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    Being British: Act IX

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    So, I'm wondering that once British students leave colleges or so, do they live independently? leave their childhood homes and rent places? Or do they usually live together in the family home?

    I'm writing about James Potter. Given post-hogwarts, where does he live? With parents or without?

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    I think at 18 when they leave school they are more likely to stay at home, but I really don't think that it has much to do with being in Britain, and there really isn't a commonly accepted move for people to do. Alot ot it would depend on money, as renting somewhere to live can obviously be very expensive, especially in places like London.

    I think it more depends on the character though. Would James want to stay at home and be looked after by his parents, have his meals cooked and his clothes washed for him ect, or would he want to prove he could be independent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Padfoot Patronus
    So, I'm wondering that once British students leave colleges or so, do they live independently? leave their childhood homes and rent places? Or do they usually live together in the family home?

    I'm writing about James Potter. Given post-hogwarts, where does he live? With parents or without?

    Thanks,

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    I think generally speaking, in the 70's and 80's most students wouldn't go back home to live with their parents. Once you've made the move out to independence it's very hard to go back to living in the family home. I think it unlikely that James would return home- (he'd probably rent a place with Sirius!) .

    If you were writing about these days, however, most students can't afford to rent or buy a place of their own so many more are staying at home - much to the annoyance of their parents who probably want rid of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Padfoot Patronus
    So, I'm wondering that once British students leave colleges or so, do they live independently? leave their childhood homes and rent places? Or do they usually live together in the family home?

    I'm writing about James Potter. Given post-hogwarts, where does he live? With parents or without?

    Thanks,

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    It varies but I would say in the case of James he would most likely have left home. Plus, he and Lily got married fairly soon after Hogwarts - which would have meant they'd have moved into the house at Godric's Hollow. It could be that he went home briefly and then once they were married moved out, or he and Lily could have started living together before marriage, or he could have stayed with Siriue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Padfoot Patronus
    So, I'm wondering that once British students leave colleges or so, do they live independently? leave their childhood homes and rent places? Or do they usually live together in the family home?

    I'm writing about James Potter. Given post-hogwarts, where does he live? With parents or without?

    Thanks,

    Akay
    I would say that he would have gone straight to living by himself, especially since he was a wizard. I would say that he would want to be independent after living by himself for his school. However just a quick note muggle students go to college at 16 until 18, it can also be called a sixth form and mainly for the first year its living with parents and second most people tend to live by themselves. Just incase you wanted to include any muggle parts to your story!

    Hope I could help!

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    However just a quick note muggle students go to college at 16 until 18, it can also be called a sixth form and mainly for the first year its living with parents and second most people tend to live by themselves. Just incase you wanted to include any muggle parts to your story!
    I know this doesn't have to do with the question at all but I wouldn't agree with that. I've only ever heard of one girl leaving home during the second year of sixth form, and that was because her parents were very rich and bought her a flat for her eighteenth birthday. Also College and Sixthform are quite different. Sixthforms are generally connected to schools, and will be pretty much completely 16 - 18 year olds and focus on A Levels. Colleges offer a much wider range of subjects, often more vocational, and be a wider range of ages.

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    What are ice cream trucks called in Britain, and what song do they play when they drive around? Wikipedia said they're ice cream vans and play "Greensleeves" (as opposed to the American "The Entertainer"), but I honestly have no clue if that's accurate or not. Oh, and any specific names of ice cream sold would help, too. *clueless*

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    Yeah, we call them Ice Cream Vans, but I don't think they play Greensleeves. I don't know what the actual tune is - how important is it to the story? Because you could just describe it as a "tinkling tune".

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    Yeah they are definitely called Ice Cream Vans and usually play either "Greensleeves" or "Pop Goes The Weasel" lol.


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