The Harry Potter book series – and subsequent movie franchise – was full of epic friendships, sweet romances, and long-lasting ties between close companions.
However one character to miss out on much of this love and devotion was villainous school boy-turned-would-be killer Draco Malfoy. Until now.
Thanks to a rather bizarre fan theory that has taken the internet by storm, an unlikely romance has been uncovered – between Draco and a green apple. And while it might seem rather ridiculous, Harry Potter fans can’t get enough of the somewhat mis-matched relationship, and have even added more fuel to the romance in the form of memes, gifs, and even original artwork.
Sob story: One fan illustrated their take on Drapple, making it seem like a forbidden love
Green with envy: Another fan depicted Draco surrounded by several green apples
While the character’s favorite fruit is not actually mentioned at any great length in any of the books or movies, beady-eyed fans noticed that, on the rare occasions when green apples do make an appearance in the series, it is more often than not Draco who brings them into the picture.
In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, for example, the villainous character – who is played by actor Tom Felton in the movie series, bites into a green apple during his first Care of Magical creatures class with the lovable half-troll Hagrid.
Then in the sixth movie, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Draco is seen transporting an apple in and out of the mysterious Vanishing Cabinet which he uses to sneak a gang of Death Eaters into Hogwarts.
And while there is no clear evidence that these interactions constitute something deeper, fans are using a couple of briefs encounters between Draco and the apples as the inspiration for several memes and fan fiction plots online, using the couple name ‘Drapple’ as their inspiration.
In one meme, Draco appears on screen in slow motion, taking a long and lingering bite out of a green apple, while in another, a fan has typed the words, ‘After all this time? Always’ as they cut to a shot of the character holding an apple that has a bite already taken out of it.
Close to you: One fan used the lyrics to a love song to caption a cartoon about Draco’s ‘ship’ with a green apple
Arty: One fan was inspired to draw a picture of Draco holding a green apple
Gone fishing: Another meme depicts Harry reeling Draco in with a green apple
Other fans have put their artistic skills to use, drawing and painting their Drapple appreciation in a series of cartoons and illustrations.
One depicts Draco lying on a bed of green apples and has been captioned with, ‘Draco’s Paradise’, while another picture shows Harry dangling a green apple off a fishing rod in Draco’s direction.
Another shows a cartoon version of Draco in floods of tears, holding a green apple at arm’s length with the words, ‘I’m afraid we can never be together, my love. My father would forbid it’.
And it seems Tom Felton is also a fan and is aware of the Drapple phenomenon.
In 2011, while speaking at FanExpo in Canada, Felton revealed that he had heard about the Drapple concept and jokingly told fans, ‘Draco and an apple. Really? I think it’s fantastic, don’t get me wrong, I think it’s brilliant that you guys are so creative.’
He added: ‘In all seriousness, the fact that her [JK Rowling] work has inspired people to write their own stories, as bizarre as they can be, and also paint pictures, I’ve seen some amazing artwork over the last few days’.