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Today in History: November 14th, 2002 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Hits Consoles

To say the Harry Potter books were a success would be quite an understatement, to say the least. Based on the second book in that children’s series, Chamber of Secrets was quite different on portables than it was on consoles. Rather then recanting the storyline, let’s focus on the different versions of this game.

First, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets hit the major consoles available at the time. This includes the Playstation 2, Xbox and Gamecube (PC and Mac too) and the venerable original Playstation. Portables that received a version of this game were the Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance. Quite a spread of systems to say the least.

First the original Playstation version which was developed by Argonaut Games (they did the first game too- come back tomorrow for info on that one). Largely similar to The Philosopher’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets changed some things around including locations in and around Hogwarts and spells available to you during the game. Still, a 3D romp is to be had by those willing to brave this version.


The Playstation 2 version

The next generation versions were decidedly different though, featuring more variety in game play and graphics. The Playstation 2 and Xbox versions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets allowed free flight using the broom while only the Playstation 2 version gave you the freedom to land where ever your heart desired. The Gamecube version took advantage of the Game Boy Advance connectivity to deliver a unique secret room (gee thanks). Still a 3D romp around the school of Hogwarts, just prettier than the original Playstation version.


The Game Boy Color version


The Game Boy Advance game.

The Game Boy Color version offers players a truly unique role playing game to enjoy. Four characters are available at various points throughout the game. The Game Boy Advance version carries attributes of the console versions but fit into a collection of mini games minus many of the spells available in those more graphical versions

If you are a fan of the books/movies then you will want to check out one, or more, of these games. Which one depends on what you are wanting out of it. The PS2 wins for those wanting to simply fly around and check out the game world. The GBA version is great for those looking for an overhead adventure on the go and the GBC version is ideal for the role playing fans out there.

Due to the licensing aspect involved there are no digital, or re-release, options available for these games.

Carl Williams

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