Fanfic / The Prince Who Was Promised

He remembered being Harry Potter. Dreamed of it. He dreams of the Great Other too, a creature of ice and death, with eyes red as blood and an army of cold, dead things. He is only the 2nd son of the King, a 'spare', but that changes when things rather left in the dark come to light, and Westeros is torn asunder by treachery and ambition. Winter is coming... but magic is might.

The Prince Who Was Promised is a Harry Potter/Game of Thrones crossover by Cxjenious, in which Harry Potter is reincarnated in Westeros as Prince Harry Baratheon, second son of King Robert Baratheon and Queen Cersei Lannister.

Currently being rewritten as The Black Prince.

This fanfiction series contains examples of:

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    Tropes That Apply to Both 
  • 100% Adoration Rating: The smallfolk adore Harry.
  • A God Am I: Cersei is trying to get the High Septon to declare Harry a saint. Taken Up to Eleven in the rewrite, in which The Stranger(a.k.a., Death) calls Harry "Master."
  • The Ace: Harry-smart, kind, good with a sword, loved by the people and proficient in magic.
  • Always Second Best: Joffrey is afraid of Harry surpassing him, something he confides to in his mother. Cersei already senses this might lead to trouble.
  • Badass Grandpa: Tywin. He verbally demolishes Harry during their first meeting, and following the timeskip, Harry is forced to admit that he harbors a begrudging respect for the man.
  • Berserk Button: Don't mess with Aeryn in front of Harry. Just don't. Hurting or threatening to hurt Myrcella or Cersei is also a pretty stupid thing to do.
    • Jaime isn't at all happy when Harry pesters him with questions about the Sack of King's Landing and his betrayal of King Aerys.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Harry again, as Allar Deem and friends discover.
  • Big Brother Bully: Joffrey, as usual, but here there's more emphasis on the possibility that he sexually abuses Myrcella.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Harry is very concerned with Myrcella's well-being.
  • Broken Pedestal: After his encounter with the ghosts of Elia and Rhaenys, Harry's respect for his father all but vanishes.
  • Brutal Honesty: Genna plainly tells Aeryn that she'll always be known as "the Black Prince's whore", but softens it by saying she can still be happy as a mistress.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Harry calls Robert out for condoning the deaths of innocent people, namely Elia and her children, during his rebellion.
  • Cool Old Lady: Harry's great-aunt Genna.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Subverted. The female ghosts Harry encounters are all disturbing in their own way. Special notice goes to Elia Martell, who, instead of the Fragile Flower Harry expects her to be, is one existential plane away from a bloody rampage.
  • Daughter of a Whore: Aeryn
  • Domestic Abuse: Cersei is abused by Robert, but tries to hide it from the children. Harry finds out when the three of them get into an argument.
  • Good Counterpart: Harry is set up to become this to Tywin, many characters note the resemblance, among them Kevan, Tywin's most loyal supporter and brother. Harry is ruthlessly efficient and has little care for those who would come between him and his plans, or attempt something on his family, much like his grandfather. Notably, Harry is just as protective of Myrcella as Tywin was with Genna back when they were younger. Perhaps the most notable element, however, is their ability to make the most out of a bad situation: Tywin was left in a horrible situation because of his father that was too good and passive for Westerosi society, but managed to remake the Lannister name, whereas Harry is in a bad situation because Joffrey is too evil, stupid and cruel even for Westerosi society, but he fully embraces becoming the Heir of Casterly Rock, even if it might hurt his uncle Tyrion's feelings, to control Joffrey and keep him under his thumb.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Myrcella and Aeryn. Very much subverted (if not outright averted) with Cersei, as in Canon.
  • High-Class Call Girl: Aeryn's mother.
  • Hypocrite: Cersei insists that Harry try to get along with Joffrey because they're brothers, but when he reminds her that Tyrion is her brother, she tells him to shut up.
  • Incest Subtext: Mrycella often fantasies about her and Harry in the role of Queen Naerys and Aemon the Dragonknight. A conversation between her and Cersei compares her separation from Harry to that of Cersei from Jaime.
  • In-Series Nickname: Harry has a few-Harry the Kind, the Black Lion, the Black Prince. Hell, his birth name is Harrold—yes, it's really spelled that way.
  • I See Dead People: Harry, by way of being a wizard.
  • Jacob Marley Apparel: Used disturbingly so, considering all the gruesome deaths that happened within the Red Keep. Princess Rhaenyra actually has a high status among the other ghosts for how horrifically her body was mutilated after being fed to her brother's dragon.
  • Mama Bear: Amaerys, especially in the original, where she kills Allar Deem after Harry has him locked up.
    • Cersei gets a more heartwarming one where, after Harry berates Robert for his hedonistic lifestyle and is hit for it, she stands up for her son.
  • Momma's Boy: Joffrey and Harry. In the latter's case, this extends to nearly killing Robert when he drunkenly starts beating Cersei.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: A familial version. Cersei can't tell if she loves Harry for being her son, or hates him for being Robert's. It confuses Harry to no end why she treats him so differently from his siblings.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: During a "friendly" sparring match, Joffrey pushes Harry too far by threatening Aeryn and Myrcella, prompting Harry to beat the tar out of him.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: There is an abundance of ghost in the Red Keep. Only Harry can see them.
  • Overly Long Scream: Rhaenys Targaryen in her first appearance. This is a rare case where its Played for Drama.
  • Past-Life Memories: Harry often dreams of his past life.
  • Passed-Over Inheritance: Tywin makes Harry his heir so he can pass over Tyrion.
  • Parental Favoritism: Zig-zagged with Cersei. She dotes on Joffrey just as much as she does in the books, yet at the same time her relationship with Harry is very close. The original story even had her admit to herself that Harry and Joffrey would eventually come to blows, and she was unsure which one to side with. This may not seem like much, but considering how utterly worshipful she usually is towards Joffrey, the fact that she's actually unsure whether she should choose him over Harry means a lot.
  • Parental Neglect: Robert leaves raising his children to other people.
  • Parental Substitute: Since Robert ignores his children, Harry looks to Jon Arryn, his uncles, and later Tywin for guidance.
  • People of Hair Color: Harry is the only one of Cersei's children to have Robert's black hair, though his eyes are green like hers. Aeryn has the Valyrian look (Mystical White Hair, Purple Eyes) possibly from both her mother, a Lyseninote  whore, and her father, a man from Driftmarknote . Most people in Lannisport have blond hair, which makes Harry stand out.
  • Pet the Dog: After the debacle involving the rapists, Stannis offers to let one of Harry's friends become a sailor upon learning that the boy wanted to become one.
    • Cersei comforts Harry after he saves her from one of Robert's drunken assaults. She even covers for him by making it look like Robert slipped in some spilled wine.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: When Harry asks Tywin if he would have stabbed Rhaenys half a hundred times like Amory Lorch did, Tywins answers, "No, once would have been enough."
  • Rape as Drama: Aeryn.
    • See Calling the Old Man Out. Harry berates Robert for his brutality, even scathingly declaring that Lyanna Stark would be disgusted by Robert's actions.
  • Scenery Porn: Some of the location descriptions veer in this directions, especially those of Lannisport and Casterly Rock.
  • Secret Keeper: Invoked by Cersei, who tells Harry one of her secrets in exchange being told about his powers. Her secret is that when she was pregnant with Harry, she hated the idea of a second child and drank abortifacients to get rid of him. After he was born, she grew to love him.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Harry and Joffrey hate each other, to put it mildly.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: A lesson that just about all the adults in his life keep trying to teach Harry, and not without reason.
  • Street Urchin: Aeryn and her friends. Thanks to Harry, Aeryn later gets bumped up to be Genna Lannister's maid.
  • Stern Teacher: Tywin to Harry.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Harry chose to become the heir to Casterly Rock because he felt being the head of one of the wealthiest and most influential families in westeros would allow him to at least partially control Joffrey's behaviour much like his grandfather did with the last two kings.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Elia Martell is offended that Harry thinks her death was merely "wrong."
    Wrong, little lion, is being humiliated, or robbed, or cheated. What happened to me was far from wrong.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Harry for Robert. At first.
  • White and Grey Morality: Surprisingly, considering its Westeros. There are clashes between Harry's idealism and his family's Shoot the Dog philosophy.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Harry at first. His parents and uncles make sure to remind him that being a prince doesn't mean life will be a bed of roses. A few years with Tywin tones this down considerably, but he's still not as cynical as the rest of his family.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Harry at the beginning, thanks to his memories from his previous life. Lampshaded by Ser Barriston, who tells him he's too serious for a nine-year old, and by Robert, who states that Harry is smarter than a boy his age has a right to be.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Robert and Tywin would. After seeing Princess Rhaenys' ghost, Harry starts to question everything he thought about his father and grandfather.
  • Yandere: Aeryn seems to be turning into one of these for Harry.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Aeryn's mother.
    Tropes That Apply to The Prince Who Was Promised 
    Tropes That Apply to The Black Prince 
  • Adapted Out: Elaine Lydden has yet to appear in the rewrite.
  • And I Must Scream: Lady Evelyn traps the souls of her dead enemies in the trees surrounding her castle. Harry is shocked, but due to his lessons with Tywin, he can't bring himself to fully condemn her.
  • Arranged Marriage: Harry is betrothed to Margaery Tyrell.
    • Happily Arranged Marriage: They get along rather well, to the point of Harry revealing himself as a wizard to her. While Margaery is shocked, she steels herself and decides not to call off the engagement.
  • At Least I Admit It: When Aeryn asks Margaery if she truly loves Harry, Margaery is about to say yes, but then thinks about it and ultimately admits that she wants to fall in love with him, and intends to do so. Aeryn lampshades this trope in response.
  • Break Them by Talking: Margaery verbally demolishes Aeryn in their first conversation, despite Aeryn managing to score a few verbal shots of her own.
  • Captain Obvious: Margaery's first words to Harry are "You're bleeding." Her grandmother's response?
    Olenna: "And you, dear, are almost as talented as your oafish father at stating the obvious."
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Harry's interrogation of the Essosi mercenaries and Xen Xakhar (see Mind Rape). In case of the latter, he's also telekinetically strangling the warlock as he rips into his mind.
  • Continuity Reboot
  • Creepy Child: Myrielle Lannister shows signs of being a budding sociopath, such as an interest in watching people die.
    • Even Harry isn't immune to this. While a nice guy for the most part, he tends to make the deaths of his victims rather messy. On the other hand, they do tend to have it coming.
  • Death by Adaptation: Harry butchers Allar Deem and Toret rather than imprisoning or torturing them.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Ser Brenden is murdered in an ambush by a group of mercenaries.
  • Foil: Harry is this to Robb Stark, both are Aces that cause complexes to their bastard brothers, both are the heirs to their fathers, even if Harry doesn't know it, both have been noted to be pretty, and currently both are set to be the Wardens of the West and North respectively. However, while Robb has often been noted for his inexperience and never quite gets over his reputation as a boy, Harry is often noted for his potential, despite being falsely believed to be the second son there is a very real possibility of him getting the crown instead of Joffrey, is often stated to be wiser than he should be at his age, and people often consider him a man, if not in years then in mind.
    • While Robb has a great relationship with his family and idolizes his father, Harry has a mixed relation with his own family, loves Cersei, Myrcella and Tommen, gets along well with Jaime, Renly and Tyrion, but doesn't like Stannis, Joffrey or Tywin, even if he does respect Tywin for his methods and efficiency, and his last interactions with Stannis, mainly his Pet the Dog moment, made him re-think his opinnion of his uncle, and while he used to idolize his own father, Harry quickly grew disillusioned because of what Robert did in the war.
    • Robb is humble and somber, while Harry is ambitious and festive, both are similarily men of principles, but Harry becomes more pragmatic because he is taught by Tywin Lannister, and while both have their bouts of anger, in Harry's case it's much more visible, to the point that he has killed men long before Robb, and it is an even bigger problem for him, to the point that he is the red to any of his partner's blue.
    • Finally both were engaged to a woman of a family of high-status (Roslin Frey for Robb and Margeary Tyrell for Harry) but had a special relationship with another woman (Aeryn for Harry, Jeyne Westerling/Talisa Maegyr for Robb) but while Robb ultimately decides to follow his heart, and it costs him everything including his life, Harry knows his duty and sticks with Margeary, and not only do they seem well on the way to love each other, but this ultimately will mean that, when the series starts, with his position, birth and marriage, Harry would have the Reach, the Stormlands, and posibly the Westerlands when the War of the Five Kings begins, meaning he will have the strongest position.
  • In the Blood: According to Lady Evelyn, magic can be learned, but it is more potent if passed down genetically.
    • Since Margaery's maternal aunt, Malora Hightower, is a witch, this indicates that Margaery may have a bit of magic in her that she hasn't tapped into yet... unless her aunt and mother are half-siblings (their father married four times!) and the gift was passed down maternally.
  • Mind Rape: Harry has a talent for it, and will mercilessly use it to get information from his victims before he kills them.
  • Not So Above It All: When Margaery verbally one-ups Aeryn to the point of driving the latter to run off in anger, she feels both proud and ashamed, despite not wishing to feel either.
  • Sadist: Harry is a special case. He doesn't inflict pain on others For the Evulz, but piss him off and you will suffer greatly and perish cruelly.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Margaery. She's visibly shocked and frightened to learn that her husband-to-be is a wizard, but she swallows her fear and sticks by him. When he refuses to share all of his secrets with her because he fears she lacks to mental fortitude to take it all in, she responds by giving him a "Take That!" Kiss and boldly declaring her intent to prove him wrong. And all under a masterfully constructed facade of being submissive and "proper".
    • Taken to a literal extreme when, in light of the Faceless Men's attempt on Harry's life, she starts carrying a dagger under her skirt at Harry's insistence.