite Marauder era pairings, because I do have a few I love there too! For each one, I’ve shared the Fiction Alley ship name, just for fun and a little discussion on why I love that pairing.
FictionAlley ship name: S.S. Leather & Libraries
Okay, first of all, am I the only one who thinks that FictionAlley nautical name is kinda sexy?! This and the pairing below are my absolute favourites, and I tend to go through phases of loving more than the other and then switching back, but if I really had to pick an OTP (One True Pairing) it’d probably be this one. Maybe.
Anyway, I love this pairing because we know both characters are smart, and stories featuring them often use the hatred-to-romance trope which I have a bit of a weakness for. Draco is one of my favourite characters because he’s been given such a crappy deal, but he’s definitely not evil, and it’s fun to read about him being more than just Harry’s enemy. Plus of course I love Hermione, so stories with this ship focus on two of my absolute favourite characters, so that’s always nice 😉
FictionAlley ship name: S.S. Guns ‘n’ Handcuffs
Like a lot of fanfiction readers I think, Draco/Harry was the ship that got me hooked on fanfiction in the first place. The two have always had a lot of strong emotions between them, and again these stories tend to focus on that hatred-to-romance trope I’ve already mentioned I have a weakness for. They’re a great pairing for the idea that there’s a fine line between love and hate, and despite apparently being very different, it seems like the two could have a lot in common: they’re both Quidditch players, both talented wizards, and despite the very different reasons, both have had to put up with constantly having other people’s expectations forced on them.
Warm & fuzzy feelings
FictionAlley ship name: S.S. Fire & Ice
The FictionAlley ship name absolutely sums this pairing up for me: an icy Draco Malfoy, a fiery, passionate Ginny… Ginny often seems like she doesn’t care what anyone thinks, and in a lot of respects I wouldn’t be surprised if she threw herself into a relationship just as much for the rebellion as because she wanted to! On the other hand, I just don’t love them quite as much as Draco/Harry or Draco/Hermione.
FictionAlley ship name: Flames of Mystery
This is definitely a ship I’ve grown to love through fanfiction, because obviously we know almost nothing about Blaise from canon. It’s yet again another Gryffindor/Sltherin pairing (my favourite kind of pairing <3), but Blaise is usually written as a bit less serious, a bit more fun, than Draco, and that definitely feels like a better fit for Ginny!
These are pairings that I like, but I don’t love the same way as the others. I might read a one-shot about them, or a long story with these as a background couple, but I don’t tend to seek them out the same way as the others.
FictionAlley ship name: S.S. Kicks & Giggles
There’s just something about this pairing that makes sense to me, that seems like a good fit in my head, although I can’t really explain why except that they just seem to complement each other so well!
FictionAlley ship name: S.S. Enemies Lust Here
Again, we come back to Ginny & rebellion, enemies to lovers, and my favourite Gryffindor/Slytherin pairings. What can I say, when it comes to fanfiction, I have a type! 😉 Pansy and Ginny written together quite often tends to be an awesome story of two kick-ass women who aren’t afraid to go after what they want, and hang the consequences, which is a lot of fun to read.
FictionAlley ship name: S.S. Minds on Fire
One of the very few trio era ships I enjoy which aren’t cross-Houses! Two amazingly smart, determined women, I’m not sure how this would ever have been a pairing I could resist!
Are you a canon fan all the way or do you enjoy reading fanon ships too? Which pairings can you just not resist?