Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone



First Potter video game is a high-flying romp.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence & scariness

What little violence occurs is more along the lines of comic mischief, i.e. the bad guy sits down with stars around the head. Some slightly spooky characters for younger children, as seen in the movie.

Not applicable

Minor, the game will appeal to book and movie lovers.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is based on the movie version of the first Harry Potter book. Action involves finding items, exploring scenes, and occasionally battling fantasy beings, and the worst damage seen is when Harry faints or his opponent runs away. The story is presented in a fantasy-based and light-hearted manner rather than as advocating a serious or realistic life pursuit of witchcraft and wizardry. The story provides good role modeling of courage and ingenuity while addressing the realities of bullies and some other issues children face.

What's it about?

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE is a fun video game that is based on the book and movie, but can also stand alone in its own right. You explore Hogwarts, finding secret rooms and prizes while interacting with characters from the story. There is also a series of missions, such as learning spells, collecting items like fire seeds for Hagrid the giant, and outrunning the Ogre and saving Hermione. The game also allows you to play Quidditch, a ball game played on broomsticks.

Is it any good?


The game is quite enjoyable, especially for younger children as it doesn't require high levels of coordination to play. It may be easy for older players, but they often can be held by the joy of exploring Hogwarts. The game offers a wide variety of missions, so it is likely there will be something for everyone.

This is a fantasy game about a boy at a wizard's school, but it doesn't appear to advocate negative views of religion, and in general the story provides good role modeling of courage and ingenuity while addressing the realities of bullies and some other issues children face.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the Harry Potter series. Does this game stay true to the book? Is it how you had imagined this world would look? Do you like the books, movies or video games best? How do you think the game handles the issue of being bullied? If your family was sorted into houses, who would be where?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2, Xbox
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:September 25, 2003
Genre:Role Playing
Topics:Magic and fantasy
ESRB rating:E

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Teen, 15 years old Written byhypoman April 9, 2008

I love this game!

I still play this game! The best part is finding all the parts where it glitches (like the room nearly-headless Nick goes in after he talks to you the first time). My only complaint is that the oening sequence makes no sense at all because in a random slide it just jumps to "Dumbledoor stood up". However, the game is beging to show its age but that doesn't subtract from the fun!
Teen, 17 years old Written byWhiplash (2003) October 20, 2012

Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone the video game

Violence (E) The Flipendo spell is pretty violent.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Teen, 14 years old Written bymarshallrcorey April 9, 2008


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