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"Harry bent down, ducked under the tent flap, and felt his jaw drop. He had walked into what looked like an old-fashioned, three room flat, complete with bathroom and kitchen. Oddly enough, it was furnished in exactly the same sort of style as Mrs Figg's house: There were crocheted covers on the mismatched chairs and a strong smell of cats... peering in at the four bunk beds that stood in the bedroom."
— The interior of Perkins's tent[src]

Perkins, who worked with Arthur Weasley in the Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office, owned a tent that was charmed to be larger on the inside than it appeared to be on the outside, most likely with the Undetectable Extension Charm.[1]

History

1994 Quidditch World Cup

"I borrowed this from Perkins at the office. Doesn't camp much anymore, poor fellow, he's got lumbago."
— Introduction of the tent[src]

The Weasleys, Harry Potter, and Hermione Granger using the tent during the 1994 Quidditch World Cup

Perkins lent the Weasley family his tent to use for the 1994 Quidditch World Cup. He didn't want it back after his lumbago got worse and he was no longer interested in camping. It was used by seven Weasleys and Harry Potter, while a separate smaller but similarly charmed tent was used by Ginny Weasley and Hermione Granger the night after the World Cup Final.

During the event, Arthur Weasley insisted on erecting the tent without the use of magic, to avoid Muggles accidentally seeing magic. It took Harry Potter and Hermione Granger some time to get it ready, but they managed to figure out the stakes eventually and set it up.[1]

Horcrux hunt

Harry Potter: "I thought this belonged to that bloke Perkins at the Ministry?"
Hermione Granger: "Apparently he didn’t want it back, his lumbago’s so bad. So Ron’s dad said I could borrow it."
— The trio using the tent as shelter during their Horcrux Hunt[src]

Harry, Ron, and Hermione entering the tent after Ron was splinched

In 1997, Arthur Weasley lent the tent to Harry, Hermione, and Ron for their use during their hunt for Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes, whereupon Hermione stored it in her beaded bag. Following their Infiltration of the Ministry on the 2nd of September, Yaxley latched onto Hermione during apparation and arrived at 12 Grimmauld Place. They escaped but Ron was splinched and suffered from his injury for some time.

The trio then used this tent for many weeks as their hideout, changing locations every couple of days. In order to avoid discovery, they (usually Hermione) cast several defensive spells on the tent or their campsite. Hermione set the tent up with the charm Erecto.[2] These spells were effective when Dean Thomas and his human and goblin companions cooked and ate fish nearby without detecting them.[3]

Harry and Hermione standing outside the tent during the hunt for Horcruxes

After several weeks of scant food, an injured arm, lack of progress, fear for his family and the bad influence of the Horcrux he was wearing, Ron left. He had a change of heart and wanted to return but had run into Snatchers and couldn't before Harry and Hermione changed locations. On Christmas day he heard Hermione's voice in the Deluminator and figured out how to use it to Apparate to their general location. The spells cast on the tent and campsite prevented him from finding Harry and Hermione. Only after following a doe patronus was Ron able to find Harry, destroy the Locket and return with him to the tent.[4]

Desertion

Months later, during Easter Break, upon hearing Lord Voldemort was abroad from the Potterwatch broadcast, Harry accidentally spoke Voldemort's name, which was under a Taboo. This broke their defensive spells, and the Snatchers caught them and brought them to Malfoy Manor, leaving the tent behind.[5] After their escape, they didn't return for it. They stayed at Shell Cottage for a time, with William Weasley and Fleur Delacour.[6] William Weasley lent them a similar tent, although they never had a chance to use it before returning to Hogwarts just before the final confrontation with Voldemort.

Interior

It had a small kitchen, a bathroom and several small bunks. It retained a strong smell of cats, and Harry Potter considered it to be decorated in the manner of Arabella Figg's house, a year before he discovered she was a Squib.[1]

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 7 (Bagman and Crouch)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 14 (The Thief)
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 15 (The Goblin's Revenge)
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 19 (The Silver Doe)
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 23 (Malfoy Manor)
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 25 (Shell Cottage)
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