James Potter and the Hall of Elders’ Crossing by G. Norman Lippert
Series: James Potter #1
Publication: August 22nd 2012
Format: eBook Pages: 552
‘What’s it like to be the son of the most famous wizard of all time?
James Potter thinks he knows, but as he begins his own adventure at Hogwarts, he discovers just how much of a challenge it really is to live up to the legend of the great Harry Potter. As if it wasn’t enough dealing with the delegates from the American wizarding school and figuring out the mysteriously polite Slytherins, James and his new friends, Ralph and Zane, begin to uncover a secret plot that could pit the Muggle and the Magical worlds against each other in all-out war.
Now, with the help of Ted Lupin and his band of merry mischief makers (The Gremlins), James must race to stop a war that could change the world forever. His only hope is to learn the difference between being a hero and being the son of a hero.’ – Goodreads
The first of Lippert’s collection of adventures starring Harry Potter’s first-born, James Potter, is quite possibly the most elaborate fanfic I have ever come across (there are four books in the collection now, four books).
James’s story begins on Platform 9 ¾, which whisks him away to Hogwarts while he worries about the future of potential disappointment ahead. When the train arrives at the school, James finds himself feeling out of place as he struggles to live up to his father’s reputation. He makes friends with the unlikeliest of people and soon discovers that Hogwarts’ latest American guests aren’t what they seem and there’s something sinister going on in the Forbidden Forest.
The story is similar to the canon in the sense that a group of kids end up involved in the dangers of the adult world, which leads to adventures and page-turning plot twists. I liked the introduction of American students and teachers; Rowling has extended her magical world to other parts of the world with the introduction of Castelobruxo, Ilvermorny, Koldovstoretz, Mahoutokoro, and Uagandou, so it seems normal for there to be some kind of interaction between these schools. It was interesting to read the potential inventions, magical knowledge and cultural differences the Americans could bring to Hogwarts.
The new teachers brought new classes along with them. I was particularly intrigued by the Technomancy class, but I didn’t like Lippert putting students of different ages in the same classes (and the same dorm rooms). I understand American influence in class material but I don’t see why having American visitors would change the way Hogwarts is run.
Yes, there were some plot holes, Hogwarts security seems a little laxer in The Hall of Elders’ Crossing than it is in the canon. Harry and Neville didn’t sound like themselves at all – which is why I’m glad they didn’t have bigger roles in this book. Harry repeatedly saying ‘my boy’ to James was annoying and very unlike him. I ship canon so I was glad all the canon couples were intact in The Hall of Elders’ Crossing and I loved the Gremlins, Ted’s little group of rebels (Lupin would be rolling in his grave!).
When it comes to fanfic it’s better to judge it for what it is than to repeatedly compare it to canon. As it stands, The Hall of Elders’ Crossing is an enjoyable read and I did like it despite the bits and bobs here and there. I would recommend it for those interested in picking up a new Harry Potter fanfic – but only if you’re open to the idea of American influences seeping into the Hogwarts you know and love.
You can download and read The Hall of Elders’ Crossing for free on Goodreads.