Hermione/Fleur

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Pairing
Pairing: Hermione Granger/Fleur Delacour
Alternative name(s): Fleur/Hermione, Fleurmione, HG/FD, Hr/F, S.S. Beauty and Brains
Gender category: femslash
Fandom: Harry Potter
Canonical?: no
Prevalence: uncommon overall, popular for femslash
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Hermione/Fleur is a Harry Potter femslash pairing involving Hermione Granger and Fleur Delacour.

History

The ship first took off after the publication of Goblet of Fire. Madam Hooch's Broom Closet summarized the appeal of the pairing in early 2003, writing that: "The antagonism that we see Hermione demonstrating toward Fleur throughout GoF gets to be channelled into other sorts of feelings."[1]

The "S.S. Beauty and Brains" thread was started on FictionAlley Park's SCUSA forum in December 2001. A fic listing at FictionAlley Park's ...cruisin'... forum was started in early June 2003.

The publication of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in June 2003 and its introduction of new female characters drew some of the femslash community's attention away from Hermione/Fleur and onto new ships such as Ginny/Luna.

Mid- to late 2005 saw a renewed interest in the Hermione/Fleur ship.[2] One cause was the publication of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in July, which featured Fleur in a more prominent role than the previous book and brought her back into fandom consciousness. Although Half-Blood Prince officially canonized the Bill/Fleur relationship, Hermione/Fleur fans were undeterred: Fic writers explained away the relationship as a marriage of convenience, broke the two up, or embraced polyamory or infidelity.

Furthermore, the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire film was released in November 2005, and was the first appearance of Fleur on film, portrayed by Clémence Poésy. Although the film includes essentially no interaction between Hermione and Fleur nor hints of their antagonistic dynamic from the book, it reminded book fans of and introduced new fans to the pairing's potential. Many fans were also appealed by the way Emma Watson and Clémence looked together. Icons, photomanips, and other fan art featuring the actors' likenesses are popular.

The fleurhermione community on LiveJournal was founded in December 2005. It is a members-only community and was last active in April 2009, possibly due to the lack of a community moderator to accept new members.

There was also a resurgence of the ship on Tumblr, starting in 2013.[3] Tumblr popularized the portmanteau pairing name "fleurmione". In August 2016, the ship was featured as part of hpfemshipweeks.[4]

Prevalence

Hermione/Fleur is a popular femslash pairing in the Harry Potter fandom, although femslash in general in much less common than het or slash.

As of October 2016, Hermione/Fleur is the most tagged femslash pairing in the HP category on FanFiction.Net, with 149 works.[5] Note, however, that only a small subset of stories on the archive indicate pairings, as the feature wasn't added until 2013. Most of the 944 works that mark both Hermione and Fleur as characters appear to also be Hermione/Fleur.

Hermione/Fleur is the second most popular pairing after Hermione/Ginny on hp_girlslash, a LiveJournal community founded in March 2003.[6] On Archive of Our Own, founded in 2008, it is the fifth-most popular HP femslash ship, behind Ginny/Luna, Hermione/Ginny, Hermione/Pansy, and Hermione/Luna.[7] It is the second most popular pairing for Fleur Delacour overall on AO3, after only the canonical Bill/Fleur.[8]

Example Fanworks

Front cover of the 2003 doujinshi Flower Shower by Sumomonoki.

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References

  1. Anna Maria at Madam Hooch's Broom Closet. Femmeslash Ships. Archived 13 March 2003 by the Wayback Machine.
  2. Dance Dance wrote on FictionAlley Park on December 5, 2005 that "the GoF movie is out and there's a lot more Fleur/Hermione fan fics" (S.S. Beauty and Brains (Fleur/Hermione), page 10). There was also increase of Hermione/Fleur fanworks at FanFiction.Net published in late 2005 (see works marked Fleur D. & Hermione G. sorted by publish date).
  3. See the fleurmione tag c. September 2013. indiefoxproductions wrote on 22 September 2013: "I like how active the Fleurmione Tag is now; before it seemed like there would be one new post every million years." orbitalwings replied to an ask on 29 September 2013 asking "why the Fleurmione fandom seems to have come back out of nowhere", speculating that it might be related to Clémence Poésy appearance in The Tunnel, which would premiere in October 2013.
  4. Fleurmione week at hpfemshipweeks ran from August 22 through August 27, 2016. It’s officially Fleurmione week!!!, posted 22 August 2016 at hpfemshipweeks.
  5. [Fleur D., Hermione G.] pairing filter, 149 works as of 17 October 2016. Compare 145 works marked Hermione/McGonagall, 130 works marked Hermione/Bellatrix, 111 works marked Hermione/Ginny, and 51 works marked Ginny/Luna.
  6. According to the hp_girlslash community tags. Tags were introduced on LiveJournal in June 2005, but were added to older posts in the community (see the oldest posts tagged pairing: fleur/hermione). As of 17 October 2016, there are 331 posts tagged Fleur/Hermione, compared to 486 posts tagged Ginny/Hermione, 238 posts tagged Ginny/Luna, and 212 posts tagged Hermione/Pansy.
  7. Fleur Delacour/Hermione Granger tag at AO3, 153 works as of 17 October 2016. Compare 441 works tagged Ginny/Luna, 314 works tagged Hermione/Ginny, 241 works tagged Hermione/Pansy, and 207 works tagged Hermione/Luna.
  8. As of 17 October 2016, there are 153 works tagged Hermione/Fleur and 529 works tagged Bill/Fleur on Archive of Our Own. Harry/Fleur is the third most popular Fleur ship with 60 works.
  9. See dreiser's 2011 post Fleur Trope? and comments. Giv at Gaia Online writes that "Dreiser's fanfic has actually inspired a lot of what has come after in the Hermione/Fleur ship, especially as far as what being a Veela means and what comes along with it." (Comment at "Best fanfic you've ever seen", posted 02 October 2008.)