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Harry Potter and The Summoner's Stone by ThisCrispyKat Harry Potter and The Summoner's Stone by ThisCrispyKat
No, I didn't misremember the title, and yes, that is a Burmecian. It'll all make sense soon, so don't worry. :'D

It's kind of a long story. See, my "parents" were a couple of crazy, deeply dysfunctional fundamentalists who were allergic to fun and whimsy (think Christian Dursleys, now crank the child abuse to one billion) so I was one of those unlucky kids who was banned from watching the movies/reading the books since because the devil. Little did they know I would browse the TV guide for Sorcerer's Stone and watch it in secret when they weren't present, and I must've had TV access a few months into 2002 (at some point in 2002 my parents unsubscribed to our TV provider since because the devil) because I remember watching Chamber of Secrets, too. A few years later I was by some miracle allowed to own a Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire DVD, even though by then the folks were now 10 times more mad and strict than ever before. That's proof enough for me that magic exists. Prisoner of Azkaban was damaged somehow within a year or so of it's purchase and became unwatchable, but I still have Goblet of Fire which I watched ad nauseum. Beyond that I didn't have anything more to do with the franchise up until a few months ago, unless you count the time I saw Order of The Phoenix in extremely poor quality on YouTube over a decade ago.

So what's all this got to do with Final Fantasy IX? Well, the Harry Potter craze began in earnest in 2001, the same year I first played FFIX. Why a game with mages, eidolons, baphomets and this motherfucker was allowed in the house when Harry Potter was off limits is one of life's great mysteries. Save yourself the headache and chalk it up to mental illness, that's what I do. Anyway, because they both came out around the same time and I wasn't properly allowed to delve into the Potter universe and really get a feel for the atmosphere of that world (and because I think human characters are boring) FFIX's feel ended up leaking over into Potter's feel and creating some sort of nostalgia chimera... does that make any sense?

I even used to imagine Harry as a Burmecian and Hogwarts swimming with moogles and FFIX furry people eons ago when I frequented FanFiction.net and, Brahne's left tit, if I thought the movies were confusing, I wasn't at all prepared for fan content written by the people who'd actually read the books. Bellatrix? Horcruxes? The Veil? To parrot an internet meme: "What are thooose?!"

I had no idea what was going on half the time. Thankfully those days are over now, I've borrowed the complete set of books from a friend and I only just started reading Goblet of Fire yesterday. Still, I can't shake that old imagery in my mind's eye of Mognet moogles delivering mail to the Great Hall or Ron protecting his pet oglop from a serval-looking Crookshanks, like that cat NPC from the inn in Dali. The butterfly effect is funny like that, isn't it? Two abusive fanatics bar their kid from watching a thing and that kid not only grows up watching it anyway but, as a direct result of their actions, pores over a furry offshoot of the thing they don't like and ultimately shows a picture to potentially thousands of people on the internet, ensuring a wider ring of viewers will be exposed to/gravitate toward the unliked thing.

And your kid becomes a staunch atheist with a penchant for oppositional defiance. Expect much more magical, whimsical, Harry heresy from me in the future, courtesy of my folks. :)

Moral #1: Do not force your beliefs on your kids.
Moral #2: Do not force your beliefs on your kids.
Moral #3: Seriously, how is this legal?
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Selenmariene Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
LOL, Harry Potter is a mouse
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Forget Hogwarts, I preffer to go to the Lindblum air academy or become an engineer! Hogwarts needs to get it's shit together first and foremost.
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mamaOOD Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please continue with the Harry Potter heresy! I love being heretical! :D
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mamaOOD Featured By Owner Edited Sep 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This isn't the first time I saw something like this, Cat.
I had a very religious friend from a very, VERY religious family (ironically, when I met her, her family has been into religion for about an year and it was the dad that had made them go all godly ... creationist godly :D ). 
We were ok, she wasn't trying to convert me or anything, so we got along fine. One time I was invited at her house guest for a week and stayed at her brother's room while visiting. Being of a foxy, curious nature, I snooped around for a little bit (not opening drawers with silly underwear, I promise), just looking around the shelves and the desk.
So what do I see on the desk next to the PC? A bible, some bible related books, more bible brochures and a book entitled something along the line of 'Harry Potter and the dangers of the somethingsomething ideas'. :stare: I opened the first page and I read what I can only describe as fear-mongering for kids :D
The book is dangerous for those religious nut jobs because it preaches (Get it? I did a funny :D ) acceptance, friendship and tolerance with strange people , which the Bible people hates - people with disabilities and mental illness, gay, any non-white peoples etc :D
Moral of the story:  Do not force your beliefs on your kids. :D
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Aliana-chan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
The heck? Books like that really exist? xDDD I have met some super duper religious Bible people, but this...xD

Another moral: don't marry with weird men who later force you and your kids to be religious. xD
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mamaOOD Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They do! And I was as shocked as you are now :D Instead of teaching kids to be understanding (that isn't to say love or like everyone necessarily, just understand ) towards the people and the world around them, they prefer to teach kids how to segregate and discriminate properly. Yay! -_-
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K-Zlovetch Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017
Ho gosh... XD
Super-religious people are really crazy ! Harry Potter and Pokémon are NOT super satanist or something like this, helloooooooo !!!!!

Moral of the story:  Do not force your beliefs on your kids. Never.
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Whicket-Ticket Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017
What if your belief is to not force beliefs on people
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K-Zlovetch Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017
Not to force someone in anything is great in fact.
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Whicket-Ticket Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
What about forcing someone to go to prison because they broke the law
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K-Zlovetch Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
The law is the law, sometimes good or not. To force and not to force, what's good or wrong is a waste question, not so simple to answer quickly with my poor english.

I like the french proverb : "One person's freedom ends where another's begins."
After that, everyone has to be as smart as possible and do what's is the best according to this simple proverb I guess.
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mamaOOD Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There're some universally acknowledged 'truths that are self-evident' (5 points to Ravenclaw, if you get the reference), if you want to be included in society - don't be a dick, don't kill or rape people, mind your damn business :D
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K-Zlovetch Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017
I agree all of this :D
But, shame on me, I don't have the ref, nooo !!!
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mamaOOD Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I never got my letter for Hogwarts Neko Emoji-14 (Cry) [V1] Neko Emoji-14 (Cry) [V1] Neko Emoji-14 (Cry) [V1] Neko Emoji-14 (Cry) [V1] Neko Emoji-14 (Cry) [V1] 
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Nanapupu Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I still wait for it. They must have lost it or something...
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mamaOOD Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't care how old I am, I will wait for the letter till my last days!
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DentonClone Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my Alexander, this is is absolutely magic. As a diehard Final Fantasy IX fan and Potter lover this delights me on so many levels. Your vision of Hogwarts and the game's world entwined is pretty beautiful. You draw a pretty damn fantastic Burmecian too. They seem to be a species hard for artists to get right sometimes.
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Cryos-R Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
FF 9 is my favorite final fantasy. I'd comment more but my brain is Jello.
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Whicket-Ticket Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017
My parents made me eat sand and refused to let me believe in colours. 
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UniversesCollideInc Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017
My sympathies. I was fortunate enough to have parents who trusted my intelligence and discernment. They prevented me from watching and reading certain things but that was more because I was a tender-hearted scaredy cat as a child (was seriously afraid of "The Bunny Song", which is from the series Veggie Tales, a much beloved series by Christians and non-Christians alike) than because they thought the things were bad. There was also "You're not allowed to watch Digimon" but that was because they thought it was a cheap Pokemon rip off, not because they thought it was demonic.
I share their political and religious views but that's because they make sense, not because they were forced on me.
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Hellypse Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, and about wizards, kids and religion : have you seen the movie "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them" ? If not, you should, you REALLY should.
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K-Zlovetch Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017
:3
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Hellypse Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:3
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K-Zlovetch Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017
Je lui ai ordonné hier :D
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Hellypse Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Sérieux ? On est trop liées XD
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K-Zlovetch Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017
C'était obligé XD
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Hellypse Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Du coup elle ne l'a pas vu ?
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K-Zlovetch Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017
Pas encore ! Mais ça va changer ou j'ouvre un vortex è_é
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JackOrJohn Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Student Filmographer
You'd probably like the movie Matilda.
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K-Zlovetch Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017
Sure, Matilda is cool too, the book and the movie ! But not in the same atmosphere ;)
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K-Zlovetch Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017
Sorry, but I'm not talking about FF here... XD
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JackOrJohn Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Student Filmographer
What about Bedknobs and Broomsticks?
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K-Zlovetch Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017
A cool movie too, maybe a little too "aged" now even if it's still great, but in the same visual style, Mary Poppins is truly a masterpiece.
But also not the same atmosphere like the one in Harry Potter ! Matilda is closer, but more... well, into the real world ! Matilda's school isn't as fun and magical than Hogwarts... :D
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Andranis Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know, a somewhat-well-known furry artist said about the same thing in one of his comics... To quote one of the characters, "I can't think of a kid belonging to a religion any more than I can think of them as belonging to a political party. They aren't grown enough to know better." Said character had started in the previous series he was from as at least mentioning in passing that he went to church, and had a teacher that was heavily bent on her political beliefs that she more or less shoe-horned into her students' minds, which while the former showed no impact on his future character development, the latter surely did(He has his own political beliefs, but he doesn't discuss what, exactly, they are with his children, because they're still young and feels they need to figure out what's right for THEM on their own, not have him do as his teacher did and try to force his beliefs on them before they fully understand what those beliefs even MEAN; As for the religion part, I think that's due in part to his wife's own upbringing in that their marriage is her SECOND marriage because her mother very heavily wanted her to marry somebody else of their faith, to the detriment of her own daughter's actual happiness, because it was the Right Thing To Do based purely on the fact that being of the same religion somehow made her first husband a good choice of spouse).

I sometimes read stories about people who had bad experiences with religion and their parents basically forcing their own and their beliefs on their children from the get-go, and wish they could have had my experience in that regard, in that my mother was like the comic character I mentioned - She's not athiest, more agnostic Catholic, but she still let my sister and I figure our own paths out as far as politics and religion went. I don't know about my sister, but I find it an ever-evolving thing that I don't really discuss at length because beliefs are, to me, for the most part intensely personal. I don't want to feel like I'm imposing my own on somebody else, you know? But, that's also my own personal choice.
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Kaelmn Featured By Owner Edited Sep 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
What a really fascinating vision, the world of Harry Potter seen through FFIX glasses :D And your drawing is really beautiful, really awesome work !
Concerning your personal story, it's...really really sad, and it's a great thing that you succeeded in overcoming it, and... that you can finally now read & do freely what you want !! And so read the books of HP you missed :D I hope you'll enjoy them :)
Beliefs should never be forced, to anyone :/

But now, time to wish you a nice read time :)
PS : indeed, what a curious Hedwig XD
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K-Zlovetch Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017
"I think human characters are boring" remove it now or I will lock you with Snape for an eternal potion exam.

Moral #4 : Do not force your beliefs on your kids. Or they will became something like.... ewwww... deviants.

PS 1 : This drawing is great. But you know my feelings about your stuff.
PS 2 : GOBLET OF FIRE OMGKJHFEUFE <- fangirl incoming.
PS 42 : Hedwig... is that you ?
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Fail-Seeker Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017
Love it! Magical work! :clap:
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Wow.. that's quite the revelation about yourself, my dear friend.  WEll, have a good time enjoying the books ^^


Do not force your beliefs on your kids. Well, that's an excellent advice... the world would be better if more people followed it. 
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fox-mccloud Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's quite the revelation in regards to your early life, having such disagreeable family. One element noticed about the Dursleys in the books was the parallels to many Roald Dahl families such as in James & the Giant Peach, plus Matilda. Just a pity that such people even exist, but given how corrupt and degenerate society has become in general, it's no surprise. Your artwork here is a pleasant tribute to both fantasy genres with the boy wizard and the games that have no finale, an amusing irony in the title series. Excellent blend of the Hogwarts uniform with the costuming of the Burmecian in the link. Gotta love those Moogles, too and their zany personalities. And yes, humans are mostly unappealing here, since they're seen every day. This one is a proud Slytherin fox. Here's wishing you happy reading in the books, as well. :)
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Hellypse Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAH, GOBLET OF FIRE IS MY FAVORITE ONE !!! You'll like it, I'm sure !
You had a very sad childhood, fundamentalism should be forbidden, but I'm glad to know that you mentally survived. You're strong, really. Keep going !

And this drawing is so fabulous XD
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