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James Potter and the Vault of Destinies

(James Potter #3)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  5,723 ratings  ·  475 reviews
This Changes Everything...

It is a year of change and upheaval for the entire Potter family. Harry, as head Auror, has been sent to the United States to help investigate a nefarious underground group whose proclaimed goals are to unite the Muggle and magical world by any means necessary. Unwilling to be separated for the lengthy trip, Ginny insists that family accompany Har
ebook, 576 pages
Published January 1st 2010
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G. Lippert
Jan 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Is it bad form to rate one's own book?

I enjoyed this story, as the author, because it gave me so much more wiggle room for invention. Taking the story out of Hogwarts and into Alma Aleron made it a much more personal story, and allowed me to make up my own rules along the way, which I quite like.

Furthermore, the Megaplot (as I call it) is finally becoming fully evident. In this story our main conflict is finally introduced, along with the key players. It is a bit more grown up than my previous
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm 3 books into Lippert's series and it's still very nicely done. In this book, the action shifts to the US as James and his family and friends visit the magical community in Philadelphia and the wizarding school, Alma Aleron. The new environment is painted vividly, and gives Lippert a chance to show what he can do when given free rein to build his own school of magic. It isn't as well-constructed as Hogwarts, but hey, it's an American copy, look what they did to football... Speaking of which, ...more
Stephanie F.
Jan 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Okay, well, I finally finished. One good thing about this series by G. Norman Lippert is that I did feel I grew with the main character, James. I could tell he matured, as well. However, I do feel like the story really dragged through the beginning and middle...And then I feel like the ending was rushed. Oh well.
G. Norman Lippert does have an outstanding imagination. I can tell that he has grown as a writer, too.

This part of the James Potter series has James, his family, and Ralph in the United
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Thus concludes the available series so far.

This time, we follow James, Ralph, Petra and her Muggle sister Izzy, Merlin, adopted cousin Lucy Weasley, and their families across the sea to Alma Aleron in America. We are reacquainted with Zane Walker, Benjamin Franklyn, and Theodore Jackson in their native American wizarding school.

Petra's ominous storyline continues from Lippert's The Girl on the Dock, weaving into the James Potter plot-line seamlessly and catastrophically. This story also gives us
May 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as the first two in the series. The departure from the setting and the confines of the Harry Potter world is disturbing and disjointed. I did not like Petra as a character, or the "linkage" of her dark spin-off storyline to this book. The ending is very bleak, sad and unsatisfying. This book is way too long and completely over-indulgent on the part of the author. I think the only saving graces are the elements that can be tied most closely to JK Rowling's ...more
Ryan Burt
Jan 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Ahh another Potter book down. This one was quite enjoyable. Nice twists and imagination. I was glad I read "The Girl on the Dock" before I read this book. Adds quite a bit of extra insights. Not nessessary but helpful.
Jan 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Cesar M.
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have to say that this is the best of the series so far , I hope there will be more?? The author took this to a whole new level when he took the whole magical ideals into America, where he continued on with the themes that have run in the previous books.
The book was left on an obvious cliffhanger with the Potters running home with the tail between their legs, and they used to worry about malfoy? I doubt they will anymore, not after all of this that has happened, this book has left so many que
Feb 11, 2013 rated it liked it
I was disappointed that much of the story was tied in to a spinnoff book that was called "optional reading" by the author. If you don't read that book, there are still mysteries as this story concludes.

This one took me a bit longer to get through than books one and two did. It also ended in a much darker place than I think stories in the Rowling universe should get, at least this early in the series.

I really enjoyed the glimpse of the American wizarding world offered in this book. I found the a
Nov 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book series is like a train wreck you watch from a distance. You see the engine tumbling off the tracks (book one) and it is bad, but also new and unique. Then all the cars are derailed and it's just horrible (book two) but you can't help watching with a certain perverse morbidity (book three). Of course, with train wrecks you might be caused into action, into helping, doing what you can, but here there's no incentive for doing that, for the burning wreckage is justly deserved. Still, you r ...more
Js Moir
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
The most difficult thing about infusing theological concepts into literature, is either that one gets too heavy-handed and preaches, or one loses the Truth in the 'truth' inherent in the world of the novel. With this third (final?) telling of the Potter universe, the author succeeds in grasping the truth of the novel, but in doing so, gives validity to the Lie that (as Wm. Gilbert said) "Virtue is triumphant only in theatrical performances." The main evil character should have been Lilith, rathe ...more
May 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: english-fiction
At last, i finished this book! It took forever to actually come to the end. The third book of James Potter's adventure shows how every character grow especially James, Albus, Petra & Lucy. It become darker, complicated & confusing at certain point (at least to me).
This book contain the world that majority come from the author imagination including the world under water, New Amsterdam, Alma Aleron & the overall American world of magic community. This is a good turn which make the stor
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
He showed himself as Zane's Father!!!!! Smart move!

"For a moment, he thought he saw his own name there. He shook his head and blinked. That was ridiculous, of course.

Mr. Walker turned the computer slightly, and clicked a button. The text on the screen disappeared"
Oct 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
Of the first three James Potter books, I found this one to be my least favorite and that mostly came from the intensification of the problems I had with the first and second book. Any sense of the difference in ages of characters was still further from the mind of Mr. Lippert but this was more forgivable in this book because there were far less improbable eleven year old characters. This novel also featured the first change in location from England to America that I at first welcomed. When I had ...more
Staci Wallace
Jun 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
The third book in the James Potter series was definitely the best so far. The story takes a much darker and dramatic turn when James and Ralph relocate to the Alma Aleron campus for the school year. James is sucked further into the mysterious and powerful world of Petra Morgenstern, which ultimately leads to a world changing event. Mr. Lippert does an excellent job at creating the wizarding world in the U.S, creating new games and venues. I just can't wait for the next book in the series!
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James Potter and the Vault of Destinies (James Potter #3), G. Norman Lippert
Anna Nesterovich
Jul 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Oh my, it's been a long, long time. It took me a year and a half to finish the book, and the only reason I did it is because I don't like to leave books unfinished if at all possible. So far, I found only one book that was absolutely impossible to finish, so I know that they can be much worse than this one.

The author is American, and though it shows in the first two books, it shines here. The action moved from Hogwarts to the New World. Which kinda kills the atmosphere. The author also persists
Of the three James Potter books, this one took me the longest time to read. I liked the book but I wasn't absorbed by it. Of all the characters, Petra was one of my least favorites and I wasn't thrilled that this book would focus on her. However, I'm not a fan of Merlin, either, so it was an even trade.

This book made me realize what Lippert sacrificed to write these books. By associating with the Harry Potter series, I don't believe he can profit from any use of the characters or ideas...but th
The Styling Librarian
James Potter and the Vault of Destinies, book 3 by G. Norman Lippert - fantasy, 4th grade and up – Well, I count this book in the sports category because of James’s experience playing the game of clutch cudgel which sounds like magical rugby. I did enjoy reading another James Potter book but it did drag on for me here and there. Overall, I found the creative world and situation to draw me in and picture some fascinating settings. Here’s a favorite quote “Holy hinkypunks! We won!” When James was ...more
Libby Snyder
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Definitely the author's strongest work in his own voice. I am amused to see Ginny turning into her mom, and I love seeing Harry as a real dad. Albus is developing decently; I hope to see more personality out of Lily at some point.

The next book is already loaded and ready to go! Hope to see this series get through the full plot arc!

I had a little bit harder of a time getting through this one - but I think that was much more on me than on the writing (I picked up knitting-while-reading, and then
Dec 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Overall, I'm glad I read these books. They were well-written and satisfying, even if they aren't J.K. Rowling's. For the most part I found this series to be a fairly accurate story in the Potter world and very entertaining. I'm now looking forward to reading more of Lippert's writing, only this time maybe not fanfiction.
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans
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Liz Avila
Apr 01, 2013 rated it liked it
In this third installment of the James Potter series, Lippert flexes his literary muscles in ways far more daring and imaginative than in the two books prior. He takes the world of Harry Potter and adds...well, the rest of the world. However, I feel that by undertaking this task in such enormity, Lippert's storyline begins to suffer under the weight of needing to explain a great deal of things that are completely unfamiliar to the reader. Entirely new places, people, cultures, eras, and even dim ...more
Elaine White
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone and everyone, HP fan or not.
Longer than the other two but much more detailed, i feel. I hated it for one reason - it made me cry! Multiple times. For every other reason i love it. It is officially my favourite of the three.

Unfortunately, it also made me relive the tragic moments of many HP books, hence the crying, as well as the shocking end. I really held out hope until the last line.

I only have one problem. I didn't write a review of book 2, because i was waiting to see if book 3 would answer my didn't! Wha
Mindy Hunter
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Honestly, this book took a while to really get into it. Right from the beginning you learn that James, Albus, Ralph, and Lucy will not be attending Hogwarts, but will be attending Alma Aleron. For some reason I just was not as fascinated with this school as I had been when I first read about Hogwarts. It was interesting, yes, but just not fascinating. The story was building for a long time, so much so that it was hard to stay entirely interested in where it was going because it just seemed to ta ...more
Caroline Åsgård
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I made it to the third book! And now I see the fourth is due any day now!

In this book, James and his family travel to America and spends the school year at Alma Aleron - A nice way to include Zane (who didn't really have that big of a role in the second book).
I guess I just have to say that there's lots of dark action and mystery happening in this book, with all of hour beloved characters.

I have to admit that this is the James Potter book I liked the least (of course I still really enjoyed it),
Lady Belinda
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic, james-potter
The third book in the James Potter Series did not disappoint. We make a journey across the Atlantic to the Americans for a year at Alma Aleron. It was very interesting to get a view of wizarding education on the American side. Joining James and his family on this trip are his Uncle Percy and his family, Ralph and his dad and for the beginning of the trip Professor Longbottom and Merlin himself. The different houses were interesting, although I think that I prefer the Hogwarts houses (but that's ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
James Potter and the Vault of Destinies is the continuation of the famous Harry Potter books (Third in it's our series). Harry's oldest son James is starting his first year at Hogwarts and starts to worry. He doesn't know if he can live up to the man that is his father. His father the hero, the boy who lived twice, the man who defeated the dark lord. James is expected by the whole of the wizarding world to either surpass or be equal to his father, and that is what worries James.

This story was i
Nov 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book was a little slow to get going, but thankfully, Lippert is a good enough writer that I enjoyed simply losing myself in the wizarding world as he describes it. However, once it did get going, I was thoroughly consumed and relatively unaware of the real world surrounding me, so much so, I finished the book with tears streaming down my face. Yes, that's right, this book made me cry.

Perhaps if J.K. Rowling ever writes her own sequels to Harry Potter, I might regret having read these books,
Mar 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, fantasy, young-adult
I love how this series stays true to J.K Rowling’s novels and yet contains its own unique elements and perspectives. Sometimes when I’m reading it, the fact that it’s fan-fiction all together abandons me.

In reading the first few chapters, we come across an interesting plot twist: James Potter, his family, relatives, and friends, are spending an year in the States, and James and Ralph’s third year will be taking place at the American Wizarding school, Alma Aleron. I was at first wary about this,
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