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    HogwartsGirly124
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    Britain: Beaches?

    I know this is uncertain and proabally out of place, but I was wondering if it would be alright if I included the characters of my fic to be at the beach in one chapter? We've never really seen HP outside lives, but I was just wondering if the beach would seem appropritate to you. What do you think? Thanks.

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    In one of my stories I have a beach scene. It’s a stereotypical American beach scene with a hot guy, tanning, and mp3 players, but when I wrote it I had to consider the location, time of year, all that jazz.

    Great Britain itself is an island, if you didn’t know. Meaning if your story is taking place on the coast, then a beach scene is probable. According to several sources, Hogwarts is located in Scotland, which is actually the northern third of Great Britain. There’s also about 6,000 other islands in the British Isles, which is where Great Britain is, but keep in mind that the coast is on the Atlantic Ocean, which tends to be very cold. So if the scene is there, I wouldn’t make it a beach like you’d see on Spring Break in Cancun.

    So I think that the answer to your question is that if you want a beach scene, go for it. Just be careful not to write a beach scene totally out of place, and make sure it fits the geography and climate of the area. After all, you don’t want Hermione sunbathing in January on a beach in Great Britain. That just wouldn’t seem right, would it?

    Good luck with your story, and remember. It's your fic. You can do what you want with it!!

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    Azhure
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    It's you story, so it's entirely up to you! I have read many stories which have a beach scene at one time or another.

    Just - like Rachel_Marie said - watch the climate and geography.

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    apollo13
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    Shouldn't this be in the Being British thread?

    In Britian, you are never more than 150 miles away from the sea. So it is entirely plausiable to go to the beach.

    However, you must remember, that there are few very nice sandy beaches. Most are shingle - pebbles, in other words. There are sandy beaches, but you can garantee that if they don't have pebbles as well, then they will have those annoying sand fleas or they will be fast eroding.

    The further south-east you are, the warmer it is. The warmest county is Essex, followed by Suffolk, followed by Norfolk and Devon (I think).

    So while it is plausiable for your characters to go to the beach, you must remember that it is unlikely that they would be doing "usual" beach activities, unless it was a very hot day. most of my beach memories include moaning "I want to go home" eating fish and chips and feeding them to the gulls, having an ice cream stolen by a sea gull, freezing my backside off in the water and hurting my feet on the pebbles.

    That is not to say that we never have good times on the beaches over here. I've had fantastic days out, especially when the weather is good. But the UK has used the beaches for other purposes, such as Amuesmant parks, arcades, sailing regatta's, and fishing, my Dad's favourite.

    What is the purpose of the charcaters going to the beach? What is your aim? How is it relavant to the plot? If it is something romantic, it's probably not a good idea. If it;s a family outing, then yes it is.

    ~Evie

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    Pinkcess of the Abyss
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    So while it is plausiable for your characters to go to the beach, you must remember that it is unlikely that they would be doing "usual" beach activities, unless it was a very hot day. most of my beach memories include moaning "I want to go home" eating fish and chips and feeding them to the gulls, having an ice cream stolen by a sea gull, freezing my backside off in the water and hurting my feet on the pebbles.
    Way to sum up the beach!! *laughs* Any chance you holidayed at Blackpool?

    Personally I love the beaches in Britian. Mainly the ones in Wales... A lot of English beaches aren't large streatches of sand, and some are on rocky grassy hillsides with sheep baa'ing around. A beach that I love in England is one that in order to get to it you have to walk around this hillside thing, through a farmers feild, dodging the sheep poo, then scurry down a little winding path down the side of the steep hill and down into a cove sort of beach. It is the golden sort of sand, and there are still loads of pebbles and cobbles lying around. The sand in the water is full of spikey rocks and pebbles and shells, so you have to be careful where you walk, but you can still walk in it. The sea is usually cold... even in the hottest of summers. But you can body board, and even surf on some beaches. The beach I was talking about due to all the rocks has hundreds of rock pools that I always used to, and still do, comb through with a net and a bucket. There are also little caves and things enclosed in areas of the beach from where the tide has eroded away into the rock.
    This beach is near a campsite, and it is from that campsite that you get to the beach. (by campsite I mean a feild that you pitch a tent in. The feild has a little toilet block (Two toilets) and a shower.

    That is one type of british beach. The other is the Blackpool variaty. Promonards, casinos, stalls selling all sorts, fair grounds, the big wheel, black pool pleasure beach (theme park). They have everything there, and all of it is tacky. If your ever curious about sending your characters to Blackpool reaseach it on google and you should get a better idea. Blackpool is one of those Old British Holidays that noone really likes... unless you are four and don't know any better. Grandparents take you to the Blackpool; they buy you a fish and chips, sit you on the prominard (warning you to stay away from the sides because the big waves might splash you and drag you into the water) then drive you through the lights and finally take you home.

    The other beach is those down south which are more like being abroad. They are sunny and white and all pretty. But there aren't tropical fish, or anything like that. We have been heard of getting the occational shark, like once every ten years. I think. I've only been on holiday down south once so I'm not big on all that.

    If you are writing a British beach scene remember this one fact. On EVERY beach on the British Isles there will be at LEAST ONE fat man wearing speedos. And his legs WILL be skinny. It's just a fact of life.

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    apollo13
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    The other beach is those down south which are more like being abroad. They are sunny and white and all pretty.
    Ha ha! Not in Suffolk!

    Yes, you can bodyboard and surf in the west of the country. I once went on a body-boarding holiday in Cornwall, and it was freezing - at one point my legs were actually purple. Another point to note is that Great Whites have occasionally been sighted there.

    ~Evie

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