Stop the presses! The 3-D revolution just took a major magical hit.
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" will now be released only in two old-fashioned dimensions.
Like all upcoming blockbusters, the long-awaited first installment of the "Harry Potter" finale was expected to be released in 3-D in order to take advantage of both consumer demand for the technology as well as the 3-D premium, which, at several dollars per head, can greatly boost a film's box office earnings.
However, since the movie wasn't originally filmed in 3-D, Warner Bros. had to turn to the controversial conversion process that previously resulted in widely panned messes like "The Last Airbender" and "Clash of the Titans."
It now seems as though Warner Bros. has decided to just leave the movie in 2-D rather than risk putting out a subpar 3-D adaptation.
"Despite everyone's best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality," the press release from Warner Bros. stated in part. "We do not want to disappoint fans who have long-anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey."
Director David Yates agreed, adding, "This decision, which we completely support, underscores the fact that Warner Bros. has always put quality first."
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" is scheduled to land in theaters -- now in glorious 2-D only -- on Nov. 19.
No word yet on whether this will affect the 3-D possibilities of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," but the studio still has some time to figure it out -- the eighth and final "Harry Potter" film debuts on July 15, 2011.