JK Rowling was tricked into a fake phone call with the Ukrainian president

JK Rowling joined people like Elton JohnPrince Harry and Billie Eilish as the latest victim of Russian comedy pranksters Vovan and Lexus. The duo is notorious for calling celebrities.

In Rowling’s case, Vovan and Lexus misled the controversial Harry Potter author to believe that she was talking to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a Zoom chat.

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JK Rowling
JK Rowling was the target of a prank by the infamous Russian duo Vovan and Lexus. (LightRocket via Getty Images)

In a 12-minute video of the prank, Rowling is told by the fake Zelenskyy that Harry Potter’s famous forehead scar resembles the “Z” symbol the Russian military has used on tanks and other weapons.

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The pranksters asked Rowling if she would change Harry’s scar into a more pro-Ukrainian symbol, to which the author replied: “I’ll look into that, maybe good for me to do something with that on social media myself, because I think that will get in the papers.”

The pranksters also told Rowling that the Ukrainian military would begin writing “Avada Kedavra” on its missiles, a reference to the deadly curse in the Harry Potter franchisee.

JK Rowling is holding a Harry Potter book
JK Rowling has come under fire in recent years for anti-trans comments she has made on social media. (Getty)

Vovan and Lexus also raised Rowling’s controversial views on trans rights, while criticizing the author for Dumbledore being gay. The duo asked who Dumbledore had slept with, saying it was “hopefully not with a transgender.”

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The author’s spokesperson labeled the joke “tacky” in a statement to Varietyand added: “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.

“The video, which has been edited, is a distorted representation of the conversation.”

Rowling is working with her charity We Are Lumos in Ukraine’s Zhytomyr region to help children and families affected by the war with Russia.

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The author has used her Twitter account in recent weeks to mobilize charitable efforts on behalf of the organization.

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