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|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone|
|Video game information|
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United States) is the name of five distinct video games based on the first book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
- Further information: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter, an orphaned eleven-year-old boy living with his aunt and uncle, learns that he is a Wizard and leaves to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Over the course of the year, he learns the spells that will help him defeat the most evil wizard in the world, Lord Voldemort.
The game is generally a platform game, with the player having to negotiate areas and fufill tasks essential to the storyline to move on to the next stage of the game. The game progresses in a linear fashion, following the storyline of the novel. However, different versions deviate from the narrative, or reorder scenes. Some scenes are removed entirely or expanded upon depending on which version is being played.
The first four versions of the game were released in 2001 by Electronic Arts for the PC, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, and the PlayStation. The PC version was ported to the Mac by Aspyr in 2002. Another version, for GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox, was released in 2003.
The plot of all the games roughly follows the plot of the book, starting from Harry's first night at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There are some deviations made for the sake of gameplay. Visually, the style of the game is closer to the film in terms of character and environment design.
PC, PlayStation 1, and Game Boy Advance versionsEdit
The PC, PlayStation 1, and Game Boy Advance versions of the game were released on the 15th of November, 2001, in the United States, and a day later across Europe. It was released by Electronic Arts. KnowWonder developed the PC version, Griponite Games was responsible for the Game Boy Advance version, while the PlayStation 1 version was developed by Argonaut Games. As a result of having different developers, each game is unique, although they share the basic storyline.
The PC version has a unique way of learning spells. When a spell is to be learnt, the player must use the mouse to "draw" the spell in the air. The better the player is at this task, the more House points they will earn. After the spell is learnt, the player may use the spell at any time using the "point and click" method.
Game Boy Colour versionEdit
The Game Boy Colour version of the game was released on the 15th of November, 2001, in the United States, and a day later across Europe. It was released by Electronic Arts, and developed by KnowWonder.
Unlike the other Philosopher's Stone games released at the same time, this version was based on the traditional RPG format. The player would have to guide Harry through the game, acquiring items and fighting battles to "level up" the character and unlock more powerful spells.
PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Gamecube versionsEdit
In 2003, a new version of the game was created and released by Electronic Arts. Developed by Warthog, the game was released on the 9th of December, 2003, in the United States, and on the 12th of December, 2003, across Europe. The game featured the same gameplay across all three platforms, although the PS2 version is generally considered to be harder than the other two.
Below are lists of some of the characters, enemies, items and spells encountered throughout the game. As there are five different versions of the game, all with differing styles of play, some elements may appear in one version, but not in another. Some may appear in multiple versions, and some may only appear in one version.
- PC = PC version of the game.
- PS = PlayStation 1 version of the game.
- GBA = Game Boy Advance version of the game.
- GBC = Game Boy Colour version of the game.
- PS2 = PlayStation 2 version of the game.
- XBox = XBox version of the game.
- NGC = Game Cube version of the game.
|Character||Role in PC version||Role in PS1 version||Role in GBA version||Role in PS2/ XBox/ NGC versions|
|Harry Potter||Main playable character.|
|Ron Weasley||Supporting character. Gives you hints and guides the main character.|
|Hermione Granger||Supporting character. Gives you hints and guides the main character.|
|Neville Longbottom||Supporting character. Gives you a few tasks to complete, and you have to retrieve his Remembrall from Malfoy.|
|Fred and George Weasley||They instruct you in the basics of climbing and jumping at the start of the game. They also trade Bertie Bott's Every-Flavour Beans for Wizard cards.||You have to collect Bertie Bott's Every-Flavour Beans for them. In return, they give you passwords and Wizard cards.||Not in the game.||Run a shop behind a portrait in the Gryffindor Tower reading room.|
|Lee Jordan||Quidditch match commentator.||Not in the game.||Quidditch match commentator.|
|Percy Weasley||Not in the game.||Not in the game.||Not in the game.||Patrols the Gryffindor Tower reading room.|
|Draco Malfoy||Harry's nemesis. Plays various pranks on you and tries to get you into trouble.|
|Gregory Goyle||Malfoy's henchman|
|Vincent Crabbe||Malfoy's henchman|
|Rubeus Hagrid (Gamekeeper)||You have to complete tasks for him, or he helps you out.|
|Albus Dumbledore (Headmaster)||Welcomes you to Hogwarts and presents the House Cup at the end of the game.|
|Professor McGonagall (Transfiguration teacher)||Awards you a place on the Gryffindor Quidditch team.||Teaches you the Avifors spell.||Awards you a place on the Gryffindor Quidditch team.|
|Professor Quirrell/ Lord Voldemort (Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher)||Teaches you the Flipendo and Lumos spells. Plays host to Lord Voldemort. Final boss.||Teaches you the Verdimillous spell. Plays host to Lord Voldemort. Final boss.||Teaches you the Lumos spell. Plays host to Lord Voldemort. Final boss.||Sends you on the Lumos Challenge to learn the Wand-Lighting Spell.|
|Professor Flitwick (Charms teacher)||Teaches you the Wingardium Leviosa spell.||Sends you on the Spongify Challenge to learn the Spongify spell. Incendio Challenge to learn the Incendio spell. [[Cushi|
|Professor Snape (Potions teacher)||Teaches you to mix potions.|
|Professor Sprout (Herbology teacher)||Teaches you the Incendio spell.||Helps you get Moly for a potion.||Sends you on the Diffindo Challenge to learn the Diffindo spell.|
|Madam Hooch (Flying teacher)||Instructs you in the use of a broom to play Quidditch.|
|Mr. Filch and Mrs. Norris||Not in the game.||Patrols the Forbidden Corridor.||Patrols the school.|
|Peeves||Minor boss.||You have to race him in the attic.||Minor annoyance|
|Nearly-Headless Nick||Not in the game.||Gives you advice and guidance.||Not in the game.|
|Firenze||Not in the game.||Saves you from Lord Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest.||Not in the game.||Saves you from Lord Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest.|
|Mr. Ollivander||Not in the game.||Runs his shop in Diagon Alley.||Not in the game.||Instructs you in the basic actions of the game such as jumping and climbing. Sends you on the Flipendo Challenge to gain the Flipendo spell.|
|Griphook||Not in the game.||Assists you in Gringotts bank.||Not in the game.|
|Enemy/obstacle||Versions enemy/obstacle is found in|
|Bowtruckle||PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Devil's Snare||PC, GBA|
|Doxy||PC, GBA, PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Fire crabs||PC, PS, GBA, PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Flobberworm||PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Flying books||PS, PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Ghosts||PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Gnome, blue||PC, PS, GBA, PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Gytrashes||PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Horklumps||PS, PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Imp||PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Knights(Come is several varieties: Axe Knight, Silver Knight, Dark Knight, and Big Knight)||PS|
|Poison Snails||PS, GBA|
|Prefect/teachers||GBA, PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Puffapod||PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Trolls||PS, GBA, PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Venomous Tentacula||PC, GBA, PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Item||Effect||Versions item appears in|
|Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans||Used to trade with Fred and George for Wizard cards and items.||PC, PS, GBA, PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Black Fire Potion||Potion to allow access through the black fire guarding the Philosopher's Stone.||GBA|
|Cauldron Cakes||Slightly increase health.||PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Chocolate Frogs||Recovers some of your stamina when found.||PC, PS, PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Dittany||Potions ingredient, used to create Wiggenweld Potion.||PC, GBA, PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Dragon Tonic||Used to cure sick Dragons.||PS|
|Dungbombs||Used to cause a distraction.||PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Eagle Owl feathers||Potions ingredient, used to create Dragon Tonic.||PS|
|Eeylops Premium Owl Treats||Feed them to Hedwig to get her to help you.||PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Fire Seeds||Acquire them for Hagrid to help Norbert hatch.||PS|
|Flobberworm Mucus||Potions ingredient, used to create Wiggenweld Potion.||PC, GBA, PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Folio Bruti Volume I||Book on monsters and creatures.||PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Folio Magi||Book to store Wizard Cards in.||PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Ice Potion||Allows you to walk through fire.||PS|
|Invisible Tokens||Item to make you invisible.||PS|
|Moly||Potions ingredient, used to create Wiggenweld Potion.||PC, GBA|
|Peacock feathers||Potions ingredient, used to create Dragon Tonic.||PS|
|Puffapods||Used to combat Trolls.||PS|
|Pumpkin Pasties||Recovers some heath.||PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Sloth brain||Potions ingredient.||PS|
|Stink Pellets||Used to cause a distraction.||PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Toad warts||Potions ingredient, used to create Dragon Tonic.||PS|
|Wiggentree bark||Potions ingredient, used to create Wiggenweld Potion.||PC, GBA, PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Wiggenweld Potion||Fully recovers health.||PC, GBA, PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Wizard Cards||Reward cards. In the GBC version, can be used in differing combinations to attack enemies.||PC, PS, GBC, PS2, XBox, NGC|
|Spell||Effect||Versions spell is present in||Notes|
|Alohomora||Used to open chests or secret rooms.||PC, GBA, PS2, XBox and NGC versions.||A key hole sign indicates when an Alohomora spell needs to be used, (PC version) or a golden key. (PS2, Xbox, and NGC version)|
|Avifors||Transfiguation spell that turns statues into birds.||GBA version.||Only appears in one version of the game.|
|Diffindo||Used to cut targets/ materials.||PS2, XBox, and NGC versions.||A scissors sign indicates when a Diffindo spell needs to be used.|
|Flipendo||Used to hit objects to move or turn them.||All versions.||Main offensive spell. A spiral sign indicates when a Flipendo spell needs to be used, (PC version) or a hand sign. (PS2, XBox, and NGC versions) Can be upgraded to produce a more powerful spell. (GBA version)|
|Incendio||Used to hit plants.||PC, PS, GBC, PS2, XBox, and NGC versions.||A fire sign indicates when an Incendio spell needs to be used, (PC version) or a blue flame. (PS2, XBox, and NGC versions) Can be upgraded to produce a more powerful spell. (GBA version)|
|Locomotor Mortis||Used to paralyse an enemy.||GBC version.||Only appears in one version of the game. Upgraded form of Locomotor Wibbly.|
|Locomotor Wibbly||Used to paralyse an enemy.||GBC version.||Only appears in one version of the game. Weaker version of Locomotor Mortis.|
|Lumos||Used to hit gargoyles to reveal lifts, passages, and secrets.||PC, GBA, PS2, XBox and NGC versions.||A crescent sign indicates when a Lumos spell needs to be used, (PC version) or an illuminated wand. (PS2, XBox, and NGC versions)|
|Mix Potion||Used to create a healing potion.||PC, PS, PS2, XBox, and NGC versions.||Technically not a spell, but can be used to refill potion vials for future use.|
|Mucus ad Nauseam||Used to give an enemy a cold.||GBC version.||Only appears in one version of the game.|
|Petrificus Totalus||Used tp paralyse a target||GBC version.||Only appears in one version of the game.|
|Spongify||Used to change hard tiles into springs to reach higher levels.||PS2, XBox, and NGC versions.||An orange spring sign indicates when a Spongify spell needs to be used.|
|Verdimillous||Used to remove darkness and make clear platforms solid.||PS, and GBA versions.||Can be upgraded to produce a more powerful spell. (GBA version)|
|Wingardium Leviosa||Used to levitate objects.||PC, PS, GBA, and GBC versions.||A 'W' sign indicates when a Wingardium Leviosa spell needs to be used. (PC version)|
Because of the differing gameplay, there are marked differences between the original book and the games, and differences within each version of the game itself.
- Peeves is present in the game versions, playing a differing role each time. He acts as a minor boss that the player must overcome to progress.
- In the PC version, the player does not venture into the Forbidden Forest.
- In the book, Harry's broomstick is jinxed in the first Quidditch match. In the PC version, neither of the two Quidditch matches feature the jinxed broom. In the PS2/Gamecube/XBox version, the Slytherin match is played on a jinxed broom. There are no Quidditch matches at all in the GBA version.
- In the book, Lord Voldemort summons ropes to tie Harry by snapping his fingers. In the PC version, Voldemort moves his hands to conjure fire around the area, but not in the PS1 version. In the PS2/XBox/Gamecube versions, the player must battle several Gytrashes before battling Quirrell directly. In the final battle, the player must reflect Voldemort's spells back at him using the Mirror of Erised. In all the video games, Voldemort is the final boss.
- Harry and Hagrid visit Diagon Alley once in chapter five on Philosopher's Stone. In several versions, Harry and Hagrid are stated to have visited Diagon Alley, but their visit is not actually depicted. In the PS2/XBox/Gamecube versions, Harry visits Diagon Alley once and learns the basics of the game from Mr. Ollivander in an extended sequence at his wand shop.
- Several Potions classes are depicted in the book. In several of the games versions, he is trapped in the Dungeons and has to find his way out. In the book, he is never trapped in the Dungeons.
Philosopher's Stone Challenges
- In the book, there are seven obstacles guarding the Philosopher's Stone; Fluffy, the Devil's Snare, the Flying Key Chamber, the Giant Chess Game, a Troll, a Potions Chamber and the Mirror of Erised. In the PC version, the Troll is replaced by a block puzzle. In the PS2/XBox/Gamecube versions, there are only four challenges; the Devils snare (Fluffy is already asleep), Flying Keys Chamber, the Chess Game and the Mirror of Erised.
- In the book, Harry falls unconscious while Quirrell is dying, but still alive. In the PC version, Harry faints from the explosion that destroys Quirrell/Voldemort. In the PS1 version, Harry passes out from the impact of the green orbs that Voldemort shoots. In the GBC version, after Harry has defeated Voldemort in battle, Voldemort leaps at Harry, hand outstretched, and the screen greens out.
- In the PS2/Xbox/Gamecube versions of the game, Norbert is not mentioned nor does he make an appearance.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Fans criticise the PS2, Gamecube and XBox versions of the game for its lack of imagination since all the spells in this game are in the video game Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets .
- Official website (UK)
- Walkthroughs for the PC version at www.gamefaqs.com
- Walkthroughs for the PlayStation 1 version at www.gamefaqs.com
- Walkthroughs for the Game Boy Color version at www.gamefaqs.com
- Walkthroughs for the Game Boy Advance version at www.gamefaqs.com
- Walkthroughs for the XBox, PS2 and Gamecube versions at www.gamefaqs.com