Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, despite being targeted ad children, is actually a pretty good game.
Released in late 2002 by EA Games, it was one of the last games to use the Unreal Engine 1. The game was also released on PlayStation 1 and 2, Xbox, and even Gameboy, and surprisingly, all these versions are very different, developed by completely different teams using different engines, and they're all pretty good. Ah, those were the days.
Being this recent, this game doesn't have too many problems: the CD check doesn't work but there's a crack for that, and we have graphical issues that we have to fix.
First of all, install the game. You will need a CD key, found in the game's box.
The installer still works fine on Windows 10, but at the end it says that the system is incompatible. Ignore it and don't run the game yet.
Download these patched files and extract them to the game's folder replacing the existing files.
How does the fix work?
Finally, try to run the game from the shortcut on your desktop.
Sometimes the game won't start after the logos appear. If this happens, open the task manager, find Game.exe (there may be 2 or more when it gets stuck), terminate them and try again.
When you get to the menu, enter the video settings and make sure Direct3D is selected, along with the highest resolution supported by your screen.
The game only supports resolutions up to 1024x768. Higher resolutions can be forced by modifying HP2.ini but the UI doesn't scale well and it's basically unplayable in widescreen, so I suggest you stick with 1024x768.
And now you can enjoy the game!
This is a rare issue, but for some people the game won't start and an error like this pops up.
To fix this, rename Game.exe to something else, like potter2.exe and the game will work. This is most likely caused by broken video driver profiles for this application; renaming the exe file will prevent the profile from being applied.
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