‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1′ Will NOT Be 3D

Published 5 years ago by , Updated November 19th, 2010 at 10:50 am,

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 TV spot Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Will NOT Be 3D

We certainly didn’t see this one coming: Warner Bros. has announced that it will NOT be releasing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 in 3D, despite the technology being more popular than ever.

An official announcement from WB states that the studio has decided against releasing at least the first part of Deathly Hallows in 3D because there isn’t enough time to get the post-production conversion done in time for the November 19th release date.

It appears that the studio doesn’t want to put out an inferior product by rushing the 3D (a la Clash of the Titans), and are instead interested in giving the best version possible, even if that means just releasing the film in regular old 2D.

A statement from the studio reads:

“Despite everyone’s best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. We do not want to disappoint fans who have long-anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey.”

Despite 3D arguably offering the biggest spectacle possible for the Harry Potter franchise, I can’t be the only one overjoyed at the fact that the studio is deciding to put quality before anything else. If Clash of the Titans taught us anything, it’s that rushed 3D conversion doesn’t offer the best possible viewing experience of the format.

clash of the titans 3d Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Will NOT Be 3D

A representation of Clash of the Titan's bad post-conversion 3D

Deathly Hallows director, David Yates, added his own thoughts on the situation:

“For 10 years, we have worked alongside Alan Horn and the studio, whose priority has always been to preserve the integrity of Jo Rowling’s books as we have adapted them to the screen, and this decision reflects that commitment… This decision, which we completely support, underscores the fact that Warner Bros. has always put quality first.”

At the end of the day, the 3D is just part of the reason fans may be looking forward to the final Harry Potter installments. And even if you’re still desperate for Harry Potter 3D action, then you can rest assured that the final final film, Deathly Hallows Part 2, will hit theaters in both 2D and 3D as planned. The reason for that is WB has nine months to take the time on the conversion of Part 2 to 3D.

As for Part 1, you can still enjoy it in both regular theaters and in IMAX so there’s still plenty of fantastic spectacle to go around.

Are you upset or relieved it won’t be coming at us in 3D?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 will hit theaters (only in 2D) on November 19th, 2010, with Part 2 following next summer (in both 2D and 3D) on July 15th, 2011. Click here for our Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows review.

Source: Warner Bros.

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  1. I’m just glad they chose quality over everything else. I was apprehensive about them making this movie anyways, before I heard it would be in 2 parts. I didn’t want them to half-@ss it just to get it into theaters and done with. 3D would have been cool, but either way, I’m just glad all the content will be there and it sticks true to the story. That’s what really matters here, right?? That the movie you want to watch is actually what you think it will be, and more!!! And you’re not sitting there thinking “why did they take all these parts out? They were important to the story line and wouldn’t have added much more time to the film….” Which I think with a lot of movies that have come from books… don’t get me started on twilight… I absolutely HATE the movies…. books are okay, but nothing at all compared to Harry Potter books and the movies. The first HP book was what got me back into reading. And I read that before it was huge, before the second book was even being published, and it hooked me. They have done a great job with the movies so far, have not been disappointed, and I really hate the people who say “it’s too dark and depressing” THAT’S THE POINT!!!! Have you really read the books???? If so, you know it gets darker and more depressing as you go… Those people just annoy me…. Would you be able to stay happy, cheerful, and optimistic if you had to deal with all that stuff?? I don’t think so, so shut up!!!!

  2. It’s a good thing it wasn’t released in 3D. There weren’t many action scenes in this movie. It would have been stupid to have to just sit and watch the characters talk to each other with glasses on.. The next one on the other hand is sure to have a lot of action, so 3D will work then..

  3. Twilight and Harry Potter movies are both very different and unique I love them both! The comparsion is annoying! However; I’m disapointed no 3D part 1 of HP! I was looking forward to it even tho I saw it 2D already!

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