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Harry/Draco (Harry Potter)

Title: A Peculiar Faith
Author: dorrie6
Spoilers: All books released to present (addendum written post-HBP)
e-mail: dorrie6@gmail.com
Website: emotionalperil

A Peculiar FaithCollapse )

Addendum, 12/30/05Collapse )


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That is beautiful. I remembered why I shipped H/D, and why I stuck with it.
Thank you! I'm so glad this resonated with you!
Well done. The essay is great. But I have to admit that I still don't understand what ... I don't know. I mean. Maybe it's just because I am a girl and I'm not that interested in what gay men do...
It just doesn't make any sense to me. Why should I be interested in what happens in a boys bedroom when there's no one I can associate with?

Or let's place it otherwise : If they're gay, they're not even interested in girls, ergo they wouldn't be interested in me, ergo why should I be interested in them?

Ah.. I asked myself so often... I just don't get it...
Mmmmm, well, I find people interesting for many more reasons than simply whether they are/are not a romantic prospect. Which is a moot point with fictional characters anyway, so I admit that your reasoning here never would have occurred to me. I also tend to more often personally identify with male characters in fiction than I do with female ones (which has more to do with the state of women in fiction than anything else, I think), so I don't find the gender of these characters to be a stumbling block either. That said, I'm pleased that you enjoyed it, despite your bafflement at its appeal! Thank you for reading!
This was very well written and made a lot of sense. Loved it. ^__^
Thank you! I'm always amazed that people are still reading this after all this time. I'm very happy you enjoyed it!
This was such a well written essay that I don't even know where to begin. Plus, I'm sure you've heard it all already, so I don't want to bore you. Suffice it to say that it was THE best essay on this pair (or any, really, I suppose) that I've ever read.

On a side note, I'm sure you are perfectly capable of finding new fanfics to love, but I would be greatly remiss if I didn't recommend this story that actually ignited my love for the fandom. It is called "Welcome to the Real World" by iamthelizardqueen. It can be found on fanfiction.net. I consider it one of the best fanfictions that I've ever read, and judging by the thousands of positive reviews she has aquired, I'm not the only one.

Here is the link, should you decide to read it. I hope you do.
First of all, thank you so much for letting me know you enjoyed this essay! The fact that people still discover it after all this time never ceases to amaze me. :) Thank you!

Secondly, yes, that is a lovely fic! I read it years ago... perhaps this is the time to revisit it! :)

Super tardy to the party

Thank you for writing this essay. It re-ignited my love for the ship and got me re-reading my old favorite fanfics. I also must say that I agree wholeheartedly on your points regarding the H/D fanfiction. The journey, not the destination is what makes this pairing so titillating!

Re: Super tardy to the party

Well, hello! I'm always surprised and pleased to find out that people are still reading this! :) Thank you so much for letting me know you enjoyed it! I'm very glad it spoke to you.
I've always loved this essay, ever since I read it maybe 2 years ago (as I've loved your H/D fics) and rereading it just recently, I've felt again the wonder and magic that you've articulated so very clearly why I fell in love this pairing and why I continue to love it even now. It's very inspirational and beautiful and I just wanted to say thank you for having written such a beautiful and eloquent statement of love.

It's been very helpful to me as I try and craft an H/D story for a comic I need to turn in soon. *sweatdrop* Again, thank you for enlightening my world. ^__^
Oh, this was such a wonderful note to get today. It feels so good to know that anything I've written has affected someone in a positive way, and for you to say such lovely things... well, it just really makes my day.

Thank you so much for taking a moment to tell me this. Also, I'd love to read your comic when it's finished! :D
Hey, just wondering, has anyone heard anything about whether or not Love Under Will might be finished????


Hi! I think I can answer that question for you. :-h

*glances at the 11,000 words of the next chapter she currently has open in Word*

*glances at the 6,000-word story outline, lol*

*points you to the progress report and fic excerpts*

I said in that post that I had a goal of finishing Part 2 by the end of this year and posting it in stallments during the first 6 weeks of 2009. That timeline is really important to me, but I'm kind of way way behind because right after I made that post my life got thrown into a considerable amount of upheaval, and i'm only just now settling back into it. But I'm really dedicated and motivated to finish it, so please keep checking back on my journal. I will post all of Part Two on my website, on FA, and on the PSA when I'm done. Same thing goes for Part Three.

Also: don't expect too much! It's been a long time! I'm rusty!

But thakn you so much for asking. *hugs to Dorrie for pointing her here, of course*


I have read this at least twice before and it wasn't until my own crisis of faith that I read it with an eye to reassuring myself: I'm not crazy, there are reasons for this, these two characters do work. I recently had to drop out of hd_hols because any time I tried to make the boys do something they yelled back, "BUT I DON'T EVEN LIKE HIM!" or "THAT'S SO OUT OF CHARACTER!" So thank you for making them shut up. I may end up finishing that story now even though I've already dropped.
I'm so pleased that this essay has helped you out! :D Thank you for taking the time to tell me so! I hope you do finish your story.
I'm sorry to barge in here so late, but this essay really pins down why I am still captivated by it. I think I read this years ago, just never commented XD

Anyhow, as a sidenote, (as someone asked around this subject above)
does anyone know where chapter 9 of love under will went?
I cannot possibly live without it much longe,
nor can read on without it: '''( I can't even begin to depict my attachment to this piece of writing.


I love you

Wow! You honestly left me speechless. I would like to begin out by saying how this essay touched my heart so deeply. Honestly, I got into the ship this year because I didn't really understand their relationship. I still don't to this day. The hardest decision to make is to ship Harry/Draco. Their not an easy couple to take an interest in. And I am sure many have said that as well. In order for Harry and Draco to truly be together, they need to see each other in a whole different light. Such as noticing things in one another in which other people can't. Something major needs to go in effect. Both characters are very complex and complicated. Although I do have to comment on something based on my own person interpretation and opinion. Harry does seem to mean a whole lot more to Draco and probably more then he realizes. Draco just won't admit it as much as it kills him not doing so.

This essay shows your compassion and love for the pairing. It is so lovely, beautiful, gorgeous, breathtaking, and the most sweetest thing I have ever encountered and came across. Everything you said is in so much depth and detail. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop until I was finished completely. I am just amazed, shocked and surprised at how much thought, emotion and feeling you put into the essay. You took Harry and Draco a step further and went beyond comprehension. There isn't a single thing that was mentioned in which I disagreed with or found wrong. Also, the evidence and support provided is astounding and huge in terms of backing up your claims, reasoning and explanation. It's so thorough and deep. You are such an inspirational person whom I admire very much. I look up to you in so many ways possible. Your essay caused me to think and in doing so, it hit me so hard and made me love the couple a lot. They have so many obstacles and challenges in their life. This shows you are a true devoted Harry and Draco fan. Believing in them is the first step and having hope is another.

Thank you so much for writing this and I appreciate it so much. I am so glad I found this essay. I know I am a little too late but I didn't know of this fandom or shipped an HP couple until now. Acceptance is another key factor in deciding to be with someone. Often times, that's an issue and needs to be worked up upon that. I thank you so much for giving us the links to the fanfiction stories because I want to read the ones that are worth reading. I will keep this close to my heart and a part of my life forever and always. In fact, I am going to memorize the whole essay by heart in your behalf and honor because it is truly remarkable. I'll always remember you and think of you as a sweet, kind, friendly, and the most wonderful person I know. This deserves an award actually let me rephrase that, you deserve a bunch of awards for putting your heart and soul into the essay. I don't think anyone can measure up to your level even if they try. It just wont work. I can read this over and over again and find something different that stands out and new. I hope to seem more writing from you because no matter what, you will always hear a comment from me. I am proud to call myself a Harry and Draco shipper. Is this the biggest pairing in HP fandom altogether so to speak? I hope so. Maybe after the seventh film comes out, more people will become fans of the couple.

Much love,

Danijela Zivadinovic

This is an astonishing, moving, and absolutely thrilling essay that burns me to the core. At risk of sounding slightly rash, this was bloody brilliant!

You have showed the ship from every side, more than I thought possible, and reminded me vehemently why I love Harry/Draco: because. There is no one reason I could pinpoint without taking away from the, in my opinion, disastrously perfect pairing.

This essay was entrancing, easy to read, and overall amazing. Any faith I might ahve lost in the pairing was restored as soon as I began to read this.

I have bookmarked it for future reference. Next time I lose faith, if ever, I will read this to remind me of why I fell in love with the pairing in the first place.

All I can say in closing is this: thank you.

-- Saheli

Request to use essay... please?

This is fantastic and an incredibly well-done essay! Reading this reminded me of why I've been shipping H/D for... almost a decade. I'm actually not old at all but now I feel very old. Eep.

All right, I have an ulterior motive behind my comment: I was wondering if I could have your permission to republish parts of this essay in a research paper I'm writing for my Harry Potter class. I'm doing a research paper on slash fanfiction and the different ways it resonates/interacts with readers. I'm focusing on four different aspects: subtext, sexuality, gender, and personal growth/escapism. I find that your essay really helps encapsulate a lot of these themes for why fans love Harry/Draco and what it helps give to readers, both psychologically and emotionally. I can also give you a copy of the paper, if you so wish :) If you could get back to me in the next day or two, that would be super swell since my paper is due on Saturday... thank you!

Re: Request to use essay... please?

Sure, please feel free! If you're going to credit me in the paper, I'd prefer you use my real name rather than my fan name, and yes, I'd love to have a copy in the end! Send me a private message, and I'll tell you my name if you need it.

I am having such a Drarry fangirl moment, I think I might explode.

OH MY GOD. This is perfect, perfect. I'm all jumping up and down in my seat wishing I knew other Drarry shippers to share this with. Thank you!

And am I correct in saying you seem to be getting comments YEARLY from this piece? Bravo!

Edited at 2012-09-21 02:39 am (UTC)
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