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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Book review: James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing, by G. Norman Lippert

James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing (James Potter, #1)James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing by G. Norman Lippert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not a fan of fan fiction, which is why I resisted reading this book for so long. However, after multiple re-readings of HP and watching all the movies, I was still craving more Hogwarts. I saw that JK Rowling had given this series her blessing, so I started reading...and was pleasantly surprised.

Lippert does justice to the world of Hogwarts, and his grown-up versions of HP characters could almost be written by Rowling herself. They're very much the way I imagined them. Unlike some readers, I found the introduction of technomancy a nice feature. I wasn't quite as thrilled by the American invasion, but after 7 years at Hogwarts in the HP series with scarcely an acknowledgement of the former colonies, it seemed almost inevitable.

The book didn't quite have Rowling's magic (pun semi-intended) and I think it's because Lippert couldn't reproduce the chemistry among the main characters that was such a big part of HP. I liked James, but the secondary characters didn't leave much of an impression. I suspect they'll grow on me over the course of the series. Yes, I intend to read the other books: Lippert has me hooked.

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