JK Rowling pranked Zelensky by Russians on Zoom

Author JK Rowling inadvertently fell victim to a “distasteful” prank perpetrated by two Russian men pretending to be Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky on a Zoom call.

In video, searched by Tuesday Rowling LibraryThe author of “Harry Potter” was fooled by Russian comedy duo Vovan and Lexus, who are known for prank-calling high-profile celebrities.

Couple Past prank victims include Elton JohnBoris Johnson, Kamala Harris, Prince Harry, Billie Eilish, Bernie Sanders, and George W. Bush — and it seems like they can now add Rowling to their star-studded list.

The multi-millionaire writer—who didn’t seem to be being recorded—was under the impression that Zelensky had called in the country to thank him for his charity work.

Earlier this year, Rowling announced She will then match donations of up to $1.2 million. Lumos Foundation Launched an emergency appeal to help vulnerable children and families in Ukraine.

Fully thinking she was talking to the president of the war-torn country, Rowling appeared invested in the conversation as the jokers asked increasingly bizarre questions throughout the interview.

During an increasingly awkward 12-minute call, impersonators asked Rowling about her thoughts on banning Russian actor Alexander Kuznetsov, who most recently starred in the movie “Fantastic Beasts.”

“Fantastic Beasts has been a very interesting experience. I’ll definitely talk to people and see what we can do,” Rowling said, raising her eyebrows while taking copious notes.

Zelensky attends a press conference on June 21.
Zelensky attends a press conference on June 21.
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The prankster duo, whose real names are Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov, later pressured Rowling to answer whether or not Dumbledore was gay after he asked who the friendly veteran slept with.

“Hopefully not with a transgender one,” said both, adding that Rowling thought it was Zelensky in the second row.

“I said in 2007 that I always saw Dumbledore as gay,” she said in response.

The real names of the pranksters are Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov.
The real names of the pranksters are Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov.
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The two men later said that they were writing a book on missiles called “Avada Kedavra” – the infamous murder curse in the Wizarding franchise.

The two asked Rowling, “By the way, I ordered our fighters to write ‘Avada Kedavra’ on the missiles we’ll launch in Donetsk and Luhansk, so how do you like that joke?”

“I like jokes, I like jokes, I really do,” she replied.

Zelensky welcomed actor Ben Stiller during their meeting in Kyiv.
Zelensky welcomed actor Ben Stiller during their meeting in Kyiv.
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Next, the pair tell Rowling that the lightning bolt mark on Harry Potter’s forehead is very similar. Russian war emblem displayed on their military vehicles, They asked him if it could be turned into a Ukrainian trident instead of an act of solidarity.

“I will look into it. It might be good for me to do something with it on social media because I think it will come up in the newspapers,” she replied.

After 12 minutes of uneasiness on the call, the prank was over. The two turned their cameras around and introduced three elders wearing T-shirts that read, “Only Putin!” in Russian.

The mischief-makers revealed the trick after 12 minutes of awkward conversation.
The mischief-makers revealed the trick after 12 minutes of awkward conversation.
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Rowling’s spokesperson has since dubbed the prank “distasteful” in a statement Hollywood Reporter,

“JK Rowling was contacted to speak about her extensive charitable work in Ukraine, supporting children and families affected by the current conflict in the region,” Rowling’s representative told the outlet. “The video, which has been edited out, is a distorted representation of the conversation.”

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