So there won’t be a Harry Potter 3-D showing for Deathly Hallows Part 1 after all. After months of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows being promoted as a huge 3-D movie event, Warner Brothers announced that they couldn’t finish the 3-D portion of Part 1. According to the Huffington Post, Warner Brothers stated Friday that they were unable to complete the 3-D conversion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 in time for the coming release date. This could end up disappointing a lot of Harry Potter fans that had been hoping for their first 3-D experience with the franchise.
The problem here, is that unlike real 3-D movies where scenes are filmed with a 3-D camera, movies like Deathly Hallows are being shot and then adjusted for 3-D after the fact. It is a way to present something slightly different for viewers, but at the same time a method for the studios and theaters to make even more off of a movie that wasn’t supposed to be 3-D in the first place. Fans fearing that something will be missing from the next Harry Potter film needn’t be concerned, because all of the scenes will still be there, they will just be presented in the typical 2-D fashion rather than 3-D.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is planned to have a release in 3-D when the movie comes out in the summer of 2011, and they seem to have plenty of time to get the movie finished correctly. It would not be a surprise at all if the studio continued to work on a 3-D version of Part 1 in order to give it a re-release right before the eighth film hits theaters in 2011. It would give distributors a second chance to grab revenue for the film, and with the increased ticket prices for the 3-D version, it could easily make enough money for the effort to be worth it. It could be easily predicted that they show Part 1 at a 9 p.m. showing right before the midnight first showings of Part 2.
This is the final set of Harry Potter films, with the last two movies coming from the same book that was split in half. The first half of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows comes out on Friday, November 19, 2010 with Part 2 hitting theaters on July 15, 2011. Both movies are expected to do extremely well in the box office, and as this will bring an end to the Harry Potter series of films, it is a very easy bet that these films could compete for the title of box office champion in their first release year. Having Harry Potter released in the middle of summer seems like a sure way to guarantee its success.