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Draco Malfoy/Hermione Granger


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Yes, I had to start this thread. Why? Because Dramione is clearly my OTP.

 

This pairing is either loved or hated, and believe me, I get it. I understand that it's difficult to see these two together, with Hermione being so put-together and intelligent and good and Draco being such a jerk and a coward. But, my friends, nothing is black and white. Let's not underestimate our friends Hermione and Draco.

 

First, Hermione is a very open-hearted, kind individual. We see this with the way she vies for House Elf rights and the way she welcomes even the "outcasts" (like Neville) into her circle.

 

Hermione is also perceptive. She's an intelligent witch and a good judge of character with an understanding that the world (and people) are not black and white caricatures but rather real, living, complex beings that take a while to crack.

 

Now, Draco. Yes, he's a selfish jerk and yes he's a coward. But LOOK AT HIS PARENTS. They are pure blood elitists who work for the Dark Lord. You try growing up in that family and not being indoctrinated from the start. I firmly believe that, as Draco aged, he began to see the error of his ways. Much like Regulus. He couldn't kill Dumbledore, which shows he has a heart and a conscience, and he inevitably did NOT support the Dark Lord. He made his decisions out of fear, which is not ideal, sure, but it's understandable. And it shows he's ultimately capable of change.

 

I envision the Dramione flag flying after the final battle, when Voldemort is defeated and Draco has to take a good hard look at his life and his allegiances. I imagine Hermione being there for him, helping him to pick up the pieces.

 

And BAM. Love.

 

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MalfoysAngel

I actually think this would have made a better canon pairing than Ron/Hermione.

 

Since the stories are from Harry's POV our knowledge of Draco's character is flawed by Harry's perception of him. I think he is immensely more complex than just being an arrogant jerk.

 

I like it since it's a forbidden romance with him being pure-blood and her a muggle-born. Theirs is a Romeo & Juliet romance with a happier ending.

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A lot of people who know me, know that this is my OTP. Seriously, there is no other pairing to me quite like dramione. What exactly is it that appeals to me? To be honest even I don't know that exact reasons I love this pairing as much as I do. There is just something so intriguing to me about them and when I find a well written dramione I can't help but to squeal with excitement.

 

For me, there is nothing quite like the challenge of writing (or reading) a well written dramione that takes place during their school years. And by that I don't just mean a seventh year after the war is over kind of story. But one that works to fold in canon details during their years at hogwarts before the war. It is such a challenge but so rewarding to get those details in and make the dramione believable.

 

Over the years I have read many different types of dramiones and have enjoyed many different plot lines. I've watched as some plots get really big and then fade out for a while and seen fresh new ideas come into play. The thing I like about dramione is that there are many different angles you can take it and many different reasons to see a change in Draco. I'm one who doesn't necessarily believe in someone being completely evil with no hopes of changing and seeing the error of their ways and I really feel that for draco this is very much the case.

 

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ImaRavenclaw

June 20th 10:50 Opinion:

PENDING Everyone loves it so much, and though it has never appealed to me, you guys are like family so I'm going to have to at least try. I'm going to try to read some stories for the sake of the Lily ships almost literally every Harry Potter ship out there except the incesty ones, the really grody ones, the teacher-student ones and the adult-minor ones campaign of my life. So, I'm trying it. I make no promises. We'll see in a month or so...

 

June 20th 11:00 Opinion: YES YES YES YES YES YES! WHY DIDN'T I TRY THIS BEFORE?!

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magemadi

Anyone who knows me at all (or just looks at my profile to the side here) knows how much I love Dramione. It's my OTP and was actually my first OTP when I found the world of fan fiction.

 

One of the main reasons I love it is because they are the top of their class -- number 1 and number 2. They are both extremely intelligent and therefore can challenge and stimulate each other mentally and emotionally. Both are exceptional with magic even if Draco seems to hide it - he did create that paper bird in third year, remember? And he was also able to repair the vanishing cabinet in sixth year too, all while under extreme stress and fear for his family's lives.

 

They have enough differences to keep things interesting, but also have SO MANY opportunities to learn new things about the other person because of their past and upbringing and just through how they view the world, especially at different points in their lives. Conversation would never be a problem for them, nor would fielding media attention and the likes for being a couple. Both can be very composed in times of publicity and private, but know when the other needs to deal with some emotions.

 

They are exact opposites in the literal sense of he's a Slytherin pureblood and she's a Gryffindor muggle-born, and opposites attract :P Their fights wouldn't be about petty, low-cost things; they'd fight about bigger things like children, career choices, where to live and how to live. They could overcome so many barriers and prejudices together so beautifully.

 

Here is a link to a tumblr post that lists some other reasons why this ship is so good: top post on page (M since tumblr I guess??)

 

There are just so many options with this couple and because we're never exposed to a view of Draco outside Harry's perception of him, we don't know how bad he actually is, nor how good Hermione is either. It's up to us to fill in that grey area with our own ideas and create something great.

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I love Dramione too. A very well written one can change your whole perception of this ship. Now that I have a love for them, I can read the cliched fics with ease.

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Now that I have a love for them, I can read the cliched fics with ease.

Yeahhhh, a good Dramione is totally a gateway fic. :P  I read a few good ones, and now even cliched ones are a complete guilty pleasure if they're written well.

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Yeahhhh, a good Dramione is totally a gateway fic. :P  I read a few good ones, and now even cliched ones are a complete guilty pleasure if they're written well.

 

Guilty pleasure is very correct.

 

I've read so many over the years that there are times I simply crave one. Or a good "Hermione Make-over" fics where Draco is a God...many would be disgusted...I lap that stuff up now.

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abhorsen.

I've even been known to enjoy roommate and marriage fics at this point. :P (I wish we had the laughing-crying emoji, because it's legit the most appropriate here, haha.)

 

Reading over your post on Draco, I also realized that I'm so much more willing to believe changed!Draco because my very first crush was on Edmund Pevensie, who pretty much completely screwed up in the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and then totally reformed. So maybe that explains far more than it doesn't!

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(I wish we had the laughing-crying emoji, because it's legit the most appropriate here, haha.)

 

I agree. The admins should add one...it should be able to be done...perhaps in the suggestion thread?? ?? I just added a couple from my IPad....did they work??

 

In order for this ship to work legitimately, one of the characters need to change. Either Draco deals with his upbringing and changes his point of view or Hermione changes. It brings the story Lure of the Darkside to mind on HPFF. It was a confronting read with Hermione being on the Dark side, but it was done so well that your heart just felt for them both.

 

But let's not forget that JKR gave room for redemption for Draco anyway, regardless if you like the epilogue or not, it's there. It also shows in Cursed Child and a small not her Dramione fans was in there too, toward the end. My my heart squee with delight  :)

 

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BellaLestrange87

This ship is one of my guilty pleasures, to be honest.

 

I think this ship would need to take place post-war, when Draco has been changed by his experiences and is less of a pureblood supremacist than he was at Hogwarts. I also think that it would need to be a slow burn - they didn't exactly get along at Hogwarts, and they would need time to overcome that.

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I don't ship Dramione but I don't hate it either. It's just... there. For me to read. Sometimes I will and sometimes I won't.

 

It's strange: one of my otps from the HP fandom is Romione since day one nut I've never read a Romione fic in my life (barring one when I gave a gift review ages ago). On the other hand, I've read and enjoyed many a Dramione. I mean, I'll defend Romione to the DEATH but I think I'm sort of terrified of seeing someone distort Romione so I just avoid reading fics centred around their relationship ?

 

I think the thing that's so attractive about it is that Dramione has a lot of potential, you know? They can work in a variety of situations and it's interesting to see how they pan out. AUs in particular are great with a good Dramione. Plus, some of the best and darkest fics I've read included the ship so :)

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FlamingQuilltips

Im going to deviate from all th stamping gushing here!

 

I've been reading fanfiction for the past 12 years, and in my initial FF reading days, the dramoine ones I've come across were really cliche. I'm sure thy were well written, but I guess they didn't make me ship them so well. My love for all things canon didn't help I guess, but I have read a few fics  that stuck to canon and still explored dramoine, which I remember enjoying.

 

One thing I do feel when I read dramoine fics is that Draco doesn't seem very well fleshed out. I'm guessing because the author jumps into his/her version of Draco, but from a readers point of view, someone whO is used to seeing Draco though Harry's eyes in the books, I would like to ease into the sensitive side of Draco.

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Guest dehlles

Understandably that the series was written through Harry's point of view, he was still equally mean to Ron and Hermione, so I don't understand the idea of Hermione or Draco having attraction to each other. Okay, sure, Draco Malfoy was raised to hate muggles and muggleborns, but that it as far as I see it that created bad-blood between all three of them and Draco, especially Hermione and Draco. I don't see an in-between. I can understand if JKR had wrote something... not a lot... but at least something that showed that Draco and Hermione have an interest in each other. Sorry, I just can't fall in love with this ship. I get what those who are a fan point of view... but it's just not there for me. I've tried.

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Okay, sure, Draco Malfoy was raised to hate muggles and muggleborns, but that it as far as I see it that created bad-blood between all three of them and Draco, especially Hermione and Draco. I don't see an in-between. I can understand if JKR had wrote something... not a lot... but at least something that showed that Draco and Hermione have an interest in each other.

 

Does the original author have to go there for it to happen?

 

JKR gives enough for Draco. HBP was full of his emotions to not just succeed at his task but that pure fear he had to deal with too, if he failed. It’s why Dumbledore could appeal to him and why Snape had to be the one to kill Dumbledore. Draco’s soul was not tarnished yet.

 

While people hate the Epilogue, including myself, JKR gave Draco the redemption he needed. He wasn’t a friend, but nor a foe.

 

Regardless if you like Cursed Child or not – JKR gave her approval. Draco is full of kindness and friendship. Teenagers grow into young adults and mature. Draco was not the same by the end of DH as he was at the beginning of PS.

 

The fan fiction world is full of non-JKR approved scenarios, characters, situations, love triangles, alternate endings, different realities – That’s the best part of fan fiction. We get to go where JKR didn’t. We get to play with her characters and world and put them in stories we’d like to see play out. Hell, we can do a cross-over and throw them all into an arena and may the odds be ever in their favour. JKR may not have written it herself – but she encourages the fan world – the creativity and writing.

 

It’s the fans that limit each other by criticising so hard or saying things like “JKR didn’t write that so it’s not right.” The only true canon compliant story is the HP books themselves. Everything else is fan based. There are literally millions of original characters and RPG characters that JKR never wrote, yet they each have a valid existence and story because a fan made them up and wrote them into her world – which JKR allows.

 

Personally, you don’t have to like this pairing – and that is OK. There are a few pairings that I don’t like. But just because JKR didn’t pen it herself, doesn’t mean things can’t happen if situations changed or characters took a different path ?

 

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ReillyJade

Jumping in to say that I've shipped Ron/Hermione when I read the first book waaay back in fourth grade, before I even knew what shipping meant. 

That being said, I absolutely adore Draco/Hermione, and I'll fight anyone who tells me I can't love both! ? 

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Reviving the thread because of the Dramione Challenge I came across from my email updates about this forum. 

I've had a re-newed interest to actually WRITE lately, but also here - in this ship. It's my favourite place to be and also my hardest. Once upon a time, I joined a forum much like this one, who said they would help me become a better writer. What it really was, was a popularity contest and you had to write what the masses wanted you to write. I was actually criticised harshly, not because if my writing, style, technique, or anything else, but because I wrote Dramione stories. This literally sucked the joy out of writing for me and I stopped writing fanfiction.

However, I joined a few Dramione groups on Facebook and being around people who got "me", inspired me to start up again. I have two new WIPs in the works and will have a 3rd for the above challenge.

But what I found most about this ship, in particular, is how much I LOVE writing these characters. Regardless of how they feel about each other, they can have banter, hate/like, humour, and so much going on before you even get to romantic feelings. I love exploring Draco's character and taking him that that scared teen who was raised to hate, to seeing the truth of what it meant to follow Voldemort, to being his own person and figuring out what HIS beliefs are. I love how Hermione can provoke thought in him too, because her quick wit allows for it. She can talk to him in ways that Harry and Ron never understood, yet those two boys were with her almost all day, every day for 7 years. 

I've enjoyed being back in this ship and I'm so glad that it is my love of this ship that has made me write again after an 8 year hiatus.  

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On 3/22/2019 at 9:41 PM, Elena said:

Reviving the thread because of the Dramione Challenge I came across from my email updates about this forum. 

I've had a re-newed interest to actually WRITE lately, but also here - in this ship. It's my favourite place to be and also my hardest. Once upon a time, I joined a forum much like this one, who said they would help me become a better writer. What it really was, was a popularity contest and you had to write what the masses wanted you to write. I was actually criticised harshly, not because if my writing, style, technique, or anything else, but because I wrote Dramione stories. This literally sucked the joy out of writing for me and I stopped writing fanfiction.

However, I joined a few Dramione groups on Facebook and being around people who got "me", inspired me to start up again. I have two new WIPs in the works and will have a 3rd for the above challenge.

But what I found most about this ship, in particular, is how much I LOVE writing these characters. Regardless of how they feel about each other, they can have banter, hate/like, humour, and so much going on before you even get to romantic feelings. I love exploring Draco's character and taking him that that scared teen who was raised to hate, to seeing the truth of what it meant to follow Voldemort, to being his own person and figuring out what HIS beliefs are. I love how Hermione can provoke thought in him too, because her quick wit allows for it. She can talk to him in ways that Harry and Ron never understood, yet those two boys were with her almost all day, every day for 7 years. 

I've enjoyed being back in this ship and I'm so glad that it is my love of this ship that has made me write again after an 8 year hiatus.  

Ahhhh!

I am so happy that you've revived this thread! And that you've entered my challenge! I hope it's a really positive experience for you. :hug: 

I'm so sorry that other site made you feel bad for liking Dramione. That's total crap. No one has the right to take someone else's joy out of something just because it isn't "their" headcanon. LET PEOPLE LIKE THINGS. Personally, I really don't like Snape as a character. But am I going to tell someone who does that they're awful and a bad writer because of it? Absolutely not! Ugh. Anyway. End rant.

 

As you know from reading my challenge description, I'm also an enormous Dramione fan. I completely agree with you that they're both so much fun to write! They have such potential as individuals, and bringing them together only makes me love them both more. 

 

"I love exploring Draco's character and taking him that that scared teen
who was raised to hate, to seeing the truth of what it meant to follow
Voldemort, to being his own person and figuring out what HIS beliefs are."

THIS THIS THIS EXACTLY!!! This is precisely why I find Draco to be such a fascinating character. His history is so nuanced, and his experiences in HBP and DH really make me think that he has all of the potential in the world to shift his views.

 

For myself (and why haven't I commented on this thread before?), I think Dramione was definitely born from early fanfiction tropes, but I think it's evolved past those in many ways. In its infancy as a ship, it was really centered on some (admittedly fun) clichés—Bad Boy Drace, makeover Hermione, Heads dorms, Ron!bashing, school dances, etc. etc.—but I think at its heart it's a ship about redemption. There's something so attractive about seeing someone grow and change. Draco is the poster boy for that. In canon, he's a deeply flawed character. He's a bigoted, selfish, spoiled bully. But then in HBP, we start to see beneath that and start to wonder if parts of that aren't just a façade. We see fear and vulnerability. Draco cries to Moaning Myrtle. He can't kill Dumbledore. He's afraid of his parents being killed (and of dying himself). Then in DH, he has the chance to expose Harry in Malfoy Manor, but he chooses not to. He knows who Harry is. But he chooses not to speak up, even at the risk of harm to him from Bellatrix. Yes, he still tries to confront Harry & co. in the Room of Requirement, but he's still the scared boy from HBP, and Harry saves his life—not just because Harry is a good person, but I think because even he sees that Draco can change.

And Hermione. Darling, beautiful, wonderful, obnoxious, brilliant Hermione. She needs someone to challenge her intellectually and to be there for her anxiety-induced panic moments. Draco exudes calm (when he himself isn't breaking down), and his confidence could, I think, help Hermione accept her own.

Together, I feel like they could be an incredible couple. There's a lot to overcome. A lot of hurt and ingrained prejudice and history and baggage. But if they can do that...I feel like they'd be unstoppable.

#PowerCouple #Dramione4Lyfe

 

Done for now! I just love them so much! ?

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ImaRavenclaw

Okay, so I posted in this topic years and years and years ago (bro in 2016, jeeeez) and now have more words to say. Dramione was always this thing that I was in denial about liking, much the same as I was with Drarry. But eventually I legit couldn't ignore it anymore because I would see fanarts of both of these couples and my little adolescent heart would spark up. But then I'd go back to this mentality of, "no, no." Even though I really really wanted both of those pairings together. 

I definitely agree with the very first post in this topic that if anything comes out of them, it's around the time after the last battle. In school it would have been too hard (and I have a whole Drarry thing about this too, so I'm going to go hunting for that topic and see what I said.)

In terms of Romione, Dramione will always be a fanfiction ship to me. Ron and Hermione are the subject of a lot of criticism and speculation, but I love them and I think that they do belong together. It is sad how the movies downplayed the tension, but it was there. 

But, with fanfiction I love the idea of Hermione and Draco just being scholars together and staying up past 4AM talking about any manner of things and lovingly bickering over tea; Such as in this fan art but the lovely and amazing Upthehill on Tumblr. Her art is amazing and she does so many ships and characters. Everyone should check her out. She has her tumblr, a society six, and an NSFW drawing blog on Pillowfort. All art is HP related. 

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^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ 

Upthehill on Tumblr

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shadowycorner

Ok I feel so weird posting here, because Romione forever and ever, I will fight for it!

But, fanfiction is fun because there's so many possibilities, right? So I can imagine a Dramione and am aware of its potential. Not really in a canon setting, but in fanfic it could be cool. If I was ever to write it, Ron would probably have to be out of the picture somehow, and completely, because I don't stand by making him horrible and abusive and stupid and therefore enabling the Dramione.

Part of why I could potentially like a Dramione is because I love the idea of a reformed Draco who maybe struggles to be a properly good person and so decides to pursue knowledge instead, and becomes very very obsessed with some aspect of the magical world. I think he was quite smart in the books, although he didn't try very hard, knowing everything he wanted would probably just be served to him. Once all the privilege is gone, the laziness could go too, I imagine. I mean, in HBP, he did work very hard on achieving a near-impossible task and kind of succeeded too.

If this were to happen, I think Hermione could be really attracted to this intelligence and thirst for knowledge. I've seen a couple of fanfics where they come together at first in a professional fashion, working on a house-elf case together, searching for someone, anything like that seems like quite a plausible way to bring them close. I do like those sort of ideas.

Me personally, every time I tried to write it, it just didn't work, but I've been thinking of an AU where Ron hasn't really been around for much of the seven books period and the idea of Draco and Hermione just being together came to me, and once I played with it a bit it actually works and I might be getting excited to write it, because they are two very complex characters and so there might be a lot to explore with good characterization and the right circumstances.

 

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On 7/3/2020 at 8:47 PM, shadowycorner said:

Ok I feel so weird posting here, because Romione forever and ever, I will fight for it!

From a Canon perspective, I am a Ronmione fan :)

On 7/3/2020 at 8:47 PM, shadowycorner said:

Me personally, every time I tried to write it, it just didn't work, but I've been thinking of an AU where Ron hasn't really been around for much of the seven books period and the idea of Draco and Hermione just being together came to me, and once I played with it a bit it actually works and I might be getting excited to write it, because they are two very complex characters and so there might be a lot to explore with good characterization and the right circumstances.

I generally write Ron in a positive way. Their romance was a whirl wind and it just fizzled out, but they remain friends. Or they grow apart romantically naturally. I try and do it in a positive way because most of the time I love having Ron paired with Pansy and it fits so well with Dramione :)

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