This is for the game, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's / Sorcerer's stone (2001)Updated for 2020
I'm happy to report... after HOURS of troubleshooting... I FINALLY got the game to work. Most of my troubleshooting steps did not show up on google so I'll share my experience for any future people who want to play this game. As stated previously, since this will not work on sheepshaver, I had to switch to win 10. I was determined to get this game to work without having to invest in an older computer.
I looked up more than one youtube tutorial for this. The files seem to be the same, some have more files than others so I can't remember which one that was the best file. STEP 1https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m9z-Ba764c
(source video) https://gf.wiretarget.com/harry_potter.htm
(google will say that it's dangerous, but it is not)
Replace files as instructed in
C:/ Program files (x86) / EA games / Harry Potter / System
Do not copy over. Paste and replace. https://www.play-old-pc-games.com/compa ... -tutorial/
this is for Direct X, but do not select Direct X during the game's graphic choice start up - chose system renderer instead. STEP 2
Change compatibility settings
Windows XP (service pack 2/3)
Change DPI settings
High DPI override, check
Scaling performed by SYSTEM
Apply to all users just to prevent from doing this again
Target: after the URL and ("")s type -window -c
otherwise, the game crashesSTEP 3
Not all users will get this error message but if you do...
it will say GENERAL PROTECTION FAULT! HISTORY: APPINIT
Rename HP.exe to a file name that makes sense to you (Harry 1.exe)
Create a shortcut to your desktopOptional Step 3b
Set up xpadder with your controller and save your settings with the corresponding name (Harry Potter game) ** highly recommend STEP 4
Start up game. Stop. Don't click anything else for the next 3 minutes or your screen / exe will freeze. It will prompt which graphics to use. Always pick System Renderer. STEP 5
Options - Set up graphics to the highest, since this is running on a better computer anyway and 32 bit
Keyboard - this might be empty, assign the keysSTEP 6
Game should work now
I had issues with some of my key inputs not working. For example I couldn't move my character regardless what keys I assigned it to but jump and wand worked. To reset these controls I went into my Documents / EA games and deleted the entire Harry Potter folder.
The next time I started up, it refreshed my folders and cleared cache. I was able to assign keys again. NOTE
: You do need a mouse for this game for the spell learning portions. You can try your trackpad but it will be very hard.