For a story I am writing, I need to think of a good cover story that Hermione's parents had for where she was while attending Hogwarts. Do you think Hermione would be considered intelligent enough to attend a famous boarding school? What are some well know boarding schools in England, either all-girls or mixed?
But as I began wondering this, my mind began to wander further. What are all the possible excuses that there are for where Muggle-born children go when they go off to Hogwarts. Harry was supposedly at St. Brutis', Justin went to Eton, but what are some of the other possible cover-stories that families could come up with?
And does this have different possibilities in different countries? I know in a story I am writing, I have two American students going off to a wizard school; one's cover-story is going to live in Boston with her father and attend an exclusive prep school, and the other being sent to military school. But there are many other excuses I came up with for American students: boarding schools, wildreness schools (for at-risk kids), international schools in other countries, and the classic, going to visit an aunt.
What are some other excuses that could be used in Britian and other countries? Are there any other possible cover stories that I did not name?