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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Windows - 2002

Also available on: Mac

Alt names Гарри Поттер и Тайная комната, הארי פוטר וחדר הסודות, 哈里波特与密室, 해리 포터와 비밀의 방, Harry Potter 2, Harry Potter e a Câmara Secreta, Harry Potter e a Câmara dos Segredos, Harry Potter en de Geheime Kamer, Harry Potter et la Chambre des Secrets, Harry Potter i Komnata Tajemnic, Harry Potter ja Salaisuuksien Kammio, Harry Potter och Hemligheternas Kammare, Harry Potter og Mysteriekammeret, Harry Potter to Himtisu no Heya, Harry Potter und die Kammer des Schreckens, Harry Potter y la Cámara Secreta
Year 2002
Platform Windows
Released in France, Poland, United States (2002)
China (2003)
Finland (2008)
Genre Action
Theme Licensed Title, Movies, Puzzle elements
Publisher Electronic Arts, Inc.
Developer KnowWonder, Inc.
Perspectives 1st-Person, Behind view
4.28 / 5 - 183 votes

Description of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Description from the publisher:

Be Harry Potter in a unique new PC adventure with more magic, friendship, and danger. Learn new spells, undertake new quests, make new friends, and challenge new adversaries as you confront the powers at the heart of the Chamber of Secrets. Do you dare face You-Know-Who again?

  • Explore rich environments from the colorful Burrow to the dark reaches of the Forbidden Forest.
  • Master new spells including Expeliarmus, Diffendo, and Skurge.
  • Overcome dangerous foes from Aragog to the Basilisk.
  • Take flight to play improved Quidditch.
  • Interact with new characters from J.K. Rowling's world, including Dobby, Lockhart, and Ginny Weasley.

Many of the files was presented by Harry Potter Games Archive Project, we want to thank the participants of that project.

The game still has active fan community, so you can find many mods and fan fixes for the game, on ModDB, fansites like HP Games or Harry Potter Modding server on Discord

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How to play Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Windows

Read Full Instructions

The game with NoCD has been tested on Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 10, works fine. But the game has some graphical issues on modern systems, for troubleshooting and fixes check our guides and Notes

Here's also some video guides how to run first Harry Potter games on modern systems, if you prefer video over text: first guide, second guide

Install & play guide:

  • Mount the disc image. You will need the utility for mounting disc image files, like WinCDEmu, UltraISO, Alcohol 52%/Alcohol 120% or Daemon Tools Lite
  • Install the game (if autorun doesn't work - simply launch the installation from Setup.exe inside the disc)
  • Also it is recommended to install DirectX from the disc (if you're using Windows 10 - enable DirectPlay, read this or this guide how to do it)
  • After you installed the game - install NoCD (simply copy Game.exe from the archive and put it into Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets/System folder, replacing original Game.exe)
  • Open the directory Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets/System and find Game.exe. Right click on Game.exe - Properties - Compatibility - Set "Run this app in compatibility mode with Windows 2000 or XP" and "Run as administrator"
  • Launch the game and play. If the game doesn't work - try to launch the game in compatibility mode with old versions of Windows (98, 2000, WinXP or Vista)

That way you will get clean version of original game, but it has poor graphics on modern systems. Here's some advices how to improve game graphics (make sure to save back-ups of original files):

  1. By default the max resolution of the game is 1024x768, but you can launch it in widescreen by editing Game.ini file. Read this guide how to do that; after you finish editing Game.ini - make it "read-only", otherwise the game will reset the resolution at next launch. The game menu in widescreen is not fully displayed, some buttons are "disappear", use Widescreen menu mod. Also, you can change the screen resolution with Harry Potter Settings tool. Please note that with this method it is not recommended to run the game in any resolution higher than 1920x1080, because the game starts to show graphical glitches/bugs. If you want to play in higher resolution - use dgVoodoo
  2. If you want to play with anti-aliasing, anisotropic filtering and other cool features - run the game through dgVoodoo utility: copy the dll-files from the MS/x86 folder, dgVoodooCpl.exe and dgVoodoo.conf in Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets/System folder, then launch dgVoodooCpl.exe to change dgVoodoo settings. After that run the game through desktop shortcut or Game.exe. dgVoodoo is compatible with HP Settings tool, so you can enable anti-aliasing + texture filtering in dgVoodoo settings, then change the resolution through HP Settings and the game will look really great & working in good resolution. Please note that dgVoodoo requires video card with DirectX 9 support, so it doesn't work on most of Intel graphics
  3. As alternative - you can run it through DirectX 9 renderer for Stock HP2 patch. That patch requires Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 runtime (X86) and installed DirectX 9 (better to install it through dxwebsetup, to get all needed dlls). To install that patch drop D3D9Drv.dll and D3D9Drv.int in Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets/System folder, then open My Documents/Harry Potter II/Game.ini in a text editor and change GameRenderDevice=D3DDrv.D3DRenderDevice to GameRenderDevice=D3D9Drv.D3D9RenderDevice. After that make Game.ini as "read-only" and launch the game. If you want to change patch settings - run the game in debug mode and press F4
  4. The other variants: to use new version of that patch called Harry Potter 2 Game Engine and Editor, it is still in development, you can find the most recent update on HP Modding Discord server
  5. If your graphics card doesn't support DirectX 9 (like most Intel graphics) - use Unreal Engine DirectX 11 Renderer, it is fork of Kentie's Direct3D 10 renderer, it might cause some bugs, read this guide for more details. If you want you can install ESRGAN Upscale Pack (pack of upsacled textures) with DirectX 11 Renderer

In summary, to run the game on modern systems you need NoCD + edit configs (manually or with HP Settings tool) + Widescreen menu mod + graphical wrapper like dgVoodoo, DirectX 9 renderer for Stock HP2 or UE DX11 Renderer, also you will need to cap the framerate to 60 FPS

Notes:

  • If the installation doesn't start - try to launch Setup.exe in compatibility mode with old version of Windows (98, 2000 or XP)
  • NoCD is required for the launch because the game is using SafeDisc DRM protection, which doesn't work on modern systems. That NoCD "breaks" DRM protection and allows the game to work on modern systems
  • If the game doesn't work in compatibility mode with Windows XP - try to run it in compatibility mode with older Windows versions (Windows 2000, Windows 98/Me, etc.). For some users the game didn't work in compatibility mode with Windows XP but worked with Windows 2000
  • The game works on DirectX 7, so if you're using Windows 8, 8.1, 10 or 11 - you need to enable DirectPlay: Go to Control Panel, and select 'Programs'. Select 'Turn Windows features on and off', click on 'Legacy Components' and check the box 'DirectPlay'. Select OK, once the installation is done, restart your computer
  • If you have graphical bug with broken shadows, like this one - edit Game.ini by following this guide or install Transparency Fix. Make sure to make back-ups of original files before installing that fix, because on some systems it breaks the game. Also, if you have troubles with 2021 version of the fix - you can try old versions of the fix. And the fix probably will not work if your graphics cards doesn't support Vulkan API. As alternative - use dgVoodoo utility
  • If you have low frame rate or any graphical bugs - use dgVoodoo or DDRaw Compact, read this guide for more details
  • Sometimes the in-game physics and/or cutscenes are getting broken when the game works too fast, so better to limit the game's framerate to 60 FPS. There are 3 ways to do that:

    1. Install an app that allows to limit the framerate, like RTSS or Bandicam, read this guide for framerate limit utilities
    2. If you're using dgVoodoo 2.75 or later version - open dgVoodoo.conf with Notepad and find the line FPSLimit = 0. Change "0" to "60" to limit the game's framerate to 60 FPS
    3. For advanced users - you can use Deus Ex Speedup Fix, both games work on Unreal Engine 1 and that fix is compatible with Harry Potter game, according to PCGamingWiki
  • For users of Windows 64-bit systems: if the game doesn't work after you launched it - open Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del by default) and check for processes Game.exe and rundll32.exe. Close Game.exe but don't touch rundll32.exe (it's a Windows app for running old apps from 32-bit operational systems, most old games running through rundll32.exe). Now try to launch the game again, it must work. Don't forget to close rundll32.exe process in Task Manager after finishing playing
  • You can install High Quality Music Mod which adds enhanced music files to the game
  • Don't forget to check PCGamingWiki page if you have troubles, it is very useful!

Comments and reviews

Patrick 2024-02-29 0 point Windows version

I downloaded the game from one link and installed, mounted ISO too, but when I click the shortcut nothing is happening...

Vereor360 2024-01-18 0 point Windows version

Nevermind, I instead downloaded the Repack from MagiPack whereas before I was using the one from Bladez1992. Not sure if it's something I did with the Bladez one but it works now

Vereor360 2024-01-17 0 point Windows version

So, the game works great. The only problem is that there is no music. How can I fix that?

Razor 2023-11-13 -2 points Windows version

After installing the DirectX 11 Renderer on the RU version, the graphics improved, but the subtitles, text and numbers in the game disappeared. Please help me how to fix this error?

Bladez1992 2023-09-03 0 point Windows version

Hey everyone, I've had a project for a few years now making new installers for old PC games; Harry Potter Classic Collection (Chamber of Secrets + Philosopher's Stone + Prisoner of Azkaban) are three of the games I've restored
Come check out Legacy Gamer's Union on Discord for this game and plenty of others that actually work on Windows 10/11
discord.gg/invite/wF3zJPDVQg

innocuous_panda 2023-08-20 0 point Mac version

I've downloaded this for Mac, but I can't get the game to open. It says it is an unsupported format?

Em 2023-08-16 1 point Windows version

I've downloaded this game, and while it was fine to start, once I closed out of it and tried to go back to playing at a later time, the game won't won't open. I've tried right-clicking for run as administrator, and it won't do anything. How can I fix this?

mark 2023-07-16 0 point Windows version

the game won't save. everytime i restart the game, the save slots are empty.

Vicmerlin 2023-07-12 1 point Windows version

umm.. everything worked well for the install but it runs in circles to the left as soon as i get out of the first cinematic.. please help, the game seems to be running just fine too

wpw 2023-06-20 -3 points Windows version

what about the 4 spaces code?

admin 2023-06-03 1 point

@ROCKGUITARFAN Yes, that's how Widescreen menu mod works. It reduces the size of menu so you can see the buttons. Without that mod the menu will be stretched and buttons are not visible, it "disappears" beyond the screen borders

rockguitarfan 2023-06-01 -1 point Windows version

I downloaded the Repack by MagiPack and found the pause menu was not widescreen and on the left side of the screen. I then downloaded the Widescreen menu mod and placed the file in the system folder, but nothing was fixed.

admin 2023-04-09 -1 point

@GEE Make sure to install Widescreen menu mod, it's available in Downloads - Game Extras. Main menu of the game works only on 4:3 displays, on widescreen displays it's "broken". Widescreen menu mod fixes that problem

gee 2023-04-09 1 point

Hi there, after the installation the main menu shows up, but no logo or options of new game etc show up - it only allows me to quit the game. Could anyone help?

admin 2023-03-29 0 point

@ROBBIE98 Serial keys are available in Downloads - Game Extras https://www.myabandonware.com/game/harry-potter-and-the-chamber-of-secrets-f67#download

"It says access denied after instalation, how can I fix this ?"
Use NoCD, otherwise the game won't work on modern systems. The game is protected with SafeDisc DRM which doesn't work on new Windows OS, NoCD "breaks" DRM protection. And don't forget to check the guide above

Robbie98 2023-03-25 -2 points Windows version

It says access denied after instalation, how can I fix this ? Can someone help me please?

Robbie98 2023-03-25 1 point Windows version

It says before the installation that I need a code, can someone help me?

admin 2023-03-14 0 point

Small update - added repack by Magipack which includes all required fixes

@ME The "system" folder is literally in directory with installed game, next to "Maps", "Textures", "Sounds" and other folders. Watch this video guide, the author shows how to copy Game.exe in Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets/System folder https://youtu.be/mDL3IUeo_wo

@CBD - try to run the game only on CPU 0: launch the game, open Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del), find Game.exe, click on it with right mouse button - Set affinity - disable all cores excepet "CPU 0" (leave only "CPU 0").
If you can't run the game with dgVoodoo with enabled antialiasing and texture filtering - try to run the game with default dgVoodoo settings (all graphics enhancements disabled) and if the game work that way, enable graphics enhancements one by one.
For Stock DX9 patch - make sure you have installed Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable (better install all of them). If it didn't help - you can ask for advice by DX9 patch creators, they're currently working on new version https://discord.gg/2RWHg4URun

If nothing of it worked - run the game with standard DirectX 7 render (if you video card supports DX9, then it should support DX7 too). Simply fix transparency bug with config edit or using Transparency fix https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Harry_Potter_and_the_Chamber_of_Secrets#Issues_fixed , then change the game resolution with HP Setting tool or manually. That way you'll be able to play the game, I think

Me 2023-03-13 1 point Windows version

So when the instructions say "copy Game.exe from the archive and put it into Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets/System folder, replacing original Game.exe."... what system folder? I can't find any such folder in the game files.

LazärheaD 2023-03-06 -1 point

I love the first trilogy and this one is probably the best with length, economy and good control scheme.

cbd 2023-03-04 0 point Windows version

Could not get dgvoodoo to work at all, game wouldn't launch with it enabled, just stops responding when I click start game in the launcher. It worked fine with the first game.

Stock DX9 worked but I can't get to it's configuration menu, I press F4 with debug mode enabled and it just brings up a level selector, not any kind of configurator for dx9 that would allow me to set anti aliasing etc.

Any insight into either problem would be helpful!

admin 2023-02-20 1 point

We have updated the game, added many new languages (all sorted out) plus all required fixes and patches to make the game work on modern systems. We wrote detailed guide how to install fixes, don't forget to check it

MyFairJulia 2022-11-13 -1 point

Protips:

1) To make the game run under Windows 10, use the patch shown here: https://www.fdossena.com/?p=hp2/i.frag

2) You may still have glitchy graphics and fullscreen may not work. In that case use dgVoodoo2: http://dege.freeweb.hu/dgVoodoo2/dgVoodoo2/

Download the zip file and paste the .exe file, the .conf file and the dlls under MS/x86 into the system directory of Harry Potter 2.

Ms Norris 2021-12-05 -9 points

Fixed voices by downloading "English (USA)" patch-files instead of "English (International)" from the guide.

Ms Norris 2021-12-05 -1 point

Everything works fine on Windows 10 (thanks to Just a guy for linking the guide), but the characters have no voices when they speak. Does anyone know how to fix it?

hi 2021-11-13 0 point

you have to download "MISC" in order to get the key, and then insert it to continue installation, copy the crack and then use JUST A GUY link and follow the steps. It works perfectly for me!

hat dog 2021-10-22 9 points

it says to login with admin privevlages i dont know how to spell it btw

Alex 2021-10-21 3 points

Changer the game and graphics settings - https://github.com/r57zone/Harry-Potter-Settings

kikoty 2021-09-10 4 points

i can not mount the cd image, whenever i try to it says "the file being saved or retrieved has been blocked"

help pls

Archit0909 2021-08-27 2 points

Nothing my brother wants to play thats why

setu 2021-06-22 -1 point

where is the code, whice i have to be back of the cd case?

Jess 2021-05-15 -4 points

Where do I find the no cd crack for this game?

Potato Chip 2021-05-01 0 point

Thanks @JUST A GUY! With your fix it works like a charm. Remember that the link is for Sorcerers Stone though. On the website at the buttom you will find the link for Chamber of Secrets.

just a guy 2021-04-17 5 points

Instruction for running under windows 10
https://www.fdossena.com/?p=hp1/i.md

LightofLion 2021-03-22 3 points

Installation went well but the game does not open even as admin! Thank you for this site I did spend two hours searching where and how to get this game. Now others are downloading:-))

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Windows Version

DownloadLGU Repack by Bladez1992 (Sorcerer's Stone + Chamber of Secrets + Prisoner of Azkaban) English version 1022 MB DownloadRepack by MagiPack (includes fixes and dgVoodoo) English version 282 MB DownloadEuropean release (English, French, German, Dutch languages) English version French version German version Dutch version 616 MB DownloadInstaller English version French version Spanish; Castilian version 494 MB DownloadUS release (English, French & Spanish languages) English version French version Spanish; Castilian version 615 MB DownloadChinese version (Traditional & Simplified Chinese) English version Chinese version Taiwanese Mandarin (Traditional Chinese) version 964 MB DownloadSpanish release (Spanish, Italian & Portuguese languages) Spanish; Castilian version Italian version Portuguese version 630 MB DownloadFinnish & Danish version Finnish version Danish version 623 MB DownloadJapanese version Japanese (ja) version 555 MB DownloadKorean version Korean version 475 MB DownloadNorwegian & Swedish version Norwegian version Swedish version 618 MB DownloadPolish version Polish version 557 MB DownloadRussian version Russian version 367 MB DownloadThai version Thai version 476 MB ManualEnglish version 20 MB

Game Extras

Various files to help you run Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, apply patches, fixes, maps or miscellaneous utilities.

NocdEnglish version 757 KB ManualFrench version 17 MB FixHarry Potter Settings tool (allows to change game resolution, put in the game folder) English version 938 KB FixDirectX 9 renderer for Stock HP2 patch English version 64 KB FixUnreal Engine DirectX 11 Renderer English version 1 MB FixWidescreen menu mod English version 6 MB FixTransparency fix English version 8 MB RefcardEnglish version 9 MB MiscSerial keys English version 187 B DemoFirst demo with exclusive Level English version 24 MB DemoSecond demo with exclusive level English version 21 MB

Mac Version

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DownloadEnglish version English version 390 MB DownloadFrench version French version 391 MB

Game Extras

Various files to help you run Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, apply patches, fixes, maps or miscellaneous utilities.

NocdEnglish version 254 KB PatchPatch v1.0.1 English version 1 MB DemoEnglish version 18 MB

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