Harry/Piers

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Pairing
Pairing: Harry Potter/Piers Polkiss
Alternative name(s): HP/PP (although this is ambiguous)
Gender category: slash
Fandom: Harry Potter
Canonical?: no
Prevalence: rare
Archives: none
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Harry/Piers is a Harry Potter rarepair involving Harry and Piers Polkiss, Dudley Dursley's Muggle best friend.

Appeal & Trends in Fanworks

  • Possibility of Piers discovering Harry's magic
  • Conflict/angst over being attracted to your childhood tormentor (or tormentee)
  • Enemyslash dynamics
  • Potential for redemption of Piers, who did his most concrete wrongdoing when he was eleven years old or younger
  • Piers is closeted and/or has internalized homophobia, but makes a pass at Harry because Harry is [also] a "freak"

Prevalence

As of September 2016, a handful of Harry/Piers fanfiction is on FanFiction.Net, but no stories are actually marked with the pairing for filtering. There is only one story on Archive of Our Own tagged Piers Polkiss/Harry Potter, although there are at least a couple of other stories containing the pairing that do not have the tag.

Harry/Piers fanworks can be difficult to search for. The traditional method of indicating pairings using characters' initials is not generally used for Harry/Piers works, as "HP/PP" could represent works pairing Harry with Pansy Parkinson, Peter Pettigrew, or Parvati or Padma Patil in addition to Piers. Thus in cases where the pairing is indicated in a fanwork header, it is usually written out "Harry/Piers" or "Harry/Piers Polkiss".

Example Fanworks

Fanfiction

Fanart

Resources

References

  1. Mentioned as inspiration in the author's notes of Admired From Afar by Violet44, published 13 December 2009. According to excentrykemuse's FanFiction.Net profile, she started publishing fics in 2009: "I thank all of my fans who have read my fics since 2009." (Profile updated 10 December 2014; accessed 14 September 2016.)