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'Phoenix' flies early as Amazon.com posts audio clip of new Potter book

Though details of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" have been kept under the tightest of wraps, fans on Wednesday stumbled across an unexpected and tantalizing preview of J.K. Rowling's latest book on Amazon.com. The online retail giant posted an audio excerpt from the fifth book in the Harry Potter series, which is set to be released at midnight Friday, June 20, with an initial printing of 8.5 million books, according to publisher Scholastic Inc. Fans were stunned and excited by the nearly two-minute clip, the first juicy tidbit they've gotten since the fourth book, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," was released in July 2000. "After the...