Let me tell you a story. When I saw Half-Blood Prince in the theater, I was genuinely confused by the train scene when Draco confronted Harry for spying on him and just left him there.
Why weren’t they making out?
This is what happens after you’ve read about a billion words of Harry Potter fic and most of it is Drarry.
In the Harry Potter fandom, Drarry is the main ship. Read this recap on Fanlore.org.
There is the obvious enemies to lovers trope. The fine line between love and hate. Opposites attract. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. *wink wink nudge nudge*
And then, THEN, there was Harry’s obsession with Draco during sixth year.
It’s not just reading into it–it’s NOT. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is full of Drarry. Read this nice list from aefallen on livejournal.
Then, there is the fact that Draco didn’t turn Harry over to the Death Eaters when he could have in Deathly Hallows.
Then there was Harry saving Draco from the Fiendfyre.
Not to mention, they’ve both been through the ringer. Draco had a fine childhood, sure, but Harry was abused for most of his life. And then they both get thrust into these situations as kids where adults were using them like pawns, and they had to go along with it. Draco had Voldemort living in his house making him torture people and the weight of his father’s bloated ego forcing his hand. Harry had the fate of the entire Wizarding World on his shoulders and Dumbledore using him without giving him any of the what, when, where, or why.
So doesn’t it make sense that instead of having some Freudian complex and marrying his mother, that Harry would have found comfort in someone who understood what true darkness was?
I think a lot of people’s dissatisfaction with the epilogue (epilogue? what epilogue?) to Harry Potter was that it was too neat, too tidy. After everything that Harry went through, there is this world of possibility open to him, and compound this with a fairly rich magical universe J.K. Rowling created, and it just lends itself so well to fan fiction. This one of the most prolific pairings in any fandom I’m familiar with.
There are thousands and thousands of fanworks devoted to this ship–fic and art and fanmixes and fanvids. (To start you out with fic, get on The Hex Files and go crazy.) Some of them explore how utterly screwed up Harry and Draco would be after the war. Some pair them as Aurors. Some take place in that delightful “Eighth Year” created by fandom. Some of them are epilogue compliant. Whatever you like in fan fiction, you can find it in Drarry.
But what might make this ship the best ship is that Tom Felton totally ships it.
So all aboard with me and Tom Felton! What do you love about Drarry?