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[06/07/07 - 06:33 PM]
ABC Family Kicks Off Countdown to Premiere of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" with a Weekend Filled with Wizardry
During each broadcast, viewers will also be treated to never-before-seen footage from the newest Harry Potter film "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."

[via press release from ABC Family]

ABC FAMILY KICKS OFF COUNTDOWN TO PREMIERE OF "HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX" WITH A WEEKEND FILLED WITH WIZARDRY

FIRST THREE HARRY POTTER FILMS AND EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK OF NEW, UPCOMING FILM WILL AIR ON ABC FAMILY JULY 6, 7 AND 8

Burbank, CA (June 07, 2007) � In anticipation of the U.S. theatrical premiere of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," ABC Family will provide its viewers with an opportunity to catch up on the first three films in the phenomenally popular Harry Potter franchise, and offer an exclusive sneak peek of the new film, opening in theatres nationwide on July 11.

The triple feature weekend�from Friday, July 6, through Sunday, July 8�includes airings of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." During each broadcast, viewers will also be treated to never-before-seen footage from the newest Harry Potter film "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."

The air dates and times are as follows:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Friday, July 6 (7:30PM � 11:00PM ET/PT)

Encore presentation, Saturday, July 7 (3:30PM � 7:00PM ET/PT)

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" tells the story of a boy who learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. Invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. At Hogwarts, he finds the home and the family he has never had.

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Richard Griffiths, Richard Harris, Ian Hart, John Hurt, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith and Julie Walters. The film was directed by Chris Columbus from a screenplay by Steve Kloves, based on the acclaimed novel Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. David Heyman was the producer, with Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, Michael Barnathan and Duncan Henderson serving as executive producers.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Saturday, July 7 (7:00PM � 11:00PM ET/PT)

Encore presentation, Sunday, July 8 (1:00 PM � 5:00 PM ET/PT)

"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" finds young wizard Harry Potter and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger facing new challenges during their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as they try to uncover a dark force that is terrorizing the school.

"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Kenneth Branagh, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Richard Harris, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith and Julie Walters. The film was directed by Chris Columbus from a screenplay by Steve Kloves, based on the acclaimed novel Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. David Heyman was the producer, with Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, Michael Barnathan and David Barron serving as executive producers.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Sunday, July 8 (5:00PM � 8:00PM ET/PT)

Encore presentation, Sunday, July 8 (8:00 PM � 11:00 PM ET/PT)

"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" finds Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione returning for their third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where the teenagers are forced to face their darkest fears as they confront a dangerous escaped prisoner and the equally foreboding Dementors, who are sent there to protect them.

"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Richard Griffiths, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson and Julie Walters. Directed by Alfonso Cuar�n, the film was produced by David Heyman, Chris Columbus and Mark Radcliffe. The screenplay was written by Steve Kloves, based on the novel Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. Michael Barnathan, Callum McDougall and Tanya Seghatchian served as executive producers.

Opening in theatres nationwide on July 11, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" finds Harry returning for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts only to discover that much of the wizarding community has been led to believe that the story of the teenager's recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort is a lie. 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.

"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" will be released on July 11, 2007, by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Part of the Disney-ABC-TV Group, ABC Family, distributed in over 91 million homes, features original movies, series and specials reflecting today's families and entertaining and connecting with adults through relevant stories about today's relationships, all told with diversity, dysfunction, passion, humor and heart. ABC Family's programming is a mix of quality acquired series and theatricals as well as original movies and scripted dramas. ABC Family is also the destination for Holiday events with "13 Nights of Halloween" and "25 Days of Christmas" branded programming events. ABC Family. A New Kind of Family.





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