From the Stash is just my way to denote when something is from before I had the blog. I have been reviewing books since January 2010 so I’d like to showcase some of that past work. This particular review is, for some unknown reason, one of my most popular reviews on Goodreads. At the time of this post, it has 13 likes, 12 from people who I don’t personally know. I find it hilarious that my most popular review is a review of Harry Potter fan fiction.
James Potter and the Hall of Elders’ Crossing by G. Norman Lippert
Published: 2007 by G. Norman Lippert
Format/Source: eBook from Goodreads
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy; Harry Potter Fan Fiction
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.
James Potter is Harry’s son. So it’s strange to read that Harry is some young father. But I found that a bit strange even coming from the epilogue in the Deathly Hallows so there you go. But in order to enjoy the story for what it is, you have to release yourself from comparisons and various outrages of how first years don’t take divination or arithmancy, or why the hell are there Americans in Hogwarts, and really? Benjamin Frankli(y)n?
Once you release that because you’ve accepted you’re reading fan fiction, then you can enjoy the little things, like Ralph creating a peach tree, and finding Snape everywhere. It were those moments that had me looking forward to reading the story to see what would happen next.
However, I have one complaint and I have been careful to make sure that it is a compaint based on the story itself and not any comparisons. (highlight to view spoiler)[I did not understand the sudden change in Merlin’s behavior once he returned from the forest. I understand that he traveled to various places and communed with nature to learn of this world enough to comprehend it a bit better. But to make the shift from feeling as an outsider to Hogwarts to then referring to it as ‘we’ and offering Mr. Deedle a job? That calls for a much larger shift than what I feel like actually happened. Unless of course there was a lot more that happened behind the scenes, which I can only assume happened.](end of spoiler)
As this book was available for free and without downloading on Goodreads, I’d recommend it to anyone who is looking for a light read in a universe that is always bound to create some happy nerd smiles.
My rating: 4/5