Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is an action-adventure game that follows the story of the first book in the Harry Potter series. Developed by KnowWonder, Warthog Games, Griptonite Games, Argonaut Games, and Westlake Interactive, the game was published by Electronic Arts for multiple platforms, including PC, PlayStation, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance.


In the game, players control Harry Potter as he navigates his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The gameplay involves exploration, puzzle-solving, and combat.

  • Exploration: Players can roam the halls of Hogwarts, discovering secrets and interacting with characters from the book.
  • Puzzle-solving: To progress through the game, players must solve various puzzles using magic and logic.
  • Combat: Harry must use his newly learned spells to defeat enemies, such as giant spiders and trolls.

Throughout the game, players can collect Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans, which can be traded with Fred and George Weasley for Wizard Cards. These cards feature famous witches and wizards and provide interesting information about the wizarding world.

Playable Characters

While the main playable character is Harry Potter, there are certain levels and challenges where players control Ron Weasley or Hermione Granger. Each character has unique abilities:

  • Harry: Can jump higher than the others and is the only one who can ride a broomstick.
  • Ron: Can use Wizard Chess to overcome certain obstacles.
  • Hermione: Can access small crawl spaces the others can't.

Notable Levels

The game features several memorable levels that bring iconic moments from the book to life:

  1. The Forbidden Forest: Harry and Malfoy must venture into the dark forest for detention, facing dangerous creatures.
  2. The Quidditch Match: Players control Harry as he plays his first Quidditch match as Seeker for Gryffindor.
  3. The Chess Game: Ron's wizard chess skills are put to the test in a life-sized game with high stakes.
  4. The Mirror of Erised: Harry discovers the enchanted mirror that shows the deepest desire of one's heart.

Reception and Legacy

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was well-received by critics and fans alike. It captured the magic and wonder of the book while providing an engaging gaming experience. The game's success paved the way for future Harry Potter video game adaptations.

Fun Facts

  • The game features a dynamic day-to-night cycle and changing weather conditions.
  • Portraits in Hogwarts act as save points, offering amusing bits of dialogue.
  • The Quidditch match is simplified compared to the books, focusing on Harry catching the Golden Snitch.
  • The game's soundtrack includes compositions by Jeremy Soule, known for his work on The Elder Scrolls series.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) allowed players to immerse themselves in the wizarding world like never before. It set the stage for a long line of beloved Harry Potter video games that have captivated fans for decades.