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The James Potter series is five (four written so far) self-published online novels written by American computer animator George Norman Lippert from 2007-2013. It is a fanonical continuation of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter book series. Written as a fanfiction project for Lippert's wife and sons, the novels start eighteen years after the end of the last official instalment in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and describe the adventures of Harry Potter's eldest son, James Potter II, during his years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and the American wizarding school Alma Aleron School of Magical Humanities and Spellcraft.[1]

The series has been very popular, gaining over a million readers. 40,000 people read the second book at its launch date. The books are available on the series website in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI format, and are currently being produced into audiobooks by Living Audio, UK.

A side novel, The Girl on the Dock, taking place between James' second and third year, is available on sale at all booksellers, and is not self-published.

Books

James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing

Based upon the characters and worlds of J. K. Rowling, this book tells the story of Harry Potter's son James, and his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The story is tied to the return of Merlin.

James Potter and the Curse of the Gatekeeper

A continuation of Lippert's previous novel, James Potter and the Hall of Elder's Crossing. This takes place where the epilogue of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows leaves off. It follows Harry's two sons, James and Albus in their adventures in Hogwarts. The story is tied to the descent of the Gatekeeper after
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Merlin's return and the bloodline of Voldemort.

The Girl on the Dock

Unlike the other books in the series, The Girl on the Dock is available for sale in all booksellers, and focuses on one character in the series, Petra Morganstern. The book describes Petra's summer and her inner struggle between good and evil and how it plays out on the Morganstern Farm.

James Potter and the Vault of Destinies

"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."
—G. Norman Lippert

Follow James and Albus along with the Potter family and friends on their adventures in America. The story is tied to the only sorceress and the mystery of the switching of the destinies through the crimson threads in the Vault at Alma Aleron.

James Potter and the Morrigan Web

James Potter returns to Hogwarts with his friends for his fourth year of wizarding education. The story is tied to Judith, the Collector, Headmaster Grudje, and Avior Dorchascathan (Timothy Dumbledore) building the powerful Morrigan Web.

James Potter and the Crimson Thread

Lippert cannot confirm that the book will be written, only the title, but he knows what will happen in it.

Audiobooks

The series is currently being produced into audiobooks by Living Audio, UK. All will be free, except The Girl on the Dock.[2] A sample of the audiobook for James Potter and the Curse of the Gatekeeper has already been released here.

Response by Rowling

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.[1] 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."[1]

However, after Lippert offered Rowling an advance copy of the first novel, Rowling dismissed her threat[3] and said she supported the novel and any others like it.[3] Lippert subsequently produced a sequel to the first, James Potter and the Curse of the Gatekeeper.[3] After the novel first appeared online in early November 2007, some 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.[4]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ross, Shan (2007-11-19). Rowling goes Potty over US bid to post Harry's son's story on web. The Scotsman. Retrieved on 2007 November 19.
  2. James Potter Series. Facebook (2014).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 On Eve of James Potter Sequel, Harry Potter fan Fiction Heats up: Unlikely Author Poised to Keep the Story Alive. PRWEB (2008). Retrieved on 2010 July 20.
  4. CHEESER (2007-11-09). Elder's Crossing, James Potter, Book 8, RIP. Retrieved on 2007 November 9.

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