J.K Rowling: ‘MacBook Air Changed My Life”

J.K Rowling: ‘MacBook Air Changed My Life”

Rowling. Photo Daniel Ogren/Wikimedia Commons

You know how Apple is always calling its products “magical?” Well, it turns out that it may be right. Harry Potter author J.K Rowling not only uses a MacBook Air to write, but says that it has changed her life.

While you might expect the world of wizards, muggles and Hogwarts to have been scratched out onto parchment with ink and a quill, the reality is that most writers (not all these days use computers. And seeing as Harry Potter started life in an Edinburgh coffee shop, it makes sense for the author to be using Apple’s lightest non-tablet writing machine.

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In a rare product endorsement, Rowling proclaimed, “The MacBook Air changed my life.” She added, “I’ve written everywhere, including some very strange places.”

Sadly, there ends the interview. I would ask what software she uses, and which model she prefers (11 or 13-inch?) Then again, I’m a tech nerd and procrastinator, whereas she’s a successful writer who has published a bunch of great books. She probably writes in (ugh) Microsoft Word and doesn’t even care. Still, even Word is better than Cormac McCarthy’s typewriter.

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  • wdhaley

    13″ MBA + Scrivener = OMG! LOVE!

  • James Kent

    Given the last Potter book was released in 2007 and the Macbook Air did not launch until the following year, it would seem the Air would have to be truly magical for any of those books to have been written on one.

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick

    Given the last Potter book was released in 2007 and the Macbook Air did not launch until the following year, it would seem the Air would have to be truly magical for any of those books to have been written on one.

    I must have missed the part where J.K. or the author of this article claimed that she wrote Harry Potter on an Air…

  • Speech_Geek

    Uh James, I think you haven’t been reading entertainment news recently: she just released a new book and has several others in the various processes of completion.

  • KneeCoLass

    Does anyone else, after looking at the picture, feel like they walked in on a threesome that had just finished?

  • jmmx2

    1- She probably gets a new one every year or two.
    2- There is nothing wrong with MS Word. Great program, I have been using it for years – Including years of Tech Pubs and a 750 page novel – unfortunately not as successful as Ms Rowling’s. (If only I could get her to READ it! – sigh) :P

  • technochick

    “Harry Potter fan art. Somebody took the time to draw this. ”

    And out of all the photos of JK etc you could have used, you choose to post said art. And imply that the creator is somehow pathetic. I’d say pot meet kettle

  • technochick

    I must have missed the part where J.K. or the author of this article claimed that she wrote Harry Potter on an Air…

    This part:
    “And seeing as Harry Potter started life in an Edinburgh coffee shop, it makes sense for the author to be using Apple’s lightest non-tablet writing machine.”

    strongly implies, if not states, such a belief

  • destroysall

    Which coffee shop in Edinburgh? Anywho, this makes me want a Macbook Air, but in my case, the Macbook Pro just works better.

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