A Russian comedy duo known for pranking celebrities has duped the Harry Potter mogul in a chilling Zoom interview.
JK Rowling has been the latest target of Russian comedy duo Vovan and Lexus in a new video targeting Rowling’s charity work in Ukraine. Watch the video below.
The Harry Potter author was tricked into believing she was in a Zoom conversation with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky in a Zoom interview shared by The Rowling Library. Vovan and Lexus are famous for pulling pranks on celebrities like Elton John, Prince Harry, Billie Eilish and Kamala Harris.
“JK Rowling was approached to talk about her extensive charity work in Ukraine, supporting children and families affected by the current conflict in the region,” a representative for the author told THR, before calling the quip “abhorrent.” captioned it, adding, “The edited video is a distorted representation of the conversation.”
The 12-minute video features the comedians (posing as Zelensky) telling Rowling that Harry Potter’s famous Thunderclap forehead scar is reminiscent of the “Z” worn by Russian troops on their tanks during the invasion of Ukraine. The duo asked Rowling to change the character’s scar to a Ukrainian trident, after which Rowling said she would “investigate that” and offered to post on social media “because I think that’s going to be in the papers.” .
Vovan and Lexus added that they wrote the Harry Potter books’ killing curse, Avada Kedavra, about Ukrainian missiles. “We read ‘Harry Potter’ to the soldiers in Battalion… just don’t read them passages about half-breeds. They are nationalists and don’t like people like that,” they said.
Rowling’s Lumos charity is actively helping children and families in the Zhytomyr region of Ukraine. The pranksters encouraged Rowling to fund guns rather than supplies. “I want to be clear about where you’re sending the money collected from Lumos,” Vovan and Lexus said. “We want to use your money to buy a lot of weapons and missiles to destroy Russian troops, I hope you’re all for it.”
Rowling said: “We take care of the children, but I really want Ukraine to have all the weapons that it needs.”
Vovan and Lexus have previously been viewed as state actors for targeting critics of Russia’s foreign policy.
In a nod to Rowling’s outspoken anti-trans sentiments, the comedy duo asked the author if Professor Dumbledore was actually gay and who he had slept with. “Hopefully not with a transgender person,” they said.
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