James Potter and the Crimson Thread
Author G. Norman Lippert
Length 652 Pages (Print Version)
Link PDF[1]


Preceded by
James Potter and the Morrigan Web
Followed by

James Potter and the Crimson Thread is the fifth and final installment in the James Potter series by G. Norman Lippert. It picks up two years after the events of James Potter and the Morrigan Web and unofficially concludes the story started with J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels.

The story was released in its entirety on June 9, 2017, and is currently available to download in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI digital formats. An audiobook from Living Audio, UK is also available.

Book Description Edit

Two years after the debacle of the Morrigan Web, James Potter returns to Hogwarts for his final year.

With the Vow of Secrecy crumbling in every corner, the Magical world prepares for its imminent collapse into Muggle reality, whether they are ready for such a revelation or not.

James, along with his longtime companions Ralph Deedle, Zane Walker, and Rose Weasley, are drawn into a secret plot by none other than Petra Morganstern herself to assume the role of the Crimson Thread in its original, doomed dimension, thus resetting our own. But can James allow Petra, his long unrequited love, to leave his reality forever, no matter the cost?

Chapters Edit

  • Prologue: Four Years Earlier
  • Chapter 1: The Interview
  • Chapter 2: Winds of Change
  • Chapter 3: The Midnight Summit
  • Chapter 4: Secret of the Dagger
  • Chapter 5: Junior Aurors in Training
  • Chapter 6: Ordinance Thirteen
  • Chapter 7: The Tryout He Didn't Miss
  • Chapter 8: The Thread & the Brooch
  • Chapter 9: Peeves Plays His Part
  • Chapter 10: Hagrid's Letter
  • Chapter 11: Blackbrier Quoit
  • Chapter 12: Midnight Rendezvous
  • Chapter 13: The Triumvirate Revisited
  • Chapter 14: The Elven Uprising
  • Chapter 15: The One to Stand for All
  • Chapter 16: Hagrid Makes a Plan
  • Chapter 17: Conspiracy of the Dragon
  • Chapter 18: A Brief Reprieve
  • Chapter 19: Back to London
  • Chapter 20: World in Collapse
  • Chapter 21: Disintegrating Plans
  • Chapter 22: The End of the Beginning
  • Chapter 23: Chaos Descends
  • Chapter 24: The Blood of Dearest Love
  • Chapter 25: The Time Between the Times
  • Chapter 26: The Shackle of the Brooch
  • Chapter 27: The Triple-Six Enigma
  • Epilogue: Nineteen Years Later


"The Megaplot-- the deeper story arc that runs through all the James Potter books-- is still very thick. There is much to see and do before the final end. And I know how that end will happen. I have known it almost from the beginning. I know if Petra and James end up together. I know what the dream means. I know who lives, and who doesn’t. I know if cousin Lucy will ever appear again… But the stories are hard, hard work. Enjoyable work, I admit, but work nonetheless, and I do, unfortunately, have the very consuming 'day job'. And it is for that very prosaic reason that I simply cannot promise any more James Potter books. Not even one more. That’s not to say I won't write the next book (it will be called 'James Potter and the Crimson Thread' if I do). It’s just to say that I can't promise it, as much as I want to. Only time will tell."
—G. Norman Lippert; August 2013[src]
"Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I am already turning my attention toward the remainder of the series. I am considering writing just ONE MORE James Potter story. This is for several reasons, but the most important reason is this: I think that's what the story wants. I COULD drag the tale out for seven complete books, but I believe five is the right number. If all goes as planned, the fifth and final book in the series will be called 'James Potter and the Crimson Thread'."
—G. Norman Lippert; July 2, 2013[[src]]
"I'll take this opportunity to favor you all with some bad news and good news. The bad news is: I haven't started JP 5 yet. The good news is: I soon will. I've made a discipline, you see, of writing one fully original book for every JP book, and thus I am currently about half-way through that story. Fortunately, it's a shortish story, a mere clipping compared to the JP stories, so I have every expectation of finishing it soon and launching into 'James Potter and the Crimson Thread'."
—G. Norman Lippert; March 1, 2015[[src]]
"Methinks most of you will be relieved to know: I just wrote the basic outline to "The Crimson Thread". It's going a different direction than expected. All the best stories do that..."
—G. Norman Lippert; October 5, 2015[[src]]
"As of this morning, "Crimson Thread" has officially passed the 100,000 word mark. I know it's a random milestone, but I always feel like completion is inevitable once a story passes that point."
—G. Norman Lippert; January 14, 2017[[src]]
"Had a rare experience writing the second-to-last chapter. I wrote about 1500 words into it before I realized, with sudden dismay: I have gone completely in the wrong direction. I was pressuring the characters, forcing a resolution that I wanted more than the ending the story demanded. I had to do something I've rarely-- maybe even never before-- had to do. I had to completely scrap several pages of good, but incorrect prose. I was reminded of a (probably apocryphal) story I once heard about author James Joyce. A friend visited him to find the famed writer lying bereft over his desk. "I've finally assembled all the perfect words for my latest sentence!" he lamented. "How's that a problem!?" the friend asked. Joyce exclaimed: "I don't know what order they go in!" At any rate, I stayed up until midnight last night rewriting, and I am glad I did. It's right this time. It may not be perfect, and it may not even be particularly good. But it's what the story wants. And that is the best I always hope for."
—G. Norman Lippert; May 27, 2017[[src]]

Trivia Edit

Spoiler Warning: The following text provides details of the plot and/or ending of the story.
  • The release date was originally December 2016, but later pushed back to March 15, 2017.
  • In September 2016, Lippert announced that Crimson Thread would contain some elements of Downtown Abbey.
  • The story begins two years after James Potter and the Morrigan Web in James' seventh year at Hogwarts. This differs from the previous books (as well as the Harry Potter series), which covered every year in Hogwarts from the first.
  • Rose Weasley and Scorpius Malfoy are revealed to be in a relationship in this book, but separate by the time of the epilogue.
  • Lippert previously stated that Petra would have to leave our dimension forever, and mentioned a possible return of Lucy Weasley. Both of which occured.
  • James' dream of the Dark Mark, Albus, and Petra from James Potter and the Curse of the Gatekeeper takes place in this book, and the three words James wrote down upon awakening from the dream are revealed to be "Beware foul Donovan" (a warning about Odin-Vann).
  • In the epilogue, James is revealed to be the new Headmaster of Hogwarts and Petra Morganstern as the new Gryffindor House Ghost.

Books in Series Edit

References Edit

  1. ( James Potter website. Copyright, 2009 by George Norman Lippert.
  2. ( James Potter on Facebook. 2014.
  3. ( James Potter Series at 2014.
  4. ( The Grotto Keep Forum. 2014.

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