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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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A random thought: What if Nagini was really the long term villain and was controlling He-Who-Must-Not-Be-nicknamed all the time (having swept him up after Dumbledore vanquished Grimmwald (sp) back in 1945) The snake ruling from behind the throne. Sure good-looking Tom was loved by Susan Bones grandma and she became a eater just to hang with him.

Why hide the Horcrux at all? Just put it in the hands of a trusted lackey and have them plant it on a likely pair of legs, say someone pure bred and poor like Ginny and wait until use begats overtaking the new body. I wonder if Nagini is a Horcrux perpetuated bad guy?

I always thought that it would be a better idea to hide one's Horcrux in the vest pocket of one of the Inferi and just use the Locket and red herring note as a misdirection. Get the joke? A magician using mis-direction!

One possibility is that Harry faced one reincarnated Voldy Horcrux per book. The leftover tattoo ink that Quirrel got his scalp skin art from perhaps the same ink that eater tats are made from. The Riddle diary. Missed book 3 so far. The bones of his late Father. The Ring in Book 6. Just a thought!

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on November 28, 2006 10:23 PM

What if Nagini WAS Grindelwald?

ok....mabey thats to much of a stretch..but there's so much we have to guess many vague clues that we can play with...who is R.A.B.....
is it Regulus?
now we have the Bones woman in the running also..
some one else? #3... the piano in the shrieking shack was the piano that "Morty and the Eaters" sang songs around......... back when they were younger and wanted to start a band...( i really need to get some sleep)

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 29, 2006 06:46 AM

This stuff may all have been said already in bits but here's what I think. Either Kreacher or Mundungus have the locket after it was found in Grimmauld Place (the "heavy locket" which none of them "could open"). I also think that Dumbledore is but that his was a mistake. Also, where is Fawkes?

Posted by Hamlet from Leeds on November 29, 2006 10:45 AM

ya i was thinking the same thing
phenoxes cant can they?
I also agree with the idea where RAB stand for a title of someone and not there actual name.
It makes sense......

Posted by Maire from Ireland on November 29, 2006 3:44 PM

Sure Phoenixes can ! Fawkws did in both the 4th book and movie. It just isn't permanent! If I had my choice of Animagi forms I would probably pick a Phoenix. Don't like being burned much though!

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on November 29, 2006 6:36 PM

Maybe we're thinking too conservatively. I think that RAB might not be a name but some other thing that identifies a person, like a title etc.

Posted by Drew from San Antonio, Texas on November 29, 2006 6:39 PM

I do like the idea of a witch interested in the beautiful boy wizard leader of the Eaters and her using a potion or somesuch to ensnare Tom Riddle. Did we ever find out what Snape's mother's maiden name was? Madam Bones would have had her maiden name when she was smitten by ultra-friendly Tom the salesman. Besides Riddle worked at the shop in Nocturn Alley and such an enfatuation would have been limited to his shop's regular clientel (sp).

"We only covet what we see" -- Hannibal Lector from Silence of the Lambs

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on November 29, 2006 6:43 PM

Isn't Snape's mum's name Prince? (can't remember her first, umm Eileen?) She married A muggle named Snape. Ken your posts are always very enlightning (and really funny too!) Thanks for sharing!

Posted by tracy on November 29, 2006 7:01 PM


At least your thoughts of the piano-Horcrux in book 3 mentioned an object that was to be handled and used and not something that would be untouched and thus never triggered. Voldy must have set up protections from random interference for his Horcruxes but if it takes a knowledgeable and powerful wizard to just touch the item what chance did any of his Horcruxes ever have to get said wizards to then succumb to its spell and give Tom a new form to inhabit?

I see the piano being used by the Hogwart's chapter of Eaters are Us to sing selections from Queen. I can see Tom really getting carried away during, "We are the Champions!"

I am immortal,
I have inside me blood of kings!
I have no rival,
No man can be my equal!

Book 5 is actually funnier if you assume that the Horcrux de tome was the globe wherein the prophecy lay. Book 7 have Harry as the final Horcrux and the following dilema: If you Voldemort then you Harry. If you spare Harry then Voldemort returns eternally! Just don't let the Ministry of Magic cast the tiebreaking vote on that issue!

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on November 29, 2006 10:40 PM

I still can't see how Harry would be the last horcrux. Morty tried to him when he was a baby and every time since... You don't destroy your own horcrux...

Also, I don't think that a horcrux is intended to "take over" another body for the soul to inhabbit.. I think it's just meant to hold the soul to earth..... so assistance would be needed to get a body..

like Morty taking over Quirrol(sp) in book 1, it was the "free range" part of his soul that took over Quirrol(sp)... I think the diary was a special case...

but if it does come down to Morty only being ed if Harry s too, Harry do something noble and Hermione, Ron and Ginny all Morty in a fit of rage..

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 30, 2006 07:20 AM

With the locket being described (several times) as being "Very Heavy" & DD telling Harry that a Phoenix can carry "very heavy" loads - could there be some connection (perhaps yet unseen) between the locket and Fawkes? Perhaps Fawkes would be needed to retrieve/move or destroy the locket.
Far Fetched? Probably, but thoughts anyone.

Posted by AJ from PA on November 30, 2006 1:37 PM

My guess is that there is a world of differece between a "heavy gold locket" and say, a car.

I agree with you that we have not seen the last of Falks however.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 30, 2006 3:20 PM

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