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For those who grew up absolutely obsessed with Harry Potter, there were probably a few constants in your life: Collecting the books at every school book fair, tasting every disgusting variety of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, and nerding out about Harry Potter video game adaptations.
Ah, yes, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Electronic Arts released this video game tie-in on the original PlayStation in 2001 and diehard fans went nuts. It was our first real brush with Harry and the rest of the gang, and it let us engage in our own magical training to take on Voldemort. What wasn’t to love?
Well, as Twitter user @I_The_Remover reminds us, a lot of things.
PS1 Harry Potter was ahead of its time pic.twitter.com/7nnTXMMH1O— Andy mate, Andy (@I_The_Remover) August 4, 2018
The tweet is currently making the rounds among shocked Harry Potter PS1 fans who seem to have forgotten just how advanced the game’s graphics were. It is, in a word, abhorrent. It makes you wonder how the game ever got past QA testers and out onto store shelves with graphics as heinous as these.
Maybe game creators assumed HP fans were too young at the time to notice? But these bizarre, disfigured faces look like piles of clay stretched over the bones of the Harry Potter cast. Let’s be real. This is the most pitiful excuse for game graphics we’ve seen in quite a long time. Sure, it’s 17 years old, but that isn’t exactly an excuse.
Harry potter on the ps1 is a mood pic.twitter.com/5kdQli8Kap— 《Reuben》 (@h_l_l_r) August 3, 2018
Let’s think about some other games that also released in 2001. Let’s see: Halo, Silent Hill 2, Max Payne…the list goes on. Although other games at the time sported what would now be considered rudimentary graphics, none were as egregiously bad as Harry Potter.
But, as Twitter agrees, they’re also absolutely hilarious.
@_georgianewman I forgot they looked like this cryingggggggg— ♡Lydia♡ (@LydiaaBoheaa) August 7, 2018
I'm wheezing— ChillyTheStrange (@ChillyWereWolf) August 6, 2018
Why? Because they’re a BIG MOOD, of course.
Ron and Hagrid are very very big moods ngl— Becky (@rebecksnm) August 6, 2018
My four constant moods— Jacob Burns (@JayAPBurns) August 5, 2018
It looks like someone drew Malfoy onto a pitta bread— Glen Walker (@glenw1411) August 6, 2018
Just look at Hagrid, arguably the worst of the bunch. Is he OK? How are you going to tell Harry “yer a wizard” if you don’t open your eyes and look at him? Are your eyes…sewn shut?
there's this one harry potter PS1 game is bad but this fucking hagrid model pic.twitter.com/ipTWoDR3L3— memeworks ( ミームワーク) (@memeworksTM) August 4, 2018
The next time you have the immediate urge to play a Harry Potter video game, you might want to opt for a newer title, like the recent mobile game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. Because this? This is borderline criminal, right here.
Electronic Arts, what were you thinking?
Brittany Vincent has covered gaming, anime, tech, and entertainment for over a decade. When she’s not writing, she’s replaying Um Jammer Lammy or Day of the Tentacle for the hundredth time while pining for a Harvester sequel. Find her on Twitter @MolotovCupcake.