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.
  • 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 mistesss.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 are 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 old life.
  • Passed-Over Inheritance: Tywin makes Harry his heir so he can pass over Tyrion.
  • 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 her's. 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.
  • Arranged Marriage: In the rewrite, Harry is—for now, at least—betrothed to Margaery Tyrell.
  • Continuity Reboot
  • Creepy Child: Myrielle Lannister shows signs of being a budding sociopath, such as an interest in watching people die.
  • Death by Adaptation: Harry butchers Allar Deem and Toret rather than imprisoning or torturing them.