On May 15, J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter, asked Coindesk reporter Leigh Cuen to explain Bitcoin to her.
Naturally, this tweet by Rowling brought several prominent members of the crypto community took time to reply to Rowling to explain Bitcoin to her. In just two hours her tweet spawned over 1,300 replies.
In attempts to speak Rowling’s language, many started comparing bitcoin in Harry Potter terminology.
Blockchain lawyer Jenny Leung tweeted:
He Who Must Not Be Named (Lord Voldemort) thought it would be unlikely that anyone could find all seven horcruxes, making him impervious to destruction.
This signifies that Bitcoin composed of thousands of nodes around the globe running the bitcoin software and it is hard to shut down because all of these nodes need to be shut down at once to derail the online currency.
Steven Zheng, a researcher at The Block tweeted:
Dobby was a house elf in Harry Potter who desired nothing more than his freedom, house elves must be slaves to their owners until they are presented with clothes in the world of Harry Potter.
A couple of other tweeters tried to describe bitcoin’s monetary policy by comparing it to the few financial elements scattered in Harry Potter.
Zcash Foundation executive director Josh Cincinnati tweeted:
Cincinnati referenced Gringotts, the sole bank in the wizarding world, and the Floo network, fireplaces that witches and wizards can use to transport instantly to other places.
Lolli CTO and co-founder Matt Senter tweeted:
In short, bitcoin’s supply is fixed, and probably can’t be changed by any entity, like central banks are able to do around the world in attempts to spur the economy in times of crisis.
Even Elon Musk weighed in:
However, Rowling herself seemed unimpressed by the explanations sent to her while later resorting to:
It took less than three hours for her to follow up with:
This was Cuen’s own explanation: