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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:

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)