FOREWORD

You would think, given that my first fanfic on this site, and my (to-date) second most popular, Harry Potter and the Cetra Heritage, that Final Fantasy VII is my favourite game in that franchise. But actually, it isn't. My firm favourite in the series is actually Final Fantasy IX. I think it's partly that, compared to the previous two instalments, it is light-hearted, the main protagonist is very likeable (I actually do like Cloud and Squall, but Zidane is far more likeable than either), the story is an interesting distillation of past games in the series, and it includes some of my all-time favourite music pieces from the series in it (like You're Not Alone, and Immoral Melody). The sidequests and minigames are also enjoyable, like the auction, the frog-catching, the Chocobo digging…I could go on, but I won't.

Anyway, it occurred to me that putting Harry into the Final Fantasy IX world, in much the same manner as I had with Harry Potter and the Cetra Heritage, might be an interesting idea. There used to be a Harry Potter crossover with Final Fantasy IX with a not dissimilar premise, but it seems to have been removed, as I can't find the damned thing. That being said, that one started at the beginning of the game, whereas Harry, in this one, ends up in Madain Sari with Eiko, and as the main party doesn't reach Madain Sari until partway through the second disc, that's also when Harry will join the party, alongside Eiko.

That being said, unlike in Harry Potter and the Cetra Heritage, Harry will end up in this world some time before the events of Final Fantasy IX. So there'll be a few chapters of build-up before Harry and Eiko meet Zidane, Dagger, Vivi, and Quina. And unlike in Harry Potter and the Cetra Heritage, I have no desire to bring in any Harry Potter characters other than Harry himself, at least for the moment.

I must be suicidal to consider doing this, though.

Anyway, the usual disclaimers. Firstly, there will be a lot of annotations, as is the norm for my fics.

Secondly, spoilers abound for Final Fantasy IX. This is your only warning.

Finally, the following is a fan-based work. Harry Potter and Final Fantasy IX are the properties of their respective owners. Please support the official release, or Kuja will demolish your hometown.