Draco/Ginny

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Comparing the size of various ships on LiveJournal for the Harry Potter fandom: Snape/Lupin, Snape/Hermione, Draco/Hermione, Draco/Ginny, Snape/Harry, Harry/Draco, Harry/Ron, Hermione/Ginny, Ron/Hermione, Harry/Hermione, Harry/Ginny.


Contents

Introduction

Draco and Ginny Ship: Fastidiously avoiding canon since 2000.

The Draco/Ginny rarely interact in the novels and when they do, they almost never profess love for each other (eg, in Chamber of Secrets Draco mocks Ginny about her valentine; in Order of the Phoenix she curses him with the Bat-Bogey hex.) The fact that Ginny was interested in Tom Riddle (see: Tom/Ginny) and the ever-present fandom need to redeem Draco are often cited as the main reasons for the ship, along with facetious justifications like "We want pink-haired babies!"

The interest in the pairing is mainly due to the notion that opposites attract. The fact that the two are from two rival houses (Slytherin and Gryffindor) and families that hate each other (as seen in Lucius Malfoy and Arthur Weasley's bookshop brawl) has lead to Romeo and Juliet comparisons. This trope is now played out within the ship and is something of a running gag (MagicalTheory's tagline was once: "Like Romeo and Juliet without all that pesky dying!"). Other popular comparisons to literary couples include Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing, and Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.

Terminology

Below is a list of terms and their definitions that are used in this fan fiction community.

Shipping timeline

Below is a partial timeline of events that took place in this fan fiction community.

1997

  • Philosopher's Stone released. Draco and Ginny never interact. Draco/Ginny shippers? Undeterred.

1998

  • Chamber of Secrets released. Still no Draco/Ginny in canon. Draco/Ginny shippers, however, squee over the development of D and G's antagonistic relationship.

1999

  • Prisoner of Azkaban released. Draco and Ginny do not fall in love but the shippers soldier on.

2000

  • Goblet of Fire released. The new canon gives no hints to D/G but the shippers decide now is the time! The ship takes off.
  • Early 2000, the earliest Draco and Ginny fics are posted at FanFiction.Net. (According to the memory of several early D/G authors, the earliest was by an author named Bumblebee who has since removed all his/her fics from the web.) These early stories are not well received, as many people believe the pairing is unlikely as it has no basis in the novels.

2001

2002

2003

  • Order of the Phoenix published. Ginny begins dating other people. D/G ships practice art of ignoring.
  • Dark Directed by Fearthainn wins the first Draco/Ginny FanFiction Award.

2004

2005

  • Half-Blood Prince released. Draco is teased about Ginny, encouraging shippers to the point of delight. Draco partially redeemed but Ginny snogs Harry. One step forward, two steps back. Shippers decide writing more fic will solve the problem. Creamtea and Anise concoted an elaborate love potion theory, that, unlike other love potion theories, does not make Ginny the villian, but manages to predict that Ginny will eventually end up with Draco.
  • On May 25, 2005, the LiveJournal community dgficexchange is created by applecede. Over 40 stories are written and the Draco/Ginny love is spread by the gift of giving.
  • On July 29, 2005, the LiveJournal community dracoginny_love was created. [3]
  • December 20-29, 2005: FIA is closed for transfer to a new host and upgrade to efiction2. Panic ensues.

2006

2007

Harry Potter pairings featuring Draco Malfoy: Harry/Draco, Draco/Ginny, Draco/Hermione mentions on blogs according to IceRocket for the past three months as of June 28, 2007.
Harry Potter pairings featuring Draco Malfoy: Harry/Draco, Draco/Ginny, Draco/Hermione mentions on blogs according to BlogPulse for the past six months as of Augsut 25, 2007.

Kerfluffles

  • While the D/G fandom was peripherally involved in the Cassandra Claire plagiarism scandal, the fandom otherwise has no notable history of wanks and/or drama.
  • The one tiny exception was the January 2007, StrangerWithMyFace and Mynuet debate over Romeo and Juliet comparisons made to the ship (Mynuet said they were "trite" and StrangerWithMyFace thought they were "cliched"). Seven people were killed in the ensuing gunfight.
  • Mynuet and various members of the Cabal, including Lyndsie Fenele, play an enormous April Fool's Day joke on the fandom, making people believe that the Fire and Ice Archive and the related forums are being shut down forever, and that Mynuet pettily opposes a plan by Lyndsie to restore the archive on a different server. Respondents are later torn between the desire to celebrate and the desire to severely thump all of the pranksters.

Influential Stories

A survey conducted by Mynuet in August of 2005 yielded the top twenty one-shots and twenty novel-length fics deemed "D/G Classics" by the voters. The list can be found here.

Ship Members

While the ship has what can be called BNFs (StrangerWithMyFace, Fearthainn, Anise, Mynuet, Sarea and Jade Okelani, Rainpuddle, etc.), the influence of such BNFs is far from comparable to the influence of BNFs in earlier incarnations of the HP fandom at large. Several people, including some outside the D/G fandom, have cited D/G fans as being the most welcoming to new fans and the least likely to engage in wank. Many believe this is because of the general lack of belief that the pairing can ever become canon; D/G fans tend to avoid the arguments in which shippers with more canon background for their pairing engage in. Overall, there's no real need to list fans here, because each fan is entitled and encouraged to do their own thing and just share the love of the pairing.

Ship Size

  • While there are many fans who aren't members of that archive, a general idea of ship size can be gotten from the fact that, as of March 14, 2007, dracoandginny.com has 8,751 members.
  • DracoGinnyFanFic is the largest mailing list for the pairing and has about 2,750 members.
  • FIA Forums claims 507 members as of March 14, 2007.
  • 2262 stories on FanFiction.net fall into the "Draco M. & Ginny W." category as of June 27, 2008, but more may have featured the pairing as a side-ship.

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