Special blog updates coming on May 9th!

I am happy to say that this blog will be undergoing some
maintenance, and will be undergoing some changes as
we update this blog to version 3.0 .

We won't be taking away much, but adding more things onto the blogpage.
Two, all-new site pages will be added, and they were fun to make.

Also: Ever wanted to know how the Order of the Phoenix News Network
got started, and the story behind it? Find out in our upcoming special episode
of PhoenixCast! Look for PhoenixCast #15 out on May 9th!

That's all I can say for now, so keep an eye out for upcoming announcements!

PhoenixCast #12- Hang Gliding on Voldemort (HP8 trailer review show) now avaliable on this blog!

 PhoenixCast #12- Hang Gliding on Voldemort, is now avaliable for download
right off this blog! The show hosts listen to the trailer on the show,
then play it again, pausing almost every second to comment on each clip,
and try to figure out where exactly in the film that clip took place.

Also: We make multiple special announcements, including the fact that
one of our upcoming shows, PhoenixCast #14 , will be reviewing the
Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the 20-acre attraction in Universal Orlando.

Download the full episode now! (Estimated episode length: 31 min.)

More info on final Harry Potter video game revealed!

    I am happy to say that, thanks to information provided by wikia.com's 
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 video game page, 
    we finally have the names of many of the voice actors featured in the game,
    plus a game description that was released by EA games. Take a look!
     Game description:
     As the wizarding world descends into chaos,
    Harry, Ron and Hermione's harrowing task of destroying
    Lord Voldemort's final horcruxes draws to a close,
    as something bigger and more dangerous than their journey
    is looming on the horizon.

    The mission will end on Hogwarts,
    where the great battle between good and evil takes place,
    where Harry and Voldemort will fight for the last time.

    * Play the Parts of Your Heroes – Play as Harry, Hermione, Ron,
    Ginny, Seamus, Neville Longbottom, Molly Weasley and Professor McGonagall,
    as they each play their part in the defence of Hogwarts
    and the destruction of Voldemort once and for all!

    * Epic Battles – Wield the power of accomplished wizards
    as you duel the most fearsome and formidable characters of the wizarding world.

    * Fight the Dark forces – Use your magical skills to defeat Death Eaters,
    Snatchers, and giants intent on destruction.

    * Stunning Environments – Experience Hogwarts as you’ve never seen it before!

    * Defeat the Dark Lord once and for all - Fight Voldemort as Harry as The Dark Lord 
    chases Harry over Hogwarts to the final duel in the Entrance Courtyard!

    Voice Actors:
    • Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley
    • Warwick Davis as Filius Flitwick/Griphook
    • Alan Corduner as Argus Filch
    • Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter
    • Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley
    • Emma Watson as Hermione Granger
    • Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom
    • Josh Herdman as Gregory Goyle
    • Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort
    • Alan Rickman as Severus Snape
    • Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy...

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two trailer now avaliable on our blog!

    Here is the official teaser trailer for the final Harry Potter film,
    "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two",
    due out in theaters on July 15th.

    It is a great trailer, and we highly recommend watching it.
    (But there seems to be at least two cheesy lines by Harry
    during the trailer, so viewer beware.)

    Look for a full and complete review on the next episode
    of our Harry Potter podcast, PhoenixCast, inspired
    by the work on this blog! Our review show should be out
    in itunes in just a few minutes, and we'll put this special episode
    on this blog for download sometime tomorrow!

    Harry Potter teaser trailer to be released on itunes tomorrow, as it apears on ABC Family!

    I can now confirm, thanks to the official Harry Potter twitter page,
    that the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 teaser trailer 
    will be available for download on itunes right minutes, 
    after it is first shown on ABC Family.

    And itunes isn't usually known for holding some regular advertising nonsense.
    The fact that Apple will be offering the teaser trailer on itunes, means that
    it WILL actually be a trailer for the film, not some cheap 30 second ad.

    Watch ABC Family tomorrow to find out, and keep an eye out for our
    next episode of PhoenixCast, our Harry Potter podcast, 
    due out sometime tomorrow, or on Thursday!

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 teaser trailer to premiere on April 27th!

     Thanks to a recent press release issued by ABC Family, through their website,
    ABCFamily.com, we now know that some sort of teaser trailer for the final
    Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two",
    will premiere on TV screens on Wednesday, April 27th!

    ABC Family's press release confirmed this by saying:
    "The premiere of the new trailer will give fans a glimpse
    at the epic finale of the “Harry Potter” film series,
    including moments from such scenes as
    •  Harry, Ron and Hermione escaping from Gringotts bank, 
    • the Room of Requirement fire storm, 
    • Mrs. Weasley taking on Bellatrix Lestrange, 
    • Harry and Voldemort’s last stand.

    To get fans ready for the trailer, ABCFamily.com will be releasing one exclusive
    new photo from “Harry Potter™ and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”
    in support of the trailer’s premiere on ABC Family."

    First Harry Potter 8 video game trailer released!

    Yesterday, we noticed that Entertainment Weekly had put this game trailer
    of the final Harry Potter game, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2",
    on their website, but wouldn't let fans embed it onto their own websites.

    Thanks to another Harry Potter fansite, mugglenet.com,
    the video was soon put on YouTube.com,
    where we managed to get a copy to bring over to
    The Order of the Phoenix News Network!
    You can watch it here, or at the larger version at
    the bottom of our blogpage! Enjoy!

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One to be re-released on Blu-Ray, with 3-D!

    This video, courtesy of MTV.com, shows current Harry Potter director David Heyman, and Producer David Baron talking about the 3-D adaption of the final Harry Potter film,
    "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two".

    It also appears that we might be seeing the previous films,
    "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix",
    "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince",
    and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One",
    re-released on Blu-Ray, in 3-D sometime in the very near future.
    It was said in the video that the Warner Bros. team is pushing
    to get these newly converted Harry Potter films out soon,
    likely before it all ends on July 15th.

    For now, there has been no set release date,
    but Harry Potter is on its way to becoming a 3-D film series.

    Entertainment Weekly leaks new picture from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2!

    Thanks to the popular magazine
    Entertainment Weekly, Harry Potter fans
    now have another movie snapshot
    from the eigth and final Harry Potter film:
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

     (SPOILER!) I think it's fair to say that this might be
    a picture of when Harry tries to steal a horcrux
    from inside a bank vault, gaurded by an irritated, fire-breathing, dragon.

    You can enlarge the picture by double-clicking it. Enjoy it while it lasts,
    because Warner Bros. may try to take this pic off the internet.
    We'll keep it up on our site as long as we can, however.

    The Order of the Phoenix Network just passed 5,000 views in only 10 months!

    I am delighted to announce that this very successful blog,
    the Order of the Phoenix News Network, 
    has now gotten 5,000 since the beginning of July 2010,
    when Blogger.com launched its "Stats" gadget.

    This allowing me to see for the first time, 
    all the views pouring in from all over the world.
    From North America, South America, Asia, 
    Africa, Europe, and Australia.

    Thank you all for your support of the 
    Order of the Phoenix News Network

    Your support proves me right in saying
    that Harry Potter has not "died out".
                          Thank You. 

    Harry Potter cast Q&A discussions from the NYC Apple Store event now online!

     Just about two weeks ago, Harry Potter movie stars got together
    to celebrate the premiere of Harry Potter: The Exhibition's newest stop:
    New York City. The event also celebrated the upcoming release of
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One on DVD and Blu-Ray.

    Many of the actors held a Q&A event, and answered many questions
    asked by fans that had come to see them.

    Video recordings of the 3 individual Q&As, each with about
    5-10 Harry Potter actors, all of whom seem happy to be there,
    can be found and downloaded via itunes.
    You can use this link to find more information on the videos.
    Each video is about 10 minutes long.

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 videogame coming out on July 12th?

    We have good reason to believe that the final Harry Potter movie-based video game,
    "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2", will be released into stores on
    July 12th, 2011, just three days before the movie itself is released in theaters.

    For now, this is unproven and unofficial, but I know pretty well how Warner Bros.
    handles this kind of thing, and that leads me to believe that the official game
    will be released this close to the movie to prevent people from revealing
    too much about the film online before the film is officially released on July 15th.

    I look forward to seeing if I was indeed right or not.
    For now though, consider this a mere rumor.

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; Part 2 movie trailer coming May 6th?

    I have, I think, after much research, discovered the release date for the
    official movie teaser trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2!

    Warner Bros. will want to put a trailer out to the general audience
    about 2-3 months prior to the film's actual release date.

    So, we're looking at either the last week of April, or the first week of May.
    On May 6th, Marvel Studios, now owned by Disney,
    will be releasing their newest superhero-based film, Thor.
    Rated PG-13, this is definitely a candidate for
    the Harry Potter 8 trailer to premiere with.

    Thor, being only 70 days before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,
    would be a good choice. Good, but not great. And 70 days is just enough time
    for everyone to get ready for the grand finale of the Harry Potter movie series.
    Since our first and only previous choice for the trailer, "Sucker Punch",
    was proven wrong, we now put our money (not for real!) behind Thor.

    LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 coming out Winter 2011?

    Answers.com says: "Although there is not much information about this 
    at the moment, users and fans suggest that Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 
    is currently estimated to come out between 2011 and 2012."

    On one of LEGO.com's message boards, LEGO fans and Harry Potter fans
    were quick to voice their thoughts on the possibility of a future
    LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 video game.

    One fan said: "YAY! Its been confirmed! It should be coming out
    in summer 2011 when the new sets come out!!!"

    Another fan said: "I am guessing the videogame is supposed to come out
    in the summer of 2012. That would be awesome getting to be harry again!"

    A third fan said: "Yes they should, but there is too many deaths and scary stuff."
    This may be true, that Harry Potter does deal with a lot of intense situations,
    but LEGO does have a way of turning horrific scenes into silly nonsense.

    In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, book one in the series,
    Lord Voldemort kills a unicorn to drink its blood, which makes him stronger.
    In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, Voldemort tries to sneak up on the unicorn
    with a fork in one hand, and a knife in the other, and the unicorn escapes unharmed.

    LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 WILL probably be released this year,
    while there is still much interest in the Harry Potter movie series.

    Final Answer: LEGO Harry Potter will probably come out for Winter 2011,
                              just in time for christmas shopping.

    A closer look at the upcoming official Harry Potter encyclopedia

    Among the subjects covered will be the method of creating a Horcrux,
    the manner in which Peter Pettigrew gave Lord Voldemort a rudimentary body,
    and the reasons for Florean Fortescue's murder in the sixth Harry Potter book.

    On September 4th, 2009, fellow Harry Potter fansite The Leaky Cauldron
    reported that J.K. Rowling, the author of all seven Harry Potter books,
    was hard at work on the yet unnamed Harry Potter themed encyclopedia.
    They reported: "(J.K. Rowling is) making family trees of all her characters"
    for the encyclopedia

    On September 13th, 2009, we heard from a lawyer of Christopher Little,
    who handles the publication of all the Harry Potter books in the UK,
    saying: "The encyclopedia simply remains something 
    Ms. Rowling would like to complete sometime in the future."

    This is a vauge answer at best, and I think I speak for the Harry Potter fans
    as a whole, when I say that a release date, even if it was set for 2015,
    would be better then just keeping us in the dark about the whole thing.

    But for now, unless new information is revealed,
    we are to remain in the dark.

    Watch the first 10 minutes of Harry Potter 7 Part 1 online now!

    For a limited time, Warner Bros. will be allowing
    Harry Potter fans to watch the first 10 minutes of
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 
    on Facebook for free, without needing
    to go through the process of
    setting up a Facebook account.

    So if you want to pre-view the film if you
    haven't seen it already, this is your chance.

    Or if you have ordered the film online,
    and are awaiting its arrival at you doorstep,
    you can also watch the first 10 minutes.

    To watch the preview, simply double-click
    the following link, and click the play button.
    (It may take up to a few minutes to fully load.)
    Enjoy the video, if you chose to watch it!
    Link:http://www.facebook.com/harrypottermovie?sk=app_213597288652759 .

    New Harry Potter 8 movie pic leaked online!

    This brand-new Harry Potter movie picture from
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
    was leaked online just yesterday morning.

    The picture, shown to the left, is of
    Draco Malfoy, and his two thugs,
    who go out of their way in the movie
    to try to attack and capture Harry.

    The pic was leaked online through the HarryPotterMovie Facebook page,
    operated by Time Warner, which controls Warner Bros.

    Warner Bros. of course, owns the rights
    to the Harry Potter film franchise.

    This, by our count, is the second official in-movie snapshot
    from the final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
    Enjoy it while it lasts, because Warner Bros. may make an attempt
    to remove it from the internet as best as they can.

    Universal to expand Harry Potter mini-theme park by 2012?

    The Orlando Sentinel and the L.A. Times have both recently posted
    interesting editorials concerning the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
     20-acre attraction in the Universal Orlando theme park.

    They commented on the fact that the agreement that Warner Bros.
    and Universal signed stated that the Wizarding World needed to be
    modified in some way every 2-3 years.

    This means that there MUST be some change of some kind
    sometime next year, by or during the summer of 2012.

    The L.A. Times suggests bluntly:
    "Convert the Lost Continent market into Diagon Alley,
    complete with a Leaky Cauldron restaurant." 

    What kind of changes would you like to see
    happen to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter?
    Place your comment! We'll read them on our next
    episode of PhoenixCast, due out on Saturday!

    Exclusive: Amazon.com makes special offer for Harry Potter 7 DVD buyers!

    For those of you thinking of pre-ordering
    the seventh Harry Potter DVD, hold on.

    Amazon.com, the massively popular
    online retailer, is making an special
    offer to anyone planing on ordering
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One.

    As you can see to the right, they are offering
    a special Harry Potter 7 DVD collector's pack,
    which includes the following:

    • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One DVD
    • exclusive Dobby bookend.
    • Special packaging, featuring posters for the film.

    For all these special features, think about checking it out!
    We warn you though, it does cost $29.99 to order.
    On looking at it as a whole, we rate this HP7
    collector's edition a 6 out of a possible 10.

    To order it, go to: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004OBQDH0/ref=s9_simh_gw_p74_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1GSKFS8YT6HXFXBR8836&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

    Order of the Phoenix Network blog to be upgraded on 5/9/11!

    I am happy to report that great things are on their way to this blog. 
    On May 9th, we will be celebrating our second year online!

    We opened our doors on May 9th, 2009, and I think it's safe to say 
    that the blog has proved to be an enormous success ever since.
    So far, we've had 4,820 views in almost 30 countries across the globe!

    We'll be celebrating this very special day 
    by introducing some new and exciting things!

    I won't say exactly what yet, but it'll involve some new features
    on both this blog, and our sister blog, and home 
    to our own podcast,  the PhoenixCast blog! 

    Keep an eye out on May 9th! You won't regret it!

    P.S. (If you go to our PhoenixCast blog, you may see a special announcement, 
    which is very closely connected to this blog post!)
    PhoenixCast blog link: http://phoenixcastpodcast.blogspot.com/ .

    Unreleased LEGO Harry Potter game character banners leaked online!

    Apparently, Warner Bros. has not
    finished its advertising campaign
    for LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4,
    which has been in stores since June 2010.

    All the new character banners can be
    found on the HarryPotterMovie Facebook page,
    which can be reached using this link: http://www.facebook.com/harrypottermovie .
     Take a look, and enjoy!

    First Harry Potter 8 game pic released!

    I  am happy to say that the first official
    game picture from the upcoming game,
    "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: 
    Part Two"  was released yesterday,
    and we have the pic right here!

    You can see it, it's to the left of this text,
    and it depicts a certain scene that Harry Potter
    book fans should remember.

    We also got this little piece of information on the final game in the series:
    " – this will be used for one of our menu backgrounds in the new game." 
    Well, we'll have to keep an eye out for this menu background!

    Harry Potter soon to be released in e-book format?

     There has been reports lately that Harry Potter
    book author J.K. Rowling is seriously considering
    authorizing the Harry Potter books to go into the
    increasingly popular e-book format.

    "We are currently actively looking at all the
    various options for Harry Potter in this space,
    that is, e-books," said a representative from
    the Christopher Little Literary Agency,
    the agency responsible for handling the publications
    of all seven of the Harry Potter books in England.

    The reason J.K. Rowling decided against publishing any of the
    Harry Potter books in digital format was the growing issue of piracy.

    But perhaps the digital release of Harry Potter as an e-book
    would diminish piracy of the Harry Potter books already in existence.

    We'll have to see how this plays out.

    Harry Potter 7 DVD premire coverage to start shortly!

    The official UK premiere party for the seventh Harry Potter film,
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One is starting.

    Thanks to MTV.com, we have live coverage. Enjoy!

    Keep an eye out for our next podcast episode of PhoenixCast!

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two soundtack release date leaked online!

    The release date for the official
    "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two"
    motion picture soundtrack was leaked online
    by WaterTown Music's official website.

    The soundtrack will be released July 12th!

    WaterTown Music is owned and operated
    by none other then Time Warner, which
    controls Warner Bros.

    No official cover for the soundtrack
    has yet been revealed.

    New Harry Potter 8 film footage shown at CinemaCon 2011!

    We are happy to announce
    that we now have full details
    on the Harry Potter 8 film
    footage that was shown at
    the CinemaCon
    convention on Friday.

     Be warned,
    the material we share

     So you don't ruin your movie experience if you don't want to,
    you can only view this post on blogger if you click "Read More..."
    If you want to, enjoy!