Electronic Arts and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment recently announced that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is now in the making. This newest Potter game is scheduled to be released in July 2007, coinciding with the Warner Bros. Pictures film based on J.K. Rowling's fifth book of the same title.

According to the press release, “Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts and discovers that much of the wizarding community is in denial about the teenager's recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort, preferring to turn a blind eye to the news that Voldemort has returned. Fearing that Hogwarts' venerable Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, is lying about Voldemort's return in order to undermine his power and take his job, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, appoints a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher to keep watch over Dumbledore and the Hogwarts students. But Professor Dolores Umbridge's Ministry-approved course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the dark forces threatening them and the entire wizarding community, so at the prompting of his friends Hermione and Ron, Harry takes matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves "Dumbledore's Army," Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead.”

The game itself will feature multiple characters to play and exacting detail of the magical school of Hogwarts. Obviously, the game is meant to appeal to avid fans who are keen on detailed video game presentations, or the developers owe some nerds a favor. Regardless, the next-gen renditions of Order of the Phoenix will have special attention paid to them, giving gamers high-def visuals and top-notch graphics. Gamers will also venture around as multiple characters, casting spells, and basically exploring Hogwarts.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is scheduled to appear on the Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PSP, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, and Windows PC.

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