These reviews were originally posted on Goodreads during July and November 2011
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.
A summer of change brings James Sirius Potter back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with a new perspective. Confident that last year’s adventures are well behind him, James prepares for the more prosaic challenges of schoolwork, trying-out for the Quidditch team, and keeping an eye on his brother Albus and cousin Rose.
A new year brings a new adventure, however, beginning with some increasingly worrisome questions about the new headmaster, Merlinus Ambrosius, whose long trek outside of time may have attracted the attention of a horrible entity known to legend as “the Gatekeeper”.
Determined to prove Merlin’s trustworthiness, James finds himself lost in a deepening web of intrigue, deception and secrets that stretches all the way back to the time of the founders.
With the Gatekeeper looming, preparing its prophesied human host for a final reign of doom, James, Rose and Ralph forge unexpected allies in a last-ditch effort to stop it before it is too late.
In the end, however, all hopes lead to Merlin, and James must face the very real possibility that everything he believes about the new headmaster is, in fact, a carefully constructed facade.
Returning to the home of her grandfather after her final school year, Petra Morganstern is a changed young witch. Confident in her recent choices, yet plagued by dreams of what they cost her, Petra is unsure what to do with the rest of her life. Petra’s one ray of hope is her young step-sister, Izabella, whose simple-minded charm is only offset by the awful Phyllis, her hateful mother. Desperate to protect Izabella from the increasing rages of Phyllis, Petra struggles to find balance between the forces that seek to rule her heart. Will she cling to the choices she has already made, upholding good over her own greatest desires, or will the ghost of power and revenge, always at work in the back room of her mind, be her final undoing? As things spiral out of control, Petra finds herself confronted with the unforgiving force of destiny, thrusting her into the ultimate choice one more time. Only this time, no one will be there to save the day. This time, the choice will be Petra’s alone.
This Changes Everything…
It is a year of change and upheaval for the entire Potter family. Harry, as head Auror, has been sent to the United States to help investigate a nefarious underground group whose proclaimed goals are to unite the Muggle and magical world by any means necessary. Unwilling to be separated for the lengthy trip, Ginny insists that family accompany Harry, launching a year long journey to the United States and the American wizarding school of Alma Aleron.
Determined to avoid adventure for the term, James finds himself unwittingly pulled into an international incident involving Petra Morganstern, who has accompanied the family to the states along with her younger Muggle step-sister Izabella. Apparently framed for a crime she didn’t commit, James, Ralph and Zane must prove Petra’s innocence before she is separated from Izzy forever.
Complicating matters, however, is the very real possibility that, despite James’ growing feelings for Petra, she may indeed be guilty of the crime she has been accused of, and perhaps even worse things. Because Petra, as James slowly learns, is no ordinary witch. Her magic is mysteriously powerful, even without a wand, and headmaster Merlin himself seems wary of her.
In the end, James must choose to confront the truth that he has been seeking, knowing that it may well shatter his perception of the girl he loves, and even the stability of the magical world at large.
** spoiler alert **
Being a massive fan of the Harry Potter books and films I loved this book. It’s very like the original Harry Potter with the way the characters act and speak. It’s exactly the sort of things you would expect from Harry Potter’s son.
It’s a great kids story, just like the original Harry Potter books. You get a lot of glimpses of the Harry Potter series – mentions of past events, the Battle of Hogwarts, old characters and grudges – but much more with new characters and new circumstances. It’s great to see what might have been after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. You get to see what happened to Remus and Tonk’s son Ted and everyone else’s kids. Even though the mischief of Fred and George isn’t there, Ted and his ‘Gremlins’ make up for the loss.
The only drawback for me is that around page 100, i lost interest for a week. Lots of things were hinted at and happening, lots of classes and mischief, but nothing that explained the events at the beginning of the book enough to satisfy my curiosity and continue reading. Eventually, being one to finish what i start, i went back to it and found that after four or five pages, things really started to happen in a way that i became hooked just as badly as i had been when reading Harry Potter. I still have one or two unanswered questions, but am hopeful that they’ll be explained in the next two books of the series.
If you read HP 1-7, saw the films and loved them, read this! If you were like me and read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages and the Harry Potter Encyclopedia then you have to read this book!
As with all other JP and HP books, I loved it.
I didn’t write the review right away because I was waiting to see if book 3 would answer my question…now that that’s finished, I know it didn’t and just have to ask!
What were the three words that James wrote down on book 2, after his dream about Albus?
That is really annoying me as it’s the only unanswered question I have from all three books. I have guesses but I really want to know what they were, to know if I was right or not. Other than that, I found the story completely believable as an extension of HP. Everything that happened to characters etc, the fates of other people from HP, all made complete sense, as did the main plot of the story, which I’m not going to tell you.
This is such an interesting story. Petra is a great character and I loved the short story she had, but this was even better. It really went into the complexities of the world of James Potter, and Petra’s world.
Longer than the other two but much more detailed, I feel. I hated it for one reason – it made me cry! Multiple times. For every other reason I love it. It is officially my favourite of the three.
Unfortunately, it also made me relive the tragic moments of many HP books, hence the crying, as well as the shocking end. I really held out hope until the last line.
I only have one problem. I didn’t write a review of book 2, because I was waiting to see if book 3 would answer my question…it didn’t! What were the three words that James wrote down on book 2, after his dream about Albus? That is really annoying me as it’s the only unanswered question I have from all three books. I have guesses but I really want to know what they were, to know if I was right or not.
Otherwise, I loved it, loved it, loved it. So much more like HP than the other two and yet, the other two were very much like HP. I’m not sure how it’s done but it’s genius. I enjoy the reappearance of HP characters long missed and never really given a real ending in HP, and where they fit in JP, seems absolutely perfect because we already know who they are and that it’s a great place for them to be.
What i’d like to know, is will there be another book? There is a space for it. The tragic ending doesn’t need to stay that way…if * was the thread, then it’s very possible for things to be resolved after another, hard year, of putting everything right and taking down W.U.L.F. and their new leader???
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