The PlayStation (abbreviated PSX, PSone, or PS1) is a fifth-generation video game console manufactured by Sony.[2] Dudley Dursley owned a PlayStation, though he angrily threw it out the window in the summer of 1994, because his parents threatened to cut his allowance if he didn't stop sneaking unhealthy food while on a diet. As such, he was unable to play Mega-Mutilation Part Three, a PlayStation game.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • The PlayStation was not commercially released until December 1994 in Japan and September 1995 in Europe.[2] However, prototypes were made available to game developers before December 1994, some of which ended up being sold to private consumers.[3] It is possible that Vernon and Petunia Dursley, as indulgent parents, bought one of these prototypes for Dudley. Alternatively, the Harry Potter novels may take place in a universe in which the PlayStation was released earlier than in our own, or Harry, due to his lack of interest in Muggle technology, might have confused the PlayStation with a similar console.
  • Harry Potter series author J. K. Rowling has stated "I can’t work PlayStations. I’m no good at these things."[4]
  • The PlayStation and its later incarnations, the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5, as well as its handheld counterparts the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita, have been amongst the many consoles that have hosted versions of the Harry Potter video game releases.
  • In April 2013, Pottermore was integrated into PlayStation Home, a feature available to members of the PlayStation Network, accessible through the PlayStation 3 console. The feature introduced a new minigame called "Book Herding," as well as an expanded Duelling system and also allowed existing Pottermore users to link their accounts and collect new trading cards.[5]


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