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JK Rowling was the victim of a joke and the author of “Harry Potter” was not amused.
A video surfaced this week in which Rowling believed she was having a Zoom conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The author was scammed by a Russian comedy duo, Vovan and Lexus. The group is known for cheating on celebrities, but a spokesperson for Rowling called the video “edited” and “tacky.”
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“We can confirm that JK Rowling was the victim of an unsavory hoax video call by Russian pranksters, Vovan and Lexus, posing on camera as Ukraine’s President Zelensky,” the spokesperson told Fox News Digital.
“JK Rowling was approached to talk about her extensive charity work in Ukraine through her charity Lumos, which supports children and families affected by the current conflict in the region. The video, which has been edited, is a distorted representation of the conversation” the spokesperson concluded.
Rowling’s charity Lumos helps Ukrainian children and families in the Zhytomyr region.
On Friday, the organization tweeted“Our response team in Ukraine is working tirelessly on the ground to provide material and psychological support to the children and families during this crisis.”
When the pranksters addressed her charity, they said: “I want to clarify where you are sending the money that Lumos has raised… We want to buy a lot of weapons and missiles with your money to destroy Russian troops, I hope all of you because of that. ”
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The video shows Rowling responding, “We’ll take care of the kids, but I really want Ukraine to have all the weapons it needs.”
During the joke, Vovan and Lexus made several “Harry Potter” references, even claiming that the scar on Potter’s head looked like a “Z,” which has become a symbol of Russian support during their invasion of Ukraine. The Russian military has placed the symbol on several of their military tanks.
Vovan and Lexus asked Rowling if she wanted to turn the famous symbol into a Ukrainian trident and she replied: “I’ll look into that. It would be good for me to do something with that myself on social media, because I think that in the newspapers.”
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The two men, Vladimir “Vovan” Kuznetsov and Aleksei “Lexus” Stolyarov, have fooled several celebrities in the past, including Elton John, President George W. Bush, Vice President Harris and Prince Harry.
The Russian pranksters referred to Rowling’s character, Albus Dumbledore, and asked the author if the character was gay, adding “hopefully not transgender.” The comment was a jab at Rowling’s controversial comments about the transgender community.
The video was first flagged by the Rowling Library, a website dedicated to news surrounding the author.
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The pranksters ended the conversation with a trio who appeared on Zoom and claimed they were members of “The Order of the Ukrainian Phoenix” which read the “Harry Potter” series to soldiers. They all wore matching purple t-shirts that read “Only Putin” in Russian.