Neighbours, schools and government systems will assume a missing child if they move out of their homes to Hogwarts. How do they keep their old identities in sync with going to a place unrecognised by muggles?

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    They're not missing...they're in a private boarding school.
    – Paulie_D
    Dec 9, 2016 at 18:11
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    For the record, thousands of children in the UK go "missing" each year. For the most part, they're simply being moved overseas or elsewhere in the country.
    – Valorum
    Dec 9, 2016 at 18:15
  • "Neighbours, schools and government systems will assume a missing child" - no they won't. That's not how it works.
    – Misha R
    Dec 9, 2016 at 18:36

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Going to Hogwarts is no different from going to any other boarding school. They disappear during the school term and reappear over the holidays; it would be easy for parents to explain that they are at a boarding school. For example, the Dursleys made Harry tell Aunt Marge that he attended St Brutus's Secure Centre for Incurably Criminal Boys.

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