Living life as a hardcore shipper is full of blessings and disappointments. The author lords giveth, the author lords ignoreth. Sometimes your headcanon becomes a sweet/hot on-page reality, but other times it fails to make the leap from your head into the author’s. Believe me, I’ve tried to force the issue, but J.K. Rowling is not feeling my psychic influence.
Historically, the odds of seeing your OTP become canon were greatly lessened if your romantic reading preferences tended toward queer pairings. While books featuring LGBTQ characters are becoming more frequent across genres, it’s still not always easy to find adequate representation, especially in books that aren’t “about” LGBTQ issues. So for Pride Month, in honor of the shipper’s too-real struggle, and in hopes that YA diversity will continue to expand and flourish, here’s a sampling of the same-sex ships I will never ever stop sailing. Come at me, Rowling.
I will never, ever, ever, give up on this one. I don’t know what Lupin is doing with Tonks in the final books, but in my mind they are two queer friends deciding to have a baby together in the face of impending war (yes, Tonks is also gay and I will not hear otherwise). Black and Lupin are meant to be together: the wolf and the dog. We know that James and Lily Potter (and Snape) are linked by their cervidae patronuses; should we be ignoring the Marauder’s twin canines? We should not! Consider too how much more tragic their long separation becomes when it’s a love story.
Katniss Everdeen and Johanna Mason (The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins)
Gale or Peeta? Peeta or Gale? Honestly, who cares when you have this kinda kick-butt lady energy in the room? I was hoping Johanna’s angry energy could distract Katniss away from her mopey men when I read the books, and Jena Malone’s flirty performance in the movies only solidified my feeling that she was exactly what Katniss needed to make it through the dark times ahead of her.
I honestly kept expecting something to happen with these two up until the very end of Requiem. Maybe it was all the forbidden love in the air, but I kept on reading vibes between these two. Maybe it’s just that I always mistake sharing music for flirting…
These two just seemed to have such an amicable rivalry as they competed for Alanna’s hand. One could read it as mutual respect for both each other and Alanna’s choices (fair), or one could decide to interpret their chumminess as a little behind the scenes illicit fun between the crown prince and the king of thieves. Right? After all, it takes a royal to understand a royal.
I know Pippa is Felicity’s one true love, and I can accept that, but a girl’s gotta move on when her lover’s spirit is stranded to be slowly corrupted in another world (highlight for spoilers). Gemma and Felicity always have great chemistry, loyalty, and respect for each other. The two of them “ending up” together would have been a great cap on the witchy, feminist, trilogy.
A classic. Bosom friends, anyone?
Yes, I realize this is a heterosexual pairing. Canonically. Yes, I know Jo rejects him. Canonically. But it’s my headcanon and in my imagination Theodore Lawrence is actually a trans woman who goes by Laurie. Remember how upset Jo was when Laurie cut his hair short? Remember all the times Jo sobbed over the fact that she couldn’t just spend the rest of her life living among women? I imagine Laurie and Jo live happily ever after in a miraculously tolerant 1800s Concord Massachusetts.