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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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if dumbledore had been hiding regulus all along, wouldn't RB have enough sense to tell DD that he had known about the horcruxes all along and had already destroyed the locket? DD would have been able to tell if he had destroyed it or not by using Legacy, right? (or whatever its called Occlumancy or something? not really sure...)

Posted by puggy from FL on November 16, 2006 3:48 PM

I think Puggy makes a good point. Saying that DD was protecting Regulus, Regulus probably would have confided in DD that he had destroyed the locket and the horcrux was gone or some what destroyed.

Posted by Jamie from OR on November 16, 2006 5:47 PM

Mistral from Switzerland

Yes, 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"!

I took this to be a sly wink at the old method of creating Jack O'Lantern out of hollowed out Turnips and Rutabagas and then using these Lanterns to ward off Hobgoblins or Robin Goblins as they were first named.

Hit a Hobgoblin with a Turnip and he goes away forever?

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on November 16, 2006 9:32 PM

I think the easiest way to hide some one compleatly, is to hide them from themselves.

Put a memory charm on them, so they don't remember who they were, and set them up in a new life.

If he couldn't remember his past, he couldn't tell any one what he had done.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 17, 2006 05:46 AM

Curious as to if the trio and others would have recognized an S on the heavy locket as Slytherins mark. But they didn't know at that time that Slytherin had a locket so it wouldn't have been a big deal. Sirius wanted it all thrown away so that's what they were doing.

Posted by Rhonda from Pomona on November 17, 2006 11:08 AM

I think the idea of Regalus hiding in plain sight is hilarious...but possible. Well, what if he was drinking a polyjuice potion to be Aunt Petunia? Remember when Sirius escaped from Azkaban she looked out the window. I believe JK said "there is more to Petunia than meets the eye." Maybe that's why she knew about the dementors. Well, I think I am just being dumb...again.=-)

Posted by Mark H from MI on November 17, 2006 6:26 PM

I think its unlikely that Regulus is Aunt Petunia...But if we're thinking the Polyjuice Potion way, he could very well be Mundungus. Maybe the reason he keeps snooping around Grimmauld Place is because he's looking for the Horcrux. Its possible that he faked his to hide from the Eaters and is now Mundungus, his true identity known only by DD...?

Posted by Aditi from Nagpur, India on November 18, 2006 04:44 AM

I can agree with the idea that Regulus took POLYJUICE POTION to hide from Voldemort and the Eater�s.

But then it gets confusing with the theory that Regulus took the potion to be Aunt Petunia.
Erm... see the scenario... Regulus - alias - aunt Petunia - married to Vernon?

And where would the real PETUNIA be? As for running to the window, she probably met Sirius, since he was her brother-in-law�s best friend.

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on November 18, 2006 06:24 AM

R.A.B. can also mean Regulas and Bagman or Rookwood and Bagman.or it can be Regulas Alphard Black as well.
And the mundungus-is-rugulus theory is cool!
maybe only Dumbledore knows abt that and thats why dung is scared of dumbledore!

Posted by Aakarsh from Mumbai,India on November 18, 2006 08:06 AM

It would also explane why DD is the only one who seems to really want 'Dung around. Reamus just tells Harry having some one like 'Dung around was "usefull".

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 18, 2006 1:06 PM

I have a few observations to make about some of the comments posted here. First of all, in POA, there is no doubt that Peter Pettigrew play some part in helping Harry, per Dumbledore, it is "magic at it's deepest". He states that Harry one day appreciate the fact he let Peter Pettigrew live. Secondly, as much as the Dursley's HATE magic, there is no way Petunia does not know what's going on. Of all the thing's in the wizarding world to remember, she recalls the dementors and the wizarding prizon? Spits out the information liek it was nothing.!Please! I do find the fact that R.A.B. is hidden in plain site an interesting theory. Mundungus, no. Aunt Petunia, no. Seems to me it would be an off the beaten path character mentioned previously. Maybe the bartender at the other bar that everyone thinks is Alberforth. I do feel that someone from the past books re-emerge from obsurity to come back to assist Harry. And also, I fel that Lucious and his family turn to helping Harry to save themselves. Like all Slytherins, they first save themselves. Harry definitely need help from the opposite side for more insight into Voldemort's doings. And the idea of the Special Award that Tom Riddle received is a horcrux is a major possibility. It could be the reason that Voldemort wanted the Defense against the Dark Arts job so badly.

Posted by MIke McGrath from Columbus GA on November 18, 2006 6:30 PM

After reading Linda�s comment on the topic of �Foreshadowings in Prisoner of Azkaban� I am returning to my guesswork that the �Hairy bass player of the Weird sisters� might possibly be REGULUS BLACK.

Her arguments of this theory seem so perfect that I want to stick with it now. Be that as it may, I listened afterwards carefully to some chapters of �OotP�. It is interesting that while listening,, instead of reading, we observe different things as important. I am talking particular about Chapter six �THE NOBLE AND MOST ANCIENT HOUSE OF BLACK�

Assuming it was Regulus who snapped the real Horcrux, would not the TAPESTRY in Grimmauld Place No.12 be the perfect hiding place? I noticed that it is KREACHER the elf who draws first attention to the �Black Tree� saying that Mistress would never forgive him if the tapestry was thrown out! I quote: �Kreacher must save it, Kreacher not let Master and the blood traitors and the brats destroy it-�

When Sirius tries to blast the tapestry, nothing happens. It says he laughed sourly. So the tapestry is still intact and whatever hidden behind it, still there!

I hear you all say; what about the locket that Harry could not open? That could very well be a RED HERRING. Like some of you mentioned, Harry and his friends did not notice the �S� of Slythering on the locket! Almost certainly Hermione would of noticed a thing like that.

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on November 19, 2006 2:12 PM

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