I stumbled across G. Norman Lippert’s fan fiction novel James Potter and the Hall of Elders’ Crossing unintentionally, but I’m happy I did because this book provided me with a nice interlude from my work. If you read this blog regularly, you know I’m a huge fan of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. Lippert’s first James Potter book did not disappoint.
I was reluctant to accept certain details at first, but Lippert is very respectful of Rowling’s HP storyworld and it didn’t take long for him to gain my trust. In fact, Lippert successfully walks the line between paying tribute to / being consistent with Rowling’s books and creating new story material.
The characters are every bit as likable as those in HP (Zane (with his troublesome mouth) is a personal favorite of mine, and Ted is reminiscent of the Weasley twins at their finest) — and at times they seem to have just a little bit more sense than their predecessors.
I don’t want to spoil any of the plot here, so suffice it to say that this book was an enjoyable and quick read and that if you want more about the HP story world, it’s a really good piece of fan fiction. I’ve already started reading the second book in the series….
GOOD FOR: Fans of Harry Potter, fantasy lovers, and readers who enjoy a young adult story every now and then.
BAD FOR: People who really don’t want to revisit Rowling’s storyworld unless she’s the one writing it, anyone who’s going to fight the plot/characters the whole way through, and people who generally dislike fun books.
GOOD WITH: the Harry Potter series (obviously), The Once and Future King, and The Hobbit.