Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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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 15, 2001
Mac OS (Classic) February 28, 2002
macOS (OS X) August 15, 2005
Reception
Metacritic 65
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Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.
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Key points

Released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in North America.
Note that installing the fanmade patches will always reset the games language to english. To play in your desired language, enter the "System"-folder on the CD. There you will find 3 additional folders named 0, 1 and 2, containing the english (0), french (1) and german (2) language files respectively. In order to manually change the game back to your desired language, copy folder 1 for french or folder 2 for german onto your desktop and manually change all the files endings to .eng from .fre or .ger (i.e. HPcredits.ger rename to -> HPcredits.eng), then copy and paste the folders contents into the "System"-folder of the games directory and overwrite everything. The game now will be in French or German for the european release.

Availability[edit]

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).

Essential improvements[edit]

Graphical Tweaks[edit]

Unreal Engine DirectX 11 Renderer[edit]

A fork of Kentie's Direct3D 10 renderer that adds more graphical features.
Run games 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 your 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.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Video settings[edit]

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)
Enable by default.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. https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2048525175 (only changing 0AD7A33B to 00000000 needed) to fix.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

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.

Input settings[edit]

Controller support[edit]

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[edit]

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 settings[edit]

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
Polish
Only available in retail release.
Portuguese
Russian
Only available in retail release.
Slovak
Fan translation, download or US version download.
Spanish
Swedish
Only available in retail release.

Issues fixed[edit]

Fails to start on Windows 8.1 and earlier[edit]

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.

Low frame rate on Windows 8 and later[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download dgVoodoo2.
  2. Copy dgVoodooSetup.exe and the contents of the MS folder into the <path-to-game>/System folder of the game
  3. Run dgVoodooSetup.exe, select DirectX, uncheck dgVoodoo Watermark (and change some settings if you want to force higher res)
  4. Run HP.exe as administrator, or apply a cracked exe if you don't have a CD drive.

Notes

If you change resolution from the game settings, dgVoodoo2 switches to windowed mode, and you have to press Alt+ Enter to get back to fullscreen. To avoid this, just force the resolution you want from dgVoodooSetup.exe. Keep in mind that the game does not like very high resolutions (>1080p) or widescreen.

Certain transparent effects and textures are not rendered properly[edit]

Edit configuration file
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Game.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 dgVoodoo2

Camera spinning with Xbox 360 Controller[edit]

Instructions[5]
  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[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7 DirectX 9 is hackable via dgVoodoo2, Direct3D 11 support is hackable using Unreal DirectX11 Renderer (with features like tessellation, SSR or etc, but with some bugs and slow rendering in a quest with Filch)..
It is compatible with both the Widescreen Patch and Mouse and Strafing Fix.[6]
Software renderer
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Mac (classic) is only Power PC. Mac (OSX) is Intel 32bits

Colored intro[edit]

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

System requirements[edit]

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] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]

References