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Who is R.A.B. and where is Slytherin's Locket?

by David Haber

In the dramatic climax of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore and Harry recover a locket from Voldemort's secret cave. Only after Dumbledore "dies" does Harry open the locket and find the note from R.A.B. But who is R.A.B., and where is the locket now?

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Its possible that Mundungus could have stolen it too. Harry nearly strangled him in Hogsmeade when he learnt Dung was stealing Sirius' artefacts. And if that's the case, Harry's going to have a hard time tracking him down than Kreacher.

Posted by Aditi from Nagpur, India on October 6, 2006 11:52 AM

I dont think locket is with kreacher. It was definitely at grimmauld place when it was last quoted, but the possibility of mundungus stealing it is very strong. Because i dont see any reason why the scene, where harry finds dung is stealing sirius stuff should be there,unless it was important to lead the story in that direction. Now the possible complication for harry is that dung could have sold it borgin or any other person.

Kreacher may still have played a part in securing locket because DD says that getting the locket (overcoming all obsatcles) was not oneman job. So there must have definitely been a second person. It must have been a underage wizard or "house elf" since the boat could carry only one person. So it appears that kreacher might have helped RAB secure the locket. Or was it some unknown ally who reveal himself in last book?

Posted by Ravindra Bob from Mumbai ,India on October 6, 2006 1:33 PM

i think the locket is the one harry found and that dumbledore is still alive but just hiding.

Posted by Alex from saskatoon on October 6, 2006 3:41 PM

the locket harry found is not the locket. In HBP while harry is kneeling over dumbledore he notices the locket and knew autimatically that it was not as large as the locket that he had seen in the pensieve and it did not have the S that was slytherins mark on it. page 609 american version.

Posted by tonya from cordele, ga on October 6, 2006 8:55 PM

What if the initials were R AND B? The A could be an 'and'. So more than one person could be involved.

Posted by Brandi from Provo, Utah on October 6, 2006 9:30 PM

Yeah, except that's not what it says. The note says capital R period capitol A period capitol B period. No one writes "and" that way...

And the text of the note is written all by one person. It says "I know I be ... I want you to know it was I who discovered your secret. I have stolen..." Not "we"...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles on October 6, 2006 9:32 PM

Isn't R.A.B. translated into different letters?

In Norway for example Sirius Black is called Siris Svart.
And the letters are R.A.S. This must mean R.A.B is Sirius' brother.

Posted by Fredrik from Swedenm mj�lby on October 7, 2006 08:43 AM

Even if Mundungus did steal Slytherin�s locket, he�s in Azkaban now any way:

�Anyone we know �?� asked Ron, as Hermione scanned the headlines.

�Yes!� said Hermione, causing both Harry and Ron to gag on their breakfast. �But it's all right, he's not � its Mundungus, he's been arrested and sent to Azkaban! Something to do with impersonating an Inferius during an attempted burglary��

So he doesn�t have the locket now unless he was wearing it the day he got arrested, which is very unlikely because the locket probably had a curse on it. As Dave quoted from �Order of the Phoenix�: �...a heavy locket that none of them could open...� (pg. 116/108), so it did have a bit of magic left in it, which suggests that R.A.B. did not succeed in destroying the Horcrux.

Now, about R.A.B. � I think R.A.B. was a eater, because only a eater would have known about the horcruxes and the prophecy except for Dumbledore, so this means it couldn�t be Borgin or Burke. However R.A.B. could be loads of other eaters � Rodolphus, Rabastan, Rookwood (no wait, I don�t think Rookwood was a eater, or was he?), but then Rodolphus and Rabastan had the surname Lestrange and Rookwood was Augustus Rookwood.

So the most appropriate candidate for R.A.B. seems to be Regulas (A.) Black because he was a eater, so he must have heard Snape talking about the prophecy to Voldemort, and most important of all � the first and the last initials are matching and the locket is at Grimauld Place. I think that Voldemort must have asked Regulas to kidnap Sirius because he was his brother and the Potter�s (first) secret keeper, but Regulas did not want to do this and he stopped being a eater after that. This is when he decides to find the locket. Voldemort somehow found out about this and ed Regulas, and switched to plan B to get to the Potters � by making Pettigrew the Potters� secret keeper.

One more thing - Regulas� middle name cannot be Abraxas, because this was Lucius� father�s name and Regulas was not related to Lucius, he was related to Narcissa. His middle name could have been Alphard.

Posted by Javed from New Delhi, India on October 7, 2006 08:59 AM

Good points. On Abraxas, it's still possible. The Lucius/Narcissa marriage is most likely not the only Black/Malfoy family connection. On page 113 of HBP, Sirius says,

"The pure-blood familes are all interrelated. If you're only going to let your sons and daughters marry purebloods your choice is very limited, there are hardly any of us left. Molly and I are cousins by marriage and Arthur's something like my second cousin once removed."

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on October 7, 2006 09:20 AM

When Harry saw Mundungus in Book 6, Aberforth's with him (am I right?). And it's some kind of "drawing his cloak to his throat" - something like that, so I guess the locket must have been obtained now by Aberforth, Dumbledore's brother.

Posted by Michael from Manila, Philippines on October 7, 2006 3:24 PM

Yeah, that's a little fishy. What was Dung doing with Aberforth? And why was Aberforth trying to hide from Harry? Well, I don't think he's a crook coz he's DD's brother but still, it seems something to ponder over.

Posted by Aditi Dani from Nagpur, India on October 7, 2006 11:26 PM

mundungus has the locket and aberforth wanted to buy it from him.

Posted by hendri on October 8, 2006 05:46 AM

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