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James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing by G. Norman Lippert
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Mar 21, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: my-ebooks, book-series, fan-fic, fantasy
Read from March 21 to 29, 2012

While Lippert definitely has his own writing flair, this piece of fan fiction really upheld the world that Rowling originally introduced to readers worldwide. Picking up about where Rowling had left off, with Harry and Ginny the parents of three of their own children, Lippert explores the newly reconstructed, post-Battle Hogwarts through the eyes of Harry's eldest son, James.

James boards the Hogwarts Express anticipating the trials and opportunities of his first year at Hogwarts. He is aware almost instantly of the desire to be his own person, not influenced by his father's famous past, and the consciousness to aspire to be in some way as great as Harry was in his school days. This theme of "being in the shadow" of his father is carried throughout the story, and readers of Rowling's original works may find themselves constantly comparing James to Harry on some level as well. James befriends two boys on the train; Ralph Deedle, a Muggle-born English boy, and Zane Walker, a Muggle-born "exchange student" from America. True to the formula expected in HP-esque stories, these initial friends become part of the charismatic trio that the story will center on.

Shortly into the school year, the boys become aware of a foul plot afoot, one they believe is orchestrated within Hogwarts' own walls. James, being a Potter, is quick to pick up on and be attracted to the dangerous task ahead. True to form, his two cronies are pulled into the plan as well.

Lippert re-imagines the Wizarding World in this tale, introducing the staff of an American Wizarding school, the Alma Alerons, as well as a colorful cast of characters- some pulled from the familiar pages of an American history textbook, as well as popular worldwide legends. The plot of the story itself twists and turns, growing to an exciting climatic showdown in the Forbidden Forest, and culminating with a well-learned lesson at the end.

There are a few minor complaints I have about the story. One was the lack of consistency with some details. A vague example (I hate spoilers) is that an American Professor takes 50 points from both Gryffindor and Ravenclaw for an attempt to switch a personal belonging. Later in the story, those lost points are attributed to the attempted theft of a classmate's Quidditch broomstick. There were also a few instances in which it became mildly confusing who was addressing whom, and a minor issue with formatting in the ebook (I read through Goodreads on my iPhone, and realize formatting issues can be attributed to a number of reasons, so perhaps other readers will not experience the minor irritations in this regard that I did, mostly involving the beginnings of new paragraphs mid-sentence, etc).

Overall, while this work is not as flawless as Rowling's original series, it is a very well-written, intricate continuation of the rich landscape of the "Potterverse". If you were an original Potter fan and are looking for a new means to explore the Wizarding World and meet new characters within it, this may be what you've been looking for.

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Quotes Marizabeth Liked

G. Norman Lippert
“Know your feelings. Master them or they will master you.”
G. Norman Lippert, James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing

G. Norman Lippert
“The scariest people in the world are not always the ones who are bent on evil, James. Sometimes, the scariest person is the one who mistakes their own lies for truth.”
G. Norman Lippert, James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing

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