James Potter is a series of fantasy novels written and adapted by author G. Norman Lippert. An unofficial continuation (sequel-series) of the original Harry Potter stories by J. K. Rowling, it follows the adventures of Harry's first-born son, James, eighteen years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Though written as a fanonical project, the series has become an international success, garnering well over a million readers worldwide. As of now, the series has been translated into more than nine different languages.
The books are available for free download on the series website in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI portable formats. Audiobook versions are available from Living Audio, UK, but are not for sale.
The Girl on the Dock, also by the author, is a series spin-off, and acts as an addition between the second and third installments. It's also the only one to be released to public booksellers.
Beginning eighteen years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (one year prior to the book's epilogue), a now adult Harry is married to Ginny Weasley, and the father of three children. The series revolves around James Potter, the eldest child, in his own adventures at Hogwarts and the American wizarding school of Alma Aleron.
The Hall of Elders' Crossing Edit
The first book of the series, James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing opens as James has just gotten onto the Hogwarts Express, not too long after a mysterious break-in at the Ministry. It quickly becomes apparent that he's nervous, due to him feeling overshadowed by the great legacy of his father.
On the train ride, he makes friends with two Muggle-born boys. Ralph Deedle, and a quirky, American exchange student named, Zane Walker. Throughout the course of the book, James and his friends discover a plot to bring a legendary figure back to life to help wreak havoc on the Muggles, and essentially, unleash war between them and the wizarding world. James also discovers a group called, the Progressive Element, that are against Harry Potter and the Ministry and claim Voldemort to be a hero, and gradually sway public opinion to believe the same thing. In the process of this, he ends up making an encounter with a mystical tree spirit, that tells him of a bloodline of Voldemort, and that his father's battle is over, and his begins.
In the end of the book, the legendary figure (Merlin) ends up coming back, but on good terms, and takes position as headmaster over Hogwarts. However, the conflict with the Progressive Element is never fully resolved.
The Curse of the Gatekeeper Edit
James begins his second year at Hogwarts in James Potter and the Curse of the Gatekeeper, returning after a summer that ended in the loss of a family member. But back at Hogwarts, he begins to find that the new headmaster may not be as good as he first thought, which leads him to the mystery of a dark being known as the "Gatekeeper", that is bent on destroying everyone in existence. The Gatekeeper is later banished, along with James' discovery that his recent crush, a graduating student named Petra Morganstern, is actually Voldemort's bloodline. Who, through circumstance, was cursed with the final shred of Voldemort's soul by use of an "eighth" horcrux (a part of his soul that he couldn't get back).
Origin of the Story EditFollowing the release of the last Harry Potter book, Lippert went on to write a follow-up story with Harry's son.
- "It started very simply. My wife and I rushed off on the night Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released ... 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 ... to push the Harry Potter story just a bit further."
- —G. Norman Lippert
The Books Edit
- James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing
- James Potter and the Curse of the Gatekeeper
- James Potter and the Vaults of Destinies
- James Potter and the Morrigan Web
- James Potter and the Crimson Thread
See Also Edit
- The Girl on the Dock: A Dark Fairy Tale
- The Girl in the Graveyard
- Ruins of Camelot
Following the release of the first story online, reception was mostly positive. Readers expressed how it was like a "spiritual successor - to J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series," and that you "forget J. K. Rowling didn't write it as you were reading it." By November 2007, some Harry Potter fans on the Internet speculated that the website it was published on might have been part of an elaborate viral marketing campaign for an official continuation or spinoff of Harry Potter, one either written or at least approved by Rowling herself. Afterward, Rowling's agent Neil Blair denied that she was in any way involved with the project, and Warner Bros., the studio which owns the rights to the Harry Potter film series, denied that the novel was in any way connected to the official Harry Potter franchise.
However, it became the subject of much criticism. Reports had claimed that Rowling had threatened legal action against Lippert for allegedly violating her intellectual property rights by producing and publishing the novel, James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing. A specialist in intellectual property law at Strathclyde University commented that, "If an insubstantial character from a novel is taken and built up by another author in a new story, that can be a defence against copyright infringements." Amidst all the buzz, Lippert then contacted Rowling's agency, who agreed to receive an advance copy of the story. For legal reasons, Rowling herself did not read it, but announced that she was happy to allow the free release of such stories, and supported the novel and any others like it.
In addition to the disputed legal threats, many readers expressed negative feedback to the story, even going as far as to say that he had "ruined Harry Potter."
But as quoted by Lippert, "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'" (July 25, 2009). Since then, Lippert has written three sequels, and has earned a wide following. The series is currently one of the most popular and widely-recognized Harry Potter fan-fictions to date. On the website Goodreads.com the series has mostly positive reviews and an average rating of four out five stars per book.
- (http://www.jamespotterseries.com/STORY_info.html) James Potter website. Copyright, 2009 by G. Norman Lippert.
- (https://www.facebook.com/jamespotterseries) James Potter on Facebook. [Last Updated: 2017]
- (https://www.goodreads.com/series/45293-james-potter) James Potter Series at goodreads.com.