Get those calendars out Potter fans -- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has been given an official release date of July 13th, 2007. Coincidentally (or not), the seventh and final Potter book is due out just a week earlier on July 7. Man, one can only imagine the amount of chaos that could potentially spawn out of having a book and a film released in the same week. For some reason, the term "Spontaneous Human Combustion" comes to mind. Hmm, I wonder why?
As Harry enters his fifth year at Hogwarts, things are definitely begining to change -- most notably his hormones. That's right, Harry has a crush. Awww. And if he's going to defeat Lord Voldemort, then our young wizard will have to strengthen his skills, while learning how to cope with an overwhelming menace called puberty.
It will be interesting to see if both Warner Brothers and the book's publishers decide to stand by their dates. One would assume the book will either be delayed or released sooner, though I'd tend to lean towards the former in this case. Releasing them both at the same time would not only cause mass hysteria, but also confusion. Look for a movie in the summer and a final goodbye to Harry Potter in the fall.