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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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Taryn: Yes, I think as HP sleuths we get used to looking for hidden meanings behind every word (and rightfully so) but in this case I think JK made this one easy...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on January 1, 2007 3:16 PM

I sugested the horcrux in book three was the piano (but I probably shouldn't start that again, should I..)

The seventh part of Morty's soul is the part he's still in possetion of,
the last bit that has to be taken out.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 2, 2007 10:48 AM

I think that harry's gonna and since he's kind of related to voldemort voldemorts gonna also.

Posted by Alex from Michigan on January 2, 2007 1:06 PM

My best guess for a Horcrux in book three would be a reference to animagi forms and thus Riddle in snake form shedding a large snakeskin down in the outer tunnels of the Chamber of Secrets. We are shown the skin in COS and lead to assuming that it was off the slumbering Basilisk awakened by Head Boy Tom but the Basilisk lifespan is about 500 years and it was almost 900 years between Salazar Slytherin closing the chamber and Tom Riddle re-opening it!

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on January 2, 2007 4:50 PM

Four things.

First, If Voldemort did make a horcrux within Hogwarts, wouldn't Dumbledore have found it? Didn't Dumbledore say in the cave something like "it has known magic" and every wizard has his own signature {like fingerprints} and that he knows Voldemort's signature because Dumbledore taught Voldemort? [sorry, again I'm going by memory]

Secondly, if R.A.B. was anyone remotely connected with the Order of the Pheonix, wouldn't they pass the word about Voldemort's horcruxes to Dumbledore?
Has there been speculation that R.A.B. might be Dumbledore himself? Then why drag Harry on a quest to secure a horcrux that he already recovered?
I think R.A.B. was operating totally independant from Dumbledore. Or it could be Snape. He is so inscrutable.

This brings me to my third point. R.A.B. is obviosly Regulus. But it could be that someone else stole the horcrux. Another rogue eater?
And knowing that Voldemort was to do Regulus in at any moment, this person framed Regulus to remove suspicion from himself should Voldemort discover the missing horcrux.

Fourth, I'm just speculating on possibilities. though in the end I do think R.A.B. is Regulus with help from Kreatcher and the locket at Grim-old Place was the horcrux.

Posted by Mikey from New Jersey on January 2, 2007 8:37 PM

I still don't think that there be a Horcrux (of Morty's) found at Hogwarts... By the timehe was making them Dumbledore would have been watching him closely enough that he would never get to make one at the school, and I seriously doubt that he could have removed and returned anything with out Dumbledore knowing about it...

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 3, 2007 06:26 AM

Quote Kevin - "Rane, The seventh part of Morty's soul is the part he's still in possetion of, the last bit that has to be taken out."

Did I say something else?

The 7th part can't really be considered a part. It's what's left of his soul, the little bit that contains Tom Marvolo Riddle. Dumbledore says someting along the lines of "However I believe that the 7th parth of his soul remains within him. Without it, he wouldn't be himself." (Not exactly by word, but he means that)

Posted by Rane on January 3, 2007 07:06 AM

Mikey on point one above. Dumbledore only found the Room of Requirement once when wandering from his office to the loo (john to the USA) and passing the tapestry of Barnabas the Barmy teaching trool to dance and stumbled onto the doorway! What if what Tom Riddle really came to Hogwarts to do was to loose a Horcrux somewhere in the Room under it's dust bin (trash heap for USA) mode? It would be on the site of his slaying of Myrtle and the framing of Hagrid, hidden except to the very inquisitive and impressionable, and eligible for re-arming (and re-boding) the soul shard enclosed in it.

England and America: two great nations separated only by the barrier of a common language!

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on January 3, 2007 08:00 AM

Hi guys. First, thanks to all those who gave a thought to my Mundungus-is-an-animagus-and-he-is-actually-Regulus theory. I know it sounds far-fetched but it might actually be true.

There are instances where the two are together (Crookshanks and Mundungus). And they are so awfully similar. That's why it makes me think that the guy we think is Mundungus is actually someone else taking Polyjuice Potion and the real Dung is an animagus in the form of Crookshanks. My guess is Regulus. Or is it someone else...?

Posted by Aditi from Nagpur, India on January 3, 2007 11:34 PM

Also, Rane you asked how Harry could inherit Kreacher if Regulus was still alive. If my theory is actually true then my guess is no one knows that Regulus alive apart from DD.

If Kreacher doesn't know that any immediate relative of Sirius is alive, how can he pass into his ownership? And once Sirius has made it clear in his that Kreacher is now Harry's, no one living relative CAN own Kreacher anyway. We know that for sure because technically Bellatrix should've got him but Sirius saw to it that he went to Harry and no one else. Does that make sense?

Posted by Aditi from Nagpur, India on January 3, 2007 11:40 PM

you're right, I made it sound as if that bit was directed to you. it wasn't... sorry....

I think Grimuld place being passed to the eldest male Black is discribed as "tradition".. so it's possible that since Serious was the "Master of the House" so to speak, it was with in his authority to break with tradition and do as he pleased..

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 4, 2007 08:04 AM

The Room of Requirement and the Malfoy locations are really interesting: for the first one, you must use your brain (just as Hermione did to get Harry to the Chamber of Secrets) to guess how to get inside the Room with the accurate need; for the second, Draco Malfoy would be useful and this is a good reason to get him on the good side (besides the fact it gives an interesting paralel, Harry and Draco cooperating, to Sirius and Snape having to cope with one another in OotP).

Then, I think Kreacher might be a good clue to find the Locket. For sure, Jo tries to show us how much we need to respect every living person, even house-elves.

Posted by herve from france on January 4, 2007 09:22 AM

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