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Pairing: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy
Alternative name(s): Draco/Harry, H/D, Drarry, S.S. Guns 'n' Handcuffs, Guns and Handcuffs
Gender category: M/M slash
Fandom: Harry Potter
Canonical?: No
Prevalence: Popular
Archives: The Hex Files
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Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy is one of the most popular slash ships in the Harry Potter fandom. Tens of thousands of fanworks have been created around this pairing since it first appeared in 2000 and quickly gained in popularity. The ship is also known as Guns and Handcuffs, a name popularised by FictionAlley's SCUSA forum and is derived from two fanfics that were extremely popular in the early stages of the ship's development: Snitch! by Al and Irresistible Poison by Rhysenn (which featured guns and handcuffs respectively).

A brief history of the Harry/Draco fandom

See Also: H/D Timeline by phoenixacid

Relationship to Canon

Shippers can point to a lot of subtext supporting this pairing although very few have believed that it could ever become canon.[1] Some fans are attracted to the pairing because they like exploring the dynamics of their enemyslash or rivalry, which can be interpreted as UST. Some simply think Harry and Draco would be hot together.

After Order of the Phoenix, some shippers were worried for the ship because in the end of the book, Harry ignored Draco, while others argued that Harry had outgrown his rivalry with Draco.[2] However, much to the fans' glee, Harry spent most of the next book, Half-Blood Prince, stalking and obsessing over Draco. In Deathly Hallows, shippers saw even more possible evidence to support their ship: Draco didn't confirm Harry's identity to the Death Eaters, thus giving Harry and his friends the chance to escape; and by the end of the book, Harry saved Draco's life. After DH, some fan writers have chosen to ignore the epilogue, while others write around Harry's and Draco's respective marriages. It also marked the departure of some shippers to the Albus Severus/Scorpius fandom.

Fannish Tropes

Some popular story tropes for Harry/Draco fanfiction include:

Influential Fanficton

The massive and varied output of Harry/Draco fans makes a definitive list of influential works difficult, if not impossible, to establish. Perhaps for this very reason, H/D fans are particularly obsessed with drawing up lists of "fandom classics", and many reccers have compiled variously comprehensive, selective, and thematic lists to aid the floundering newbie.

Some of the most-recced "fandom classics" include:

Other Fanfictions

  • The Malfoy Family Silver- by blackhemlock, In his dreams Draco sees horrors and when he wakes, he remembers that each and every one of them is real. And when he wakes, he straps on his dragon-hide armour and goes out to stop what he can. Rated Explicit.
  • He Was He and I Was Bunny by bryoneybrynn, The war is over and “eighth year” is about to begin at Hogwarts. But for Harry and Draco, nothing is quite the same. Harry’s looking for an escape, Draco’s looking for a friend. Does a little black bunny hold the answers for both of our boys?. Rated Explicit.
  • Break-Up Sex by gracerene, Harry doesn't miss the bond, but he does miss Draco. Rated E
  • Beyond the Mirror's Edge by VivacissimoVoce, Harry Potter is dead! A spell goes wrong in Advanced Charms class, leaving nothing but a charred ring and a pair of empty shoes. Draco Malfoy must figure out what happened and try to bring Harry back. Rated Mature
  • Haute Allure by zeitgeistic (faire_weather), Harry is famous for his menswear now. Malfoy is the inside leg that he loves running his tape measure up. Rated Explicit
  • And a Malfoy in a Pear Tree bylauren3210, Draco works in a coffee shop. Harry drops by every day to get his fix. Of coffee, Ron. Rated Explicit
  • Potterella by VivacissimoVoce, Harry’s friends want him to find true love. But when a spell that promises happy endings goes out of control, fairy tales come to life and Draco becomes Harry’s Prince Not-So-Charming. Rated Mature
  • Death Dreams by Writcraft, Draco likes to keep things casual, or at least he did before Harry Potter barged back into his life. Rated Explicit
  • The Care and Management of Volatile Veelas by dracogotgame, Harry adopts a Veela. He really didn’t mean to. Rated Explicit
  • The Weight of Eternity by venis_envy, Desperate for survival, Draco takes what he needs from others while avoiding the one he’s meant to be with. His newfound compassion will not allow him to trap the one he loves, even if it means his own life is the price paid for Harry’s freedom of choice. Rated Explicit
  • Time to Eternity by calrissian18, Malfoy has wings. Rated Explicit
  • He's got fire for a heart, and I'm scared of burning by Samcgrath, Harry returns to England to help solve a particularly tricky case but nobody bothered to mention that he'd be working with Malfoy, who seems just as happy about it as Harry. In his absence, the wizarding world has changed in ways Harry's having some trouble adjusting to while Malfoy struts around in his elegant robes and effortlessly charms everyone he lays eyes on. Months of grappling with his own feelings, trying to understand Draco's, pining day in and day out - it can get a little tiring especially when Draco Malfoy is as infuriating as ever. Rated Explicit.

Fanworks Resources


Popular fanartists who are noted for their Harry/Draco works include:

Example Works



Notable vids include:

Other Fanworks

Wizard Rock

  • The Whomping Willows have a song from their 2007 album Welcome To The House Of Awesome entitled "In Which Draco And Harry Secretly Want To Make Out" which became a fan favorite.

Meta and Other Essays


Mailing Lists






  1. Harry/Draco Subtext In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by aldebaran1977, July 2007 (Accessed November 2008).
  2. Just call me a Hippogryff: Why Harry/Draco is not Dead, an essay about Harry/Draco after OotP by Ivy Blossom, June 2003 (Accessed November 2008)