Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 will hit theaters this Thanksgiving and Warner Bros. wants to make sure that moviegoers do not (somehow) forget about the penultimate chapter in their blockbuster franchise.
The studio released character posters featuring Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) two weeks ago and followed it with seven additional character banners just last Thursday. Now we have six more stylishly dark posters from the first half of Deathly Hallows, which will not be in 3D after all (a bit more on that later).
These new posters for the seventh Harry Potter film continue to allude to The Fugitive-inspired status of our heroes in Part 1 of Deathly Hallows, during which Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and his Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are then forced to flee to the countryside to avoid capture by the Dark Lord's forces - a task made all the more complicated by the trio's attempts to hunt down and destroy the Horcruxes, which hold the key to Voldemort's immortality.
Where exactly do the titular Deathly Hallows fit into all this? Well, they happen to be powerful objects that - according to legend - allow whomever wields all three of them to become "The Master of Death." Harry eventually learns of their existence and becomes obsessed with tracking them down, even as he begins to realize that little old You-Know-Who has the same idea in mind.
Check out the latest batch of posters for Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in the gallery below:
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No 3D For Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Warner Bros.' decision to not release the first half of Deathly Hallows in 3D due to post-conversion time constraints was applauded by cinemaphiles alike, but it begs the question: what exactly went so wrong during post-production that it forced the studio to scrap the expensive process, which would've only increased their profit margin from the guaranteed blockbuster that is the new Harry Potter movie?
Variety is reporting that one of the main issues was that IMAX was the vendor in charge of the 3D conversion for Deathly Hallows, but that it did not greenlight the process until August. That delay ended up being the undoing of the plan to convert Deathly Hallows: Part 1 to 3D as work on the film's visual FX was only recently completed - which in turn only further slowed down the stereoscopic conversion process.
This year's Clash of the Titans was a financial hit at the box office, but its now universally-panned post-production 3D weighed heavily on Warner Bros., who did not want to attract similar criticisms with their latest Harry Potter movie. So plans for converting Part 1 of Deathly Hallows to 3D for its November release have been abandoned, though it could be released in 3D for a short run in theaters just before Part 2 - which is still expected to be in 3D - arrives next summer.
For more information about why visual FX are currently considered more "robust" than 3D technology and how future 3D re-release projects like Titanic and the Star Wars movies have been scheduled to avoid time constraints from the conversion process, read the entire Variety article.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 will hit theaters in 2D on November 19th, 2010. Part 2 will be released in both 2D and 3D on July 15th, 2011.
Source: Warner Bros., Variety