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
Arthur Weasley/Hermione Granger Arthur/Hermione H.M.S. Red and Brains AW/HG
Arthur Weasley/Molly Prewett Weasley Arthur/Molly S.S. Batteries and Baking AW/MW
Bill Weasley/Fleur Delacour Bill/Fleur H.M.S. Fang & Flora B/F
Bill Weasley/Nymphadora Tonks Bill/Tonks H.M.S. Egyptian Wotcher B/T, BW/NT
Blaise Zabini/Hermione Granger Blaise/Hermione H.M.S. Overworked and Underappreciated BZ/HG
Cedric Diggory/Cho Chang Cedric/Cho H.M.S. Remembered and Remaining CD/CC
Charlie Weasley/Hermione Granger Charlie/Hermione S.S. Pyro Studies CW/HG
Dean Thomas/Ginny Weasley Dean/Ginny S.S. Artist's Flame DT/GW
Dean Thomas/Luna Lovegood Dean/Luna S.S. Take My Hand DT/LL
Draco Malfoy/Astoria Greengrass Draco/Astoria S.S. Stellar Legends Drastoria DM/AG
Draco Malfoy/Ginny Weasley Draco/Ginny S.S. Fire & Ice Drinny D/G, DM/GW
Draco Malfoy/Hermione Granger Draco/Hermione S.S. Leather & Libraries Dramione D/Hr, DM/HG
Draco Malfoy/Pansy Parkinson Draco/Pansy S.S. Snitch & Bitch DM/PP
Frank Longbottom/Alice Longbottom Frank/Alice H.M.S. Aurora Borealis Fralice FL/AL
Fred Weasley/Angelina Johnson Fred/Angelina S.S. Bludger and Quaffle Frangelina F/A, FW/AJ
Fred Weasley/Hermione Granger Fred/Hermione H.M.S. Miracles FW/HG
George Weasley/Angelina Johnson George/Angelina S.S. Flaming Fireworks Georgelina G/A, GW/AJ
George Weasley/Hermione Granger George/Hermione S.S Dungbombs and S-P-E-W Ge/Hr, GW/HG
Harry Potter/Cho Chang Harry/Cho H.M.S Celebrity H/C, HP/CC
Harry Potter/Daphne Greengrass 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
Harry Potter/Hermione Granger Harry/Hermione H.M.S. Pumpkin Pie Harmony H/Hr, HP/HG
Harry Potter/Luna Lovegood Harry/Luna S.S. Loonies and Lions Huna/Lunarry H/L, HP/LL
Harry Potter/Pansy Parkinson 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/Hermione Granger 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
Neville Longbottom/Hannah Abbott 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
Oliver Wood/Hermione Granger Oliver/Hermione S.S. Book and Broomstick OW/HG
Remus Lupin/Hermione Granger Remus/Hermione S.S. Beauty and the Beast RL/HG
Remus Lupin/Lily Evans (Potter) Remus/Lily H.M.S. Moon Petals Remily RL/LE
Sirius Black/Hermione Granger Sirius/Hermione S.S. Puppy Love SB/HG
Sirius Black/Lily Evans Sirius/Lily S.S. Betrayal Silly SB/LE
Remus Lupin/Hermione Granger Remus/Hermione S.S. Beauty & the Beast RL/HG
Remus Lupin/Nymphadora Tonks Remus/Tonks S.S. Wotcher Wolvie Remadora, Ronks R/T, RL/NT
Ron Weasley/Ginny Weasley Ron/Ginny S.S Copper Pearls Weasleycest R/G, RW/GW
Ron Weasley/Hermione Granger Ron/Hermione The Good Ship Heron, Romione/Ronmione R/Hr, R/H, RW/HG
Ron Weasley/Luna Lovegood Ron/Luna H.M.S. Red Moon R/L, RW/LL
Ron Weasley/Pansy Parkinson 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
Severus Snape/Hermione Granger Snape/Hermione S.S. Prudence & Potions Snermione, Snanger SS/HG
Severus Snape/Lily Evans (Potter) Snape/Lily S.S. Always
(formerly S.S. Clichéd)
Snily SS/LE
Ted Tonks/Andromeda Black 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
Viktor Krum/Hermione Granger Viktor/Hermione H.M.S. Viktory 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
Albus Severus Potter/Scorpius Malfoy Albus Severus/Scorpius H.M.S. ASS Albus/Scorpius, Scorbus AS/S, ASP/SM
Arthur Weasley/Lucius Malfoy 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
Charlie Weasley/Draco Malfoy Charlie/Draco S.S. Red Dragon CW/DM
Dean Thomas/Seamus Finnigan 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
Draco Malfoy/Neville Longbottom 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
Harry Potter/Cedric Diggory Harry/Cedric H.M.S. Tale Of Two Seeker HP/CD
Harry Potter/Charlie Weasley Harry/Charlie S.S. Dragon Scars HP/CW
Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy Harry/Draco S.S. Guns 'n' Handcuffs Drarry H/D, HP/DM
Harry Potter/Albus Dumbledore Harry/Dumbledore H.M.S. Old Scars Albus/Harry H/DD, HP/AD
Harry Potter/Lucius Malfoy Harry/Lucius HP/LM
Harry Potter/Neville Longbottom Harry/Neville H.M.S. Heroes
(formerly H.M.S. Hero and Zero)
H/N, HP/NL
Harry Potter/Remus Lupin 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
Harry Potter/Sirius Black 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
James Potter/Regulus Black James/Regulus U.S.S. True Colors Seekerchasing JP/RB
James Potter/Remus Lupin James/Remus H.M.S. Tainted Glass JP/RL
James Potter/Sirius Black James/Sirius H.M.S. Inseparable Starbucks JP/SB
James Potter/Severus Snape James/Snape S.S. Silver and Steel JP/SS
Lucius Malfoy/Remus Lupin 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
Remus Lupin/Sirius Black 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
Ron Weasley/Draco Malfoy Ron/Draco S.S. Prince and Pauper
(formerly S.S. Weasel and Ferret)
RW/DM
Sirius Black/Regulus Black Sirius/Regulus H.M.S. Nature's Nobility
(or, Cruise of the Damned)
Blackcest SB/RB
Severus Snape/Sirius Black Snape/Black S.S. Malevolence Snack SS/SB
Severus Snape/Rubeus Hagrid Snape/Hagrid Snagrid SS/RH
Severus Snape/Lucius Malfoy Snape/Lucius S.S. Dungeon and Domination
(formerly S.S. Devil's Snake)
Snucius SS/LM
Severus Snape/Remus Lupin Snape/Lupin S.S. Master and Wolf Snupin SS/RL
Severus Snape/Regulus Black 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
Ginny Weasley/Cho Chang Ginny/Cho S.S. Firefly GW/CC
Ginny Weasley/Luna Lovegood Ginny/Luna S.S. Dreamy Redhead G/L, GW/LL
Ginny Weasley/Pansy Parkinson Ginny/Pansy S.S. Enemies Lust Here GW/PP
Ginny Weasley/Nymphadora Tonks Ginny/Tonks S.S. The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name GW/NT
Hermione Granger/Bellatrix Black Hermione/Bellatrix S.S. Bad Hair Day Bellamione Hr/B, HG/BL
Hermione Granger/Fleur Delacour 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
Minerva McGonagall/Rolanda Hooch McGonagall/Hooch H.M.S. Kittyhawk Minerva/Hooch MM/RH
Pansy Parkinson/Luna Lovegood Pansy/Luna Luna/Pansy PP/LL
Madam Rosmerta/Rolanda Hooch 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
Draco Malfoy/Hermione Granger/Luna Lovegood Draco/Hermione/Luna D/Hr/L, DM/HG/LL
Fred Weasley/George Weasley/Hermione Granger Fred/George/Hermione Three's Company FW/HG/GW
Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy/Severus Snape Harry/Draco/Snape S.S. Gold and Silver Potions Drapery, Snarco H/D/S, HP/DM/SS
Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley/Luna Lovegood Harry/Ginny/Luna S.S. Flaming Nargle
S.S. Moon Seekers
silver trio H/G/L
Harry Potter/Hermione Granger/Luna Lovegood Harry/Hermione/Luna Lunar Harmony H/Hr/L
Harry Potter/Ron Weasley/Hermione Granger Harry/Ron/Hermione H.M.S. Ménage a Trio Trio H/R/Hr
Hermione Granger/Severus Snape/Remus Lupin Hermione/Snape/Remus S.S. Classroom Acquaintances HG/SS/RL, SS/HG/RL
Hermione Granger/Sirius Black/Remus Lupin Hermione/Sirius/Remus S.S. Puppy Books HG/SB/RL, SB/RL/HG
James Potter/Sirius Black/Regulus Black James/Sirius/Regulus JP/SB/RAB
Lily Evans Potter/Remus Lupin/Severus Snape Lily/Remus/Severus LE/RL/SS
Lily Evans Potter/Remus Lupin/Sirius Black Lily/Remus/Sirius LE/RL/SB
Remus Lupin/Sirius Black/Severus Snape Remus/Sirius/Severus S.S. Tormented Souls Snackin R/S/S, RL/SB/SS
Sirius Black/Remus Lupin/Regulus Black Sirius/Remus/Regulus H.M.S. Black Forest Wolf Siremulus SB/RL/RAB

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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