The biggest question I had after immersing myself in this amazing epic over several sleepless nights was why the tale isn’t widely recognized as the best Harry Potter fic written. The author is quite possibly the most gifted writer I’ve encountered when it comes to picking up on the mood, perspectives and imaginative writing style that JKR utilized, while introducing his own unique and creative spin on the story. With brilliantly developed magics and theories as well as well-rounded, richly drawn original characters, G. Norman Lippert has so deftly picked up where JKR left off that you will begin to question whether he might actually BE J.K. Rowling!
This post-DH, next-gen fic covers James Sirius Potter’s first year at Hogwarts. The familiar theme of boarding school adventures is present, though now we follow the journey of a boy attempting to become his own person outside the shadow of the legendary Boy-Who-Lived. With similar inclinations for snooping, it isn’t long before James finds out more than he should know about mysterious happenings at Hogwarts. Ultimately the way he handles his adventures helps to define James as decidedly his own person, as opposed to making his character (and thus the story) a mere copy of the original Harry Potter.
The cameos of canon characters (Harry, McGonagall, Slughorn, etc.) help to set the tone, but it is the author’s own inventions which make this story so phenomenal. The story primarily features original characters, drawn so vividly and so intrinsically linked to the HP universe that you’ll forget they weren’t included in canon. The spells, magical theories and creative approaches to magical education were so carefully and thoughtfully crafted that I found myself checking the HP Lexicon to distinguish between what was and was not developed by JKR. A tribute to “That Hideous Strength” will delight fans of C.S. Lewis, as well. A completed sequel, James Potter and the Curse of the Gatekeeper, is up, along with companion tales, a compendium, and more.