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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (retitled, as always, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the U.S.) is the first Harry Potter video game. It was released by Electronic Arts in 2001 to coincide with the release of the film by the same name.

As was the norm at the time, the versions released on different platforms are essentially different games. But in general, Harry is the only Player Character, and all or most of the game takes place at Hogwarts, with the early part of the story getting quickly skimmed over. Gameplay consists of a series of linear levels, punctuated by learning new spells from the teachers. The Stations of the Canon come into play as you rescue Neville's Remembrall from Draco Malfoy, save Hermione from the mountain troll, and ultimately, stop Lord Voldemort from capturing the titular rock. Depending on the platform, other events from the original story may or may not be included.

The PlayStation game is notable for being the last mega-seller in the console's history, being the only console version of the Philosopher's Stone games. It was a massive success despite launching in the twilight of the PS1's life cyclenote , selling 8 million copiesnote , good for sixth all-time in PS1 sales ahead of iconic games like Metal Gear Solid, every entry in the Crash Bandicoot and Tomb Raider series, among many others.


The majority of the game's music was composed by Jeremy Soule, who would return for the next three games, or four, if you count Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup.


  • Adaptational Badass: In the PC version, Malfoy fights you by himself, instead of being backed up by his goombas in the PS1 verson.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Ron gets a bit of this in the PS1 adaptation. In the book and the movie, he complained about Hermione to some of his friends, not knowing she could hear him. But in this game, he openly insults her while introducing her to Harry.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Professor Quirrell in the PC version. He teaches Harry Flipendo and Lumos and helps him practice those spells; additionally, he awards Harry house points if he follows the patterns well enough and if he collects all the Challenge Stars. Kind of qualifies in the PS1 version too; he teaches Harry the Verdimillious spell and if you get to class late he apologizes that he must take points from Gryffindor.
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  • Adaptation Expansion: The PC and PS1 versions include an original plotline about gathering "fire seeds" in order to get Norbert's egg to hatch.
  • Animated Armor: Several variants appear in Hogwarts in the GBC game, starting with the boss in the dungeon leading up to the castle itself. Several suits of armor in the PC version move their helmets back and forth.
  • Baleful Polymorph: The GBC game has the Alter Enemy card combo, which turns an enemy into a chicken.
  • Body Horror: In the final battle of the PC version, Quirrell grabs his head and literally rotates it 180 degrees on his neck so Voldemort can see Harry face to face - and also presumably so Voldemort is facing forwards, as realising it in the same way as the book and the film did would mean him spending the ensuing Boss Battle walking around backwards.
  • Canon Foreigner: In the PC game, there's a background Hufflepuff girl who, if you run into her, announces, "Hi, my name is Marilyn. I have a lovely collection of beetle pincers!" If you run into the girl next to her, she says, "Don't mind Marilyn. She's a bit off."
  • Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are: Said by Filch, at the part when you're sneaking with the invisibility cloak.
  • Cycle of Hurting: In the GBC version, if you fail to defeat the troll you get thrown back to just before the fight. Without any valuable healing items you may have used in the process, leaving you to get thrashed by the troll again and again and again.
  • Demoted to Extra: Filch and Mrs. Norris in the PS2, Xbox and GameCube console versions.
  • Early Adaptation Weirdness:
    • In this game, Hogwarts students are not depicted wearing the movie uniforms. Instead, they wear black robes over their regular clothes, like in ​Mary GrandPré's illustrations.note 
    • For the most part, Hogwarts in this game doesn't look especially like it does in the films. Instead, it seems to be an original interpretation of the book's description.
    • In the PC version, Filch locks a bookcase passage with magic, despite being a squib.
  • Failed a Spot Check: In the Sneak levels of the PC game, Filch can hear Harry's footsteps on wood and stone, as well as doors opening and closing and vases smashing, but he seemingly can't hear Harry climbing up or falling down bookcases, or the noise made when Harry tries but fails to cast a spell. (There are also certain times when he is oblivious to Harry's footsteps unless you deliberately walk right into him, such as when he's crossing the bridge at the beginning of the Sneak Down level.)
  • Final Boss: Quirrell/Voldemort, with Harry playing a rather more active role than in either the book or film.
  • Foregone Victory: In the PC game, Slytherin always has the most points at the end of actual game play. In the concluding cutscene, Dumbledore gives the Cup to Gryffindor in the same way he does at the end of the book/film.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: The GBC game can have a glitch during Potions class that can prevent one of the needed ingredients from spawning, which will force you to restart your file if you don't think to search around the Hogwarts Grounds.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Surprisingly averted in the PS1 version, when Professor Quirrell exclaims "Damn you, Potter!"
  • Grenade Hot Potato: Used to defeat Malfoy in the PC game.
  • Guide Dang It!: The GBC game has a Game-Breaking Bug that can trigger if you get the ingredients for Potions class in the wrong order; the one that's supposed to be in Snape's office will never spawn, forcing you to restart your file or spend time looking around the Hogwarts Grounds.
  • Hammerspace: This is apparently where Harry has put Norbert during the first part of The Sneak in the PC game.
  • Heroic Mime: Harry hardly has any dialogue at all in the PC game, except when he's casting spells and during a cutscene while climbing the tower at night. Even more so in the PS1 game, where Harry only speaks when he casts spells.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In the PC version, we are introduced to Peeves and informed that "he's always causing trouble" - this is said by Fred and George Weasley!
  • Lethal Lava Land: The PlayStation version has lava in the Forbidden Forest.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: The PS1 version has the Queen pieces in the Chess scene perform one during their capture animation.
  • Non Standard Game Over: Getting caught by Filch or Mrs. Norris in the PC version (although what exactly happens to Harry after he's caught isn't specified, presumably expulsion). More bizarre, perhaps, is that getting caught by Snape (or any prefect) in the sneaking sections of its GBA cousin will only lose you some points and force you to restart the area.
  • Not His Sled: In the GBC version , you can't one-shot the troll with Wingardium Leviosa like Ron did in the books. Quite the opposite, in fact — he's completely immune to that spell given you're fighting the ''creature'', not his club.
  • The Paralyzer: The Locomotor Wibbly, Locomotor Mortis, and Petrificus Totalus spells paralyze enemies, though damaging them breaks them out of it early. The spells aslo Palette Swap the enemies to gray or green while they're in effect.
  • Permanently Missable Content:
    • Because you are unable to revisit past areas in the PC game, any Famous Wizard Cards you failed to acquire are permanently lost to you.
    • The Locomotor Mortis and Petrificus Totalus spells and the recipe for the Herbicide Potion are hidden in the Restricted Section of the library and can only be found before Harry trips the alarm during the first invisibility cloak segment. The Mucus ad Nauseam spell can likewise only be learned by using the Curse Book before you return it to the library.
  • Poison Mushroom: The Herbicide Potion deals damage to Harry if he drinks it. That said, you can only get the potion by brewing it yourself, so that's on you if you use it.
  • Potion-Brewing Mechanic: The GBC game allows you to use your cauldrons at any time outside of battle to brew the game's seven potions. Each cauldron can only be used to brew certain potions, with the collapsible and self-stirring cauldrons being interchangeable with each other. The ingredients are found around the castle grounds. This is also the only way to obtain the Vitamix and Herbicide Potions.
  • Ring Out: In the GBC game, the Snitch Strike and Drone card combos chase enemies away with a Golden Snitch and a dreadful noise respectively. The Tempest combo blasts them out of the battlefield with a gust of wind.
  • Scratch Damage: In the GBC game, the minimum amount of damage that can be dealt is 1. Zero damage means that an attack missed.
  • Simon Says Minigame:
    • In the GBA game, Harry learns spells by copying his professor's wand movements.
    • In the GBC game, Harry learns Wingardium Leviosa from Professor Flitwick via one of these, following increasingly complex motions to levitate heavier objects.
  • Status Buff: The GBC game has several card combinations that boost Harry's stats or have other beneficial effects that last the duration of the battle. The Vitamix Potion also strengthens Harry's spells.
  • Stupidity Is the Only Option: In the GBC version, after Harry and Hermione send off Norbert at the top of the Astronomy Tower, the player can see that they are no longer wearing the Invisibility Cloak as they head back down. But there's no option to find it and pick it up, and no way to avoid getting caught by Filch as a result.
  • Suspicious Video-Game Generosity: Occurs before the showdown with Quirrell.
  • Tennis Boss:
    • Malfoy ambushes you on your way to Herbology class and begins to throw Wizard Crackers at you. The only way to defeat him is to pick them up once they fall to the floor and throw them back before they explode.
    • You reflect Voldemort's magical bursts back at him in order to defeat him.
  • Truer to the Text:
    • In the movie, it's simply stated in dialogue that Norbert was sent away to Romania. The game version includes the part from the book in which Norbert is snuck to the top of the Astronomy Tower at night so that he can be taken away by Charlie Weasley's friends.
    • The movie pares down the obstacles to the Philosopher's Stone, cutting the potions challenge and a troll that was already knocked out by Quirrell. The game adds the potions challenge back in, playing it as a Shell Game or a brewing minigame depending on the version. The troll also appears in the GBC and PS1 version, waking up in the latter. Additionally, Fluffy is defeated by Harry playing a flute, which is true to the book, whereas the film featured Fluffy already put to sleep by a self-playing harp that Quirrell left behind.
    • Also in comparison to the film, Harry’s physical appearance and the way the Hogwarts students are dressed are a lot closer to how they are described in the novels, and Peeves appears as a boss character.
    • The 6th generation console version features some shot-for-shot recreations of scenes from the film. However, it does take some dialogue from the book and corrects where Hagrid got Fluffy from (a Greek man instead of an Irish one.)
  • Vain Sorceress: In the PC game, there's a background Slytherin girl, who, if you run into her, will ask "I wonder if there's a spell to make me even MORE beautiful!"
  • Vancian Magic: The GBC game's card combinations use your wizard cards to produce unique one-off effects, consuming any non-rare cards used in the process.
  • Vocal Dissonance: In the movie, Professor Quirrell stutters "p-poor, st-st-stuttering Professor Quirrel." In the video game, he says "poor, stuttering Professor Quirrell" with a deep voice and doesn't falter in his words.

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