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.

Sarah x