Author JK Rowling tricked by Russian pranksters posing as Ukrainian president

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The author of Harry Potter was the victim of the prank of the Russian duo. — Photo via Twitter

By Chris Raven

Friday, June 24, 2022 12:07 MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 – JK Rowling was recently led to believe that she was on a Zoom call with President Volodymyr Zelensky, discussing his charity work in the country, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Russian comedy duo, Vovan and Lexus, have been known to prank their phones and impersonate famous people.

The duo have previously pranked celebrities and politicians such as Billie Eilish, Elton John, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US Vice President Kamala Harris.

In the 12-minute prank video, the duo were only heard by voice and not seen on camera, asking Rowling a series of awkward questions, one asking if she liked the joke on Russian soldiers writing the word ‘Avada Kedavra’, a curse that kills people in the fantasy world of Harry Potter, on missiles aimed at pro-Putin regions.

Rowling had mentioned that she “likes” the joke, but a spokesperson for the author clarified that the video was a “distorted representation” and claimed it had been edited.

The spokesperson also condemned the prank, calling it “tasteless”.

The comedy duo have been heavily criticized in the past for frequently targeting prominent figures who oppose Russian foreign policy, leading some to believe they are state actors.

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