Warner Bros. today confirmed what several entertainment and fan sites reported recently: that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be opening in theatres July 13, 2007.
Earlier, sources told us the date was targeted but that Warner Bros. had not absolutely committed to it. Targeting a release date is not uncommon, as it gives the studios and their competitors a chance to stake a claim for opening weekends (and who wants to go up against a Harry Potter movie?). In many cases, a targeted date becomes the official date.
Admittedly, this doesn't bode well for the popular fan speculation that book 7 will be released 07/07/07, unless WB and the Potter book publishers don't care about such a close release window. Still, producer David Heyman promised recently that the first teaser trailer will be out later this year.
Update: WB has since confirmed several international release dates.