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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 from all the postings of all the people who have Harry Potter books in languages other than english who have pointed out that "R.A.B." changes along with the last name of Black..
R.A.B. becomes R.A.S. in german..
R.A.Z. in dutch...

we just need to hear from people with an arabic or chinese or some other language that isn't related to english to prove it once and for all..

millions of books sold ALL over the world, some one out there can help me out....

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on December 7, 2006 10:16 AM

The Vegas odds on RAB not being Regulus is several hundred to one. We have heard the translation initials from both German and Dutch where the locket note changes initials to keep brother Black a candidate while Madam Bones and others are made inappropriate by simple translation. That assumes that the Dutch for Bones does not start with a "Z"

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on December 7, 2006 4:50 PM

In the last edition of the german Harry Potter books, Serius and his family are called Black again (not Schwarz)! So I think that must have a reason!

Posted by Matthias from Dorsten Germany on December 8, 2006 02:44 AM

When Harry Tried the summoring charm inside the cave, a body rose from the water. That means R.A.B. d while trieng to get out of the cave. He was draged by the inferi. Does that mean when Voldemort gets back through that horcrux then he would be ed by inferi?
or he controll them somehow? without a wand?

Posted by Michal from Tanzania on December 8, 2006 04:10 AM

The part of your soul thats in your body is the part of your soul that returns..
A horcrux holds your soul from going on...that part of your soul in a horcrux stays in the horcrux, it never gets out unless the horcrux is destroyed and then it is lost forever.

Having 6 horcruxes doesn't meen you only get to come back 6 times...
you keep coming back unless each horcrux is destroyed..
Then and only then can some one come after the last piece of your soul, the piece thats still inside you..

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on December 8, 2006 09:29 AM

I have another theory, I know it seem far fetched but bar with me....

I the 5th book we learn Dumbledore's full name (pg139 American version) It is Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore.
Right there we have A and B in order and in the name BRiAn, we have all three letter AND the word IN.
RAB IN BRIAN?
(Someone else scrambled his name to make something else........Chamber of Secrets "Tom Marvolo Riddle=I an Lord Voldemort"
Now I am definitely NOT SUGGESTION DUMBLEDOR IS BAD!
I just thought it was weird.

But letís think about this. If Dumbledore let Snape him for some reason he had to get out of Hogwarts and get himself trapped. This even goes against my own theory cause I really would like to think Snape is bad but o well.
I know this doesn't explain why it took so long for him to figure out how to enter the cave unless he was just wasting time. I also found it ironic that he never tried to stop Draco. I never doubted that DD didn't know about it but two stundent almost DIED because of it. Maybe he needed Malfoy to get as far as he did for his plan to work. I still have NO IDEA why DD would choose to when the wizarding world needs him so much right now....

Thatís my new theory, what do you guys think?

Also, didn't LV have to use up a Horcurx to possess Quirell? That would mean that we have destroyed, 4 out of 7 of them.
1.The Locket (if it was destroyed)
2.The Ring
3.The diary
4.The Voldemort we saw in during Harry's first year
Then we still need 3
1.The Snake
2.Huffelpuff's Goblet?
3.Isn't there one inside LV right now

Sorry I don't have the book with me right now.

Posted by Kate from Wisconsin on December 8, 2006 11:55 AM

Uh, Kevin

Chinese is a one-symbol per word language thus there are no initials. Wonder how the translators handles the whole "initials" problem in the glyph based languages.

Good point that mate.

PS I just watched the extended Prisoner of Azkaban movie and there was a scene I don't remember where a wandless Snape stood in front of the trio to protect them from Mooney as he changed and fought Sirius. That was not the act of a bad guy!

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on December 8, 2006 6:46 PM

I don't think that regulus would actually be his grandfather because it said that in the fifth book that Sirius said they where his favourite cousins daughters so that should clearly state that he is no his grandfather.

Posted by Nusrath from London, England on December 9, 2006 10:12 AM

ok. I just want to clear this up.
Harry cannot be a Horcurx. You have to MAKE one After you ! LV did NOT make Harry Potter. Harry is a HUMAN. Not a fraction of someones soul!

Posted by Kate on December 9, 2006 5:13 PM

While I also believe strongly that Harry is not a horcrux, let's not get confused here. There are two distinct parts of a horcrux:

1. The fragment of the human soul
2. The container (the ring, the locket, etc.)

The container CAN be something living, Dumbledore admitted Nagini the snake is probably one of Voldemort's horcruxes.

So, it is physically and hypothetically possible for Harry to be a horcrux. But, very unlikely...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on December 9, 2006 5:21 PM

I really like that idea with Dumbleodrs name Brian. If you think about it, it could make sense. Only if, for some reason, Dumbledor wanted to ....

Posted by Dory from Pacific Ocean on December 10, 2006 10:55 AM

Okay, has anyone wondered why Hermione's bandy-legged ginger cat Crookshanks is just like Mundungus (with straggly ginger hair and also bandy legged)? In case you're wondering where I got this description, it was in the fifth book in 'Dudley Demented'.

Here's my theory. The real Mundungus is actually Crookshanks and Regulus is Mundungus! When Hermione bought him, she said 'he'd been in the shop for ages because no one wanted him'. What do you think?

Posted by Aditi from Nagpur, India on December 10, 2006 11:51 PM

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