James Potter and the Curse of the Gate Keeper by G. Norman Lippert
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.
In some ways, I feel the need to steal some of the language of my review of the first book in this series.
Let’s judge it for what it is. It is fan fiction. It is not J.K. Rowling nor is it Harry Potter.
In some ways, it’s like watching (in my opinion) the first few Harry Potter movies, where many of the details from the books were changed or omitted and you’re still grappling with how Hogwarts in the movies wasn’t exactly the way you had imagined it when reading the books.
I made the effort while reading this second book to keep that same philosophy in mind. But I found this book more gimicky than the first which left me not as pleased in it as I was expecting to be.
The Curse of the Gatekeeper finds James at the point of the epilogue in the Deathly Hallows. Albus Severus is going to Hogwarts and is concerned about which house he’ll be put in. I liked Albus’ character. The revelation of which house he is sorted into and the rivalry that is created between the brothers was compelling. It is both realistic and was different than what was experienced in Harry Potter. I appreciate the differences, because, once again, I recognize this is fan fiction and not meant to be the same.
However, there seemed to be some effort made to make more parallels to Harry Potter with this book (to its detriment) than was done in the first book. Rose, Ron and Hermoine’s daughter is also leaving for her first year. Her character is a hybrid between her parents, acting primarily as a Hermoine character to James and Ralph. I didn’t really appreciate that as much.
There were plenty of points in the story that I liked. I enjoyed the play, Ted, and the defense club (I’m being purposefully vague here). I’m still not sure about Merlin, but that could very well be intended.
I enjoyed this story and will likely continue on with the series, if for no other reason than it’s nice to revisit a familiar world.
My rating: 3/5