James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing
Author G. Norman Lippert
Length 486 Pages (Print Version)
Link PDF
Preceded by
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Followed by
James Potter and the Curse of the Gatekeeper

James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing is the first book in the James Potter series by G. Norman Lippert, an unofficial follow-up to Harry Potter. The story follows James Sirius Potter (the first-born son of Harry Potter) in his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. During which, he attempts to stop the "Merlin Conspiracy" that promises to unleash a war between the wizarding and Muggle worlds.

The book was published online in November 2007, and received critical attention and success upon release. It has currently been translated into at least nine languages, and has been made into an independent short-film by filmmaker, Kellen Gibbs.

The book and its successors are available for free digital download on the series website in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI formats. An audiobook version narrated by Jus Sargeant is available on the Living Audio, UK website or as "The James Potter Series Podcast" on many common podcast apps.

Book Description Edit

What's it like to be the son of the most famous wizard of all time?

James Potter thinks he knows, but as he begins his own adventures at Hogwarts, he discovers just how much of a challenge it really is to live up to the legend of the great Harry Potter. As if it wasn't enough dealing with the delegates from the American wizarding school and figuring out the mysteriously polite Slytherins, James and his new friends, Ralph and Zane, begin to uncover a secret plot that could pit the Muggle and the Magical worlds against each other in an all-out war.

Now, with the help of Ted Lupin and his band of merry mischief makers (The Gremlins), James unravels the terrible aims of the "Merlin Conspiracy", racing against time to stop a war that would change the world forever. But how can he know if his efforts are only helping the cause or working right into the plans of his enemies? Before James can know for sure, he has to learn the difference between being a hero and being the son of a hero.

Chapters Edit

  • Prologue
  • Chapter 1: Shadow of Legends
  • Chapter 2: Arrival of the Alma Alerons
  • Chapter 3: The Ghost and the Intruder
  • Chapter 4: The Progressive Element
  • Chapter 5: The Book of Austramaddux
  • Chapter 6: Harry’s Midnight Meeting
  • Chapter 7: Broken Loyalty
  • Chapter 8: The Grotto Keep
  • Chapter 9: The Debate Betrayal
  • Chapter 10: Holiday At Grimmauld Place
  • Chapter 11: The Three Relics
  • Chapter 12: Visum-Ineptio
  • Chapter 13: Revelation of the Robe
  • Chapter 14: The Hall of Elders’ Crossing
  • Chapter 15: The Muggle Spy
  • Chapter 16: Disaster of the Merlin Staff
  • Chapter 17: Night of the Returning
  • Chapter 18: The Tower Assembly
  • Chapter 19: Secrets Unveiled
  • Chapter 20: Tale of the Traitor
  • Chapter 21: The Gift of the Green Box

Cover Artwork Edit

Reception Edit

Overall, the book has accumulated mostly positive reviews, averaging four out of five stars on Reader Trent Rayner commented on the book, stating how, "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 novel to J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series."

Press ResponseEdit

After the novel first appeared on a website in early November 2007, some Harry Potter fans on the Internet initially speculated that the site might be 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. On November 9, 2007, Rowling's agent Neil Blair denied that Rowling was in any way involved with the purported 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.

On 19 November, 2007, The Scotsman reported that Rowling had threatened legal action against Lippert for allegedly violating her intellectual property rights by producing and publishing the novel. 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."

However, after Lippert contacted Rowling's literary agency and offered an advance copy of the story, Rowling dismissed her threat[1] and announced that she supported the novel and any others like it, so long as they were appropriate for children. Afterward, Lippert subsequently produced a sequel to the first, James Potter and the Curse of the Gatekeeper.

Supplementary Works Edit

James Potter Compendium (Full Cover) -Vol

In addition to the novel, the author also wrote a short companion book titled, Technomancy, History, & Magical Practices, which explains a lot of the content introduced in the book not previously seen in the Harry Potter series.

There is a also a fan-made companion book titled, the Compendium of the Adventures of James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing which acts as an encyclopedia for all the characters, places, spells, and other things identified within the book, along with extra content.

As of right now, however, these can only be found at the official James Potter website.


  1. ( James Potter website. Copyright, 2009 by George Norman Lippert.
  2. ( James Potter on Facebook. [Last Updated: 2014]
  3. ( The Grotto Keep Forum: Official Fan & Forum Site of James Potter. 2014.
  4. ( James Potter Series at [Last Updated: 2014]

See also Edit

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