James Potter is a series of five fantasy novels written and adapted by American author, G. Norman Lippert. It's an unofficial continuation (sequel-series) of the original Harry Potter stories by J. K. Rowling, and follows the adventures of Harry's first-born son, James, 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. However, it's been subject to a large amount of criticism, mainly due to it being fan-fiction and by a different author than Rowling. But regardless, the series has gained well over a million readers worldwide, and has been translated into over nine different languages.
Its success has also spawned a series of films by independent group, KG Studios, and a number of its own fan-bases and websites.
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.
The series begins eighteen years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (one year prior to the book's epilogue). A now adult Harry Potter is married to his school sweet-heart (Ginny Weasley), is now not only a wizarding Auror but is head of the department, and is also the father of three children - James Sirius, Albus Severus, and Lily Luna - all named after important figures in his life. The series mainly revolves around James, in his adventures at Hogwarts and the American wizarding school of Alma Aleron, with the main plot being double-sided, concerning the "bloodline" of Voldemort, and the wizarding and Muggle worlds going on complete clash.
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.
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 Edit
"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. " - G. Norman Lippert
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 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 . Here's what readers have said about the James Potter series:
"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.