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From jane_elliot  :

Title: The Courtship of Harry Potter
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Harry/Snape
Categories: AU, romance, Harlequin, virgin!fic
Length: Epic
Warnings: not HBP compliant

Author on LJdkwilliams  
Website: http://diana.slashcity.com/

Review:
The latest DADA teacher at the school (appropriately named Spindley-Worme) announces to Snape that he intends to seduce Harry through a Wizarding tradition based on Greek pederasty. After a bit of prodding from Dumbledore, Snape decides to throw his hat into the ring as well and poor Harry, who had no idea such a tradition existed, doesn't know *what* to do next.

It took me a long time to read this fic, because I totally misunderstood the premise -- I thought it was about young men forced to contract themselves in a sexual relationship to older men. In other words, I thought it was a story about sexual slavery and it's not (though it's all too easy to see how the contract could be abused that way). The key here is choice: Harry has the choice to turn down all of his suitors (though they can bug him until he turns twenty, which is annoying but not unbearable) or to consider some or all of them. So, if you are as touchy about non-con as I am, don't worry: there is nothing forced in this fic.

What you *do* have are plenty of courting rituals (I have to admit, I have a weakness for courting rituals), lots of rule bending by Snape and Harry (leading to some hot snogging in the hallways), Snape being sneaky and yet more honest than he realizes, Hermione being supportive and perceptive, and Harry being all kinds of awesome. Really, the best part of this story is how Harry grows through the story, from a confused kid to a young adult who is both ready and able to take charge of his life. Harlequin romance at its best.

The Courtship of Harry Potter

Comments

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green_grrl
Oct. 10th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love this fic! I just reread it because it's so fun! Snape is so wonderfully Snapish, and yet the connection he has with Harry reads so very true as well. His courtship gifts are made of an aaaw that's canon-real and not sappy at all.

Edited at 2008-10-10 02:50 pm (UTC)
jane_elliot
Oct. 13th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
Definitely one of my favorite HP stories. Yum:)
cheetahanabel
Dec. 10th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
Um...so I AM that stupid...really
Erm so...if you didn't know the link to this story is broken. And being the GENIUS I am I decided to go the easy way about getting the story by just going to the author's website. And after hardly searching at all I did manage to find 'A Convenient Marriage.' (hr-hrm) After reading it I was (understandably) disappointed. Not only did the plot seem to lack something, but it seemed to be the actual opposite of the story you recommended.

Which it, of course, was.

A week later I reread your review and noticed the name of the competitor for Harry's affections. Most decidedly not Lucius Malfoy... So yeah 'A Convenient Marriage' is actually not 'The Courtship of Harry Potter' (although if you've read both of the stories you'll definitely give me some small understanding because the premises of these are so similar).

'The Courtship of Harry Potter' is exactly as advertised and then some. Quite a good read (and quite a different story from the other).
sarahsezlove
Feb. 13th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
I totally loved this.
Snape was perfectly...Snape.
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