Why I Won’t Be Seeing Harry Potter In 3D.

3d glasses

I don’t even have the words to convey how excited, sad, thrilled, depressed, and anxious I am about the final Harry Potter movie coming out. Basically, if you threw almost every emotion into a blender and then pureed it, the resulting goop of emotion would be close to what I am feeling. I do have one very definite emotion though when it comes to seeing this movie in 3D, and that emotion is “Hell no!”

I’m not a fan of 3D. At all. I’ve given it a chance but every time I try seeing a movie in 3D, I have three thoughts.

1. These glasses are stupid.

2. My head is starting to hurt.

3. I don’t see anything particularly special happening. Is everyone else seeing something I’m not? Are my glasses broken?

Also, my everyday life is in 3D. Isn’t it more special to go see something not in 3D? I much prefer 2D. 2D is special. 2D is something you don’t see everyday. Unless you count watching TV or surfing the internet. OK. 3D and 2D are both equally un-special. But at least with 2D I don’t have to wear special glasses that make my head hurt. Oh yeah, and 3D movies are more expensive. You’re basically paying for a headache.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

As if these reasons weren’t enough, I have an even better reason not to see Harry Potter in 3D. I’ve read all the books (like 50 times) so I know what happens, and I know I’m going to cry. A lot. There will be a LOT of tears from me. In the last movie, I started crying right at the beginning (When Hermione had to erase her parents memory of her), and continued to cry off and on until the final credits. I even had to choke back audible ugly crying when Dobby died. So, I know that I am going to be doing lots of sobbing in this film. And who wants to keep lifting up stupid 3D glasses every 5 minutes to wipe the tears out of their eyes? Not me. I don’t want to be fussing with glasses I don’t even need to be wearing when I’m trying to address my very complicated Harry Potter finale emotions. If I saw Harry Potter in 3D, my glasses would be all fogged up from my pathetic crying and I would probably miss exciting parts of the movie. Basically, seeing Harry Potter in 3D would ruin my final Harry Potter movie experience. And I won’t stand for it! I will not stand for it, I say!

What are your Harry Potter finale plans?? If they involve 3D, please disregard this post but don’t come crying to me when your head hurts and you missed large bits of the movie because you took your glasses off to wipe tears from your eyes. I warned you.

62 thoughts on “Why I Won’t Be Seeing Harry Potter In 3D.

  1. To be honest, I am a fan of the conventional cinema. 3D glasses are too unconfortable, the effects are aimed more to scare you than anything else. I don’t see how a flying brick in my face would “enhance” my movie experience.

  2. Did you get freshly pressed or is everyone just a fan of Harry Potter?
    I’m not sure if I’ll even go watch the movie I’m so far behind on the last is it 6 HP movies?… Ish sorry I’ll have to get back to you if I’ll watch it on 3D or not but mostly likely I won’t have that option by the time I’m caught up.

    1. I actually did get Freshly Pressed on Friday, but not on this post. Mostly, I think people just love Harry Potter. Oh my gosh! You have GOT to catch up on the Harry Potter goodness. πŸ˜‰

  3. I haven’t watched a newer 3D movie, they still use the old red-blue glasses? I wasn’t a fan of it back in the day, and not into it now. Don’t like headaches, and I wear real glasses, so I have to put the crappy ones over my real ones. So, two strikes against it there.
    Last time I gave 3D a try was back in the good ol’ days of New Nightmare. And I didn’t get much from it. And there is the third strike, I didn’t get much from it when I did give it a go.

  4. I completely agree. 3D always gives me a headache plus I don’t like wearing those glasses over my regular glasses, duh. Also, I’ve never seen anything special that would justify the exorbitantly high ticket price.

    Just wanted to say: I only came across your blog this morning (I’m in Germany) because your article about the broken loic bone is featured on wordpress.com. I’m at work right now and have been reading your entries for two and a half hours now. I freaking LOVE your blog! You just gained a fresh subscriber!

  5. I hate 3D movies! I just don’t get the point of them! Unfortunately, I went to see the movie with my friend, who insisted on watching it in 3D. So, wearing the 3D glasses kind of ruined it for me.
    I also wish they had kept more details from the book. The little details that the books have are what makes the series so great! The movies are awesome as just movies but not that enjoyable as adaptations of the books.

  6. maria says:

    i went to see the premiere…except “premiere” in South America( im in Colombia, Vacation) means 7 pm but i got to see it in english because it had spanish subtitles AND i did see it in 3D but it wasnt worth it. Not to many 3D moments. But Im happy πŸ™‚

  7. I am so agree!

    I hate 3D, well, maybe I don’t really hate it but there’s nothing special in it.
    Everytime I watch 3D movies I imagine how nice it would be if the movie is in 2D… yeah I’ve given this a chance.. but no more..

    And hell yes, that glasses, hurts. ( Both the eyes and the feeling of losing the money)

  8. lifepostchennai says:

    hahaha..this is the 3rd blog of your I read today..you are simply awesome! The best part is that you wrote a blog :Why I wont be seeing Harry Potter in 3D and ended up seeing it πŸ™‚ Somehow I could connect with it..at times I also end up doing things like that! πŸ™‚

  9. I’ve seen The Deathly Hallows Part 2. I’m not one to cry at all during sad movies (even Marley and Me) but I got a little misty, especially during the part when Harry watches Snape’s memories. It’s an amazing amazing movie, though, and you’re going to (or did, if you saw it already) love it.

      1. There were a few differences between it and the book, but overall was a really great movie. Definitely the best of the 8 films.

        If you ask me, this Pottermore business is pretty stupid, though. They should just quit while they’re ahead and let it have been a great series.

      2. I don’t know, I’m pretty excited about finding out more about characters whose backstories we didn’t learn in the book. But it might be because I’m very unwilling to let go of Harry Potter. πŸ™‚

      3. I hate when a good series ends myself, but I always think it’s better to end it on a good note rather than drag it out way too long, like Transformers. The last Dark Knight movie’s coming out in Summer 2012, which is depressing but it looks as amazing as the last Harry Potter.

  10. I will be seeing Harry Potter tomorrow but I absolutely refuse to see anything in 3D. I hope the trend fades away soon because given the choice of an overpriced 3D movie and my television I will wait for the DVD every time. Thanks for blogging about it!

  11. Bart says:

    What i find truly annoying about those 3D movies is the fact that usually there’s only a couple of minutes of 3D and the rest is just normal 2D (that was the case with HP5 I think, in which only the beginning with the bridge was in 3D). And what’s even worse in my area (Warsaw, Poland) they’re only showing it in 3D, so it’s either that or nothing.

  12. 3D is definitely bothersome. As readers of the Potter series, we had our first experiences of Potter in 2D and as followers it is only right and agreeable to watch it in 2D. I share my deep sorrows on the ending of the series too.

  13. preciousmtT says:

    i wanna put in a word for the pros of 3d, in the midst of all these anti 3d comments. they’re not thaaaat bad…you have your points, i totally agree they make you giddy.
    but i like the sharpness of it. 2d just isnt as sharp and dynamic as 3d. and i’ve sort of gotten used to the 3d glasses. for me, to get the hi def is all worth it. πŸ™‚

  14. I agree with you so much about the 3D. I happily watched Part 1 in 2D and didn’t find that I was missing out on anything at all. The 3D experience is awful, especially since I wear glasses anyway. You can’t watch the 3D movie without the special glasses and I can’t see without my prescription glasses. So to see a 3D movie, I have to wear 2 pairs of glasses and tilt my head back so the 3D ones don’t fall off the end of my nose. It’s the most pointless thing I have ever experienced when trying to enjoy a film.

  15. Agreed! I don’t like 3D either – I’ll be watching in regular, good ol’ 2D, thankyouverymuch. I like 3D only for attractions found at Disney or Universal – short attractions with other effects that make me forget I’m wearing those glasses.

    I would’ve loved to have gone to see the movie last night at midnight, but I’ll just have to settle for seeing it whenever we can get a babysitter. I came to Harry Potter in my late 20’s and have never looked back. I’ve even used the last book to teach college composition! They are amazing books (I got hooked because of the movies, but the movies don’t have a thing on the books!), well-developed characters, lots of heart, serious themes, and just a great adventure of the age-old good vs evil plot. I will re-read the books and re-see (is that even a word?) the movies over and over again. And I can’t wait until my son is old enough to partake in the Harry Potter experience! πŸ™‚

  16. Love your emotional blender analogy … that is exactly how it feels. I am with you … no 3D movies for me … they actually make me rather dizzy.

    The new theater has the 3D version, so I will have to go to the old theater. The old theater has problems with crowds, so to make sure I can enjoy the movie, I will probably wait a week or go on a slow weekday to avoid the crowds of fans talking all the way through the movie or texting with the light of their phones shining in my face (not a problem in the new theater that has great high-back, reclining seats … ).

  17. I’m beginning to think I am the only person under 30 that just missed this Harry Potter phenomenon.

    3D was basically invented for Avatar, and it’s been no good since. I’d burn it if it weren’t an abstract.
    Not because it hurts me, but because it’s so very disappointing. Is… is that depth I see? Because you blew your budget on 3D depth and FORGOT ABOUT YOUR DAMNED CHARACTERS! (My sister assures me this didn’t happen in Harry Potter – but I did not see it.)

    1. I didn’t get into Harry Potter until college. It’s never too late, you should definitely read the books and see if you like them. Yeah, I saw Avatar in 3D and wasn’t super impressed, everyone tells me I’m crazy but I just think 3D is lost on me completely.

  18. I will have to watch it in 3D because we won’t get an option (the town I live in is too small to play both). But if I had a choice I would go 2D. Why? Well, for the reasons you outlined and also because I wear glasses 99% of the time. That other 1% is from wearing contact lenses to see 3D moview or drink in the summer time (like beer, outside, when it’s bright, does not a good glasses time make).

    But I also have to wait an entire week, because I leave for vacation tomorrow πŸ™‚ At least I will be away from computers and media (going camping) so I won’t be told anything about the movie in the mean while (I have read the books, but i don’t want to be wrecked on how th emovie went!).

  19. I thought I was the only one who didn’t care for 3D movies! Nice to know there are others out there being a big buzzkill on nights out with friends. πŸ˜€

    The thing is, I can’t just passively sit there and watch a 3D movie; I keep trying to focus my eyes on things I’m not “supposed” to, like background objects (I’m a rebel like that). But since “far away” objects in a 3D movie are deliberately blurry in order to make them look far away, I can’t make them come into focus – and I give myself vertigo when I try.

    My friend and I saw Avatar in 3D when it first came out. I spent the last 20 minutes of the movie staring at my feet and willing myself not to vomit. I have since decided that two dimensions is plenty, thank you very much.

  20. craig78681 says:

    “3. I don’t see anything particularly special happening. Is everyone else seeing something I’m not?”

    Can you tell the difference between hi-def TV and the older, lower resolution picture? I’m starting to think this may be a man vs. woman thing.

  21. I’ve never been into harry potter but lately I have been catching up on it and it is very addictive. I am not a fan of 3D either. It’s fun the first few times, maybe after a couple of shots also but I do not care for it that much!

  22. I have to wear glasses just to see the movie screen to begin with, so to juggle two pairs = not being able to see either way! And paying extra is just annoying!!

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