The series was very influential in the early days of Harry Potter fandom, but became controversial when it was found that parts of it were plagiarized. In , a fan said: "The Draco Trilogy did not invent fanon! Draco, but its tremendous fame popularized him and gave him his most recognizable traits--sex and snark. Here Draco is a redeemed figure whose relationship with Harry Potter is at times almost symbiotic.
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The series was very influential in the early days of Harry Potter fandom, but became controversial when it was found that parts of it were plagiarized. In , a fan said: "The Draco Trilogy did not invent fanon! Draco, but its tremendous fame popularized him and gave him his most recognizable traits--sex and snark.
Here Draco is a redeemed figure whose relationship with Harry Potter is at times almost symbiotic. Net in August It is the shortest novel in the series by far, totaling roughly 70, words. Draco Veritas totals nearly , words. The story is now an AU , diverging from canon after Goblet of Fire.
The need to keep this a secret, the even greater need to find an antidote, and a love triangle where both Draco and Harry are interested in Hermione, power the plot of the novel. Romance, mistaken identities, Really Cunning Plans, evil bake sales, a love triangle, and snogs galore.
Net in late Cursed demon swords, love potions, time travel , dementors, flying dragons , Draco wears leather , and everybody dies at least once. It only appeared online in its entirety for about two weeks before Claire took down her fanfiction in order to embark on her profic career. See Cassandra Claire: Fannish Retirement. For many fans, these stories fed an intense desire for more Harry Potter as they endured the long waits between books.
I know, cause I did it. Makes it seem like a cozy community, all this cohesive waiting, and comforting each other. Now, if we could only wipe the evening clean for reading later. All these people waiting for DS14 when cassandra herself is probally asleep My friend spent the night and we stayed up all night waiting for DS Or will we simply smirk knowingly?
So in the first part, Draco Dormiens, which she started posting in , and which was immediately super popular, Harry and Draco actually become best friends. So, yes you had all these hate tropes but you also had this sort of, you know, had a bunch of people reading Draco Dormiens and the two other fics in the series and going, Wow, maybe they could be friends and maybe they could more that friends, you know?
Before I even got to the fandom, they—she actually had put, you know Rhysenn had started writing Irresistible Poison and Cassie and Rhysenn were friends and they shared a mailing list together. So even though Irresistible Poison was hugely popular — but a lot of that led over into the populate, the fan base for Draco Veritas, or the Draco Trilogy, because they shared a mailing list.
Then, there is that sense that [Cassandra Claire] is catering to the subtext , and she actually—she actively did cater to the subtext in a lot of ways.
But that was all before I came along. And when I came along, I think the immediate, I guess, impression that I had was just that the writing was amazing, because I had actually tried to get into slash before, like I told you. And then I got pointed to the one archive where all of these really, where all the quote unquote "best writers" of the fandom were archived, sort of this one, like, elite archive called Diagon Alley , and I was just really drawn to the quality of the writing.
And it was, back then, too—it was very obviously, very shmoopy, but it also seemed to tap into a kind of, I guess, emotional undercurrent and I think the I think just politically, like the fact that all of these people were reading you know, the Draco trilogy and then reading Irresistible Poison right away, because like almost inevitably, when you ask somebody who came into the Harry Potter at that point in time what their first fan fic was, they will almost always say "Irresistible Poison.
And I remember reading all these fics together because it just sort of hit me all in one weekend. But Shalott was also coming from a completely different, I guess, part of the fandom. She was, I mean she was sort of in line with the pop slashers and the western media writers. Whereas you know Cassie was, you know sci-fi fantasy, steeped in that whole literary tradition of fandom.
But I definitely, definitely think that the hugeness of popularity of the Draco Trilogy had a big deal to do with it. In July , she was "bringing it to a close. And being like, "Wow, people like- people put a lot of work into this! It was a complete mystery to me. I had found fanfiction. And there were no Harry Potter archives at the time that I could find. Claire said: when I first started the Draco Trilogy, it was supposed to be a short little exercise.
Harry and Draco, they switch places, how does that go for them and I finished the first installment, which was Draco Dormiens - I wrote it in about two weeks, I think.
And I sort of went without it for, you know, three years, something like that. And writing fanfiction reminded me how much I had enjoyed it.
I was always determined to finish it. I try to outline pretty closely, on a chapter-to-chapter basis and I also use flashcards for each character that tell me what major incidents in the story are going to be for their character and how their character evolves and at what point the points of evolution come My friend Holly, she uses flashcards to tell her about just incidents in the plot, so I just started using them to tell me about different incidents for characterization and I found that kinda helpful.
When I sold my book trilogy, I sold the first book and then you have to submit synopses of the second and third books. So I had to very closely outline them and I was happy to have already learned a little bit about doing that. The one thing you do have to keep in mind is that the middle of your book will change. Incidents will sort of morph, but you can still keep to your general plot and character arc even if certain plot incidents are changing.
Claire said: I guess I would probably say the Draco Trilogy [is the best example of my writing] because it veers in style, pretty wildly, because I used it as sort of an experimental work to try out lot of different things.
The idea that this story might turn into slash any slash, even a minor pairing was not one all shippers felt comfortable with. Several alternate universe outtakes penned by Claire include slash.
Claire also wrote a DV missing scene that included Draco kissing Harry to prove that Draco "could be gay, if [he] liked"--of which she said: "Feel free to consider it DV canon -- I do. Additionally, she included a slash relationship with her OCs Ben and Gareth, ancestors and analogues of Harry and Draco, respectively. Claire has said that she considers the Trilogy slash, in the sense that it has gay characters in it.
Though the website no longer exists, fanart for the Draco Trilogy still can be found all over the net. Static snapshots of the search results can be seen here , here and here Date: April 5, deviantArt search for Draco Sinister.
Static snapshots of the search results can be seen here and here Date: April 5, deviantArt search for Draco Veritas. Static snapshots of the search results can be viewed here and here Date: April 5, deviantArt search for Draco Trilogy. Static snapshots of these search results are here , here and here. But, really, what I want is to write books and have them be read and have people enjoy them, and be able to interact with people about what I write.
These Stories in Context: Some Powerhouse Early Harry Potter Fics In the early s, Harry Potter fandom was still quite new, and fans were clustering and swarming in many ways that would define much of the fandom later. One of these gathering points were a group of highly admired stories by a group of well-known Harry Potter writers. These stories, posted as serials, had many fans at the edge of their seats waiting for installments.
A fan wrote in It was so cool. I just had to laugh at some of the original ship preferences and ideas and the ideas that were born and then incorperated into their stories.
Share This article is not part of the Harry Potter universe. This article covers a subject that is part of the real world, and thus should not be taken as a part of the Harry Potter universe. The Draco Trilogy is a Draco-centric epic written and posted in instalments by Cassandra Clare over a period of six years, consisting three novel-length stories: Draco Dormiens, Draco Sinister, and Draco Veritas. In the beginning there is a love triangle where both Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter are interested in Hermione Granger. The trilogy contributed to the popularisation of Fanon Draco, called "Leather Pants Draco" after a famous scene in Draco Sinister where Draco ends up looking good in incredibly tight leather pants.
The Draco Trilogy
Shelves: unfinished , very-personal-copies , adolescent-angst , drama-overdose , conflicted-feelings , lets-kill-the-cat , ones-and-zeroes , seriously-seriously , freee-on-the-interwebz , could-get-rid-of-at-some-point-soon Pre-review October 30, Because nothing says Halloween like reading one of the most controversial fanfics of all time. November 2nd, Nice review Well November 2nd, — Nice review Well Honest review Disclaimer for "honest review": I did not like Draco Dormiens and express my dislike of it Far from that! However, if you are the type of a person who takes offense easily, please do not read forward. The quotes included are from the PDF version I read, titles for them if they exist are by me.
The Cassandra Claire Plagiarism Debacle