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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
3.5
Platforms: PC, Mac
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: KnowWonder
Genres: Adventure / Action Adventure
Release Date: November 16, 2001
Game Modes: Singleplayer

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What you see is what you get with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, a game based on the very first movie of the series. This simple third-person action game places you in the robes of the world’s best-known apprentice wizard. You attend classes as a first-year student at Hogwarts, and take part in a series of adventures. You meet the entire cast of characters, such as lovable giant Hagrid, Professor Dumbledore, McGonagall, and Harry’s two closest friends, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.

Sadly, you won’t really be adventuring with any of these characters: they show up only to move the story along and give you tips, and send you on one mission after another (such as finding your next magic class, gathering special seeds, or riding the broomstick to chase down enemies).

I have to admit, being able to explore the Hogwarts grounds is a real treat. Everything from moving paintings to occasional visits by the ghosts of Hogwarts are portrayed just as they’re described in the book. The result is a game that will make fans of the series squeal in joy. But if you don’t know the difference between a bludger and a snitch, you won’t find it nearly as entertaining. And if Harry Potter mania has passed you by, you’ll likely find the action a bit too kiddie, especially after running around gathering Bertie Bott’s Beans.

That’s not the only thing that will make non–Harry Potter fans want to skip this one. This game is for kids — and that’s not something I’d say about the book. You use one button to jump and one button to cast spells, and you move around the same way you would in any other third-person game — minus side-stepping. The controls, however, are pretty broken, seemingly yanked straight out of console land with little regard to PC specifics. You can, for instance, use the mouse, but are better off using a gamepad. The mouse speed is another issue – sensitivity affects horizontal and vertical scrolling at wildly different rates.

On a more basic level, the game just feels to simple to anyone except beginner action adventure fans. After years of playing games where you can strafe, having that ability taken away from you just feels wrong. There are many times when you’ll want to shift Harry just a little to the side, but can’t. It’s an even bigger pain if you’re trying to dodge enemy projectiles.

9Graphically, Harry is surprisingly handsome, thanks to the use of the Unreal engine. Textures are sharp and colorful, and both levels and characters feel like they fit in perfectly with the world of Harry Potter. There are some clipping issues in outdoor areas, but you’ll fortunately spend most of your time playing indoors. Also, the sounds of magical spells being cast and the voiceovers for all the characters are first-rate. And yes, you do get to play Quidditch. It’s an impressive package as far as movie-to-game adaptations.


System Requirements: Pentium III 500 MHz, 64 MB RAM, 600 MB HDD, Win95/98

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39 Comments

  1. Kbuckets says:

    I have been attempting to find a copy of this game since i first found this site. I played this when I was younger and my copy has been lost. So Happy rn!!

  2. bredd says:

    I need help, they say I don’t have Windows DLL and I tried taking it back from the cache but it doesn’t existe wtf…..

  3. Rimantas says:

    Run “sfc /scannow” in windows command line. You will need disc of your windows. It will check and repair system files.

  4. Carter says:

    I can not get the game to play after i hit auto run > Play

  5. william says:

    what u need to do, is go into setup first and and then the run will work, if its not set up it will not work

  6. Eva says:

    Hi, with which app should I open this on Mac? Thanks in advance.

  7. Everything here is for Windows

  8. Sam says:

    Can anyone confirm is this will run on windows 10? I have tried running it as an administrator, with compatibility settings and running the setup but nothing loads and the setup says that there is a catastrophic failure

  9. Mac says:

    So the big thing is that theres an old driver required that isn’t active on most modern computers you need to open you command line as admin then type sc config secdrv start= demand. then sc start secdrv this will turn it on then when your done type sc stop secdrv

  10. Bailey says:

    it asks for the code on the case, but I don’t know what to do. Please help.

  11. 1504-1879151-5021411-5309

  12. Laurence says:

    I intalled and went through everything but when i press play it says something about HP.exe. And dosent play help

  13. SRAJAL says:

    IT ASK FOR CD I GIVE IT CODE THE IT AGAIN ASKED FOR CD THIS IS VERY BAD PLEASE DON’T DOWNLOAD THIS GAME

  14. SRAJAL says:

    what is no-cd crack

  15. It’s the thing you have to copy into the game folder TO MAKE IT WORK.

  16. SRAJAL says:

    i copy that into the game folder it again ask for cd-rom what i do

  17. Replace the original, leave the ISO mounted

  18. SRAJAL says:

    and for open no-cd crack it wil said you dont have windows-dll

  19. SRAJAL says:

    AND HOW I WILL DO THAT I DOWNLOAD AS WINRAR

    I SEE IN 2 VIDEOS THAT NO-CD CRACK IS OF 1.125M.B. AND I DOWNLOAD FROM HERE IT IS OF 260 KB IT FAKE THIS WEBSITE IS FAKE DONT DOWNLOAD FROM HERE

    FAST ANSWER

  20. It’s a different version, genius. And I can’t help you. You’re just too thick.

    The version that I uploaded here is the same one I used to make the screenshots. Please get off my internet lawn now. Thanks.

  21. Rimantas says:

    Everything here is best quality: game files and support. If you are so dumb, srajal, blame only yourself.

  22. harry says:

    doesn’t work. I hit play everytime but nothing happens…

  23. Run it in XP compatibility mode or directly in XP.

  24. harry says:

    says login with administrator priviliges and try

  25. harry says:

    I did it but still doesnt work

  26. nana says:

    i did everything and it doesn’t work :/ what should i do !

  27. Try installing it on WinXP.

    And make sure to copy crack into game folder and leave the ISO mounted. That’s all I got.

  28. Cathrine says:

    I install it and get to admin priviliges and it wont do it :((((((((( any help pls i wanna play this game so bad the previous comments did nothing to help

  29. Jaimbo96 says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQ7WyJFpCuM following this video got the game working on my windows 10 PC if anyone is still trying and not able to.

  30. Nick says:

    Hey there. Thanks for doing all this great work, it’s really appreciated. Don’t forget, for every one person saying it, many more are thinking it.

    I’m sorry to bother you with my personal problems but I figured I’d ask. I followed the instructions on my windows 10 machine. Installed daemon, mounted .iso, I opened the game and installed it. Everything looked good but when I went to open the game menu and click play, the game screen disappears and nothing happens.

    Any idea what I’m doing wrong? I tried running daemon as administrator since it mentioned that during my trial and error.

  31. HP says:

    How do you get around the windows.dll and console.dll etc. missing when you try to run the game? No crack file is copied to replace the original. If I run as administrator it comes up with error messages saying I’m missing the dlls.

  32. Rimantas says:

    HP, are you sure you run it on Windows 95/98/XP or virtual machine? If you run it on new windows, you should not be surprised by getting errors with old game.

  33. luke says:

    Hey, i have a problem. When I clic the icon of the game it doesn’t open anything, then if I clic “AutoRun.exe” and then clic play, it only closes everything

  34. ErkerdeBerker says:

    luke, what you need to do is to download a cracked version of the game and replace all the files with it. This video should help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQ7WyJFpCuM
    It worked for me, but the game lags immensely. The story telling slides takes 10 minutes, after which the game runs naturally, until Fred and George taught me how to jump, after which the game became unplayable due to the lag. This might be a driver / hardware related issue though.

  35. Robbie says:

    This game flickers a lot, Any suggestions to make it not flicker ?

  36. Rimantas says:

    Robbie, maybe you casted flickering spell in game? Joke. Check game video settings, your video card settings. And be sure you play this game on Windows 95/98/2000/XP. If you play on newer Windows, don’t be surprised that old game have problems on it. This site have solution for playing old games on new Windows. Check homepage.

  37. Rimmen says:

    Works perfectly on my windows 8.1 laptop with compatibility mode set to windows xp SP3. Thanks alot!

  38. Nazish says:

    Hello I downloaded the game but it says I do not have Windows dll. Pls help

  39. Rimantas says:

    Works 100% on Windows XP.

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