On 23 August 2017, comedy web site Funny or Die posted an article appearing to report that Harry Potter series author J.K. Rowling had taken vengeance on a Twitter critic by buying his home. “Two years ago,” the article says, “Rowling tweeted this, in support of refugees coming to Europe.”
The article includes the following, which is a real tweet posted by Rowling in September 2015:
If you can’t imagine yourself in one of those boats, you have something missing. They are dying for a life worth living. #refugeeswelcome
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 3, 2015
The response included here is real:
Said the millionaire on her gold iphone in her mansion https://t.co/3Qh5eK6yZ6
— Luke (@lukekocura) September 4, 2015
The tweet picked up enough traction for Rowling to notice. So she tweeted this back at him, and most people assumed she was messing around.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 4, 2015
The article veers into satire at this point with an entirely fabricated tweet. J.K. Rowling never responded to @lukekocura, vowing that she would own his “shack” within two years. Nor did she then follow up two years later, bitterly inviting @lukekocura to visit his former home. The article also includes several details about “Luke Kocura”, all of which are entirely fabricated for comedic effect.
Despite being published on a comedy web site, the Funny or Die article appears to have fooled plenty of Twitter users.