This article focuses on the version of the video game Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the U.S.) for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube console gaming systems. It was released in North America on 9 December 2003, over two years later than the PC/Mac, PlayStation, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance versions.[1]


The game's story followed closely to that of the first book in author J. K. Rowling's series and chronicles the adventures of young Harry as he starts his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The game employs a linear objective-based structure that is broken up into days. Each day features its own unique objectives (usually revolving around classes at Hogwarts), which have to cleared before moving on to the next. Activities are balanced between exploration, puzzle-solving (sometimes with the aid of Hedwig), and combat. However, once the daily tasks are complete, there are opportunities for exploring the castle or trying out the minigames. They are the same basic collectibles in Philosopher's Stone as those in Chamber of Secrets, including Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans and Wizard Cards.


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Differences between the book/movie and this game version

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  • Peeves does not appear in the film, but in this version, he only appears in a cutscene, but is never battled.
  • Llike in the book and movie, Neville breaks his wrist after falling off a broomstick from a great height during the flying lesson, which allows Malfoy to steal his Remembrall. Harry is first on flying the broomstick before Neville flies (that didn't happen in the book and the movie), when Madam Hooch says "Longbottom, your turn". Neville starts to fly and then loses control on his broom, falls and accidentally breaks his wrist. Additionally, Malfoy says he might leave Neville's Remembrall on the roof (like in the film), rather than in a tree (like in the book).
  • Norbert is omitted in this version, making it and the Game Boy Advance version the only games to do so.
  • In the film and book, during charms class, Professor Flitwick teaches the Wingardium Leviosa spell. In this version, Professor Flitwick teaches Spongify and Incendio spell instead of the Wingardium Leviosa spell.
  • In this version of the game, Harry uses Spongify to defeat the mountain troll. In the book and the movie, Ron used the Levitation Charm on the troll's club to bash the troll's head with it.
  • In the film and book, Harry's broomstick is jinxed in the first Quidditch match. In this version of the game, the Slytherin match is played on a jinxed broom, which is the last match of the year rather than the first.
  • Whereas other versions of the story have Harry and company go into the Forest for detention (usually after Norbert is discovered) Harry goes alone in the Forbidden Forest in this version in order to find Moon Dew for potions class. Hagrid replaces Firenze as the one who explains the effects of drinking Unicorn blood.
  • Like the film, this version omitts both Quirrell's second mountain troll and the Potion riddle.
  • In the book, Quirrell summons ropes to tie Harry by snapping his fingers. In the film, Quirrell snaps his fingers to make fire surround the area. In this version of the game, Quirrell snaps his fingers to summon power ropes (when Harry is near the Mirror of Erised) and then moves his hands to conjure fire around the area.

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