The Harry Potter author became another high-profile victim of Russian pranksters Vovan and Lexus
JK Rowling gave her permission to write a deadly Harry Potter curse on Ukrainian missiles during a conversation with Russian pranksters Vovan and Lexus, posing as President Volodymyr Zelensky.
In the course of the conversation, which was published on Thursday, the fake Zelensky thanked Rowling for her decision to withdraw her books from sale in Russia.
The author explained that she did this from “solidarity with Ukraine” amid Moscow’s military operation, which has been underway in Ukraine since the end of February.
Rowling didn’t seem to regret losing her Russian audience, saying: “They certainly didn’t understand” her books.
“I am certainly in favor of much tougher sanctions against Russia,” the author added, insisting that the country must be subjected to both cultural and economic pressures.
However, Rowling seemed completely shocked when the pranksters pointed out that the lightning-shaped scar on Harry Potter’s forehead resembled the letter ‘Z’, which has become a symbol of Russia’s operation in Ukraine.
They suggested turning it into a symbol more like the Golden Trident, which is on the coat of arms of Ukraine. “It would be good if I did something about this on social media”, replied the writer.
The fake Zelensky then revealed that Kiev troops had written the words “Avada Kedavra” rockets fired at the Donetsk and Lugansk cities of Donbass.
“I love the joke! I love the joke!” Rowling said, giving her interlocutor a thumbs-up.
“Avada Kedavra” is a magical spell that causes instant death in the Harry Potter universe.
Over the past week, the Ukrainian military has stepped up its indiscriminate shelling of Donetsk and Lugansk, causing destruction, deaths and injuries to civilians.
Rowling didn’t object to the idea of using money raised through her Ukrainian children’s charity to buy more weapons for Kiev’s armed forces. “I understand that,” said the 56-year-old, adding that she wanted Ukraine to have all the weapons it needs.
She promised to “talk to certain people” so that the Russian actor Aleksandr Kuznetsov, who stars in the film adaptations of her Fantastic Beasts series, can somehow be punished.
The author also accepted an invitation to come to Ukraine and read her fantasy novels to members of the nationalist Azov battalion, despite the fake Zelensky warning her that she would rather “German books.”
The video of the joke was published as part of the new show of Vovan and Lexus on the Russian platform Rutube. The duo’s secondary channel on YouTube was taken down last week shortly after they uploaded their conversation with George W. Bush, in which the former US president advised Ukrainians to “Destroy as many Russian troops as you can.”
Their original YouTube channel was taken offline in March at the request of the British government, who were angry that Vovan and Lexus were making fun of British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel.
Other prominent victims of the Russian pranksters, whose real names are Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, include Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, Prince Harry and pop icon Elton John.