J.K. Rowling pranked by Russian duo pretending to be Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

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J.K. Rowling pranked by Russian duo pretending to be Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
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J. K. Rowling attends HBO's "Finding The Way Home" world premiere on December 11, 2019.Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images
  • A YouTube video shows J.K. Rowling being pranked by comedians pretending to be Ukraine's president.

  • Rowling's spokesperson said that she thought she was approached by the real Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

  • The spokesperson also told The Hollywood Reporter that the hoax was "distasteful" and "edited."

J.K. Rowling was pranked by a Russian comedy duo in an awkward 12-minute video posted online in which the "Harry Potter" author thinks she is talking to Ukraine's leader, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Rowling, whose children's charity Lumos has been helping vulnerable children and families in Ukraine, was contacted by pranksters Vovan and Lexus to meet virtually on Zoom under the guise that she was meeting Zelenskyy to talk about her aid efforts.

The meeting was recorded and the "Harry Potter" author's answers to their strange questions were published in an online video that was first spotted by The Rowling Library on Wednesday.

 

At the beginning of the video, Vovan and Lexus asked Rowling about her thoughts about sanctions on Russia, and whether there should be sanctions against Russian actor Aleksandr Kuznetsov, who starred in the recent "Harry Potter" spinoff movie, "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore."

Rowling replied: "'Fantastic Beasts' has been a very interesting experience. I'll certainly talk to people and see what we can do."

As the video continued, the pranksters made increasingly absurd remarks, such as asking whether Harry Potter's lightning bolt scar could be changed to the Ukrainian trident symbol as an act of solidarity — because, they claimed, the scar resembles the "Z" symbol spotted on Russian military vehicles.

The comedy duo — who have previously pranked the likes of Prince Harry, Elton John and Vice President Kamala Harris — also joked that they wanted money donated by Lumos to be spent on missiles and weapons, as well as as relief aid.

Rowling appeared to laugh and said: "We'll look after the kids, but I really want Ukraine to have all of the arms it needs."

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.Sergei Supinsky / Getty Images

The pranksters made further jokes about Rowling's divisive views on transgender rights.

When asked if "Harry Potter" character Professor Dumbledore was really gay, Rowling said: "I said in 2007 that I always saw Dumbledore as gay. And it was a big scandal at the time that I said it. That's the way I see him. I mean, he's an old man when we see him in the books, so his love life is no longer very important."

The comedians then joked about Dumbledore's sex life and who he had slept with, adding it was "hopefully not with a transgender person."

At the end of the video, the comedians, who appeared to have their webcam off for the majority of the call, turned their camera on to introduce Rowling to a group of fans called "The Order of the Ukrainian Phoenix." However, the people who appeared on screen were wearing T-shirts that read "Only Putin!" in Russian, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Rowling's spokesperson called the hoax "distasteful" in a statement to THR.

"J.K. Rowling was approached to talk about her extensive charitable work in Ukraine, supporting children and families who have been affected by the current conflict in the region," the author's spokesperson said. "The video, which has been edited, is a distorted representation of the conversation."

Read the original article on Insider