Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 was originally going to be converted into 3-D to enhance
ticket sales the cinematic experience, but Warner Bros. eventually decided to release the film just in old-fashioned 2-D. It was a move that was applauded by moviegoers, who were just beginning to suffer eyestrain from cash-grab 3-D conversions that assaulted anyone unlucky enough to see Alice in Wonderland, Clash of the Titans, and/or The Last Airbender. But the studio made it clear that they fully intended to release Part 2 in 3-D. Flash forward to today: Audiences are suffering from severe 3-D fatigue, and a report by BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield claims that audiences buying presale tickets for the final Harry Potter film are generally opting for 2-D screenings of the film.
Greenfield suggests that the darkening effect of wearing 3-D glasses could be partially to blame. The Harry Potter films have been trending towards shadowy monochrome for a long time now — the last film seemed to take place almost entirely at night — and anyone who had to squint through Pirates of the Caribbean 4 probably doesn’t want the headache. You could also argue that audiences have seen seven Harry Potter films in 2-D; taking a leap into the third dimension after a decade might just feel strange. But considering that 3-D seemed to offer a renewed sense of wonder to blockbuster movies back when Avatar was in theaters, it’s interesting to think just how quickly it’s become something specifically to avoid.
Personally, I think I’m going to opt for a 2-D screening. I’m not against 3-D on principle — seriously, go see Cave of Forgotten Dreams — but post-production conversion just plain doesn’t seem to work very well. What do you think? Tell us in the poll below: