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My Top 10 Harry Potter Ships

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Ships ahoy!

St. Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, which means romance is in the air. For those of us in the HP fandom, ’tis the time of year when a young (or not-so-young) person’s fancy turns to thoughts of favorite ships.

When it comes to things fannish and nautical, I’m polyamorous. My imagination contains multitudes, friends, which makes for a cranium crowded with multiple headcanons concerning the same characters. A veritable multiverse of ships, as it were. A single OTP just won’t do; it takes many OTPs to fulfill my various shipping needs, so here I give you my top ten (in alphabetical order) and what I love about them:

Alastor Moody/Minerva McGonagall

For the fireworks that ensue when opposites attract and find that they’re really quite similar after all.

Albus Dumbledore/Gellert Grindelwald

For the guilt and the angst.

Albus Dumbledore/Minerva McGonagall

For a powerful, complicated man, and brilliant, no-nonsense woman in love with knowledge and (secretly) with each other, fighting several wars (for some reason) while running a school.

Amelia Bones/Minerva McGonagall

For two smart women who are married to their careers but fall in love anyway, to hell with the establishment.

Bathilda Bagshot/Griselda Marchbanks

Because nothing is hotter than two elderly academics in love.

Hermione Granger/Severus Snape

The overachiever and the asshole: hot-for-teacher edition.

Minerva McGonagall/Rolanda Hooch

For the cerebral meeting the physical and bonding over sports.

Minerva McGonagall/Severus Snape

For the competition, the snark, and the many ways forgiveness can be given and received.

Remus Lupin/Sirius Black

Because it’s fucking canon, no matter what JKR says.