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“The James Potter series were an attempt by Lippert to continue the much loved Harry Potter series begun by J.K Rowling. Lippert has returned the the world Hogwarts and brought back a familiar cast of faces, including the legendary Harry Potter and pals Ron and Hermione. Cleverly, instead of...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Started off well and the overall story line/plot is a good one which fits into the Harry Potter Universe. But there is a few phrases and words through the story which inicates the writer as not a scottish or british... like trash for rubbish and in the chapter when the Americans arrive that the...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Nice continuation of the series and characters. ”Amanda A wrote this review Monday, July 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“James Potter and the Hall of Elders’ Crossing is the first book of three. The books are based on J K Rowling’s books, characters and world, but they are not written by her. The author of this series is G. Norman Lippert.
It is James’ first year at Hogwarts and we get to meet several characters from the Harry Potter series – Longbottom, many of the professors, Hagrid, and Harry, to name a few. The book was written in the essence of the Rowling books, which I was thankful for. There were no jolting scenes that made me think “that’s no right”. In fact, for fan fiction, the book was very well written. I enjoyed it immensely.
All Potter books have the Quidditch scenes. Didn’t like them in the Rowling book; didn’t like them in this book either. Sorry, but quidditch is boring and I find myself skimming over the paragraphs hoping not to miss anything important, but really not interested in the actual sport part of it. I was pleased when James didn’t make the team because it meant less quidditch scenes.
James has two friends—Zane and Ralph. It took me a short while to get used to them. Yes, I saw James as being Harry but found it difficult to replace his two friends with Ron and Hermione. And that is a good thing, because as James is battling the “I’m the son of Harry Potter” thing, the reader is battling with “he’s not Harry Potter”, and meanwhile, the three new characters carry on with what they are doing and the reader soon lets Harry Potter go and starts finding out what James Potter is all about. The interesting thing that happened at the hat sorting was that the three friends were placed in different houses. It will be fun to see how that turns out.
Going back to the subject of Harry Potter, he makes several appearances. I think that was the hardest thing to cope with—Harry as an adult, as a parent. Especially as I think of him as a teenager. Thankfully, his scenes didn’t try to upstage James and there wasn’t a lot of focus on him. He was there to be a father or to do his job, but James was the main character. It was a bit awkward for me as a reader to accept that, but I believe the author did a good job of not delving too deeply into Harry’s adult character, so our memories of him are not tarnished in any way.
Another thing I liked about this book was the references made between the original books and this one. They served as well placed reminders of what happened then, and connected the two series. It was like reading about old friends and revisiting precious memories. The author of James Potter was smart in doing this, intentionally or not.
And, of course, the author introduces us to many new characters who will, no doubt, make the journey with us through the rest of the books. I look forward to learning more about them along the way.
The climax involved Merlin. However, something was lacking from this part of the book. I felt as if something magnificent was able to happen, but it didn’t, which was a bit disappointing. Perhaps there are other plans for Merlin, to be revealed in the next book. We will have to wait and see. If that’s the case, then that’s fine, but I felt his presence was not ‘qualified’ in this book.
This isn’t a perfect book, but few are. There are sections that are long winded, as there was in the J K Rowling books too. And there are scenes that didn’t seem to go anywhere. But, overall, I enjoyed the book a lot. I felt as if I was back in Hogwarts and that is not a bad feeling. In fact, it’s a great feeling. The author introduced us to new characters, but stayed true to what we came to love. I will certainly be reading James Potter and the Curse of the Gatekeeper.”
“Started off well and the overall story line/plot is a good one which fits into the Harry Potter Universe. But there is a few phrases and words through the story which inicates the writer as not a scottish or british... like trash for rubbish and in the chapter when the Americans arrive that the word campus keeps on being used rather than school grounds. As a Scottish reader I found these to be quite jarring to read and interupted the flow.
In addition to this the whole chapter regarding the debate was not easy to follow and was very quickly skimmed through as I found nothing that moved the story on and over complicated phrases. This overly written speach and sections also spoil the natural reading of the book... Will just have to see if this trend within the next two books - If it does I will not be reading any more by this writer.”
“Dropped it, actually. Not as good as HP, of course...”Tatyana wrote this review Thursday, November 3, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Primero aclaro estar consciente de que esto es un fanfic, y que entiendo que no hay porque tomarse tan apecho el asunto. Igual me emocionó mucho leerlo, me gustó y por lo tanto me voy a dar vuelo con mi opinión (no crítica, no se criticar), así que aguas con los spoilers.
Lo que no me gustó:...posiblemente el asunto del fantasma que recién aparece por los pasillos de Hogwarts. Medio me cuadra el asunto del porque tardó tanto tiempo en aparecer, pero no me cuadra que siendo obvio por todo lo que acontece que James ya le habló a su padre sobre él, la reacción de Harry ni siquiera se contemple, supuse que sería algo merecedor de unas líneas considerando la historia detras. Tampoco lo dificil que le parece al Ministerio hacerse cargo de la Ley del secretismo ahora que la "tecnología ha avanzad tanto"... intentó hacerlo verse válido pero la verdad es que en el Potterverso habría sido cuestión de unos minutos, o tal vez uno o dos minutos de platica entre el Ministro muggle y el mágico, tantán.
Lo que me gustó: La villana...o villanos...los malos pues. No es que me hayan agradado mucho, lo que trato de decir es que disfruté muchisimo odiándolos, en especial a la pretenciosa y petulante Tabitha, la manera en que lla y el tema de los progresistas estos me hacían hervir la sangre era digno de mencionarse. Y es que ahora que ya he visto el final de la guerra contra voldy hasta en cines y por fin suspiro aliviada y veo al trío por fin encontrando la paz y una vidad para ellos, que les salgan con ja-la-das como esa es de reventarlos a crucios, en serio.
También me fascinó la clase de Tecnomancia, creo que es el aporte mas destacado en este fic, las clases con el intrigante profesor Jackson (aderezadas con las ocurrencias de Zane xD) me tenían incluso a mi trabajando el coco; este profesor me gustó a aun mas que la aparición de Franklin (y el Benji me cae bien con todo y todo eh).
Los Gremmlins,...son la onda. Creo que Teddy no pudo ser mejor desarrollado, sus apariciones, lo diverso de sus mienbros y las personalidades de todos encajaban perfecto, idolatro a la joven Petra (la prefiero a ella con Ted antes que a Victoire, ).
Snape y Merlín son algo que quiero conocer mas en la próxima parte, Snape estuvo...neh, bien, aunque esperé mas ciertamente y de Merlín no hay mucho que decir, tal vez si Albus estuviera vivo sería compradrazos de parras, están igual de safados pero...pues a fin de cuentas es muy poco lo que se ve, hay que esperar el próximo fic; así veremos que onda con el pequeño Albus, con Rose, con Scorpius y claro, mas desmadre con el jovencito James.
Por último, las apariciones de Harry. Para que leeríamos este fic si no sería por él. El autor lo sabe así que no nos iba a privar de ello, y yo no me quejo. La relación de Harry y James es entrañable, cuando él o alguno de los antiguos personajes aparece la complicidad entre el lector y la historia engancha, desde el famoso trío hasta los profesores, no se puede evitar. Ver que James, Zane y Ralph no son una copia del trío de oro es un regalo aparte. Las nuevas costumbres de las casas y el acceso a las salas comunes (resultado de la unión que inició en la guerra supongo), los cambios en la escuela y algunas reglas son cerecitas extras, que esperabamos que pasara (si no para que se fregó tanto el héroe ntes eh?). Y bueno, en fin, buena historia , voy por la que sigue. ”
“The James Potter series were an attempt by Lippert to continue the much loved Harry Potter series begun by J.K Rowling. Lippert has returned the the world Hogwarts and brought back a familiar cast of faces, including the legendary Harry Potter and pals Ron and Hermione. Cleverly, instead of continuing their stories, Lippert has greated a whole new generation of trouble makers and world savers in their Children.
James Potter and the Hall of Elders Crossing is the first of G Norman Lippert's James Potter series. It follows the adventures of Harry Potter's eldest son as he starts his first year at Hogwarts. We see the return of well loved characters, from Harry Potter himself, to Hagrid, Professor Mcgonagall and Severus Snape. Lippert however, uses the well known cast of Rowlings series as a background to his own story, instead featuring eldest Potter son, James Potter (Gryffindor), Muggle born American transfer student Zane (Ravenclaw) and the powerful but bumbling Ralph (Slytherin). Amidst a year studying with the American teachers of Alma Aleron, including the centuries old Ben Franklyn, the eery Madame Delacriox and the inscrutible Technomany tutor Professor Jackson.
It is up to James and his friends to learn which of the Americans are on their side and which intend to return the dreaded Merlinus Ambrocious to the mortal realm.
The JP series is an excellent way to reimerse yourself in the Harry Potter realm amongst muggles, voodoo witches and dark magical artefacts. It is an enticing mixture of well loved familiarity and newly imagined that keeps readers looking for more. Definitely worth checking out if you would love another bite of the Harry Potter world.”