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Philosopher's Stone cover
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Video game information
Developer
Publisher
Released
  • 2001 (PC, PS1, GBA, GBC)
  • 2002 (Mac (port))
  • 2003 (PS2, XBOX, NGC)
Genre
  • Action/ fantasy
Platforms

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.

Plot

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.

Gameplay

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.

Versions

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 versions

PCPSscreenshot

Screenshot from the PC version of the game, featuring Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

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 version

GBC screen

Screenshot from the Game Boy Colour version of the game.

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 versions

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.

Lists

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.

Key

  • 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.

Characters

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.

Enemies/obstacles

PS IN game Troll

Harry battles a Troll in the PS2/XBox/Gamecube version of the game.

GBA screen

Screenshot from the Game Boy Advance version of the game.

PS screen

Screenshot from the XBox version of the game.

Enemy/obstacle Versions enemy/obstacle is found in
Bouncing bulbs PS
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
Fluffy PC
Flying books PS, PS2, XBox, NGC
Gargoyle PS
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 plants PS
Poison Snails PS, GBA
Prefect/teachers GBA, PS2, XBox, NGC
Puffapod PS2, XBox, NGC
Slug PC
Spiky Bush PC
Trolls PS, GBA, PS2, XBox, NGC
Venomous Tentacula PC, GBA, PS2, XBox, NGC


Items

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


Spells

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)

Differences

PS PS2 Cover

Box for the PlayStation 2 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

  • 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.

Forbidden Forest

Quidditch

  • 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.

Lord Voldemort

  • 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.

Diagon Alley

  • 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.

Potions

  • 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

Harry Fainting

  • 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.

Norbert

  • In the PS2/Xbox/Gamecube versions of the game, Norbert is not mentioned nor does he make an appearance.

Behind the scenes

External links


J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series
Philosopher's Stone book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Chamber of Secrets book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Prisoner of Azkaban book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Goblet of Fire book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Order of the Phoenix book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Half-Blood Prince book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Deathly Hallows book film 1 game 1 film soundtrack 1 game soundtrack 1
film 2 game 2 film soundtrack 2 game soundtrack 2
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Harry Potter: Trading Card Game
Quidditch Through the Ages LEGO Creator: Harry Potter/Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Tales of Beedle the Bard Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
Harry Potter Prequel Harry Potter: Find Scabbers
Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book Harry Potter DVD Game: Hogwarts Challenge/Wizarding World
Harry Potter Film Wizardry Harry Potter: Spells
Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4/Years 5-7
LEGO Harry Potter: Building the Magical World Motorbike Escape
LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World Harry Potter: The Quest
Encyclopaedia of Potterworld (potentially cancelled) Harry Potter for Kinect
J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography Wizard's Challenge
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J.K.Rowling Official Site Harry Potter and Me
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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life
Harry Potter: The Exhibition Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup (video game soundtrack)
The Making of Harry Potter Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story
Wonderbook: Book of Spells Harry Potter: Beyond the Page
Wonderbook: Book of Potions The Tale of the Three Brothers
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