Developer: KnowWonder (Windows), Westlake Interactive (Macintosh)
Publisher: EA Games (Windows), Aspyr Media (Macintosh)
Released: 2001, Windows, Mac OS Classic, Mac OS X
The Windows version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone went through an accelerated development cycle in order to be released alongside the film of the same name. The game was mostly based on the original book by J.K. Rowling as Warner Bros. was extremely strict about releasing materials related to the highly anticipated film adaptation. The movie went on to become the top-grossing film of 2001, and the Windows version similarly became one of the best-selling games of the year and continues to have a following of its own.
While the magical world of Hogwarts has many secrets to be found, the game's files are full of perhaps even more secrets that reveal much about what was going on behind the scenes. Remnants from the game's rushed development include an easily accessible debug mode, various assets for a scrapped Privet Drive level, tons of unused dialogue, and a plethora of other content intended for numerous features that were ultimately dropped.