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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
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone guide at StrategyWiki
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone at Wikipedia
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Key points

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

General information

Harry Potter Wiki - A massive wiki for the Harry Potter universe

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

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 option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
640x480, 800x600 and 1024x768 can be selected. See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Edit the FovAngleDegrees 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)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Edit the UseVSync value in HP.ini or force using the Nvidia Control Panel
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate cap, but very high framerates may break physics and sound in-game.
Color blind mode

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Forcing a widescreen resolution cuts off the lower part of in-game menus, making some options inaccessible.
Set widescreen resolution[3]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open HP.ini.
  3. Change the FullscreenViewportX= and FullscreenViewportY= values to the desired resolution.

Input settings[edit]

Controller support[edit]

Triggers can't be mapped in XInput controllers.
Lack of Deadzone in Right Thumbstick, makes camera spinning. See Camera spinning with Xbox 360 Controller.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native 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
Czech
Only available in Czech & Slovak retail release.
German
Italian
Polish
Local retail version only.
Portuguese
Russian
Only available in Russian retail release.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Graphical artifacts[edit]

Potentially related to switching top-level windows. Restarting the game seems to fix the issue.

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.

Camera spinning with Xbox 360 Controller[edit]

Instructions[4]
  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
Software renderer
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 98, 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 266 MHz
AMD K6-2 266 MHz
Intel Pentium II 400 MHz
AMD K6-2 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 500 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.0 compatible
16 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