I am sure many people have been looking forward to the next episode in the J.K. Rowling-penned child-nerd movie series Harry Potter, this one entitled "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1."
True child-nerd movie creationists will have been desperate to see it in 3D. Because if Harry Potter were alive today, that is what he would surely wish.
Sadly, Warner Bros., the producer of this new movie, has declared it has run out of time and will not be presenting a 3D version when the movie launches November 19.
A statement from Warner Bros. said: "Despite everyone's best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. We do not want to disappoint fans who have long anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey."
I know there must be much pain, not merely among the movie-going public, but in the Hollywood firmament. One of the incentives in releasing a 3D version is the opportunity to charge customers rather more to feel Harry Potter literally fly in between their eyeballs on a broomstick.
However, a filmmaker has to make such flights uplifting and convincing. And the very important release of "Clash of the Titans" earlier this year, which I sadly missed as I was shaving that month, offered, in the eyes of many, an inferior three-dimensional representation of flying severed heads, or whatever it is that goes flying in a 3D sort of way when titans clash.
I can only hope the studio's decision doesn't depress too many who will be rushing to see this important movie.
Personally, looking at the rather dark and gory nature of the trailer (embedded), I am rather pleased that no 7-year-old will be able to see snakes, dragons, and noseless bald men flying around his or her nostrils and interfering with recently devoured pizza.