|snakeling (snakeling) wrote in snakelingsrecs,|
@ 2007-08-11 21:29:00
Title: Rite of Passage
Author: Rushlight rushlight
Summary: When Harry comes of age in the wizarding world, he has to find someone to aid him in the passage to adulthood.
Characters/Pairing: Harry Potter/Severus Snape
Warning: Under 18
It's a PWP with just the right amount of plot to make it delightful and memorable. Young wizards and witches are expected to lose their virginity once they turn sixteen, and their first time is a matter of celebration. Except in Harry's case, where it's a matter of public speculation, to the point where everyone and his dog proposition him. As a last resort, Harry turns to the least likely person to be blinded by his fame: Snape.
It was written during the long summer between GoF and OotP, and the characterisations might seem a little off, but ultimately, it doesn't matter. I could say that I'm reccing this story because of its glimpses into Wizarding traditions, or into Harry's psyche, but the truth is that I'm reccing it because it's hot, and it features one of my favourite tropes: an older man patiently teaching a younger one the ropes of lovemaking.
It's a fabulous story, one I've read and reread often.
One of the things Harry could never get used to was how open wizards were about sex.
Or, more specifically, he couldn't get used to the idea of his virginity being a matter of public record. A wizard's first sexual encounter was an occasion of momentous import in the wizarding world, usually heralded with great celebration among the wizard's friends and family. Wizards were more open about things like that, Harry couldn't help but note -- doubtless it was yet another charming wizarding trait that would send the strait-laced Dursleys running away in outrage.