JK Rowling has joined Elton John, Prince Harry and Billie Eilish in being the latest victim of Russian comedy pranksters Vovan and Lexus. The duo are known for their celebrity pranks. In Rowling’s case, Vovan and Lexus tricked the controversial ‘Harry Potter’ author into thinking she was speaking with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a Zoom chat.
The author’s spokesperson called the prank ‘nasty’ in a statement to THR, adding: ‘JK Rowling was approached to talk about her extensive charity work in Ukraine, supporting children and families who have been affected. by the current conflict in the region. The video, which was edited, is a distorted depiction of the conversation.
Rowling’s rep did not immediately respond to Variety request for comment.
Rowling has worked with her We Are Lumos charity in Ukraine’s Zhytomyr region to help support children and families affected by the war with Russia. The ‘Harry Potter’ author has been using his Twitter account in recent weeks to mobilize charitable efforts on behalf of the organization.
In a 12-minute video of the prank, Rowling learns from fake Zelenskyy that Harry Potter’s famous forehead scarer resembles the “Z” symbol the Russian military used on tanks and other weapons. The pranksters asked Rowling if she would change Harry’s scar to a more pro-Ukrainian symbol, to which the author replied: ‘I’ll find out, it might be good for me to do something with it myself on social media because I think it’s going to get into the papers.
The pranksters also told Rowling that the Ukrainian military would start writing “Avada Kedavra” on its missiles, a reference to the death curse in the “Harry Potter” franchise. Vovan and Lexus also touched on Rowling’s controversial views on trans rights while grilling the author about Dumbledore being gay. The duo asked who Dumbledore had slept with and said it was “hopefully not with a transgender”.