List of Harry Potter Pairing Names

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The Harry Potter fandom is unique in the variety and sheer number of pairings that are present within it. Additionally, pairings can be given a variety of names and be referred to in a variety of ways. Below is a list of some of the most common pairings and their associated names.

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Naming Conventions

The Virgule

As in many other fandoms, romantic pairings are most commonly denoted by a slash, or virgule, separating the characters' names. For example, a story labeled as "Harry/Ginny" refers to a romantic (or simply sexual) work whose primary couple is Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley.

Typically, in a het pairing the male character's name comes first (e.g. Draco/Ginny), whereas in a slash or femslash pairing the character with the most prominence (or "screen time") in canon often comes first (e.g. Ron/Draco), though this is not necessarily the case.

Abbreviations

Pairings written separated by a virgule are often shortened from the characters' full names to their initials, mainly for major characters who is easily recognized by their initials. The most popular characters, namely Harry, Ron, Hermione, Draco, and Ginny, are often represented by their first initial alone, whereas the first and last initials are generally used for other characters.

This may result in ambiguity, however. For example, Harry and Hermione share a first initial. Because the early fandom was basically split between Harry/Hermione and Ron/Hermione, 'H' was used for both characters: H/H versus R/H. However, as the fandom expanded and slash became more popular, R/H tended to be used for the Harry/Ron pairing, so Hermione became represented by 'Hr' (even though both she and Harry have an 'r' in their names).

Similarly, some characters share initials; for example, Ginny and George Weasley are both "GW", and Pansy Parkinson and both Patil twins are "PP". George's name is sometimes abbreviated to "GeW" to differentiate it from Ginny's, but in many circumstances initials simply must be avoided altogether. This is also true when a pairing involves a very minor character -- not many fans are going to recognize "PT" as "Pius Thicknesse", for example.

Portmanteaus

Portmanteaus are also used, and especially common for certain pairings, especially those involving Severus Snape. For example, some Harry/Snape 'shippers use the name "Snarry" exclusively. Other popular portmanteaus include "Drarry" (Draco/Harry), "Dramione" (Draco/Hermione), "Snack" (Snape/Black), and the like. "Harmony," a name for the Harry/Hermione pairing, was intended to be pseudo-portmanteau. Supporters of the pairing, called Harmonians, also created a portmanteau for the Ron/Hermione ship, "Heron," intended to be derogatory.

With the rise in popularity of Tumblr, which does not support the "/" symbol in tags, pairing portmanteaus of all kinds have become more common. In addition to the aforementioned portmanteaus that had always been somewhat popular, fans have begun creating entirely new (and somewhat outlandish) pairing names for use in tags, among them "Huna" (Harry/Luna), "Hinny" (Harry/Ginny), and "Luneville" (Luna/Neville).

Nautical Metaphors

Within the fandom (as well as others), romantic pairings are often referred to as 'ships, short for relationships, and many areas of the fandom have embraced the associated nautical terminology. Not only can fans "sail" ships and ships "sink," but some ships are even given names and crews. This was popularized by FictionAlley's SCUSA ("Self-Contained Underwater Shipping Apparatus") thread, whose masterlist of ship names currently contains almost 1,000 different pairings.[1]

The origins of a ship name can come from popular early fanfiction (such as S.S. Guns 'n' Handcuffs[2]), can be derived from the characters' canonical relationship (such as S.S. Best Mate), or may simply be words that superficially represent each character (such as S.S. Gringott/Dragon). Some of the nautical names are quite common and used throughout fandom, such as Guns 'n' Handcuffs and Pumpkin Pie, while others are never used outside of FictionAlley Park.

Common Pairing Names

Het Pairings

Characters Involved Primary Pairing Name FictionAlley "Ship"
(Nautical Name)
Portmanteau /
Other Names
Abbreviations
Hermione Granger/Arthur Weasley Arthur/Hermione H.M.S. Red and Brains AW/HG
Arthur Weasley/Molly Prewett Weasley Arthur/Molly S.S. Batteries and Baking AW/MW
Fleur Delacour/Bill Weasley Bill/Fleur H.M.S. Fang & Flora B/F
Nymphadora Tonks/Bill Weasley Bill/Tonks H.M.S. Egyptian Wotcher B/T, BW/NT
Hermione Granger/Blaise Zabini Blaise/Hermione H.M.S. Overworked and Underappreciated BZ/HG
Cho Chang/Cedric Diggory Cedric/Cho H.M.S. Remembered and Remaining CD/CC
Hermione Granger/Charlie Weasley Charlie/Hermione S.S. Pyro Studies Charmione CW/HG
Dean Thomas/Ginny Weasley Dean/Ginny S.S. Artist's Flame DT/GW
Luna Lovegood/Dean Thomas Dean/Luna S.S. Take My Hand DT/LL
Astoria Greengrass/Draco Malfoy Draco/Astoria S.S. Stellar Legends Drastoria DM/AG
Draco Malfoy/Ginny Weasley Draco/Ginny S.S. Fire & Ice Drinny D/G, DM/GW
Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy Draco/Hermione S.S. Leather & Libraries Dramione D/Hr, DM/HG
Draco Malfoy/Pansy Parkinson Draco/Pansy S.S. Snitch & Bitch DM/PP
Alice Longbottom/Frank Longbottom Frank/Alice H.M.S. Aurora Borealis Fralice FL/AL
Angelina Johnson/Fred Weasley Fred/Angelina S.S. Bludger and Quaffle Frangelina F/A, FW/AJ
Hermione Granger/Fred Weasley Fred/Hermione H.M.S. Miracles Fremione FW/HG
Angelina Johnson/George Weasley George/Angelina S.S. Flaming Fireworks Georgelina G/A, GW/AJ
Hermione Granger/George Weasley George/Hermione S.S Dungbombs and S-P-E-W Germione Ge/Hr, GW/HG
Cho Chang/Harry Potter Harry/Cho H.M.S Celebrity Charry H/C, HP/CC
Daphne Greengrass/Harry Potter Harry/Daphne H.M.S. Golden Ice, H.M.S. Champion's New Hope Haphne, Darry H/D, HP/DG
Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley Harry/Ginny H.M.S. Orange Crush Hinny, Chocolateers H/G, HP/GW
Hermione Granger/Harry Potter Harry/Hermione H.M.S. Pumpkin Pie Harmony H/Hr, HP/HG
Luna Lovegood/Harry Potter Harry/Luna S.S. Loonies and Lions Huna/Lunarry H/L, HP/LL
Pansy Parkinson/Harry Potter Harry/Pansy S.S. Unimaginable Love Hansy HP/PP
Harry Potter/Nymphadora Tonks Harry/Tonks H.M.S. Honks Honks HP/NT
James Potter/Lily Evans Potter James/Lily S.S. Thorn and Buck Jily J/L, JP/LE
Lucius Malfoy/Ginny Weasley Lucius/Ginny S.S. Wicked Temper
(formerly S.S. Seduced)
Giucius, Ginius, Luny LM/GW
Hermione Granger/Lucius Malfoy Lucius/Hermione S.S. Evil Genius Lumione LM/HG
Lucius Malfoy/Narcissa Black Malfoy Lucius/Narcissa S.S. Icicle Lucissa, Larcissa LM/NM
Luna Lovegood/Rolf Scamander Luna/Rolf S.S. Natural Attraction Rona LL/RS
Neville Longbottom/Ginny Weasley Neville/Ginny H.M.S. Flaming Toad Ninny N/G, NL/GW
Hannah Abbott/Neville Longbottom Neville/Hannah H.M.S. Toads and Pigtails Hanville N/H. NL/HA
Neville Longbottom/Luna Lovegood Neville/Luna S.S. The Government Stole My Toad Nuna, Luneville N/L, NL/LL
Hermione Granger/Oliver Wood Oliver/Hermione S.S. Book and Broomstick OW/HG
Hermione Granger/Remus Lupin Remus/Hermione S.S. Beauty and the Beast Remione RL/HG
Lily Evans/Remus Lupin Remus/Lily H.M.S. Moon Petals Remily RL/LE
Remus Lupin/Nymphadora Tonks Remus/Tonks S.S. Wotcher Wolvie Remadora, Ronks R/T, RL/NT
Ginny Weasley/Ron Weasley Ron/Ginny S.S Copper Pearls Weasleycest R/G, RW/GW
Hermione Granger/Ron Weasley Ron/Hermione The Good Ship Heron, Romione/Ronmione R/Hr, R/H, RW/HG
Luna Lovegood/Ron Weasley Ron/Luna H.M.S. Red Moon R/L, RW/LL
Pansy Parkinson/Ron Weasley Ron/Pansy H.M.A.S. Golden Embers RW/PP
Scorpius Malfoy/Rose Weasley Scorpius/Rose S.S. Poisonous Rose
(formerly S.S. Romeo and Juliet)
Scorose, Rosius SM/RW
Scorpius Malfoy/Lily Luna Potter Scorpius/Lily S.S. Vicarious Living Scorpilly, Scorlily, Lillius SM/LLP
Sirius Black/Hermione Granger Sirius/Hermione S.S. Puppy Love Sirimione SB/HG
Sirius Black/Lily Evans Sirius/Lily S.S. Betrayal Silly SB/LE
Hermione Granger/Severus Snape Snape/Hermione S.S. Prudence & Potions Snermione, Snanger, Sevione SS/HG
Lily Evans/Severus Snape Snape/Lily S.S. Always
(formerly S.S. Clichéd)
Snily SS/LE
Andromeda Black Tonks/Ted Tonks Ted/Andromeda H.M.S. Blood Traitor Tedromeda TT/AB
Teddy Lupin/Victoire Weasley Teddy/Victoire S.S. Wolfish Beauty
(formerly S.S. French Turquoise)
Tedoire T/V, TL/VW
Tom Riddle/Ginny Weasley Tom/Ginny S.S. Gin 'n Tonic Voldemort/Ginny TMR/GW, LV/GW
Hermione Granger/Viktor Krum Viktor/Hermione H.M.S. Viktory Krumione VK/HG

Slash Pairings

Characters Involved Primary Pairing Name FictionAlley "Ship"
(Nautical Name)
Portmanteau /
Other Names
Abbreviations
Albus Dumbledore/Gellert Grindelwald Albus/Gellert H.M.S. Greater Good Grindeldore, Dumblewald AD/GG
Scorpius Malfoy/Albus Severus Potter Albus Severus/Scorpius H.M.S. ASS Albus/Scorpius, Scorbus AS/S, ASP/SM
Lucius Malfoy/Arthur Weasley Arthur/Lucius S.S. King of Hearts
(formerly S.S. Head-On Collision)
AW/LM
Bill Weasley/Charlie Weasley Bill/Charlie S.S. Gringott/Dragon Weasleycest BW/CW


Draco Malfoy/Bill Weasley Bill/Draco BW/DM
Draco Malfoy/Charlie Weasley Charlie/Draco S.S. Red Dragon CW/DM
Seamus Finnigan/Dean Thomas Dean/Seamus S.S Kicks and Giggles Deamus D/S, DT/SF
Draco Malfoy/Lucius Malfoy Draco/Lucius S.S. Devil's Dragon Malfoycest DM/LM
Neville Longbottom/Draco Malfoy Draco/Neville S.S. Remembering to Forget DM/NL
Draco Malfoy/Severus Snape Draco/Snape H.M.S. Black and Silver Snaco DM/SS
Fred Weasley/George Weasley Fred/George H.M.S. Mirror Twincest, Weasleycest FW/GW
Cedric Diggory/Harry Potter Harry/Cedric H.M.S. Tale Of Two Seeker HP/CD
Harry Potter/Charlie Weasley Harry/Charlie S.S. Dragon Scars HP/CW
Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter Harry/Draco S.S. Guns 'n' Handcuffs Drarry H/D, HP/DM
Albus Dumbledore/Harry Potter Harry/Dumbledore H.M.S. Old Scars Albus/Harry H/DD, HP/AD
Lucius Malfoy/Harry Potter Harry/Lucius HP/LM
Neville Longbottom/Harry Potter Harry/Neville H.M.S. Heroes
(formerly H.M.S. Hero and Zero)
H/N, HP/NL
Remus Lupin/Harry Potter Harry/Remus S.S. Moonstruck HP/RL
Harry Potter/Ron Weasley Harry/Ron S.S. Best Mate H.M.S. Candy, Candyshipping H/R, HP/RW
Harry Potter/Severus Snape Harry/Snape R.M.S. Illegal Substances Snarry HP/SS
Sirius Black/Harry Potter Harry/Sirius S.S. Siriusly Twisted HP/SB
Harry Potter/Lord Voldemort Harry/Voldemort S.S. ssssssssss,
S.S. Intertwining Philosophies
Tom/Harry, Tomarry,
Pottermort, Harrymort
HP/LV, HP/TMR
Regulus Black/James Potter James/Regulus U.S.S. True Colors Seekerchasing JP/RB
Remus Lupin/James Potter James/Remus H.M.S. Tainted Glass JP/RL
Sirius Black/James Potter James/Sirius H.M.S. Inseparable Starbucks JP/SB
James Potter/Severus Snape James/Snape S.S. Silver and Steel JP/SS
Remus Lupin/Lucius Malfoy Lucius/Remus S.S. Twilight
(formerly S.S. Addictive Conflict)
LM/RL
Percy Weasley/Oliver Wood Percy/Oliver H.M.S. Bedknobs & Broomsticks P/O, PW/OW
Sirius Black/Remus Lupin Remus/Sirius H.M.S. Wolfstar
R.M.S. R/S[3]
Puppies (Puppyshipping),
The One True Way[3], HMS Furries
R/S, RL/SB
Draco Malfoy/Ron Weasley Ron/Draco S.S. Prince and Pauper
(formerly S.S. Weasel and Ferret)
RW/DM
Regulus Black/Sirius Black Sirius/Regulus H.M.S. Nature's Nobility
(or, Cruise of the Damned)
Blackcest SB/RB
Sirius Black/Severus Snape Snape/Black S.S. Malevolence Snack SS/SB
Rubeus Hagrid/Severus Snape Snape/Hagrid Snagrid SS/RH
Lucius Malfoy/Severus Snape Snape/Lucius S.S. Dungeon and Domination
(formerly S.S. Devil's Snake)
Snucius SS/LM
Remus Lupin/Severus Snape Snape/Lupin S.S. Master and Wolf Snupin SS/RL
Regulus Black/Severus Snape Snape/Regulus H.M.S Obscure Loyalties Severus/Regulus SS/RB, SS/RAB
Teddy Lupin/James Potter II Teddy/James H.M.S. Remix Je T'aime TL/JP(II)

Femslash Pairings

Characters Involved Primary Pairing Name FictionAlley "Ship"
(Nautical Name)
Portmanteau /
Other Names
Abbreviations
Bellatrix Black/Narcissa Black Bellatrix/Narcissa H.M.S. Beautiful Vanity
(formerly The Pureblood Way)
Bella/Cissy, Blackcest BB/NB, BL/NM
Cho Chang/Ginny Weasley Ginny/Cho S.S. Firefly GW/CC
Luna Lovegood/Ginny Weasley Ginny/Luna S.S. Dreamy Redhead G/L, GW/LL
Pansy Parkinson/Ginny Weasley Ginny/Pansy S.S. Enemies Lust Here GW/PP
Nymphadora Tonks/Ginny Weasley Ginny/Tonks S.S. The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name GW/NT
Bellatrix Black/Hermione Granger Hermione/Bellatrix S.S. Bad Hair Day Bellamione Hr/B, HG/BL
Fleur Delacour/Hermione Granger Hermione/Fleur S.S. Beauty and Brains Hr/F, HG/FD
Hermione Granger/Ginny Weasley Hermione/Ginny S.S. Minds on Fire Ginmione, Herminny Hr/G, HG/GW
Hermione Granger/Luna Lovegood Hermione/Luna S.S. Antitheses Hr/L, HG/LL
Hermione Granger/Minerva McGonagall Hermione/McGonagall S.S. Intelligence Hr/McG, HG/MM
Hermione Granger/Pansy Parkinson Hermione/Pansy H.M.S. Pug and Chipmunk Permione Hr/P, HG/PP
Hermione Granger/Nymphadora Tonks Hermione/Tonks H.M.S. Books And Looks Hr/T, HG/NT
Lavender Brown/Parvati Patil Lavender/Parvati H.M.S. Dreamcatcher LB/PP
Lily Evans/Narcissa Malfoy Lily/Narcissa S.S. Flora LE/NM
Rolanda Hooch/Minerva McGonagall McGonagall/Hooch H.M.S. Kittyhawk Minerva/Hooch MM/RH
Luna Lovegood/Pansy Parkinson Pansy/Luna Luna/Pansy PP/LL
Rolanda Hooch/Madam Rosmerta Rosmerta/Hooch H.M.S. Barmaids and Broomsticks Hoomerta MR/RH

Threesomes & Moresomes

Characters Involved Primary Pairing Name FictionAlley "Ship"
(Nautical Name)
Portmanteau /
Other Names
Abbreviations
Hermione Granger/Luna Lovegood/Draco Malfoy Draco/Hermione/Luna D/Hr/L, DM/HG/LL
Hermione Granger/Fred Weasley/George Weasley Fred/George/Hermione Three's Company FW/HG/GW
Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter/Severus Snape Harry/Draco/Snape S.S. Gold and Silver Potions Drapery, Snarco H/D/S, HP/DM/SS
Luna Lovegood/Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley Harry/Ginny/Luna S.S. Flaming Nargle
S.S. Moon Seekers
silver trio H/G/L
Hermione Granger/Luna Lovegood/Harry Potter Harry/Hermione/Luna Lunar Harmony H/Hr/L
Hermione Granger/Harry Potter/Ron Weasley Harry/Ron/Hermione H.M.S. Ménage a Trio Trio H/R/Hr
Hermione Granger/Remus Lupin/Severus Snape Hermione/Snape/Remus S.S. Classroom Acquaintances HG/SS/RL, SS/HG/RL
Sirius Black/Hermione Granger/Remus Lupin Hermione/Sirius/Remus S.S. Puppy Books HG/SB/RL, SB/RL/HG
Regulus Black/Sirius Black/James Potter James/Sirius/Regulus JP/SB/RAB
Lily Evans/Remus Lupin/Severus Snape Lily/Remus/Severus LE/RL/SS
Sirius Black/Lily Evans/Remus Lupin Lily/Remus/Sirius LE/RL/SB
Sirius Black/Remus Lupin/Severus Snape Remus/Sirius/Severus S.S. Tormented Souls Snackin R/S/S, RL/SB/SS
Regulus Black/Sirius Black/Remus Lupin Sirius/Remus/Regulus H.M.S. Black Forest Wolf Siremulus SB/RL/RAB
Sirius Black/Remus Lupin/James Potter Sirius/Remus/James SB/RL/JP

Combinations

Characters Involved Primary Pairing Name FictionAlley "Ship"
(Nautical Name)
Portmanteau /
Other Names
Abbreviations
Harry/Hermione, Ron/Luna, and Neville/Ginny S.S. Dumbledore's Army
Ron/Hermione and Harry/Ginny One Big Happy Weasley Family OBHWF
Ron/Luna and Neville/Ginny A Different Happy Weasley Family ADHWF

Parodies

As a reaction to the increasing popularity of portmanteau names in HP fandom, Libertine and Wicked Cherub wrote The Meaning of Harry Potter Liff, which proposed humorous definitions to increasingly improbable name mashups. Examples include:

  • Snarry (Harry/Snape): The fart you sneak in when standing next to someone and hope they won’t notice.
  • Dumblegrid (Dumbledore/Hagrid): An mathematical algorithim used to pinpoint the location of idiots in any given party.

References

  1. FictionAlley Park. SCUSA Master Ship List and Ship Registry Submissions. Updated 19 April 2010. (Accessed 20 January 2011.)
  2. HarryPotterWiki. Explanation for the name "Guns 'n' Handcuffs". (Accessed 20 November 2008.)
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Sugar Quill. Glossary: RMS R/S. 2001. (Accessed 1 March 2011.)
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