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The Girl on the Dock by G. Norman Lippert
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Apr 06, 12

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Read from April 05 to 06, 2012

A supplement to Lippert's "James Potter" series, this novel revolves solely around Petra Morganstern, a recent Hogwarts graduate and James' fellow Gryffindor housemate.

Firstly, this novel was actually published and is NOT of the free series. It does not include any of the official names or places that appeared in Rowling's works. They are alluded to, but not named (intellectual property laws and all that).

The story takes us to the Morganstern farm, where Petra lives with her Grandfather Warren, his wife Phyllis, and her daughter (Petra's stepsister) Izabella aka "Izzy" or "Iz". Petra returns to the farm and a life she despises without knowing why.

Her grandfather denounced his magical heritage when he married Phyllis, a rather brusque and irritating woman who disdains all things "unnatural". Phyllis treats her daughter Izzy with disdain as well, since Izzy is mentally disabled. Phyllis tends to see her daughter as a hobble, or some sort of punishment. She refuses to pay a special school to take Izzy and further her education, opting to send her to a nearby work-farm instead.

Petra senses that her returning to the farm may be because she feels the need to protect her little sister. Deep down inside, she knows she needs the time and space to evaluate her choices in the culminating event of her last year at Hogwarts.

The story is stemmed from a solid idea, and an imaginative glimpse into the world of a graduated and singularly gifted witch. However, the overall story fell a little flat to me. It takes place in one location, over the course of a few weeks. The main conflict takes place in Petra's head, a struggle wrought in the events at the end of the second James Potter novel (almost a prerequisite read if you hope to have any understanding of the plot of this story). The peripheral conflict is personified through Phyllis, although by the end of the story the two conflicts are tied up into one damning scene.

While this story was likable on it's own, it lacks some of the "magical" characteristics that made the James Potter series such an internet sensation: the story is too far removed from the Potterverse world that the fan-fiction is based on to really stand on it's own. Basically, it's a good supplemental work to the JP series, but not enough of a complete work to interest me on it's own.
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