The James Potter series is an unofficial continuation (sequel-series) of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels, written by American author, G. Norman Lippert. The series centres around Harry's first-born son, James Sirius Potter, and begins eighteen years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, one year before the epilogue. Originally written as a fanonical project, the series is now an international success, gaining more than a million readers worldwide, and being translated into over nine different languages.
The series consists of five novels with an additional published spin-off titled The Girl on the Dock that takes place between the books of the main series.
Titles of the series
The author has released online four of planned five books in the James Potter series, as well as published spin-offs.
The following is a list of the five books in the James Potter series. Each novel corresponds to a year-long period of time, usually in reference to James Potter's year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry or its American counterpart in the series, Alma Aleron School of Magical Humanities and Spellcraft. The fifth and final novel skips ahead three years to James' seventh year at Hogwarts.
- James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing (2007)
- James Potter and the Curse of the Gatekeeper (2008)
- James Potter and the Vault of Destinies (2010)
- James Potter and the Morrigan Web (2013)
- James Potter and the Crimson Thread (2017)
These stories are available on the series website in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI portable formats, with print versions at the Grotto Keep Forum. Audiobook versions of the first four books are currently available for download on the Living Audio, UK website and for streaming as a podcast.
The following are complementary books, which correspond to the series:
- The Girl on the Dock: A Petra Morganstern Story (2008): a published spin-off featuring Petra Morganstern, a character introduced in the novels, and taking place between the second and third books of the series
- Harry's First Christmas and Other Tales (2008): a Christmas-themed short story collection released online featuring stories about the Founders, the Marauders, and Petra Morganstern
- Ruins of Camelot (2011): a published book by the same author taking place years before the main series; the main character of this novel, Princess Gabriella, makes a cameo appearance in the fourth book of the James Potter series, suggesting a shared universe.
G. Norman Lippert began writing his first James Potter story as a cathartic exercise the day after finishing J. K. Rowling's remarkable "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows". What began as a mere drabble quickly evolved into a complete novel. Lippert, a computer animator by profession, created a custom website teasing the novel's release, featuring a computer-generated trailer of the Harry Potter logo transforming into the new James Potter series logo.
Harry Potter fans on the Internet initially speculated that the site might be part of an elaborate viral marketing campaign for an official continuation or spinoff of Harry Potter, one either written or at least approved by Rowling herself. On November 9, 2007, Rowling's agent Neil Blair denied that Rowling was in any way involved with the purported project, and Warner Bros., the studio which owns the rights to the Harry Potter film series, denied that the novel was in any way connected to the official Harry Potter franchise. A Scholastic spokesperson also denied that the novel was the eighth book in the Harry Potter series.
On 19 November, 2007, The Scotsman reported that Rowling had threatened legal action against Lippert for allegedly violating her intellectual property rights by producing and publishing the novels. A specialist in intellectual property law at Strathclyde University commented that, "If an insubstantial character from a novel is taken and built up by another author in a new story, that can be a defence against copyright infringements." However, after Rowling's agency agreed to an advance copy of the story, Rowling dismissed her threat and said she supported the novel and any others like it (if for free or non-profit).
The novel, titled James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing, gained worldwide attention and was featured in international news media, including the Scotsman newspaper, Canadian Public Radio, and Fox News affiliates across the United States, among others. In 2008, the website for the sequel was launched, immediately creating buzz in the Harry Potter community and garnering over thirty-thousand hits in its first few weeks. Released in September of 2008, James Potter and the Curse of the Gatekeeper achieved 40,000 readers in its first week. Together, the two James Potter stories have been translated into more than half a dozen languages and viewed by an estimated million-plus readers worldwide.
The series has continued to grow in popularity with the release of a published spin-off in 2008, The Girl on the Dock, followed by two more novels, James Potter and the Vault of Destinies in 2010 and James Potter and the Morrigan Web in 2013. As of 2017, G. Norman Lippert has released teasers for the final novel in the series, James Potter and the Crimson Thread, coming soon. Currently, the works of the James Potter series have a combined total of nearly 40,000 reviews on Goodreads, the highest for any fanfiction. Since 2014, Living Audio, U.K. has also been producing audiobook versions of the series, narrated by Justin Sargeant. The first four books are currently available at the Living Audio website, while The Girl on the Dock and Ruins of Camelot are available for purchase from online retailers such as Audible.
Overall, the James Potter stories have been well-received, averaging four out five stars per book, with 40,000 mostly positive reviews on Goodreads.com. Here's what some readers have said about the James Potter series:
"The biggest question I had after immersing myself in this amazing epic over several sleepless nights was why the tale isn't widely recognised as the best Harry Potter fic written." -- Gioia
"(Four out of four stars) This is one of the few 'fan fictions' that seems to come close to crossing the border between online wishing and real life writings...I was happy to be back in that Harry Potter world - and I really did feel like I was." -- Purply Cookie
"Once in a very long while, you'll read a fan fiction author that makes you feel as if the piece you're reading is SO good, it should probably be canon. I didn't expect to be impressed with Lippert's James Potter series, and yet, unbelievably, I'm bowled over." -- Tara Lynn
"The best compliment I can give this - is that you forget J. K. Rowling didn't write it as you were reading it." -- Briansgirl
"G. Norman Lippert has outdone himself, taking a concept that many would churn out as trite 'fan-fiction', and instead creating a literary piece that stands out as a spiritual successor - to J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series." -- Trent Rayner
"If there's ever any more new books to the Harry Potter series, this is the closest it can get." -- Mounica
- James Potter series website
- Original Hall of Elders' Crossing Website
- James Potter Series Facebook
- Hogwarts Next Generation Twitter
- James Potter series on Goodreads
- The Grotto Keep Forum (including links to print versions)
- Living Audio produced audiobooks of the series
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 On Eve of James Potter Sequel, Harry Potter fan Fiction Heats up: Unlikely Author Poised to Keep the Story Alive
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Mark Schliebs (2007-11-09). Web abuzz with Harry Potter sequel rumours. Retrieved on 2007 November 9.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Has A Local Man Written An 8th Harry Potter Book?
- ↑ CHEESER (2007-11-09). Elder's Crossing, James Potter, Book 8, RIP. Retrieved on 2007 November 9.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Shannon Maughan (2007-11-09). RDR Books Agrees to Delay Potter Title. Retrieved on 2008 February 13.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Rowling goes Potty over US bid to post Harry's son's story on web