Harry is desperate to talk to Sirius after being in Snape's memory. He can't write to him because Umbridge is checking the post, and can't use Floo powder because the fires are monitored. However, when it's the Easter holidays, rather than going back to Grimmauld Place or the Burrow and getting a chance to see him he stays at school.

Is there a reason given for why he doesn't go 'home' for the holidays? I know he's revising for his OWLs (ditto Ron and Hermione), but Ginny and the twins are also there, because they help with the plan to see Sirius, but they're not in exam years.

Was there an Order- or Educational Decree-based reason none of them went home?

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Students in their 5th and 7th year apparently are not allowed home during the Easter break. They are excused lessons, but expected to use the time to revise for their OWLS and NEWTS.

The weather grew breezier, brighter and warmer as the Easter holidays passed, but Harry, along with the rest of the fifth- and seventh- years, was trapped inside, revising, traipsing back and forth to the library

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    Hi! Your answer might be correct, but the quoted paragraph doesn't really seem to support it. It's just saying Harry and the other students who are about to have their exams have the discipline to go to the library instead of going outside enjoy the sunny weather.
    – Stef
    Commented Jun 21 at 8:53
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    "trapped" to me indicates more than just self-discipline.
    – deep64blue
    Commented Jun 21 at 8:56
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    Is there any evidence in the books that any student goes home for Easter at any point? It has been a few years since I read them, but it is not something I remember ever being mentioned.
    – Justinw
    Commented Jun 21 at 9:06
  • I don't have my copies to hand (that's why I'm asking here) but I'm sure in at least one, maybe the first, it says Harry signs up to stay — which implies most go? Commented Jun 21 at 9:53
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    @Justinw In Deathly Hallows Narcissa pointedly mentions that Draco is home for the Easter holiday when the Trio is captured, and Ginny going home for that same holiday and never coming back is what left Neville alone leading the new DA. After Harry blows up Marge, Fudge mentions the Dursleys are willing to accept him back as long as he stays during both the Easter & Christmas holidays, which implies staying is optional.
    – Martheen
    Commented Jun 21 at 10:32

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