‘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. Abhijeet

    Nice talking man!! What series is that you went to read i wanna read a new series..

    • The Wheel of Time. The longest fantasy epic. 14 books in total, with the last two books still to be released. 1st book came out way back in 1990. Every book is on an average 700 pages long, with a very small print. But amazing series, best I’ve read. The story is downright amazing.


      • Woah will they make movies of those?!?

        • The 1st is tentatively scheduled to be released in 2011, but most probably won’t come out for another 2 years. A video game is surely coming out next year..
          Anyone who loves fantasy should read it.

          • Wow it sounds amazing,i just feel bad the author died :(. But i will surely try to look for this….i wanna se the movie!!!

            • Yeah, but he left extensive notes, so at least the story will be finished satisfactorily.
              You’re sure to find the books easily.
              Don’t wait for the movie. The books have such intricate details that the movies will never be able to do them justice. And the movies might never get completed..

              • So i look for The wheel of time right?

                • yeah. Or, look for the Eye of the World. That’s the first book in the series..

                  • Eye of the world….gotcha! Thanks for the info! Now its my turn to sleep lol have a good one man!!!

                    • The Wheel of Time is a great series by Robert Jordan. I’ve only got the first six books. I’m just slack in getting the rest. It would be unreal to see a movie adaptation of each book. :-)

                      1. The Eye of the World (January 15, 1990)
                      2. The Great Hunt (November 15, 1990)
                      3. The Dragon Reborn (October 15, 1991)
                      4. The Shadow Rising (September 15, 1992)
                      5. The Fires of Heaven (October 15, 1993)
                      6. Lord of Chaos (October 15, 1994)
                      7. A Crown of Swords (May 15, 1996)
                      8. The Path of Daggers (October 20, 1998)
                      9. Winter’s Heart (November 9, 2000)
                      10. Crossroads of Twilight(January 7, 2003)
                      11. Knife of Dreams (October 11, 2005)
                      12. The Gathering Storm (October 27, 2009) coauthored by Sanderson
                      13. Towers of Midnight (November 2, 2010 coauthored by Sanderson
                      14. A Memory of Light (TBD) coauthored by Sanderson

                    • I started the series about 8 months ago, after keeping the 1st book on my shelf for almost half a year. Now I’m so hooked that I order the next book before I finish the current one.. Read 7 books till now.

                      You’re right. It WOULD be unreal. :) But it will be a very difficult job, I guess.

  2. I would almost bet they are going to finish the 3-D adaptation and re-release it in 3-D just before the second one comes out. Kinda like they did with Dark Knight. It is not like people will not go see it and they get a bonus out of it. A big one at that because 3-D movies are fairly expensive. I don’t ever go in the afternoons, it is always morning, and it still cost me about 13 dollars. I don’t know what is costs to go to a 3-D movie after 6pm.

    • After 6:00 i think its $2 more….which sucks. But yeah,DH part 1 will re release in 3D thats a sure thing..

  3. Thank the heavens – 3D sucks.

  4. I wouldn’t see it in 3D anyway. I’m over 3D. I don’t think it adds anything to a movie except for a headache.

  5. test screening reviews dont mention many things coming at the screen

    • Ah well this is a good thing :)

  6. Those of you looking forward to this being in 3D – remember it was not SHOT in 3D, they were working on adding 3D to it after the fact – and that NEVER looks as good as films shot using stereoscopic cameras.

    I hate the fact that so many movies have 3D added after the fact. If you want to make a 3D movie, shoot it using freaking 3D cameras.


    • im no fan of post-converison but a bomb is absoulty right this will absoulty effect the films chances of crossing the billion dollar mark

      • Well I’m sure the combination of the following film being the last one AND 3D will let that one cross that line handily.


    • @Vic

      I completely agree. I’m one of those who are half-half when it comes to 3D. For me, if it’s an animated movie or a movie that was shot using 3D cameras, then it might be worth it to watch in 3D just for the immersion factor. On the other hand, if it’s post-process 3D, then it’s completely NOT at all worth it because it looks like crap and they tend to over-exaggerate the 3D effects to where they become gimmicky…

      For those who clamor on that it adds nothing to the movie, I sort of disagree. Look at Resident Evil 4, I actually ended up seeing it twice, first time in 2D and second time in 3D because my gf loved it so much she wanted to see it again. Personally, I didn’t really like the movie that much. The plot was very thin and it was more like a video game’s plot than a big budget movie’s plot. But to be honest, I enjoyed it a lot more the 2nd time around watching it in 3D and so did my gf. That movie, unlike 90% of the “3D” movies out there, was shot with 3D cameras, so the 3D looks awesome. Well, except that scene where she Alice lands in Alaska, in the wide angle shot of all of the abandoned planes, in the 3D viewing you can tell the planes in the background was really just a matte painting while in the 2D viewing you can’t, lol.

      Of course it’s no substitute for good movie making, but why can’t we have both? Imagine if Terminator 2 was exactly the same except it was filmed with 3D cameras, are you going to say it’s a bad movie just because it’s in 3D?? 3D does not make a movie gimmicky and stupid, a bad director and screenplay writer does…

      • Yeah, if the 3D’s good, I won’t complain. But if there’s no 3D, well, I’m fine with that too.

  7. eh…converted 3D shot in 3D i dont care i like 3D but it wont hinder my enjoyment of Deathly Hallows!!!

    • Well sadly it’s that attitude that encourages studios to continue to pump out post-3D movies that they can get the same inflated ticket prices for as those shot in 3D.

      Did you see Clash of the Titans in 3D? That was TERRIBLE. Not so much the movie, but the 3D. It looked like magazine picture cutouts placed at different depths, the back of people’s heads floating separate from their faces. Awful, awful stuff.

      But as long as people say “hey, I don’t care” they’ll keep doing it.


      • Totally agreed, Vic. It’s got to the point where most studios (although, as evidenced by this HP news, not WB :P) have realized that they can just put out post-conversion 3D that costs WAY less and most general movie goers won’t know the difference and the studio will still make their extra few bucks a ticket. And that’s bad news for movie goers.

        If they’re the studios are going to force – yes, FORCE – 3D down our throats then it should be the best tasting 3D not fast-food post-conversion crap :P

        Mini-rant over :P

        • I guess you guys are right,but i DO care,i want the to use 3D cameras but what can i do? They do whatever they please..

  8. If shooting a movie in 3D increases their profit margin, is that really a bad thing? I personally WANT the movie studios to make more money, then we will have less of the MGM’s going out of business! I don’t mind bad movies coming out in 3D because I am not forced to go watch them, and neither are you! Let them make their money so they can keep churning out movies. Even if there’s more bad movies it’ll still allow them to make the good movies. Look at MGM, what if hypothetically you can bring see what movies they would have made have they not gone under, and you find out they were only a few years from making the best movie ever to be made, but now that they’re gone, maybe it was something none of the other studios believed in and wouldn’t finance it, now that movie will never be made. I totally don’t mind the studios making money. With all of the pirating and illegal downloading, they have to make their money one way or another and I support them. We’re all movie buffs right? :-)

    • i totally am ken…i just dont really care for fancy 3D effects during or after shooting. but thats just me.

  9. I am actually ok without 3D in this movie and the next. Someday when all the movies will be available as a box set or however they are packaged it may seem kind of odd that 8 of the movies are 2D and only the final one in 3D.

  10. I agree with Kevin. Also, I don’t understand why they don’t try to figure out some format which enhance depth as 3D without requiring glasses. I like the 3D effects when I go to theatres but I don’t think I would like to wear glasses when I’m home.

    • Muggle

      Yeah,theyre working with that as we speak,they will accomplish that in the future,i hate wearing those glasses too….

  11. HP7 will be EPIC.

  12. There ia no contest between Twilight and HP. Obviously two very different series. Get it right people. And thanks to whoever decided it should stay in 2D. It will be amazing without! So no more fighting over which is better :D

    • Yeah both are very different guys please dont compare tweeny twilight to HP come on please you insult HP….

      • yeah.. Like comparing a dog (Twilight) with an elephant (HP).. Something like that.. :P :P

        • LMAO

          Its like comparing a liqor store to target..

          • Hahaha nicee one! Viva HP! <3

            • THANKS :D

    • is it inbred

  13. Muggle:

    Did you check out Livestation? http://www.livestation.com/videos

    Seems like those guys have a solution for you! I’ve tried to watch some of their videos (use Chrome, Mozilla doesn’t work) and if your computer has a good resolution, they’re amazing!

  14. I am very happy that Harry Potter will be released in 2D as I really DON’T like 3D!

    • I agree, I am very disapointed that it wont be in 3d. 3d just pulls you in the action. I wish they would release it in 3d as well.

  15. thanks a lot..!

  16. I am still annoyed that it wont be in 3D and what it sounds like that it wont be in 3D at all. What they should do is offer it now in 2D but then when part 2 comes out or right before offer part 1 again in theaters but in 3D as well. So for those of us who want to still see it in 3D can and right after go see the next one in 3D too.

    • Fantastic idea. I think we may see this happening next summer :). I think it would generate a lot more interest and revenue.

      Part 1 in 2D and part 2 in 3D would be a little frustrating in the blu ray collection.

    • Definately. I was really looking forward to 3d and it would be great if they re release part 1 in 3d just before or around the same time as part 2. i hope both dvds will be released in 3d.

  17. 3d or 2d doest matter….hp always rocks :)..

    • HP will always rock..


  18. Yeah agree, i’m a twilight fan, but srsly ive known HP since i was a kid, HP a world of magic and imagination and twilight is just a cute love story ..

  19. 3D was the only reason I was going to see it in the theater. I can’t even guarantee I’ll see it on cable now. I started losing interest after the third movie, but I was going to watch them all preceding viewing the last two in the theater. Now I’m only going to see the final one in the theater.

  20. i am also expecting the movie to be release in 3d but it is not releasing in 3d so i will also be not going to see the movie in threatre.soooooooooo plz release it in 3d.

  21. aargh, i was so looking forward to the 3d version, and just found out it wasnt gonna be out, but i respect the decisions the team made, i would be pissed if it looked anything like clash of the titans, however, i think you shoulda just pushed the date back a few months, sure ppl would be mad but i think it would be worth it and there would be a lot more money made

  22. I was really looking forward to seeing it in 3d, though I’m not sure what my opinion would have been as I haven’t watched a film in 3d yet. However, I’m an avid fan and always watch the film in the cinema within about 2 days of release anyway. And as for the suggestion of delaying it, I’m glad they didn’t as myself and others can’t wait any longer. I’d rather see a great 2d version (which I’m sure it will be). I like the suggestion of re-releasing part 1 in 3d just before part 2 is out though – that could work well.

  23. i think it would have been great to see both done in 3d.seeing the war between hogwarts and voldermorts dark army in 3d would be something to see.hope voldermort gets whats coming to him for killing the innocent and harrys parents.

  24. I like HP and Twilight but i like Hp better

  25. I don’t understand why they don’t just shoot the thing in 3d and flatten it to 2d

  26. Does the movie have to be shot for 3D? Or can they 3D-anate a 2D movie.
    If so, I would go back to see Part 1 in the cinemas to just watch it one day in 3D. I’m sure a lot of people would.

    • Peta,

      Neither of the two final films was shot in 3D. This one was released in 2D because they didn’t think they had sufficient time to do a quality post production 3D conversion. I wouldn’t be surprised if eventually they did apply the conversion process to this one and perhaps re-release it after the final one has been out for a while, maybe as some sort of promotional 3D double feature.


  27. I hadn’t heard until just now that it wasn’t going to be in 3D and I was REALLY looking forward to seeing an entire HP film in 3D. I haven’t bothered to watch any movie on the big screen in 3D yet and so this was going to be awesome for me. I do appreciate that they want to focus on quality, but why not release Part 1 in 3D later on. I’d certainly be willing to shell out the dosh to see it again in 3D. Perhaps do a double feature with Part2? Perhaps we should suggest that to WB.

  28. Well this is wonderful news! Now 99.99% of Harry Potter fans {including me} will be over the moon that Warner aren’t able to screw up the franchise with this awful gimmick. 3D is bad and I’m not wearing those stupid glasses anymore.

    And Peta – 3D conversions look s*it.
    Jax – go and see Avatar if you want a proper 3D film. It doesn’t get better than that.

    • So somehow if they would have made it into 3D, and you went to watch it in 2D, the movie would have been worse somehow? I don’t get it…

      I agree, though, that converted 3D movies look like crap. I would have watched the 2D showing if they would have released this in 3D. And I’m going to watch part 2 in 2D also since it’s a conversion.

      Tron: Legacy, on the other hand, I believe that was entirely shot in 3D, so I’ll definitely be watching that in 3D. Woot, can’t wait…

  29. Well I am relieved to KNOW one way or another – I’m an opening weekend person – usually first day – and last year having 3D come out after I’d seen the movie well it sucked.