Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. It’s not perfect, but Harry Potter is a sterling, fun play wrapped up in the magic of Hogwarts and it’s enchantments, making it a must have for muggles and wizarding folk alike!
  2. 80
    Potter fans will probably enjoy this more than others, but judging by the slim pickings of good games on the PS one these days, anyone who enjoys a little adventure probably could have some fun with this one.
  3. A good one despite its dated appearance and wonky handling of the character's movement...captures the magical nature of its license quite well.
  4. It opens a world of enchantment for younger players and delivers an interactive version, albeit scaled down, of the film.
  5. 70
    The Fun Factor directly corresponds to your level of Potter fandom: The joy of this game comes from experiencing Harry’s universe, not from the repetitive, trite gameplay.
  6. A PlayStation game that will disappoint Potter fans around the world with its bland graphics, blocky characters, lifeless locales, frustrating challenges, and uninspiring gameplay.
  7. Plenty playable, even for more experienced gamers. [Feb 2002, p.118]
  8. Next-gen games notwithstanding, HP's graphics are well below average. The textures are of the absolutely flat, glued-to-the-wall variety, there's tons of pixilation, and everything is generally ugly.
  9. Poor Harry’s world slows to a coma-inducing craw whenever he’s running, flying or…well, moving. [Feb 2002, p.170]
  10. For the very young, or serious Harry Potter collectors only. [Jan 2002, p.88]
  11. A lesson in boredom. Without a jump command, the platforming elements are all but wasted, while the spell-flinging portions of the game are equally forgettable.
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Aug 8, 2012
    5
    This game is good, which is surprising, but also beats its self over the head with a giant club with some very bad decisions. I'm currently playing the game on my Vita, nostalgia or something, and I say currently because the whole thing has crashed on me not letting me progress any further. But this is at the very end of the game so, I know ruffly how good it is. The game from the very start screams, "You're a wizard harry!" which is great. Magic gives back great visual feedback. You can also explore the whole castle, which bares no resemblance of Hogwarts, and its grounds. Its all fun and games. There's even some cute villain creatures and just some cute creatures, all around the grounds. This would all equal a seven if this is exactly how it is. But unfortunately something holds it back, something really big, those really annoying voice actors! "Oh no! My kitty feel down the well! Please help him!" Stupid child. Why the **** were you throwing your cat down a well in the first place? Get it yourself. "HARRY POTTER CAUGHT THE SNITCH!" I'll punch you in the face mate. "AHHH!" GO AWAY YOU ANNOYING CHILDREN I'M FED UP OF YOUR **** I JUST WANT TO GO TO CLASS AND LEARN MAGIC AND STUFF! Apart from that, its ok. Full Review »
  2. Jul 10, 2011
    8
    I can't argue about it, since, i played way too young and liked, i really would love to have the CD right now to play, such great memories. Though is a guilty pleasure Full Review »
  3. JethroJ
    Sep 20, 2009
    7
    I picked up this game expecting the worst. Games of films or books are often awful, and I didn't think this would be an exception. However, when I got to playing it, I found that it was a thoroughly enjoyable game, not perfect by any means, but definitely worth checking out, and you can find it very cheap as well. The game revolves loosely around the film and book storyline, but it isn't restricted by it, unlike a lot of film-based games, and you often find yourself completely forgetting the original book or film. The tasks are fairly simple; attend lessons, gain Gryffindor house points and defeat Voldemort. There is a lot of platforming and big dungeon style areas in the game, which are fun, varied and exciting. You collect Bertie Botts Beans and Witches and Wizard cards, which are scattered all around the castle and ground of Hogwarts. This gives you a big task to complete, which will keep you coming back and exploring every last section of the game. The flying sections are where this game begins to frustrate. The control is awkward and often infuriating, so much so that it may bring back memories of Superman 64, and Lex Luthor's rings. However, you do play a few games of Quidditch, which is unvaried but a nice change from the platforming. You complete various side missions before moving on to the secret trap door area, which guards the stone, and Voldemort. You complete the chess mini game as well as fighting the Devil's Snare etc. You then fight the final battle and the game quickly ends, after the house cup winners are announced. The graphics are poor, even for the PS1, but the visual style has a lot of charm. I haven't played many games to the end, but this is one of them, as I found the gameplay to be quite addictive, especially the platforming dungeon sections. One problem with the platforming however is the absence of a jump button. This does make the game a lot easier than it should be. There are other faults, such as the voice acting and the often-repetitive nature of individual dungeons. However, overall I think this game exceeds its expectations. You might be disappointed by the game as a whole, but while playing it never seems to under-perform. I would have given this game a 7.5 if it had included some unlockables at the end of the game, or more spells to use rather than just the Flippendo spell, but I think this game deserves a. Full Review »