Harry Potter Author J.K. Rowling: “I Don’t Understand Bitcoin. Please Explain it to Me”

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TL;DR: You’d have to imagine headline puns are coming fast and furious at this point, with references to muggles, spells, etc., as the world-famous author of the Harry Potter series asked about Bitcoin. J.K. Rowling suddenly appeared in a thread comment, insisting, “I don’t understand Bitcoin. Please explain it to me,” and Crypto Twitter will never be the same. *UPDATED

Harry Potter Author J.K. Rowling Asks About Bitcoin

CoinDesk journalist Leigh Cuen humble brag vague tweeted, “The most bullish signal I’ve seen all week is a mainstream novelist (who I won’t name but she’s soooo good & not a scifi type) pinged me (unsolicited!) to ask about bitcoin. I now consider this week a success.” At least one of Cuen’s followers appeared to guess as to who, perhaps ironically, @tting Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling seemingly just for fun. “If she ever pings me I will *die* from happiness,” Cuen responding to the suggestion.

Not 30 minutes later, Ms. J.K. Rowling herself, blue check and all, suddenly appeared like a character in her novels. “I don’t understand bitcoin. Please explain it to me.” Cuen, still thankfully very much alive, jumped on her good fortune, answering, “Hi! My DMs are open if you want to chat w/out onlookers. The very short version is: Bitcoin is money fueled by a community of contributors. There’s no king or central bank in charge. There are countless stories we can use to explore the ethics of a world w/global currency.”

Cuen also pointed to her article for which she was a guest on the CoinSpice Podcast, regarding the use of bitcoin in Gaza. Some of the more memorable responses to Ms. Rowling involved snarkier takes, however. “Remember when Dobby was freed by a sock? Bitcoin is that sock,” came one. “Imagine if Voldemort couldn’t infiltrate the ministry of magic, and Harry couldn’t break into Gringotts bank, and house elves were able to interact with the wizarding world’s economy with just an internet connection,” went another.

As of publication, it is not clear whether Cuen will ultimately have a formal interview with Rowling, a real get for the ecosystem, to put it mildly. J.K. Rowling hasn’t responded beyond that initial tweet undoubtedly overwhelmed by enthusiasts and haters alike. One noticeably lacking reference, explainer, or link in answering the novelist was in no one citing the Satoshi White Paper, often considered too technical for noobs. In the spirit of shilling one’s owns links and tutorials, as commenters did, a few private messages to CoinSpice suggested J.K. Rowling would enjoy this publication’s webcomic on the subject by Scott McCloud. Only one way to find out.


J.K. Rowling responded to the outpouring in a personal thread, and it’s one for the ages. She even references HEX founder Richard Heart:

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