the writer J.K. Rowlingauthor of the saga books “Harry Potter”, was the victim of a famous pair of Russian comedians posing as the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyduring a call on the Zoom app, where they made several bizarre statements about the author’s work and some of the controversies in which she has been involved in recent years.
The “joke” was set up by the duo of comedians Vovan and Lexuswho have played pranks on celebrities such as Elton JohnPrince HarryBillie Eilish and Kamala Harris, according to a report by “Indiewire”. The writer’s interview was originally shared by the Howling Library website, and drew criticism from her staff.
In the 12-minute video, the comedians imitated Zelensky and told Rowling that Harry Potter’s “Z”-shaped scar was reminiscent of Russian troops, who use the letter on their war vehicles in the Ukraine invasion. So Rowling was asked to rebrand the character to a Ukrainian trident. The author said she would “look into it” and offered to post about it on her social media accounts. “Because I think it’s going to be in the papers,” she argued.
Elsewhere, comedians said that Ukrainian soldiers were writing “Avada Kedavra”, the famous killing curse from the wizarding saga books, on Ukrainian missiles fired at Russian artillery. “We read ‘Harry Potter’ to battalion soldiers… we just don’t read passages about half-bloods. They are nationalists and they don’t like these people.”
Later, Zelensky impersonators encouraged Rowling to use her charity, Lumos, to fund weapons rather than supplies for the children and families of the Zhytomyr region, where the NGO actually operates. “I want to clarify where you are sending the money that Lumos collected. We want to buy a lot of weapons and missiles with your money to destroy Russian troops, I hope you all support this,” the comedians said.
“We’re going to take care of the kids, but I really want Ukraine to have all the weapons it needs,” Rowling replied afterward, not sounding shaken by the alleged president’s statement.
Finally, both teased Rowling about her statements about transsexuals — the writer is openly against the community, with controversial statements and endorsements in that regard. Zelensky impersonators questioned whether Professor Dumbledore is actually gay in the books, and asked who he slept with. “I hope not with a transgender person,” they said, drawing an awkward laugh from the writer.
A representative of the author, questioned by the website “THR”, spoke about the “trolling” that the writer suffered: “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 Ukraine. region. The video, which was edited, is a distorted representation of the conversation,” he said, calling the attitude “unpleasant”.