Skin Deep by Vingilot

Title: Skin Deep
Author: Vingilot
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Harry Potter/Bill Weasley
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 225,080
Genres:  Angst, AU, Drama, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: repeated mentions of past physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of a minor, deluded!Dumbledore, sex with a minor: Harry is 16-17 and Bill is 27-28

Summary: Harry and his friends create a new type of magic embodied in Harry’s tattoos to keep him protected from his uncle. When the new magic works Harry is removed to Hogwarts where Dumbledore finally tells him the truth. Severitus. Written Pre-HBP

Why You Should Read This: This fic is remarkable for its handling of a delicate issue: how do survivors of sexual abuse move on? It also has a heartwarming Severitus theme and Bill Weasley (my favorite Weasley) gets a starring role as Harry’s very patient and understanding boyfriend.

What You Should Know Before Reading: I cannot reiterate enough that this fic is heavy on the sexual abuse/rape theme. There is no actual scene of this, but there is much discussion of what happened including medical exam reports. Please be careful if this might hit a trigger.


  1. I second this rec – and the warning. It’s a good read and long, my favourite kind of fic. But really heed the warning.

  2. 🙂 I haven’t read this in years thanks for reminding me about it

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