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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (GBA)

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With such a rich and interesting story to be made into game form, it's a surprise that more of the book wasn't used in planning the quests. However, he opined that the game's adherence to the source material's narrative deprived it of energy and a sense of adventure, explaining that the personal nature of the story's conflicts made for little action that could be easily translated into a video game.

One night, while secretly obtaining ingredients for Snape's class, Harry happens upon the Mirror of Erised, in which he sees his parents. The spells that can be learned include carpe retractum, a spell that allows an object to be pulled towards the caster, or the caster be pulled towards the object; Steleus, a spell that causes sneezing and expecto patronum, a spell to defend against dementors. The game play is short (I started and completed the entire game on a coach journey from London to Swansea). The game also differed between platforms; whilst the console release was a traditional 3D over the shoulder perspective, featuring boss fights and detective sections, the PC version featured similar puzzle solving missions as those in earlier versions.

As a long-time Potter fan who has read all of the books and watched every movie, I've always been particularly interested in this chapter of the franchise.

This is followed by a segment in which Harry must use the newly learned spell to collect a number of certain items while fending off creatures and solving puzzles. Before engaging in a battle with Harry, Quirrell reveals Voldemort's face manifested upon the back of his skull. Some scenes do not look quite right – the scale of the characters against the width of the Hogwarts Express clearly do not tally. Excitingly enough though, there are five completely different versions of this game across as many platforms.

The quests are a strange mix of events from the story, classes where spells are learnt, puzzle platforming dungeons, and fetching the ingredients for a potion for Snape, which seems to span at least half of the game.

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