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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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The Tapestry could be a Horcrux. There could be something behind the tapestry that is a Horcrux. Some of the known Horcruxes are items that are carried on one's person (a student's journal, for example) so that an uning host can be overtaken. Less so the cup and tapestry. Come to think of it, hiding a Horcrux away insures that it won't find a random set of legs to mesmerize.

My personal entry in the "Name the Hogwarts Horcrux" contest is the sluffed snakeskin (Basilisk-skin?) down below in the antechamber of secrets. It would make several hundred nice pairs of boots -- and jackets -- and slipcovers.

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on November 19, 2006 9:14 PM

Why would the Tapestry be a Horcrux? It has no special value as regards LV. We're not talking about Regulus's Horcruxes and its unlikely that he made any.

As for the snakeskin, I don't think that's a Horcrux either. LV did not make Horcruxes at school even though he committed . And after he's left school, he's definitely not been down in the Chamber.

Posted by Aditi from Nagpur, India on November 20, 2006 03:12 AM

I don't think the tapestry could be a horcrux, do to theBlack family tradition of blasting the names of "Blood Traitors" off.

Pretty harsh treatment for the recpticle of a piece of some ones soul....

I agree that there could been something hiden behind it.....But one of Morty's horcruxs...not likely.

The Blacks were not supporters of Morty, they just liked his ideas.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 20, 2006 07:44 AM

there is one more reason that it could be the younger brother of Sirius. In Dutch it's R.A.Z. And in Dutch Sirius Black's name is Sirius Zwarts. Can people check it in other languages?

Posted by dafsy from holland on November 21, 2006 06:46 AM

It's nice when people write about R.A.Z. in Dutch language. But that's already been told for ten times or something. Come up with something new, please...

By the way, DD's brother Aberforth is in Dutch Desiderius.

Posted by iris from holland on November 22, 2006 06:04 AM

Regulus as an Animagus? Maybe Crookshanks! Regulus is a star name also known as Alpha Leonis & Leonis or Leo refers to lion (or cat). Sirius is a star known as the dog star, Canis Major, the Greater Dog. The only problem is that JK Rowling mentions that Crookshanks is half cat and half kneezle. Unlikely that someone would choose a crossbreed creature to turn into. I wondered about Mrs. Norris but Mrs. Norris is a she. And then there's Fang but that doesn't go along with the Canis Major idea. What about Arabella Figg's cat? And I agree that if Dumbledore had helped hide Regulus, he would have known the horcux was already replaced.

Posted by Rhonda from Pomona on November 22, 2006 10:05 AM

Don't forget Fluffy! (What kind of manure do you think Hagrid uses to get the giant pumpkins going?)

No one has mentioned the possible Horcrux for Snape soul now that his taking of DD life has split it while also loading Dumbledore's into his wand. Priori incantatum indeed!

JKR has stated thet the sorting hat is NOT a Horcrux!

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on November 22, 2006 4:51 PM

Rhonda: one doesn't pick one's animagus form! It is an outgrowth of one's own psyche and tends to ingrain itself into your nature even deeper, as in Wormtail. Same can be said of the Patronus but when you change, your Patronus can change. Perhaps your animagus form does too. Maggie, (not the cat) as Macgonagal becomes overly effected by the of Dumbledore as only someone who has danced the first dance at the Winter Ball with him CAN be effected. (wink wink)

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on November 22, 2006 5:08 PM

Ken... I think the relationship between Macgonagal and DD could be a book unto itself...

I must say I'm loving the animagus angle... maybe a snake?

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 23, 2006 3:52 PM

Can you not try using the first letters of the words in the message it might make sense:)...

Posted by Cat from Vienna, Austria on November 24, 2006 2:12 PM

While we know that Harry Potter books are filled with clues, I've never heard of anyone finding a clue in something like an anagram. I think you've been reading Da Vinci Code too much...:-)

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on November 24, 2006 2:17 PM

Rhonda: i agree with your last part about DD would have known and everything about the replaced horcrux.

it does state in PoA that Crookshanks did help out Sirus, so maybe there is a chance that Regulus could be the cat... but i dunno...

Posted by Leslie on November 24, 2006 7:17 PM

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