|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|
|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
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. 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. 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.
Some popular story tropes for Harry/Draco fanfiction include:
- Aurorfic - where Harry and Draco are Auror partners. Example: Drop Dead Gorgeous
- Animagusfic - where Harry or Draco is an animagus.
- Epistolaryfic - where the Harry/Draco relationship is conveyed through collated documents.
- Bonds - where most often Harry and Draco are forced to be together through a magical bond. Example: Gold Tinted Spectacles
- Disabilityfic - in which either Harry or Draco have a disability.
- EWE - where Harry's marriage to Ginny and Draco's to Astoria is ignored.
- Ever so slightly longer but not quite as thick
- Forced to be intimate scenarios such as Fuck or Die or Forced Bed-Sharing
- Mpreg - where Harry and/or Draco is pregnant.
- Quidditchfic - where Harry and Draco are professional Quidditch players.
- Slytherin!Harry - a Sorting AU scenario. Example: The Sacrifices Arc
- Time travel
- Veelafic - where most often Draco is a Veela and Harry is his soulmate. Examples: Angels and Devils and Magnetic Attraction
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:
- Angels and Devils by Beren
- Beautiful World by Cinnamon
- Daisychain!Draco by Aspen
- Desperately Seeking Someone by alaana_fair
- Drop Dead Gorgeous by Maya
- Irresistible Poison by Rhysenn
- Left My Heart by Emma Grant
- Origins by Ivy Blossom
- The Sacrifices Arc by Lightning Wave
- Seeker to Seeker by Baron Nomaw
- Snitch! by Al
- A Thousand Beautiful Things by Geoviki
- Tissue of Silver by Fearless Diva
- Transfigurations by Resonant
- Underwater Light by Maya
- The Directory of Harry/Draco Rec Lists by gossymer, February 2006.
- A poll about Fandom Classics by sulky_rhino, September 2007.
- A poll about Fandom Favourites 2007-2010, posted to gunshandcuffs, June 2010.
- H/D Directory, a directory of H/D fan writer and fanartist bibliographies
- après l'école, a masterlist of post-Hogwarts Harry/Draco fanfic (collected before Deathly Hallows)
- butmalfoy, an index of H/D fanfic
- Harry/Draco Fests
Popular fanartists who are noted for their Harry/Draco works include:
- Glockgal's HP fanart includes a number of H/D endeavors, including this one, spotted in LiveJournal icons from time to time.
- Naadi is a very prolific, intensely romantic Harry/Draco fanartist. Her most well-known works include The Pumpkin Juice Incident (2006) and The Everblooming Rose (2010).
- Sherant has done several pieces of Harry/Draco art in various media (oil, photoshop, etc.)
- H/D Art Fest, an annual fest hosted by the hd_fanart community
- phoenixacid's Epic List of H/D Fandom's Favourite Fanarts
Notable vids include:
- My Love by hrmheatherrenee
- If You Love Me by hrmheatherrenee
- Don't Ever Say Goodbye by mio1515
- Choke by SciFiNerd92
- My Sweet Prince by volchiha
- Lying is the most fun... by josie
- You Look So Fine by josie
- I Feel You by gypsyraeyven
- Suffocating by sapphiamur
- 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
- harrydraco - the largest Harry/Draco community on LiveJournal, though there are numerous others.
- hd_prophet - A Harry/Draco newsletter on LiveJournal.
- hd_fanart - A Harry/Draco artwork community.
- Harry/Draco Communities on LiveJournal by alaana_fair
- The Hex Files - a popular Harry/Draco archive.
- Harry and Draco Fanfiction Archive
- Pure Magnetism
- Big Bang, Baby - the original Big Bang challenge.
Fuck Yeah Harry/Draco(deleted)
- Drarry For The Win a tumblr based on Top!Draco Drarry.
- Drarry AO3 Feed automatically posts drarry fics from AO3
- Whorecrux Archives
- Harry/Draco Subtext In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by aldebaran1977, July 2007 (Accessed November 2008).
- 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)