As one of the most popular and successful franchises ever created, the Harry Potter the films have a huge following, and with that, a huge online fan community. With any community of fandom, that is, two characters that fans associate, usually romantically and outside of canon.
With an array of interesting characters, it’s understandable that so many ships from the hit fantasy series have formed among fans. What is more difficult to understand is why certain characters are paired. Some seem to have little to no basis in the source material while others are clearly “crack ships”, or harmless ships for fun that no one takes seriously. Whatever the reasoning, some ships are much stranger than others.
Voldemort X Quirrell
This vessel is undoubtedly formed from the existing relationship shared between the characters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, although the relationship is far from romantic. Using Quirrell as a host to sneak into Hogwarts and attempt to bring about his return, Voldemort attaches himself to the back of Quirrell’s head, just one of Voldemort’s many crimes in Harry Pottercounting on him to keep him alive.
While this ship has, in theory, a stronger footing than the other ships, it’s still an odd pairing, especially considering each of the character’s personalities and how it would even work, given that Voldemort essentially shares Quirrell’s body.
Severus Snape X James Potter
Severus Snape and James Potter, two characters whose relationship has only really been seen in flashbacks, is canonically one of rivalry and bullying. While it’s also a fact that Snape had feelings for Harry’s mother, Lily, a few fans prefer to direct Snape’s feelings towards Harry’s father, James.
Again, while this ship seems odd due to the adversarial nature of the two characters, it seems to reflect the fandom’s love of an enemy-lover relationship, also seen when associating Harry with characters like Draco, for example.
Draco Malfoy x Hermione Granger
A very controversial but popular ship in the fandom, others prefer to ship Draco with Harry and there are still others who think neither pairing makes much sense.
Yet another ship that fell victim to the ever-popular enemies-to-lovers trope, many fans have such a strong love for this ship for the same reason others consider it odd: the character’s opposing natures make it a weird but good game. While this ship is certainly tame compared to many others in the fandom, it’s still hard for many to imagine a working relationship between the two.
Hermione Granger X Pansy Parkinson
Another similar pairing to the ones above, this unusual ship likely exists for the same reasons. Pansy Parkinson, a pureblood Slytherin, is one of Draco Malfoy’s band of friends. Because of this, any interaction that would be seen between the two witches would be at the very least hostile or hostile, making it the terrain of a strange ship.
However, if fans can make a relationship between Hermione and Draco work, there’s no reason to say that a relationship between Pansy and Hermione would be any less likely. In fact, it would potentially be more likely due to the less adversarial relationship between the two.
Draco Malfoy X Moaning Myrtle
While not one of the biggest ships in fandom, and by far not the biggest ship involving Draco, this odd couple is surprisingly popular. Most likely formed from a detail in the sixth book that failed to make it to the final version of Half-Blood Prince, it is noted that Myrtle helps Draco in his plot to bring the Death Eaters into Hogwarts.
One of the Hogwarts ghosts, Moaning Myrtle is often shipped off with Harry much more often, but it’s less odd due to her obvious interest in the main character of several films, which also makes this ship between Harry’s rival Potter, Draco Malfoy, and the all the weirder dead teenager.
Dolores Umbridge X Centaurs
It is probably the first of many other crack ships, however, it could also be considered a real ship.
Unlike some other potential ships, it’s easy to see where this one hails from: the iconic stage of the most hated Harry Potter character, Dolores Umbridge, taken by the group of Centaurs deep into the Forbidden Forest. Again, while this ship is probably not serious, existing fan fiction seems to disagree.
Dolores Umbridge X Dementors
This is another crack ship focused on the suffering of the aforementioned most hated character. While the previous entry could be considered a real ship, this one is definitely not to be taken seriously.
Coming from the fact that both characters have no souls and make each other’s lives a literal misery throughout the fantasy film series, this is arguably one of the most popular ships in the community. fandom online, with fans agreeing that with this pairing, Umbridge is finally getting what she deserves.
Dobby X Harry sock
Another weird but fully supported ship in the community is this pairing, which at least comes from a real connection, even if it’s a magical mythical creature and an inanimate garment.
While this is another vessel not to be taken seriously, beyond any romantic relationship in this couple, it can actually be considered quite healthy. Dobby’s innocent love for Harry’s sock and the associated freedom it means brings him so much joy. It’s still strange.
Draco Malfoy X his apple
One of the weirdest and most popular ships in the Harry Potter fandom, Draco Malfoy actor Tom Felton himself has acknowledged the existence of the “Drapple” ship on several occasions. For those confused, this Slytherin antagonist ship and a literal apple is from the trope of villains eating apples in movies, which Draco can be seen doing in several movies.
Again, a purely fun ship, it’s at least less controversial than other maritime debates as Draco’s character sits in the middle between some of the most avid fans in the community.
Giant Hogwarts Squid X
It’s not just one of the weirdest ships in the world. Harry Potter fandom, but in any fandom community. For context, it’s worth explaining that this pairing is between the giant squid that resides in the Great Lake on the Hogwarts grounds and the physical Hogwarts castle itself.
Although clearly not taken seriously by anyone, this ship attracted a lot of attention when a piece of fan fiction circulated around the pairing, causing a huge stir in the community when it was released in 2006. He still haunts a lot in the fandom to this day.
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