J.K. Rowling Pranked by Russians, Thought She Was Talking to Zelensky

J.K. Rowling
Wait … You’re Not Zelensky?
Trolled By Russian Pranksters

6/23/2022 3:02 PM PT

J.K. Rowling fell victim to a Russian-made prank while talking to who she thought was Ukrainian President Zelensky … but ended up being one big troll.

The author jumped on a zoom call with — not the president — but Russian-based comedy duo Vovan and Lexus … the two have been known for prank-calling high-profile names, like VP Kamala Harris and Prince Harry.

The person on the other end of the Zoom call obviously kept their camera off for the interview — major red flag. She was planning on talking to Zelensky about her charity work for Ukraine, but the guys had other plans.

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In the video, the impersonator tells J.K. they’ve been writing “Avada Kedavra” on their missiles — referring to the most deadly spell in her wizarding world, often called the “killing curse.” She tells them it’s a brilliant idea.

They also ask about Dumbledore’s sexual preference, someone she’s previously said was gay. “Zelensky” says they’re hoping Dumbledore hasn’t slept with a transgender — poking at Rowling’s strong beliefs on trans people.

After learning she wasted her time talking to Russian trolls, her spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter, “The video, which has been edited, is a distorted representation of the conversation,” saying the entire thing was extremely “distasteful.”