Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Windows - 2001
Description of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Windows
For the first time since the 1970s, there has arisen a marketing force terrifying enough in its inertia to rock the house of LucasArts to its core. Yes indeed, Harry Potter has arrived, and backed by the omnipotent J.K.Rowling has burst on to the gaming market with the force of... well, a million eager children's piggy banks. And that's not even beginning to mention the countless hordes of adults who either pretend to read it to be with their kids, or just admit that they're damn good books.
The game versions of the best-selling novels certainly have a lot to live up to, not least since they're game adaptations of film adaptations of books - not a genre that has the best pedigree. This hasn't stopped them rocketing into the number one slot in the all-format charts in the UK, and in fact, it's not even a matter of concern, because the PC version at least is really very good indeed.
The title loosely follows the plot of the film; and when we say loosely, we really mean it, as the best you get is a brief plot reminder to keep you rolling along. Those who haven't either read the books or seen the film are going to be mightily confused. Our best advice is to settle down and read the lot - we promise you won't regret it. You start with your lessons at Hogwarts school for witches and wizards before rocketing straight to the end of the story with a quick stop-off for dragon rescuing in the middle.
The roller-coaster nature of the game's plot development is a bit of a pity, since it's really excellent entertainment, but essentially leads to a rather short game. You begin with your first lessons during which you learn a number of useful spells by tracing your mouse over a shape onscreen - the more accurate you are, the more points go to your schoolhouse, Gryffindor. The house-points are totalled up on your options screen; nice teachers give them for success, and according to tradition, nasty professor Snape takes them away in a desultory fashion.
Once the spell is learnt, you can use it in the game. Each class contains a challenge that you as Harry are sent on. You're only able to succeed if you use your spells correctly, which is simpler than it might sound. Taking up the spellcasting stance with the press of a button, you can direct your wand to the objects around you. If it's 'spellable', then the spell icon shows up and you can cast upon it. This will either open the pathway, gain you some Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, a collectable Wizard Card, one of the challenge stars needed to complete the task or give you a chocolate frog to restore your health. If you manage to find 24 of the cards, and 250 of the beans through unlocking secret areas, you unlock a special secret wizard card. We'd give you more info but we missed the secret area in the Quidditch lesson - bah!
This brings us neatly to the flying broomstick game. Starting with a quick lesson with Zoe Wannamaker (or rather, her digital equivalent), you're quickly spotted as a star Quidditch player, and promoted to the house team! Through this convenient plot device, you're propelled into an all-star match against the other houses. As the seeker, your task is to zoom around the pitch and pick up the snitch, a tiny golden ball with wings, to clinch the match. In fact, it's probably the trickiest part of the game, and certainly the most fun, which is why the title includes a separate Quidditch league where the enlightened player can zoom and swoop to their heart's content to build their way up the league. You can even have private tuition with the Quidditch teacher to improve your lacking broomstick skills.
Control has been simplified to appeal to all ages, but this leaves you feeling a little bit clumsy. You can move back and forwards, turn left and right, jump, and use a spell, with the mouse being indicated as the sensible way to look around. However mouse control is incredibly awkward, so we ended up moving around with the arrow keys - the lack of a strafe only causing occasional annoyance. Much of the game is platform-style, not dissimilar to a certain Ms Croft's escapades. The way Harry grabs the edge of blocks and bookcases and hauls himself up with a grunt is a dead ringer for the anatomically impossible heroine. What's a bit silly is that the game includes the ability to enable an 'autojump' function. Yes, that's just what it sounds like - we heartily recommend people leave it off since it not only takes away any difficulty from the platform sections, but also reduces the fun quota to near zero.
The game has its fair share of puzzles, although they're not overly taxing, being aimed at an age group with a large span of years. They're made with style, however, as is much of the game itself. Graphically, it's a feast for the eyes, with convincing representations of the film's heroes, heroines, villains and bit-parts all reproduced. Hogwarts itself looks wonderful, just the sort of place to make kids and adults alike wish that they'd been the ones who'd been picked for wizard school. Likewise, the voices are excellently done. Mimicking the film's cast to perfection, the game is truly immersive - sadly this just heightens the disappointment when you reach the game's ending so quickly.
For a film conversion, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone manages, thankfully, to live up to the hype. It's an excellent title for kids of all ages (yes, even the grown up ones), with a fantastic mixture of gaming genres contained within. Alas, a slightly ropy control system, and disappointing length let us down on what is otherwise a truly enjoyable experience. Flipendo!
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Comments and reviews
Queen So Sashley 2020-07-04 0 point
This is the security code to the game, i got it form the misc. link.
HP_Archivist 2020-06-12 0 point
@TY: Did you use the method from MaxG's tutorials for HP 1 and HP 2?
Ty 2020-06-10 0 point
Hi Guys, I got everything downloaded and the game runs the menu screen but when I click "Play" it says, "Please login with administrator privileges and try again".
Anyone know how I can get past that?
HP_Archivist 2020-06-02 -2 points
FYI - one of our most popular modders has a guide for HP 1 and HP 2 PC to get the games running on Windows 10.
Our preservation project is exhaustive, as focus is not only limited to running the games on modern hardware. Please see links below and above. There is an entire Discord community for the Harry Potter PC games.
Altaïr 2020-06-01 0 point
Hi guys, I managed to run the game on win10 from another abandonware website (french version)
I used the automatic version, the game is speeded up but it works, they added a 'plugin' or another program to make it work I guess, maybe that can help create an english version that works correctly on win10
here is the link : https://www.abandonware-france.org/ltf_abandon/ltf_jeu.php?id=3016
btw tried it on a virtual machine under XP, I could start the game but the mouse pointer did not work correctly
HP_Archivist 2020-05-31 2 points
Hey everyone! There is a preservation project for these games.
With an active Discord community as well, archival resources below for the project.
Help is here 2020-05-18 1 point
Hello guys, I managed to run this game thanks to this article, no VM needed:
There is a lot of possible issues, in my case (I have windows 7) This section was important:
What I did, I created bat file in the folder of the game which helped me to run it. As described in the article, DRM that they used back then is now a security hole. This bat file effectively reopens the security hole, starts the game, and then patches the vulnerability again after 1 second. You'll likely need to run the script in Administrator mode. You can experiment with different timings if 1 second turns out to be too short on your system.
Anyway, my bat file that works for me is:
sc config secdrv start= demand & sc start secdrv
start C:\"Program Files (x86)"\"EA Games"\"Harry Potter"\System\HP.exe
timeout /NOBREAK /T 1
sc stop secdrv & sc config secdrv start= disabled
foodie 2020-05-16 1 point
Has anyone gotten the iso to work? I don't know jack about virtual machines so I'd like to just play it in windows 10
M 2020-05-15 0 point
The .iso version doesn't run in Windows 10 alone, regardless of compatibility or admin mode. It likely needs to be played through a VM.
The rip version is flagged by multiple sources as a trojan and does not appear safe to run.
Parkour1 2020-05-05 2 points
The game runs but the screen is tiny and the mouse pointer does not move in sync with actual movement. I am running the game inside an Windows XP virtual machine. Any suggestions on how to fix this?
Joe 2020-05-02 3 points
Asked for CD code, installed correctly, ISO is mounted, running in compatibility and administrator mode but it's just not running...
Retro Pixel Lizard 2020-05-02 0 point
While the game itself is simple good fun, I just can't help but admire the textures and use of lighting, something to expect from a triple-a using the Unreal engine.
Fun Fact: looking into the files you can find content that neer quite made it (likely due to time constraints) like the dreadful Dursleys and the eightball launcher from Unreal.
E 2020-04-28 2 points
Nevermind, I found it. Thanks for this game, it's one of my childhood favorites!
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