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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 diary was designed to possess a student so that they would be able to open the chamber, release the beast and "finish Salizar Slitherin's noble work".
It was only later that it was turned into a Horcrux.
Durring the "cemetery speach" in GoF, Morty mentions the confrontation in the chamber, so he must have some how become aware that the diary had been activated and that he would be able to posses, not with the part of his soul in the Horcrux, but with his consciousness, which is not stored in a Horcrux.
I think every one keeps thinking that all Horcruxes act like the diary, but Dumbledore even points out that the diary is a special case.
Of course, it could just be that I'm the one who's wrong.
What I should do is write up my own definition of a Hocrux and just let every one tear it apart...

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 8, 2007 06:34 AM

I think Aberforth being a Metamorphmagus is a huge possibility! If he was, then he could've traded places with DD.. and the whole thing couldve been just a trick. A pretence to show that DD had been the one , when he was alive.
Mundungus couldve given the locket to Aberforth who in turn gave it to DD... And yes.. R.A.B is definately Regulus Black.

Posted by Archie from Bangalore, India on January 9, 2007 03:04 AM

First off, why on earth do you think Dumbledore would let Aberforth ? And didn't he mention that Aberforth could not even read or something like that (I am really sorry, I am just going by memory) And isn't Aberfoth Dumbledr's Brother! come on, does he seem like the kind of person who would let his own brother in his place?

Also, I have a different idea of who RAB could be. I have reason to belive that it could be the Half-Blood prince. This is because I do not think the Half-Blood prince is actually Snape. Ok so earlier in the 5th book, Harry wants to think that his father is the Price, but when he checks the date in the book, it said that the owner had the book 50 years ago. And as it was said, James nor and of his best friends were at Hogwarts at that time. This would mean that Snape was not at Hogwarts at that time. Because at least I was under the impression that Snape and James were in the same year. And even if they weren't in the same year, the were still there at the same time. This is why I think that Snape had the book second-hand and is taking credit for someone elses work. I am not sure why, but I think that this person is also RAB. Maybe they had given themselves more than one title. I know that the half-Bloode Prince name works with Snape so maybe he just put his name in it when he go it. It just makes sense to me. I don't know, what do you guys think?

Posted by Kate from Wisconsin on January 9, 2007 10:18 AM

anyone noticed that dumbledore didn't tell how harry should destroy horcruxes? i know that he destroyed one, but with the cup for example, i don't think it would be easy. and how did dumby know how to do that?

Posted by george from the netherlands on January 9, 2007 11:27 AM

Judging by the condition of his hand, he didn't know how to destroy a Horcrux.
My guess he destroyed it the same way he go into the chamber of infri inside the cave, trial and error.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 9, 2007 12:07 PM

Kate nice point on the textbook! However, the book could have been written in by Snape's Mom, herself a Prince by name, 50 years ago. I wonder if that makes it likely to be a Horcrux for the elder Snape? Or else the book was Birthday Boy's mother's from HER school days and Severus used it like a Weasley hand-me-down rat. Perhaps at the end of WWII the wizarding world didn't change their school texts as often as we do now!

I think destroying a Horcrux is pretty much like destroying any powerful magical object. The problem Dumbledore faced was more likely to be that one had to wear the ring to aquire it from it's resting place and said ring was set to its current wearer if they didn't sport a eater tattoo and then use the resulting empty body for Voldemort to return to life.

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on January 9, 2007 1:03 PM

wait, didn't one part of Voldemort's soul get destoryed the day his curse on Harry backfired creating "the boy who lived"? Wouldn't this mean that there were only six fragments of his soul left by the begining of the first book. One of them being inside Voldemort. So really, there wouldn't be a missing Horcurx we need to trace to Harry.

Posted by Kate on January 9, 2007 7:07 PM

I had always assumed that Snape's potion book really was the product of his mother's work. Didn't Hermione find that Eileen Prince had won an award for potions? Didn't she also make the comment that the hand writing looked more like a girls? Severus was (I think) responsible for only part of the grafitti. I don't think it was sheer luck that Harry happened to be given this book either.

About Dumbledore's withered hand...I have this nagging feeling that the ring didn't actually cause the damage. We have never been given the reason for his injury, only the vague assumption that his reflexes are not what they used to be. I have spouted my theory about Albus on this site before and I know you all must think I'm crazy...I believe Dumbledore is a Pheonix... bursting into flame when it is time for him to , and then reborn from the ashes.
In keeping with this theory, I believe that
Albus Dumbledore = Godric Gryffindor

(ok, stranger things have been said, but not many!)

Posted by tracy on January 9, 2007 8:23 PM

Here's a wild speculation.

R.A.B. is Regulus Black. Regulus was a -eater who got in too deep. He had to alot of people on Voldemort's orders. Perhaps Regulus sensed the splinching of his own soul.
He started to see things more clearly. He began to regret. Voldemort sensed this and more and more challenged Regulus's faithfulnes. Regulus started to despise Voldemort and somehow learned about the horcruxes. Eventually Voldemort and Regulus turn on eachother. Regulus is ed on Voldemort's orders, but not before he destroys one of Voldemorts horcruxes.... and makes one himself.

Regulus make a horcrux? Why?
Because he's a er. He feels his soul is not whole. He knows he be ed soon. Perhaps he feels he has no choice but do whatever it takes to thwart Voldemort. His only chance for redemption.

So he creates a horcrux and stores it within his prize possession. His light blue Ford Anglia. You see Sirius had his flying motorcycle, and his brother had a flying Ford.

Dumbledore said he suspected the diary was a horcrux from the way it behaved. And likewise the car behaves peculiarly. It is moody [doesn't want to become invisible sometimes]. It has a temper [kicked out Harry, Ron, and Baggage]. And it is courageous [Saved Harry and Ron from the spiders].

Now here is symmetry. Pettigrew, the betrayer of James Potter ends up situating himself with the Weasleys, in a very strategic position. Regulus, the betrayer of Voldemort does the same.

I know i'm sketchy on this, especially the horcrux part. Alternatively, Regulus could have faked his own [a la Pettigrew] and be in hiding all these years as the car. Slughorn hid himself as a couch attempting to evade Dumbledore.

Posted by Mikey from New Jersey on January 9, 2007 8:35 PM

The seventh part of Morty's soul, is the part that remains with his conciousness.
It's the part that remained "with him" as he got ripped from his body.
The only pieces that have to be tracked down are the ones in Horcruxes outside his body.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 10, 2007 05:46 AM

In answer to Kate's query above: if you can only split your soul 6 times into 7 pieces total then the act of implanting the seventh piece would leave you as an empty. Perhaps that is what ed Voldemort in the Hallow that night.

To see the Arithmancy book of symbolic meanings of the 10 digits: access JKR's website and click on the pair of glasses that take you to the "links" page, click on the texts on the bottom row middle and a page open telling you that the symbolic meaning of the number 7 is yet to be discovered.

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on January 10, 2007 10:15 AM

Regulus Black is not R.A.B. He was a weak and inexperienced wizard who did not know Voldemort well. Voldemort was secretive about his half-blood background. Dumbledore who knew Voldemort's background (orphanage, the cave and his probably heritage) took ages to locate the cave. Dumbledore was unable to remove the fake without assistance. Even in his old and weakened state Dumbledore was the most formidible living wizard. Regulus Black was no match at his young age for Dumbledore in his old age.
R.A.B is not a person's initials of his/her names, but a code representing the initials of his/her names. In my opinion it is a person who in previous books has been shown as evil but who has not ed anyone or been involved in ing anyone. The lockets are red herrings. The initials are red herrings. Slytherin's locket, the locket in the Black house, and the fake are all different but exist to mislead. R.A.B is not but very much alive. R.A.B probably would have been ed had Voldemort knew about the theft and had not had his 7th horcrux, his body, destroyed by the curse backfiring off Harry Potter.
The seventh book be about redemption of evil characters, R.A.B amongst them.

Posted by Graeme from Hobart Tasmania on January 10, 2007 8:44 PM

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