Hogwarts Term Begins…
Be Harry Potter in a magical adventure filled with wizardry, fun, and danger. With friends Ron and Hermione at your side, cast spells and confront adversaries to thwart You-Know-Who’s evil plans.
The Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone video game was released by Electronic Arts on November 15, 2001. It was released for Windows, Mac, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, GameCube, and Xbox.
- Harry Potter (the only playable character)
- Ron Weasley (playable with cheat)
- Albus Dumbledore
- Argus Filch
- Draco Malfoy
- Filius Flitwick
- Fred Weasley
- George Weasley
- Hermione Granger
- Lee Jordan (voice is heard only through Quidditch commentating)
- Lord Voldemort
- Minerva McGonagall
- Mrs. Norris
- Nearly Headless Nick
- Pomona Sprout
- Quirinus Quirrell
- Rolanda Hooch
- Rubeus Hagrid
- Severus Snape
- Sybill Trelawney (on certain game systems, she has written a note on the locked door to the Divination classroom that reads, “Do Not Disturb, Crystal Gazing,” though she is never actually seen)
- Devil’s Snare (the deadly plant will kill Ron and Hermione if Harry doesn’t cast the Fire-Making Spell on it)
- Fire Crabs
- Forest troll
- Orange snails
- Venomous Tentaculas
- Ice Potion
- Wiggenweld Potion
- Avifors Spell (Avifors)
- Drone Jinx (incantation unknown)
- Fire-Making Spell (Incendio)
- Floating eye curse (incantation unknown)
- Knockback Jinx (Flipendo)
- Levitation Charm (Wingardium Leviosa)
- Locking Spell (Colloportus)
- Severing Charm (Diffindo)
- Softening Charm (Spongify)
- Unlocking Charm (Alohomora)
- Verdimillious Charm (Verdimillious)
- Vermillious Charm (Vermillious)
- Wand-Lighting Charm (Lumos)
- Peeves does not appear in the film, but is battled on a regular basis in this game. In the GameCube, Xbox, and PS2 versions, he only appears in a cutscene but is never battled.
- In the PC/Mac version, the Forbidden Forest part is not included.
- In the film and book, Harry’s broomstick is jinxed in the first Quidditch match. In the PC/Mac and PS1 versions, both Quidditch matches have no jinxed brooms or accidents. In the PS2, GameCube, and Xbox versions, the Slytherin match is played on a jinxed broom.
- In the book, Quirrell Summons ropes to tie Harry by snapping his fingers. In the film, Quirrell snaps his fingers to make fire surround the area. In the PC/Mac version, Quirrell moves his hands to conjure fire around the area. But in the PS1 version, Quirrell does not make fire surround the area, but green ropes do tie themselves around Harry at times. And in all the video games, Voldemort is the final boss.
- In the PC/Mac and PS1 versions of the game, Norbert seems to appear early in the game, unlike in the book and movie where he appears nearly at the end of the story.
- Norbert is omitted in the PS2, Xbox, GameCube, and GBA versions of the game.
- The PC/Mac version of the game was originally intended to include the Mending Charm, Verdimillious Charm, and an unnamed spell. The Fire-Making Spell and Levitation Charm were also intended to have more uses.
- The Dursleys never appear in the PC/Mac version of Sorcerer’s Stone but their model files can still be found within the game.
- Despite not fighting until Year 2 in the book and movie, Harry constantly fights Draco throughout this game.
- In the GBA version of the game, Harry gets caught by Professor Snape instead of Filch, and Harry’s detention in the forest isn’t the same as the book or movie.
- In the GBA version of the game, Harry uses the Knockback Jinx on the troll, and it falls in a hole in the girls’ bathroom. In the book and movie, Ron used the Levitation Charm on the troll’s club to bash the troll’s head with it.
- In the PS2 and Xbox versions of the game, the Quidditch match against Slytherin is at the last match of the year rather than the first.
- In the PC and PS1 versions of the game, Harry gets trapped in the dungeons during Potions class.
- In the PS2, Xbox, and GameCube versions of the game, Harry goes alone in the Forbidden Forest.
- The GBC version of the game has a glitch during the part where you need to find ingredients for Snape. One of them is supposed to be found by examining a tapestry in Snape’s office. However, if you get the other ingredient first, the one in Snape’s office will never appear and you will be forced to restart the game.
- The PS2 version of the game is narrated by Stephen Fry, who also narrated the UK editions of the Harry Potter audiobooks.
“Not as Bad as a Cruciatus Curse” – By Joe Dodson | GameRevolution.com | January 1, 2004
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Review” – By Gerald Villoria | GameSpot | December 5, 2001
“HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE” – By Jeremy Conrad | IGN | November 9, 2001
“HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE” – By Marc Nix | IGN | May 25, 2001
“E3: HARRY POTTER HANDS-ON” – IGN | May 19, 2001
Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
Best Console Family Game
Best Original Music Composition
Best PC Family Game
Golden Joystick Award
MTV Film Adaptation of the Year
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award
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