Author JK Rowling is the latest celebrity to fall prey to Russian comedians Vovan and Lexus, two pranksters who have made a name for themselves by performing similar stunts on the likes of Elton John, Prince Harry, Billie Eilish, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and George W. Bush.
After sitting behind her computer for what she thought was a call with Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in which she would discuss her charity efforts in Ukraine, she later discovered that she was not talking to Zelenskyy.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, representatives for Rowling refer to the prank as “nasty” and add more context to the timeline leading up to the hoax, saying, “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”.
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Vovan and Lexus pretended to be Zelenskyy with the camera off for most of the Zoom call, asking Rowling things like whether or not Dumbledore was actually gay, and whether Rowling would change the scar on her most famous character, Harry Potter’s forehead. , to a Ukrainian trident.
“I’ll look into that,” Rowling said in response to the question about changing Potter’s scar. “It might be good for me to do something with it on social media, because I think it’s going to be in the papers.”
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“We read Harry Potter to battalion soldiers… we just don’t read passages about half-bloods. [as] they’re nationalistic and they don’t like these people,” Vovan and Lexus told Rowling.
Referencing the author’s Lumos charity, the pranksters joked about what their contributions would go to say: “I want to clarify where you are sending the money that Lumos has collected… we want to buy lots of guns and missiles with your money to destroy Russian troops, I hope everyone is in favor of it.” To which Rowling replied: “We will take care of the children, but I really want Ukraine to have all the weapons it needs.”
According to a post written by the Rowling Library today, the comedians ended the call by asking Rowling to “say ‘hello’ to her two favorite Russian writers, Vovan and Lexus.”
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