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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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LV in the GoF was in that old Riddle house, where he ed his father, perhaps he left a horcux there because he was proud of it, but what could he have put it in?

Posted by Alice from Wonderland on November 24, 2006 7:24 PM


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

That would explain the snakeskin outside the, then unopened, chamber of secrets. Outsides means that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Nicknamed could have visited the skin and not reopened the chamber itself. Opening the access from Myrtle's watercloset is not opening the Chamber itself!

Our guys as Animagi? Ginny becomes a Phoenix, tough to keep slain! Harry as an 8-eyed Arthromantula instead of a 4-eyed wizard. Luna as a Dodo! I see Hermione as a crane and Ron as a Flamingo.

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on November 24, 2006 9:13 PM

i'd like to add a new thoery to all dese speculations out here. i really havent read all the comments posted here so im not sure if sumeone has already come up with the idea but i really think that Madam Bones is R.A.B.
well i know its pretty silly but it really is very relevant
there's not much to prove it but its almost like intuition which told me the first time i read HBP that it could be Amelia Bones. Maybe her first name is something else with R and she just uses her second name. that would explain R.A.B.
plus, JKR mentions that Voldemort ed her personally because she was apparently a very very great witch. obviously someone who voldemort would think worthy of on his hands was probably capable enough to cross all of voldemort's hurdles and get the horcrux.
and fine, she was a great witch but that isn't reason enough for voldemort wanting to her. course he cant go around ing all great people jus because he has a body now. makes me think there must be some reason why voldemort ed her... isnt destroying a horcrux reason enough?
or lets just say she wasnt able to destroy it. she might have passed it on to someone before she d (as she knew she would.) could that someone be her neice? susan bones says amelia is her aunty way back in the 5th book during a DA meeting. and in the 6th book we find first amelia and then susan's mother is also found .
why would JK mention all this?
i mean so many people are anyway...
and why would voldemort have susan's mother ed?
maybe he found out that she had the locket now... maybe susan's family knows something... maybe one of them has the locket... maybe thats why susan was withdrawn from hogwarts?
i mean yeah i know her mum d and all.. but why would she completely withdraw from hogwarts? surely she's safer there? but maybe her family wanted to have her close to them, maybe she has the locket and they know voldemort come to get her...
its just a theory

Posted by soha from gurgaon,india on November 26, 2006 12:45 AM

I havent read the book in a while, but does it say R.A.B. is a person? Maybe it is a place. It seems odd to me how DD wouldnt know if Black's brother had it. For that matter, DD would probably know if anyone on the "good side" had got it. Also, the whole thing about horcruxes confuses me. If they are so "well-known" in the magical world, why didnt one of LV's followers retrieve one and restore him. It took him 13 years to return. Also, the GOF, in the graveyard, he says how dissappointed he is that no one came to look for him, and that there were signs.

Posted by Nick from Warwick, New York on November 26, 2006 02:48 AM

Hi Soha. Your post is very interesting. The first time I read HBP I was sure that RAB was Regulus. The second time I read it I was sure it was a woman. Let me explain... There is a strong "love" theme in HBP, people falling in love, people falling out, people being snared by love potions etc. In fact Professor Slughorn makes the comment that his love potion was the most dangerous potion in the room during their first lesson..."when you have seen as much of life as I have, you not underestimate the power of obsessive love..." (Slughorn p. 186 amer. hardcover) Later we find out that LV was the actual result of a love potion. I'm not suggesting that R.A.B. has anything to do with a love potion but it helps to get my point out. Dumbledore tells Harry that Nagini is the one thing that LV is closest to, that he doubts that LV has ever allowed anyone to really know him (That he closes everyone out) Tom Riddle was a very good looking boy. Certainly he did not go unnoticed by the girls at Hogwarts. There is another little line ( I can't find it right now, sorry) Hermione is telling Parvarti loudly at the dinner table that she is going to Slughorn's party with MacLaggen(?) and Harry is left alone at the table to silently ponder the depths that a girl sink to for revenge. When I read this line the first time, I loved it. The second time I read it, I gasped and said "it's a woman!" Someone loved LV...
I have also wondered about how the Bones family is going to fit into all of this.

Posted by tracy on November 26, 2006 6:24 PM

ok so how do we know that R.A.B. are the actual initals for the person's who stole the real horcurx. It could be the initals for what that person called themselves. Tom Riddle changed his name. Snape called himself the Half Blood Prince. Myba the person who stole it is someone we already know well and has a pen name or something. What if Sirius himself is R.A.B.? I have no idea what it would stand for but if you really read the book a lot of things have initals that could be interpreted different ways.
(S.P.E.W. hermione's fight for house elf rights. but know one would know if she didn;t tell them exactly what the letters stood for.Ron just called it spew.)

Posted by Kate from Wisconsin on November 27, 2006 12:53 PM

Well, I think it's possible for either Kreacher or Mundungus to have the locket, or maybe it's still in Number 5 Grimmauld Place. I"m not reallly sure about that.

I do agree with everyone that said they think R.A.B. is Regulas Black. I don't think the theory of R.A.B. being another eater is plausible, because "Why would they try to steal and destroy the locket if they were still on Voldemort's side?" We know Regulas tried to reform and wanted to be a good wizard, but Rookwood and others still follow Voldemort. Also, I think that Regulas stumbled onto this horcrux thing. I mean come on, Voldemort didn't trust his followers, to tell them what he had been doing, we know this, because Lucius Malfoy had know idea that Tom Riddle's diary was a horcrux and back then he was a pretty trusted Eater. As Dumbledore had told Harry several times, Voldemort is truly a loner, he has no real friends, nor wants them, so he wouldn't trust anyone with the knowledge of how to destroy him.

Last point I want to make is my theory of who went went Regulas to get the locket. It was noted that it would take two people to get into the cave and get the locket, because one person would have to force the other to drink the potion, if only one person entered the cave, they would stop drinking the potion after one glass. Bear with me, but I think that Snape went with Regulas. I think that maybe this is why Dumbledore trusts Snape, is that Snape handed him the information about horcruxes, the information that would eventually destroy VOldemort. I don't know how likely it is, but it is definitely possible. What do you guys think?

Posted by Erin Durrett from Ypsilanti, MI on November 27, 2006 1:14 PM

I got one...

There's no real proof that the horcrux at the center of the lake of inferi was locket to begin with,
since it had been hidden under a potion that had to be drunk to be gotten rid of, it could have been a cup originally...
mabey the locket was left as a way of saying," I got this one, and I'm going after your locket too."

It's not the craziest idea I've posted...

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 27, 2006 1:20 PM

Snape hated Sirus so he wouldn't have been ing to help his brother. And if that was the reason DD decided to trust Snape than DD would have known about the horcrux being destroyed.

Kevin: i never thought about that... that's a good idea... but then where would Slytherin's locket be?

Posted by Ronald Weasly from the Burrow on November 27, 2006 1:56 PM

Sorting hat is a horcrux. Its a 100$ bet from my side.

Posted by LISA from NEW YORK on November 28, 2006 04:23 AM

Don't make that bet! JK already said the hat was NOT a horcrux... I think at one time or another most of us thought that. There's lots of other things in DD's study that could be..

but whose?

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 28, 2006 08:17 AM

Reading HP books is like playing chess. In chess every move has a purpose. I the books everything Rowling puts in there has a purpose. (Ex. when little things in the book fortold of Harry falling in love with Ginny, Peter Pettigrew being who he was in POA, and on and on and on)I liked the idea earlier said about the locket in Grimmauld place being "heavy and unable to open" why would Rowling have this in there so often if it was unimportant? Dumbledore being , remember his comment in COS? he is , but not gone.R.A.B can be tons of people, including some at the . However, I think Rowling would want some significance to who it is, therefor it would be most logical that it would be Sirius' brother. As to who I hope it would not be Harry or anyone close, but it wouldn't make any since if everyone lived happily ever after. I can't wait untl the last book comes out and we can all find out the truth instead of guessing.

Posted by Ashley from Texas on November 28, 2006 6:33 PM

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