Harry Potter, a franchise that concluded its cinematic run over a decade ago, still boasts one of the most dynamic fan-fiction communities in the world of entertainment. At the epicenter of this creative fervor stands Draco Malfoy, portrayed by Tom Felton in the movies, who finds himself entangled in a myriad of fan-generated narratives.
Among the many imaginative pairings dreamed up by Harry Potter enthusiasts, ‘Drarry’ takes the spotlight. This imaginative realm envisions Malfoy and Harry evolving from adversaries to lovers, cementing itself as one of the most beloved pairings in fan fiction history. Another notable pairing is ‘Dramione’, uniting Malfoy with Hermione Granger.
For Tom Felton, however, the most intriguing concoction to emerge from countless re-watches of the Harry Potter films is ‘Drapple’ – an unconventional romance between Draco Malfoy and a green apple. The genesis of this peculiar union lies in Malfoy’s on-screen apple consumption during notable scenes in ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ and ‘Half-Blood Prince’.
This bizarre coupling, categorized as a “cargo ship” in fandom culture (where human characters are imaginatively paired with inanimate objects), has transcended meme status. Felton himself addressed this phenomenon at a 2013 convention, humorously remarking, “I enjoy the idea of Drapple, which took me years to figure out what it was. It’s Draco and an apple. It took me even further to realize why. It’s because in the sixth film he carries an apple. I don’t know more than that.”
While Felton is content with the quirkier fan fiction creations, he admits that Drapple is perhaps the most eccentric deviation from the Potter canon he’s encountered over the years. He graciously acknowledges the imaginative spirit of fans, appreciating their desire to craft their own narratives inspired by the books. He jestingly adds, “It’s just that some of their imaginations are a little wacky at times.”
In essence, Felton subtly conveys his bemusement at the fascinating concoctions that Potter fans conjure. It’s a sentiment echoed by many, as the imaginative depths of this fan base never cease to amaze. One can’t help but wonder if the ‘Drapple’ affair might parallel the intriguing (and slightly controversial) peach scene in “Call Me By Your Name”.
For more intriguing fan interpretations of the Harry Potter universe, discover the ship more popular than Drarry and explore the fan theory linking Neville to an unexpected villain. Additionally, delve deeper into the characters of Sirius Black and Dumbledore, or delve into why some still grapple with forgiveness for the conclusion of the Harry Potter saga.