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Revision as of 05:37, 21 September 2021

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone cover
Developers
KnowWonder
Mac OS (Classic) Aspyr Media
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
Unreal Engine 1
Release dates
Windows November 16, 2001
Mac OS (Classic) February 28, 2002
macOS (OS X) August 15, 2005
Reception
Metacritic 65
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Adventure, Platform, Puzzle
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary, Fantasy
Series Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on HowLongToBeat
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on IGDB
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone guide on StrategyWiki
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on MobyGames
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on Wikipedia
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2001
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002
Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup 2003
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009
Lego Harry Potter (series)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 2010
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 2011
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them VR Experience 2018
Hogwarts Legacy 2022

Warnings

The Mac OS X version of this game does not work on Mac OS X Lion (version 10.7) or later due to the removal of support for PowerPC apps.

Key points

Released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in North America.

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1]
Windows
Mac OS
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Harry Potter\
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Harry Potter\Save\
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)

Video

In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Only 4:3 aspect ratio is properly supported. See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Edit the DesiredFOV value in User.ini.
Windowed
Use -windowed command line argument or edit the StartupFullscreen value under [WinDrv.WindowsClient] in HP.ini.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Use the DirectX11 renderer.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use the DirectX11 renderer.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Edit the UseVSync line in HP.ini. Note that the values here have been reversed: UseVSync=False actually turns Vsync on.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate cap, but very high framerates may break physics and sound in-game. A supposed fix can be found here. (Only changing 0AD7A33B to 00000000 needed).

Widescreen resolution

This fix is only compatible with the North American version
Use the Unofficial Widescreen Patch[3][4]
  1. Download the Unofficial Widescreen Patch and extract it to <path-to-game>\System\
    • Download this patch instead for the localized Russian version.
  2. Go to configuration file(s) location.
  3. Edit HP.ini.
  4. Set the FullscreenViewportX and FullscreenViewportY values to your desired resolution.
  5. Optionally, edit User.ini and set the DesiredFOV value to compensate: 100 for the 16:10 aspect ratio, and 105 for 16:9.

Notes

Alternatively, you can use the Harry Potter Settings Utility to set the resolution and FOV without having to manually edit the configuration files.

Graphical Tweaks via Direct-X 11 renderer

Unreal Engine DirectX 11 Renderer

A fork of Kentie's Direct3D 10 renderer that adds more graphical features.
Might cause some bugs and slow rendering in a quest with Filch.
It is compatible with both the Widescreen Patch and Mouse and Strafing Fix.[5]
Runs the game at HD resolution.
Improved lighting.
Adds ambient occlusion, screen space reflections, and higher quality HDR post-processing.
Places a watermark in the bottom right, and overrides the user's clipboard with a link to the developer's PayPal. Follow these instructions to disable the watermark and remove the PayPal link from being inserted into your clipboard.
Installing DirectX 11 renderer
  1. Download the newest version of D3D11 renderer that supports Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (also referred to as Harry Potter 1).
  2. Open downloaded archive.
  3. Copy files from Common directory to <path-to-game>\System.
  4. Copy files from Harry Potter 1 directory to <path-to-game>\System.
  5. From <path-to-game>\System directory delete files SoftDrv.dll, SoftDrv.int, D3DDrv.dll and D3DDrv.int.
  6. Edit <path-to-game>\System\Default.ini with text editor and find a section [Engine.Engine].
  7. Set GameRenderDevice to D3D11Drv.D3D11RenderDevice (i.e. GameRenderDevice=D3D11Drv.D3D11RenderDevice).
  8. Set WindowedRenderDevice to D3D11Drv.D3D11RenderDevice.
  9. Set RenderDevice to D3D11Drv.D3D11RenderDevice.
  10. To disable the watermark and clipboard override, add the following text to the bottom of the file:
    [D3D11Drv.D3D11RenderDevice]
    SupportMETextEnabled=False
  11. Navigate to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Harry Potter and delete HP.ini.
Installing HP1 ESRGAN Upscale pack
  1. Download the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ESRGAN Upscale pack

Input

Controller support

Layout for Xbox gamepads (XInput compatible)

Lack of Deadzone in Right Thumbstick, makes camera spinning. See Camera spinning with Xbox 360 Controller.

Proper mouselook and strafing

Use the Mouse Fix and Strafing mod
  1. Download the Mouse Fix and Strafing mod and extract it to <path-to-game>\System\
  2. If you have already installed the Unofficial Widescreen Patch, also download the Widescreen Fix and extract it to <path-to-game>\System\

Audio

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and Sound Effects/Speech.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
1.0

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Czech
Only available in retail release.
Dutch
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Only available in Japanese retail release.
Polish
Only available in retail release.
Brazilian Portuguese
Only available in Brazilian retail release.
Portuguese
Russian
Only available in retail release.
Slovak
Fan translation, download or US version download.
Spanish
Swedish
Only available in retail release.

Language reset after installing fanmade patches

Installing fanmade patches will usually reset the game's language to English in the European release. To change the language, enter the "System" folder on the CD. 3 folders named 0, 1 and 2 can be found there, containing the English (0), French (1) and German (2) language files respectively. In order to manually change the game back to the desired language, copy the desired folder somewhere and manually change all the file endings to .eng from .fre or .ger (i.e. HPcredits.ger renamed to -> HPcredits.eng), then copy and paste the folder content into the "System" folder of the game's directory and overwrite everything.

Issues fixed

The game fails to start

The game requires a form of DRM, known as SafeDisc implemented in secdrv.sys. Unfortunately, it is a gaping security flaw, and evidently couldn't be fixed without being removed. Microsoft disabled it in Windows 7 and removed it in Windows 10. The following has been tested in Windows 7 to work.
Temporarily start SafeDisc service[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Create a new Windows batch file (extension .bat) and insert the following:
@echo off
sc config secdrv start= demand & sc start secdrv
start System\HP.exe
timeout /NOBREAK /T 1
sc stop secdrv & sc config secdrv start= disabled
@echo on

Notes

This 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.

Certain transparent effects and textures are not rendered properly

Edit configuration file
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open HP.ini.
  3. Change the UsePrecache= value under [D3DDrv.D3DRenderDevice] to False.
(Alternative) Use console code
  1. Go to configuration file(s) location.
  2. Edit HP.ini.
  3. Set the bDebugMode value to True.
  4. While in-game, press ~ to access the console.
  5. Type flush and press Enter to recache the textures.
(Alternative) Use dgVoodoo 2[citation needed]

Low frame rate on modern systems

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Use dgVoodoo 2 or DDrawCompat

Notes

If you change resolution from the game settings, dgVoodoo 2 switches to windowed mode, and pressing Alt+ Enter might be required to get back to fullscreen. To avoid this, just force the desired resolution via dgVoodooCpl.exe. Keep in mind that the default game does not support very high resolutions.

Cutscenes are too fast cutting off characters voice lines / Physics bugs

Cap the framerate to 60 FPS or set refresh rate to 60 Hz with Vsync enabled.[6]

Brightness slider not working

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Use dgVoodoo 2 or DDrawCompat

Bugged sound in Quidditch Match

Might fix sound issues in other parts of the game aswell.
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Use DDrawCompat

Camera spinning with Xbox 360 Controller

Instructions[7]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open HP.ini.
  3. Locate [WinDrv.WindowsClient] section and change DeadZoneRUV=False to DeadZoneRUV=True.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Software renderer
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Mac (classic) and Mac (OSX) are PowerPC 32 Bit

Colored intro mod

Use the Story Book mod
  1. Download the Story Book mod and extract it to <path-to-game>\Textures\.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 266 MHz
AMD K6-2 266 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 500 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.0 compatible
Supported chipsets: Nvidia GeForce3, Nvidia GeForce2, Nvidia GeForce 256, Nvidia Riva TNT2, Nvidia Riva TNT, 3dfx Voodoo5, ATI Radeon, ATI Rage 128 Pro, ATI Rage 128, Matrox MGA-G550, Matrox MGA-G450, Matrox MGA-G400, Matrox MGA-G200, PowerVR3 Kyro II, PowerVR3 Kyro, S3 Savage2000
Mac OS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 8.6
Processor (CPU) PowerPC G3
System memory (RAM) 96 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]

References