Some Interesting Harry Potter Fanfic Statistics
For those of you wondering if there is a proportional amount of slash fiction.
If you look at the 30 most named characters, there are 435 possible pairings. Of those, 256 are M/M, 155 are F/M, and 24 are F/F. That means that about 59% of the pairings should be M/M, 37% should be F/M, and 5% should be F/F (I know that’s more than 100%, but I rounded, it works if you get more decimal places).
The actual percentages are closer to 65%, 32%, and 2%. Which means that M/M is being over-represented and both F/M and F/F are being under-represented.
Interestingly, if you add in Lily/James (a pairing that doesn’t appear in that original 30 character list), the actual percentages change to 62%, 37%, and 2%, which implies that the F/M proportion is actually basically representative, and it’s just F/F that is being under-represented.
That’s due, for the most part, to what female characters there actually are, particularly in the top 30. Those characters are Hermione, Ginny, McGonagall, Molly Weasley, Umbridge, Luna, and Petunia. Of those, Molly has virtually no pairings outside of with Arthur Weasley, Petunia has virtually no pairings outside of with Vernon, and Umbridge is almost never paired with anyone. Ginny with Hermione, McGonagall with Hermione, Luna with Hermione, and Luna with Ginny make up 98% of the F/F pairings within that character set.