The year is 2002. It’s summer, but sleepaway camp hasn’t started yet, which means I’m up at 2am and probably won’t go to sleep until at least 5. Evanescence’s Fallen is playing softly from my E-machine, the glow from which lit up the signed Broadway posters hanging in my dark adolescent bedroom. I had been reading Harry Potter fan fiction for at least six hours and would likely go for another six before finally falling asleep and waking up to do it all over again.
My preferred slash pairing was, of course, Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy. Fanfiction is constantly turning enemies into lovers, mining text and subtext for every possibly clue that two characters who seemingly hate each other are actually desperately in love. As a newly post-pubescent queer, nothing was more captivating to me than these two characters professing their love, and nothing was hotter than their illicit rendezvous in the Astronomy Tower or the Room of Requirement or even the bank of the lake while the giant squid watched — kinky!
And clearly I wasn’t alone.
In an interview with AOL, Malfoy actor Tom Felton was reunited with castmates Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley) and James Phelps (Fred Weasley) for a game of “Fact or Fanfiction. During the game, Felton revealed that he’s seen plenty of explicit Harry Potter content online centered on Draco and Hermione (Emma Watson). “I’ve seen some pictures,” he explained. “Some alarming ones.”
But when Lynch and Davis brought up Harry and Draco’s own relationship, Felton was much more enthusiastic. “I think it was clearly a fact,” he said. “Harry was constantly crushing on Draco. He just couldn’t hide it.”
“I think he made quite an impression on Ron, as well,” Grint added cheekily.
My 13-year-old self is shaking, but vindicated. Now we just have to wait for J.K. Rowling to inevitably weigh in and mess this all up.