JK Rowling, famous for the ‘Harry Potter‘ series and infamous for other reasons, has found herself in the headlines again after being trolled by Russian comedians posing as Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
In the 12-minute prank, the ‘Harry Potter’ author was video called by Russian comedy duo Vovan and Lexus, who posed as the 44-year-old Ukrainian President.
Rowling, who had supposedly accepted the call believing it to be about her “extensive charitable work in Ukraine,” but the call turned out to be yet another embarrassing moment in the spotlight for the 56-year-old author.
In the video of the prank, uploaded on YouTube, Rowling is informed by the fake Zelensky that Harry Potter’s forehead scar resembles the ‘Z’ used by Russian forces to mark tanks, armoured vehicles and other equipment, following which the Russian comedian urges Rowling to replace the scar with a more pro-Ukraine symbol.
In response, Rowling is heard saying, “I will look into that, might be good for me to do something with that myself on social media because I think that will get into the newspapers.”
The 56-year-old author, controversial for her opinions on trans rights, was also grilled about ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’, the new film in the Harry Potter spin-off series, with the fake Zelensky commenting that he hoped gay Dumbledore had not slept with any transgender person.
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The fake Zelensky also told Rowling that he had ordered his troops to inscribe ‘Avada Kedavra’ (the spell to kill people in the ‘Harry Potter’ series) on missiles meant for Russian troops in a cruel “joke” on Russian troops.
Asked whether she approved of the “joke,” a smiling Rowling gave a thumbs-up and said, “I love the joke, I love the joke.”
Once the video went viral, however, Rowling had no love for any joke, and issued a statement decrying the “distasteful” prank.
“JK 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 video, which has been edited, is a distorted representation of the conversation,” a spokesperson for the author told The Hollywood Reporter.