The James Potter (also known as Hogwarts Next Generation) series is a unofficial continuation of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels, written adapted, and self-published by American author, G. Norman Lippert. Not to be confused with Harry's father, the series centers around Harry's first-born son of the same name, (see James Potter), beginning eighteen years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Though originally written as a fanonical project, the series has become an international success, gaining over a million readers worldwide and being translated into over seven different languages.
The books are available on the series website in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI portable formats. An audiobook version of the first novel is currently available on the Living Audio, UK website.
As of right now, the series comprises of four books (not counting an additional spin-off novel, and an unconfirmed fifth installment).
The Origin of the Story Edit
The following explains the overall back-story of the James Potter series, as told by author, G. Norman Lippert himself, which can also be found at the official online website:
"It started very simply. My wife and I rushed off on the night Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released (myself dressed as Hagrid, since it would have been rather difficult to pull off a believable 6 foot 4 inch Dobby) and procured our copy of the book. Savoring it as much as we could, we consumed the tale over the course of a week. When it was complete, I felt thrilled with the climax of the series, and yet bereft, as did many of you, that I would know these beloved characters no more. The next afternoon, I sat down at my computer and began to write. I hadn't written anything seriously for years, but I felt compelled, for purely cathartic reasons, to push the Harry Potter story just a bit further. I wrote a little drabble about James Sirius Potter, son of Harry and Ginny, getting on the Hogwarts express for the first time, excited about starting his own adventure, yet worried about how he might (or might not) live up to the enormous legend of his father. It ended with James meeting two new friends-- a brick of a boy named Ralph Deedle and an American transplant named Zane (a homage to my then four-year-old son). That night, I read the drabble to my wife, who liked it a lot. On a lark, the next day, I wrote just a little bit more. And so on. The story grew, and I kept reading it to my wife. Two and a half months later, the little drabble had turned into a 400 page novel. I typed ‘The End‘, and my wife suggested I post the tale online for others who might be suffering from ‘Post-Potter Depression‘. With that in mind, I used my ‘day job’ skills to build a website to host the tale, announcing its release for December 1, 2007. At the time, I had never even heard of the term ‘fan fiction‘. I had no idea that there were countless others writing stories based on Miss Rowling's work, some just as long and detailed as my own. I had no concept of the legal implications, or the occasionally ferocious loyalties and detail-hawkishness of some Harry Potter readers. I just knew that I had written a story that kept the magic going for me just a bit longer, and thought there might be a few others who would enjoy it as much as I had. I expected to garner a few dozen or a few hundred readers, if I was fortunate, and was happy to think I might achieve that. Had I known what I was about to get into, I might never have gone ahead with it at all. Then again, maybe I would have. The website announcing ‘James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing’ had a slow start, garnering a dozen or so hits a day. This lasted for a week, and then, one evening, I returned home from a class I was teaching, checked the web stats, and blinked in disbelief. The site's hits had jumped from a few hundred before class to nearly four thousand. Every time I refreshed the web page, there were dozens more visitors. Some frantic research led me to an Australian news agency which had run a story about my website, speculating that it might, in fact, be the clandestine work of Warner Brothers, or J. K. Rowling herself, preparing the launch of a new series. I had intended the website to be enigmatic and mysterious. I hadn't intended for it to be mistaken for the ‘real thing‘. I began to get rather frightened. Shortly, the internet was buzzing with the news. Speculation was everywhere. Both Warner Brothers and Ms. Rowling's agency had to officially deny any involvement with the 'JPHEC' website. The Scotsman newspaper ran a story claiming that Ms. Rowling intended to sue me. I was interviewed by my local Fox news affiliate, and the story was picked up by affiliates all across the country. Canadian Public Radio discussed the phenomenon with me, and ran the interview twice. In the meantime I decided to contact Ms. Rowling (or at least her agency) directly. To my great relief, they were happy to speak to me, and even agreed to pursue an advance copy of the story. For legal reasons, Ms. Rowling herself did not view it, but the incident did lead to her very gracious announcement that she was happy to allow the free release of stories such as mine. At that, of course, I breathed a great sigh of relief, and turned my attention to the next most daunting facet of the Potterverse: the Harry Potter fans. Upon the release of 'James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing', I discovered that there are two distinct kinds of Harry Potter readers. There are those for whom the magical world's myriad details exist merely as the foundation for the story and the characters, which are the real heart of the tale; and then there are those that I have come to think of (affectionately) as the 'Canon Police.' The Canon Police are those most delightful of fans who keep track of the spellings and capitalizations of each and every spell, who know the exact number of matches during any given Quidditch season, and who played who (with relevant stats). I learned, somewhat uncomfortably, that I very much fell into the ranks of the first kind of reader, and that, as such, I had earned the poisonous ire of many of those in the Canon Police. Admittedly, there were obvious mistakes. I misspelled Kreacher's name. I forgot to transliterate Hagrid's accent. I placed first years and second years into some of the same classes. I was usually glad for the notes of correction, although I was dismayed by the ones that accompanied by the verbal equivalent of Howlers about my abysmal writing, occasionally adding that I had 'ruined Harry Potter'. To my surprise and delight, however, the hateful notes were increasingly outnumbered by notes of thanks and praise. 'You're no J. K. Rowling,' most of the notes seemed to say, 'But I enjoyed the story. Thanks. And write more.' I began to consider it. The truth was, in the process of writing the Hall of Elders' Crossing, I sensed that it was, in fact, only one part of a much larger story. I didn't know for sure what it was, but I wanted to find out. I decided to write one more. The sequel, 'James Potter and the Curse of the Gatekeeper', came almost eerily easily (after a rather difficult beginning). It was released on September 1 of 2008, and despite the fact that I had almost no way of contacting the hundreds of thousands of readers who had accessed the first story, 'JPCG' garnered over 40,000 downloads during the first day of its release. The reader response was, to me, shocking. At this point, I have received over 20,000 emails regarding the stories, coming from every corner of the globe. I have made friends with readers from places I had hitherto barely even heard of. It has been an absolutely incredible, nearly surreal experience. And the one question I have been asked more than any other is this: 'Will you write a complete seven book series?' And the answer, of course, is 'I don't know. But I want to.' I know the story, now. I didn't when I began JPHEC, or even when I finished JPCG, but I do now. It's as if the groundwork was laid without me ever knowing it. That sounds a little crazy, I know, but it's true. This is that kind of tale. I know who will live and who will die. I know what happens in the end, right up to the last page of the last book, and if it comes out half-way as well as it exist in my head, it will be well worth writing. So why might I not write it? Will it all work out? Nobody knows." - G. Norman Lippert, 25 July, 2009
The Books Edit
- James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing
- James Potter and the Curse of the Gatekeeper
- The Girl on the Dock: A Dark Fairy Tale (spin-off)
- James Potter and the Vaults of Destinies
- James Potter and the Morrigan Web
- James Potter and the Crimson Thread (unconfirmed)
See Also Edit
- Harry Potter Wiki
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Reception & Reviews Edit
Overall, the James Potter stories have been well-received, gaining mostly positive reviews and averaging four out five stars per book on Goodreads.com . Some reviews by readers are featured below:
"The biggest question I had after immersing myself in this amazing epic over several sleepless nights was why the tale isn't widely recognized as the best Harry Potter fic written." -- Gioia
"(Four out of four stars) This is one of the few 'fan fictions' that seems to come close to crossing the border between online wishing and real life writings...I was happy to be back in that Harry Potter world - and I really did feel like I was." -- Purply Cookie
"Once in a very long while, you'll read a fan fiction author that makes you feel as if the piece you're reading is SO good, it should probably be canon. I didn't expect to be impressed with Lippert's James Potter series, and yet, unbelievably, I'm bowled over." -- Tara Lynn
"The best compliment I can give this - is that you forget J. K. Rowling didn't write it as you were reading it." -- Briansgirl
"G. Norman Lippert has outdone himself, taking a concept that many would churn out as trite 'fan-fiction', and instead creating a literary piece that stands out as a spiritual successor - to J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series." -- Trent Rayner
"If there's ever any more new books to the Harry Potter series, this is the closest it can get." -- Mounica
- (http://www.jamespotterseries.com) James Potter website. Copyright, 2009 by George Norman Lippert.
- (https://www.facebook.com/jamespotterseries) James Potter on Facebook. [Last Updated: 2014]
- (http://grottokeep.fr.yuku.com/)The Grotto Keep Forum. 2014.
- (https://www.goodreads.com/series/45293-james-potter) James Potter Series at goodreads.com. 2014.