I'm not sure if this really belongs here or in the Reference Desk, so mods, feel free to move it if I've put it in the wrong place.
Basically, what I wanted to ask was is it a plausible idea for there to be a half-term holiday at Hogwarts in the next gen? I've got the idea that since there is a new, married, Headmistress, she would want to spend more time with her family, and felt that the students should also have the opportunity to go back to their families as well.
I've got a scene that needs the absence of most of my MC's friends so that she goes and talks to some new people and I initally had it as being in the Christmas holidays, but that's too late now I've got other aspects of my plot planned out, so is a half-term holiday with their Christmases, Easters and summer holdiays shortened a believable idea? Are there other reasons that there could be a half-term holiday?
Any help would be really, really appreciated.
Most UK boarding schools do (I think) have a one week half term holiday corresponding with the standard school terms.
That would be October Week (aka Blackberry Week in my part of the world), Spring Holiday and Whit Week.
Yeah, I think they do. My boarding schools did, anyway. What about the reasons why? I don't want readers to read it and groan because it's not something that's in the books or is obviously something I've added in for them to meet (which it is, but I want to have a good and believable reason behind it).
The addition of a new half-term holiday could come about for several reasons. The new Headmistress is just one.
I think that we can safely assume that Lucius Malfoy is no longer a school governor.
If the governors actually represent the pupils then about 25% (I think) of the pupils are Muggleborn and 50% are halfblood. It is possible possible that 25% or more of the Governors are not merely Muggleborn, they are Muggles. This figure could be higher if it is the Muggle parent of a halfblood who takes an interest. The traditionalists may protest, but Muggle parents may want to see more of their children.