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James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing


James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing is the first in a four-book series by G. Norman Lippert, who wrote the books for his children. The entire series has also been made into a podcast, read by the British narrator, Jus Sargeant. Sargeant livens up the book by reading each character's words in a different voice. When reading women's parts, his voice sometimes takes on the questionably-gendered tones of a Monte Python actor playing a woman.

This Harry Potter fan-fiction book begins with Harry's oldest son, James, leaving for his first year at Hogwarts, a bit trepidatious about following in his fabulously famous father's footsteps. On the train to Hogwarts, James meets two boys, Zane and Ralph. The three become fast friends, just as Harry, Ron, and Hermione did a generation before. By the way, the three old friends are still around and make appearances from time to time. Harry features most prominently in his roll as Head Auror, and of course, as James' father. Many of the old teachers are still at Hogwarts. Mrs. McGonagall is the Head Mistress. Neville Longbottom is now Professor Longbottom, the Herbology teacher. Hogwarts has been completely rebuilt, but not exactly as it was, with changes appearing as blank spots on the Marauder's Map. The Room of Requirements is still available when needed, and Lippert appears to have added a new secret passage or two.

As in the first Harry Potter book, the story develops slowly, at first. Eventually, we learn that a new plot is afoot to wrest authority from the wizarding world leadership and to control the Muggle world as well. Of course, the Slytherins are deeply involved, ostensibly convinced that the victors of the war with Valdimort have distorted the facts, and in so doing, have unjustly cast Voldemort as an evil villain. A new villain comes into the picture, but I will not spoil things for you by revealing too much. You can download all four books here for free, and you can get the entire podcast series for free here.

If you enjoy Harry Potter fan fiction or get a nostalgic feeling whenever you're reminded of the original characters, you'll likely enjoy reading the James Potter books or listening to the podcast. Thank goodness J.K. Rowling appears to be perfectly happy letting Harry Potter fan fiction flourish, as long as the authors don't try to make money off her characters. Long Live Harry Potter!



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