I’ve only just realized how well Dramione could have worked as a couple (or almost couple), so I jotted down how I feel their relationship could have gone, from meeting until the end of the war. Maybe I’ll do beyond that later. I’m not a writer- it’s probably obvious and for that I’m sorry.
Year one: Hermione and Draco meet in Ollivander’s. She’s adorable and nervous and excited when her wand sends sparks. She asks a lot of questions and he answers them all. He doesn’t know she’s muggleborn until the very end of their first conversation and then he wonders to himself if this is one of the “filthy Mudbloods” his father warned him about.
Draco takes an immediate dislike to Harry after being rejected in their first conversation. He secretly gets upset when Hermione is sorted into Gryffindor. For the rest of the year they don’t speak, but he sneaks looks at her and catches her eye from time to time. Sometimes she even gives him a smile.
Year two: Draco’s father spends the summer “educating” him about the purity of magical blood. Draco doesn’t really stop to consider if any of it could be true, but his father has a tendency to anger quickly and Draco craves his father’s pride, so he doesn’t question it. At a Quidditch practice, Hermione gives Draco a smile from the stands and he’s so surprised and happy that he beams back. But his Quidditch mates see him, so he spends his year overcompensating by throwing Hermione to the wolves. It breaks his heart a little every time. When she’s found petrified, he doesn’t sleep for a while. He can hardly eat. He catches her eye after she’s back, but she barely offers him a glance in return, and he knows he deserves it.