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James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing (James Potter #1)

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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 adventure 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 poli
ebook, 549 pages
Published 2007 by G. Norman Lippert
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Jul 29, 2013 Nikki rated it really liked it
This is probably the most impressive piece of fan-fiction I have ever read. Writers of Jane Austen fan-fiction (of which I've read a fair amount) should take notes from G. Norman Lippert. He remains respectful of both the world and characters J.K. Rowling created while adding his own elements.

In my opinion, J.K. Rowling is an absolutely exquisite writer. While Lippert's writing style is not quite as flawless as J.K. Rowling's, he is definitely a good writer in his own right. I'm sure there are
May 19, 2012 Dyuti rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Harry Potter addicts
Recommended to Dyuti by: Goodreads
Shelves: children, ebook, fantasy
I stumbled upon this book while surfing Goodreads, and trust me, I'm glad that I discovered Lippert. An American by birth, he started writing the series in 2007, after his wife and children said how much they would miss the Harry Potter series when it would soon be over. In this book, he chronicles Harry's first born James' adventures in his first year at Hogwarts.


Here are a few random things which I liked/disliked about the book.

What i liked:

1. Harry Potter is back. Though as an adult, and with
So, I stumbled across this when looking at the Goodreads ebooks page and figured, why not give it a try, since it seems to have so many good reviews? And at first, it was really pretty fun. I liked the dynamic of the James/Zane/Ralph trio, and the way a couple of the mysteries were set up early on. And the writing wasn't magical, but it wasn't bad either.

Only then I felt like things kind of started to fall apart for me a little. Certain things felt...off. There seemed to be very little regard f
Elaine White
May 04, 2015 Elaine White rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: die hard Harry Potter fans!
Shelves: fav-series
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Sep 15, 2012 Caro rated it it was ok
Oh my god.

There was just no way this was going to happen. I think it started off very strongly, James living under the shadow of his father, expectations of Hogwarts, new friends. But then it just sort of lost momentum about a fourth into the book. James, quite frankly, is an idiot. I feel Mr. Lippert tried to make it not seem so because he tried to make James' motives stem from wanting to stand outside his father's shadow, but in the end, it only made James make very dumb decisions.

The thing I
Sep 30, 2012 Reanne rated it it was ok
Despite how the author and his mega-fans might want to delude themselves otherwise, this is a fanfic. One of hundreds of thousands (if not far more). He did not invent fanfic. It's been around as long as storytelling. He got a lot of press when this came out because he happened to be ignorant of the existence of fanfic, the fanfic community, and fanfic tropes, and because he wanted to toot his own horn enough to make a whole website devoted to his fanfic (as opposed to simply posting it on one o ...more
Jan 24, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
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Let's judge it for what it is. It is fan fiction. It is not J.K. Rowling nor is it Harry Potter.

In some ways, it's like watching (in my opinion) the first few Harry Potter movies, where many of the details from the books were changed or omitted and you're still grappling with how Hogwarts in the movies wasn't exactly the way you had imagined it when reading the books.

James Potter is Harry's son. So it's strange to read that Harry is some y
Neil Trigger
Sep 23, 2012 Neil Trigger rated it did not like it
I love the artwork and potential for this book and it starts professionally and promisingly, but it ends up with somewhat immature writing and ripping off Reservoir Dogs. Mr Grey, Mr Pink... I don't get it. I was lost after a few pages and couldn't be bothered to wade through the rest.

I don't normally give negative reviews because the effort of writing is such a hugely enviable one, I like to encourage it, but here are some points for improvement which I hope the author takes on board.

I get th
Aug 08, 2009 Mounica rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a fan fiction series I have just encountered. It's about Harry Potter's oldest son, James, and takes a year before the epilogue of the Deathly Hallows and during James's first year at Hogwarts.

And, don't get the fact that it is fan fic discourage you. The book is a remarkable achievement. It's worth reading if you are done with the Harry Potter series.

I was really happy to read more about the Harry Potter world. I'm sure I will read the next book.
Adam Wilson
Sep 18, 2011 Adam Wilson rated it it was amazing
I am very impressed by this novel. Honestly, I can say that it is different from, but just as good as, the Harry Potter novels written by J. K. Rowling. It was well-written with new and likable characters and the format of the book was the same. It covers Harry’s son James’ first year at Hogwarts and his adventures with his friends Zane and Ralph. The adventure in this book is a little similar to the Deathly Hallows with the gathering of three relics, but it is totally unique as well. This book ...more
Rad Ryan
Jul 29, 2011 Rad Ryan rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book-read
Wow! I have to say I'm impressed about this book! Never would I thought I'm gonna read something HP'y again. I'm afraid that reading this book is a waste of time? Got me wrong, eh. I recommend this I think to all HP readers who want some more read of Hogwarts!
Amy Nielsen
This was very fun to read and I totally enjoyed jumping back into the world of Harry Potter. This author has to be commended...he didn't make a dime on writing this or his other Harry Potter fan-fiction sequels. He did, IMHO an excellent job and while there were times when you could tell this wasn't Rowling's work, it didn't detract at all from the story. I also don't believe in criticizing work that is created purely without financial gain so I'll refrain from delving into details that could wo ...more
Jan 10, 2008 Aimee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Harry Potter Fans
While this book isn't a Rowling, there is definitely a Potterverse feel to it. Don't go in there expecting a replica of the previous 7, but do expect to enjoy the story and some of the new characters (and a few old) that have been introduced.

Once you get through the first few chapters which are mostly inundated with Mugglisms/Americanisms, the book is quite a good read and up to the test of following Harry Potter.

Once the story got rolling I found myself downloading the next chapter immeadiately
Leonor (Ner)
Jul 31, 2012 Leonor (Ner) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans and those who are ardently wishing a good continuation of the saga,
Recommended to Leonor (Ner) by: Eduardo Serra
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Dec 04, 2012 Siobhan rated it did not like it
I read this when it was still available as a free PDF. I wouldn't have paid for it (I know there's another pay copy of a spin off of this fan fiction).

I have nothing against fan fiction. My own has taught me so much about writing in general that I will always have a soft spot for the concept. But I would never dream of making money off my fan fics, and that's probably the first problem that I have with this fan fic. Especially as it has led to court cases on copyright infringement.

But also, too
Feb 10, 2016 Gergana marked it as zzz-books-not-for-me
DNF: 20% Read in January 27 till 28, 2016

This book is absolutely amazing!
1. The style - very similar to miss Rowling's,
2. the magical world and Hogwarts - wonderfully described, yet enough of new elements are introduced to satisfy your needs,
3. the three main characters - feel like part of Miss Rowling's world, yet, they are different from the original cast. Love that James doesn't like living in his father's shadow and that he wants to be different.
4. new twists, the story takes on a complet
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Pam Marin
Mar 10, 2012 Pam Marin rated it it was amazing
This was almost as good as the original series. The essence of the Harry Potter books was captured in this story, but with the son. The use of historical figures as well as mythological figures helps the reader connect. The story has all the intrigue build in. I got to a point that could not put it down. Great read for young adults, as well as adults. Would recommend highly
Trina (Between Chapters)
May 23, 2012 Trina (Between Chapters) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans
I'm torn between 3 or 4 stars for this book (again!). It was definitely well written, and had a very similar tone and voice as the original Harry Potter series. The characters and the happenings all felt genuine. But there were a few scenes I just didn't take to - some new creatures and magical practices didn't quite feel at home in Rowling's universe, and some scenes were very talky and harder to get through so that I felt like reading was a chore at times. I was able to predict a lot of things ...more
Nov 16, 2010 Alex rated it it was ok
Over the last decade I have read an embarrassing amount of Harry Potter fan fiction. So it's probably surprising that I haven't gotten round to this until now. But after reading I think it wasn't really worth the bother.

It was very very well written. No spelling or continuity errors that plague the majority of fan fiction. But Lippert is obviously not Rowling. The whole story lacked a "Rowlingesque" feel to it. And it had a lot of the popular elements of fan fiction that i can't stand in it. Am
Most fan fiction is unreadable crap, but there are a few authors who can actually write at a professional level, or nearly so. If you like Harry Potter and the very idea of fan fiction doesn't make you turn up your nose, then this next generation story is worth reading. While I didn't like all of the elements Lippert added into the "canon" universe (the Americans and the "quantum" explanation of magic, for instance), it's otherwise very much in the same spirit as the original books.
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This book was both an easy and a difficult read: at times I wanted to stop reading and at times I found it good. I was as big a Harry Potter fan as anyone, but I never read fanfic before, because I just didn't think it felt right, I didn't want to get my "journey" messed up with many different fictional universes - many with dubious quality, to put it nicely.

So this was my first fanfic experience. I'm in a very foreign country, learning a very foreign language and reading about complicated and
Jul 24, 2009 Tori rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
So I ran into this online. (I think I actually saw it mentioned on GoodReads) and I am a HUGE Harry Potter dork.
I started reading this and literally felt dirty for the first 20 pages, so I stopped. I felt as if I was betraying Rowling. However, I looked this book up on wiki and apparently Rowling tried to stop the production of this and then talked with the author and gave her blessing as long as it is promoted as fan fic. But that's wiki..who knows if that is true.
So I picked up where I left
Nov 23, 2011 Kenzi rated it it was amazing
I gave this 5 stars instead of 4 purely out of my enjoyment of the book not necessarily the quality of writing. The tone of it definitely stays true to Rowling, her books, and the characters. I believe the author is just like the rest of us fans who are a little sad that we have no more Harry Potter books or movies to look forward to. So he gave us what we needed. And I gulped it down nonetheless. As I first started reading it, I was surprised that I was a little teary-eyed and emotional. It rea ...more
Gabbo Parra
Sep 15, 2011 Gabbo Parra rated it really liked it
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Sasha Sardar
Apr 30, 2011 Sasha Sardar rated it it was amazing
There’s always some truth in fiction, and who would know better than the son of a legend? James Potter, the son of Wizard Hero Harry Potter, is the main character of this unofficial sequel to the legendary series. He starts his first year on a nervous note, and starts a journey to learn to accept himself as James Potter, and not Harry Potter’s son. It’s a curious story, and subtle, clever references are made to events that fans will recognize, and new readers will want to know more about. There ...more
Gillian Morag Ivy
Jul 23, 2013 Gillian Morag Ivy rated it it was ok
The prologue was good, and so I had high hopes for a nostalgic walk through my childhood memories of reading the real Harry Potter. But unfortunately, as soon as I got into chapter one, it fell completely flat.
The writing itself was fine, the characters were fine, the continuation of the last scene front he real books was fine. But... Something wasn't right. I wondered to myself what, exactly, felt wrong with the book.
And then I realized: it was so AMERICAN. The Harry Potter books are essenti
Danny Phanton
May 15, 2015 Danny Phanton rated it really liked it
Leído para el 2015 Reading Challenge. #44. Escrito en otro idioma.

Reseña completa en mi blog: La cueva de Danny.

Un poco lento al principio pero conforme va avanzando se pone cada vez mejor, para ser un fanfic esta bien escrito y bien desarrollado. Se los recomiendo.
May 19, 2015 Madi rated it really liked it
Star Rating:

About 3.5 or 4 stars, I can't decide


It follows Harry Potter's son, James, through his first year at Hogwarts.


James: He was a bit too much like Harry for my liking. He could also be very rude, stubborn, and headstrong at times. So he certainly wasn't my favorite character, but he was alright.
Zane: He was my favorite. I loved how he joked around and always kept things lighthearted, but he also knew when to be serious and responsible. Just a perfect mixture of each.
Sarah Stevens
Jun 20, 2013 Sarah Stevens rated it it was ok
When I saw this book in eReads for my iPhone, I was really pleased. I thought it would be great to indulge in my love for the wizarding world with a fresh set of stories, especially since the ratings weren't half bad.

But just a few pages in and I couldn't believe how awful it was. I couldn't even make it through until the end of the second chapter, and I almost always finish a book once I've started.

First off are just the blatant incongruencies. I mean, if you are going to do a Potter continuat
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