Harry Potter: Fandom and Anonymity

Fanfiction on Harry Potter, specifically, has grown into its own subculture, with websites that come up with data on Harry Potter through scientific knowledge and educational guesses based purely on a world created by one person. That is the power of Fanfiction, to influence lives and to build on worlds that fans love so much they cannot help, but write more about it.

The above quote is from an article my friend, Calvin Li, wrote called, What is Fanfiction and How Harry Potter Became its Champion, it beautifully summarizes how fans continue to show their adoration for certain books. There has been a vast number of FanFictions written just solely for the Harry Potter series. As of today the count for Harry Potter FanFiction on FanFiction.net is 614,784 FanFictions, which is by far the highest amount of FanFiction written for any genre on that website.

Fandom provides a platform where many authors, artists, and video producers are able to unleash their creativity and fantasies while still remaining anonymous. The anonymous atmosphere allows for authors to write or create a lot of different pairings and not be judged by cultural hegemony [societal norms]. Sometimes authors get heavily criticized or “flamed” for many reasons including posting up stories that deviates from the “norms” of society. Therefore, anonymity tends to give creators the comfort to create whatever they wished, be it a story of how Harry should have ended up with Hermione or Harry and Draco falling in love during their Hogwarts years.

[Here is the space where I explode into a monologue about how big of a Harry Potter fan I am…]

Pairing monikers for the different Harry Potter pairings are also widely used when searching for content on search engines (i.e. Google) or YouTube for fan created art or videos. Harry Potter monikers include: “Harmony” refers to Harry and Hermione, “Dramione” is Draco and Hermione, “Drarry” refers to Harry and Draco, and “Drapple” for Draco and Apple (no joke).

Proof that Drapple Exists!
[Taken from Instagram Festival Cultural Zacatecas 2012]

My fellow blogger, Sarah Hatoum, raises an interesting point when she talks about how slash is part of “romantopia” in her blog post, Subverting the Media: Slash FanFiction & Women. However, it truly depends on what sort of slash is being written as the slash written for FanFiction can fall under both categories: “pornotopia” or “romantopia.” Any type of pairing can be sorted into either one of the categories as it all depends on how the author writes the FanFiction and how the reader interprets the story.

For example, my deep seated belief that Harry and Hermione should have ended up together at the end. The hero always gets the girl right? Apparently not. However through Harmony FanFictions, Harry and Hermione will live those “happily ever afters” that we all imagined.

Has this blog post and the above video convinced you to believe Harry and Hermione should have been together in the end? 😉

Taken from “Being a POTTERHEAD” Facebook Page

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8 thoughts on “Harry Potter: Fandom and Anonymity

  1. Haha, my friend wrote a drapple fic. I didnt know it was a ‘thing’.

    • I was not aware of drapple until a couple months back. Although, I have only read one drapple fic. which was sort of like the picture above…

  2. Thanks for linking my blog post, Christine!

    You make a good point. Those “porn without plot” fanfic could fall under the “pornotopia” as opposed to “romantopia” as well. I’ve been hanging around fandom for a few years now, and I just get the impression that the slash community is most impacted by the plot-driven fanfic, the one I would say falls under the “romantopia” category. The gay-men-in-a-relationship narrative is not one you see very often other than in fandom, so it’s nice to see the norm challenged.

    And I’m not sure how Draco/Apple would work, but I’m not surprised it’s even a thing…

    -SH

    • No problem! You actually gave me the perfect opening to write about my beloved HP! ❤ Therefore Thank YOU! 😉 On another note, I was talking exactly about “porn without plot” fanfics. Those fanfics actually occur in all genres no matter the pairing, slash or no slash. That is what I have seen occur especially in the Harry Potter genre of fanfics. I feel “romantopia” or “pornotopia” is determined by the plot and how the author weaves their stories… I agree that the “gay-men-or-lesbian-women-in-a-relationship” narrative is not one that is often seen anywhere but in fandom. It just shows that fandom does not give a damn about societal hegemony. Which makes me wonder how the world would look like if fandom became the hegemony of society. Mindblowing isn’t it?
      As for Drapple, I personally only found out a few months ago and only read one story about it. Didn’t find it too interesting in the fanfiction department. Although the fanart that has been created is hilarious!
      Oops! Did not mean to write you back with a whole essay! 😉 -CY

  3. I’m strangely OK with Drapple…I mean, hey, at least it’s not Ron/Pigwidgeon. (Which, sadly, is a Real Thing.)

    • Drapple is a real thing also! :O but i’ve actually never seen Ron/Pig, i have seen Harry/Hedwig before or Fawkes with someone else. I prefer my Harmony and Dramione…

  4. esbias

    I admit I haven’t read or seen anything HP, and am quite curious to see how “Drapple” could ever begin to be conceived…

    • Well the conception of Drapple is really movie based stemming from (if I am correct) the 3rd Harry Potter movie. Tom Felton (actor of Draco) was eating an apple and tweeted about how his apple went missing. Alas Drapple was born! At least that’s how I think Drapple began…

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