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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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I think JK would be cross with us for giving Voldemort a "pet" name... ("Morty")

I, personally, prefer calling him "Valuemart". :-)

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on November 15, 2006 06:49 AM

"Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself"

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 15, 2006 06:53 AM

I think u guys are actualy right about R.A.B. is Regulus black because in the Dutch version of the book it's R.A.Z.= Regulus Zwarts (Zwarts=Black).

Posted by E@ from Mechelen, Antwerp, Belgium on November 15, 2006 09:52 AM

RAB is Regulus A. Black. In a German copy, It's RAS. The German word for black is schwarzes. They found the locket already when they cleaned the Black house. "also a heavy locket that none of them could open".

Posted by Hermione Granger on November 15, 2006 11:11 AM

I think most people believe that R.A.B being Regulus A. Black is a lead pipe sinch. Doesn't mean it's true, but most people believe it. Myself included.

Just for the sake of argument, what if DD did have some way of hiding some one and making others think they were ...

What if Regulus has been "hiding in plane site" all this time?

Who would he be hiding as?

Would it have to be some one close enough to DD so they would remain safe and hidden?

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 15, 2006 11:47 AM

Hmm� when asked who R.A.B is, I usually evade answering that question. Even though I have to admit, that everything points to Sirius brother Regulus. Which is exactly the reason I do not really want to believe it is him! Too easy...

After reading this comment about �Dumbledore hiding someone�
I remembered that my thoughts went in the same direction, only my idea was that maybe �STUBBY BOARDMAN� was in reality Regulus Black, acting as a lead singer in a popular singing group, called THE HOBGOBLINS (He is mentioned in OotP Chapter Ten, Luna Lovegood)

But this was denied by Jo a couple of weeks ago on her Website. So I abandoned this notion until reading the last comment on this site today.
It is true, Dumbledore told Draco Malfoy they would be able to hide him from Voldemort, in letting him think, he Draco was . Was Jo besides letting us know, that it would be possible to hide from Voldemort, giving us a hint?

While reading the last Chapter in the HBP the other day, (the scene) and searching for Dobby,( who incidentally was not at Dumbledore�s (!) I came across �THE HAIRY BASS PLAYER from THE WEIRD SISTERS. And I remembered my theory of Stubby Boardman. Wouldn�t that would be so genius of Jo? To give us that red herring about Stubby Boardman? When in reality she meant the bass player from the Weird Sister�s being Regulus

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on November 15, 2006 1:47 PM

Mistral--I don't remember the exact wording (and don't have the book with me) but didn't the Quibbler imply that Sirius Black was in a musical group. If so, maybe the Quibbler had the right idea but wrong brother.

Posted by Linda from Fort Wayne, IN on November 15, 2006 2:17 PM

To Linda
Yes, you are right THE QUIBBLER quoted a certain Mrs. Purkiss saying "The man people believed to be Sirius Black is actually Stubby Boardman, lead singer of The Hobgoblins, who retired from public life after being struck on the ear by a turnip at a concert in Little Norton Church Hall nearly FIFTEEN years ago"!

To be honest when reading this paragraph for the first time, it does not really make sense. It did point to Sirius because of the fifteen years but also to his brother Regulus! Who was "ed" around that time. But as I said in my above comment, Jo has said NO to this theory.

Interesting that our favourite author is declining that theory! Maybe there is more behind that singer than meets the eye?

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on November 15, 2006 3:07 PM

If Regulus Black is hiding in plain sight, I would lean towards the hairy bass player from the Weird Sisters. Depending on hairy he was, the hair would disguise him and who really notices the bass player (compared to the lead singer) in a band. Plus would Voldemort or followers look for someone in a rock band--I think it would be beneath Voldemort....

Posted by Linda from Fort Wayne, IN on November 15, 2006 3:29 PM

So I'm likin' the idea of the hairy bass player...
Any other candidates before we call for a vote?

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 16, 2006 06:18 AM

Quick question... somewhere in this record of comments or in the article or something... it says that Kreacher may have saved it. But why would Mundugus look through all of Kreachers stuff to begin with?

I think all of these theories are quite plausible... but couldn't Kreacher still be in possession of it? oh, well i guess we won't find out until the book is released...

Posted by Amy from Somewhere on November 16, 2006 2:57 PM

I think that when Dung went through 12 Grimmauld Place looking for valuable stuff to steal and sell (as we know he did) then it's very logical to believe that Dung went through Kreacher's lair looking for goos, as he was around headquarters and knew Kreacher was hiding Black valuables away from the "cleaning" of the house...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on November 16, 2006 3:02 PM

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