Warner Bros. has chosen not to release Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 in 3D despite marketing a 3D version for the past several months.
Warner’s reasoning for the sudden decision stems from being “unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality,” a course of action I and I’m sure many of you wholeheartedly agree with.
Warner’s poor post-production 3D conversion of Clash of the Titans has left a lingering taste in many moviegoers minds, even though Potter director David Yates stated that “Warner Bros. always puts quality first.” A similar botched conversion on Harry Potter could potentially damage 3D’s reputation and alienate a massive contingent of Potter fans.
As for the partially completed conversion, Warner could opt to finish it up and re-release Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 in 3D next summer when Part 2 is released. Or, the 3D version could be released exclusively on Blu-ray 3D. Warner has yet to comment on the partial conversion’s fate or whether Part 2 is still on track for a 3D theatrical appearance.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part will be widely released in 2D and IMAX on November 19.