Rowling answers poll question about Mark Evans
July 6, 2004 at 11:07 AM ET
The Leaky Cauldron (via JKRowling.com)
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J.K. Rowling has finally answered the question that many Harry Potter fans have been asking since the publication of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix -- Who exactly is Mark Evans?
The author provides some insight at her official site, JKRowling.com. If you venture over to the FAQ section (click on the paperclips) and then to the envelope that says The Books, you will notice a piece of paper sticking out of the page. Click on that and then go to Poll to find out what she says.
Check out her introduction and setup here:
"What is the significance, if any, of Mark Evans?"
"I couldn't answer the poll question before now, because I've been making arrangements to take my family into hiding. It takes time to arrange fake passports, one-way air tickets to Bolivia and twenty four hour armed security."
"Why should I resort to such desperate measures? Because after you've heard this answer, I'll have to disappear for my own safety."
"Now before I get down to it (you can guess what's coming can't you?) I am going to put up a feeble pre-emptive defense. Firstly, you were all spinning highly ingenious theories about Mark Evans, so I thought that you would welcome the chance to hear the truth about him. Secondly, I tried hard not to raise hopes or expectations by adding the crucial words 'if any' to the question. Thirdly... there is no thirdly. I'm just killing time."
Read the rest of what she has to say by following the directions above.