Before "shipping" was used as a common-knowledge phrase, fans of the Harry Potter franchise were dreaming up their favorite couples in the series and writing about it in their own fan fiction.
A decade of books and films dedicated to teens in the wizarding world catering to an audience of preteens definitely opened itself up to some fan fiction and theories centered around dream pairings.
Tom Felton, the actor who played Draco Malfoy, talked about one surprising couple and the legitimacy of fans' claims that they are meant to be together. In an interview with AOL at Universal Studios, actors from the series reunited to share thoughts almost exactly eight years after the release of the last movie.
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So, there it is. A decade of wondering, and fans finally have their answer... sort of.
"Harry is constantly crushing on Draco; he just couldn't hide it," Felton said sarcastically. From the beginning, Draco and Harry had bad blood. From that first iconic exchange, in which Harry snidely remarks to the Malfoy boy, "I think I can tell the wrong sort for myself, thanks," there has certainly been some... tension between the two. Their duel in Chamber of Secrets was a conglomeration of feelings, definitely negative, and perhaps some hidden romantic ones as well.
In the interview, Grint suggested that Ron may have had eyes for Draco, too. And apparently, backstage, the Weasley actor had some love interests too.
"I think he made quite an impression on Ron as well," Grint said of Draco and Harry's potential romance. "Yes. Well, exactly. It could have gone either way, really... You think you'd dump Hermione to go out with [me]?" Felton replied with a nervous laugh. "Yeah, maybe," Grint responded with a chuckle. A Weasley-Malfoy romance would have definitely been the ultimate payback to Draco's father, Lucius, whose distaste for the Weasley family was clear throughout the entire series.
In another moment of the interview, Felton revealed a secret from on the set. "Fact or Fan Fic: One of our costars had their first kiss with a Harry Potter castmate. That I can confirm is a fact," Felton said. "And I think we both know who," he said with a knowing look toward his onscreen nemesis. Ron's on-screen romances left him with two kisses throughout the series. The first was with Lavender Brown (Jessie Cave), and finally with his longtime love, Hermione (Emma Watson). But it's unclear if either of these two were his first "real" kiss on set.
These clips compiled by one fan account on YouTube shows scenes in which Draco has some major sassy energy.
I'd say there is definitely some tension, whether it be sexual or not is up to the fans, between Harry and Draco in the series. At the end of the novel, once the final war is won, Harry and Draco put their differences aside and live separate lives not as friends, but no longer as enemies. In the epilogue after the final chapter of The Deathly Hallows, the two see each other again as adults for the first time, and there is a mutual respect. In these early moments, the two have some witty comebacks and fiery remarks to say to each other.
Felton also shard that he stumbled upon some "alarming" fan fiction pairing his character with Hermione Granger.
"I get the Draco/Hermione thing. I get that," costar Evanna Lynch, who plays Luna Lovegood, revealed in the AOL interview. After the infamous punch in Prisoner of Azkaban, fans felt there was some chemistry between the two young actors. "Dra-mione... I think that's a fan fic. In fact, I've seen some fan fics along that line. What is it with Draco and matching him up with various Gryffindors?" Felton said about the ship between the multiple characters. "I've seen some pictures, some alarming ones," Felton said about the fan fiction between he and Watson's Hermione.
Apparently some fans had the hots for Voldemort, too, but none of the actors could really get behind that one.
"Fact or Fiction: Voldemort's a villain, but there's something sexy about him," Oliver Phelps (George Weasley) reads. "Depends what you're into, I guess," he said. Felton disagreed and said, "I can't see it. I mean, it's the nose thing that really puts me off. It wouldn't be my taste," Grint countered.
Voldemort's looks are certainly interesting, and he's got the ultimate bad-boy status. While he might not be the healthiest choice, to each their own. Clearly, fan fiction knows no limits and a Draco/Harry pairing is the least of anyone's worries.