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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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Okay... I finally found the spot where there is talk about Regulus Black. You all have some very interesting ideas. My daughter is getting ready to start reading The Order of Phoenix so she complete it in time for the movie. (She's 7) I wonder what her take on all of this be, considering children tend to be very intuitive?

Posted by Renae from New Albany, Indianad on January 10, 2007 9:10 PM

Graeme, where did you get the idea Regulus was a weak wizard?
Nothing in the books says that, and judging by the fact that the Blacks in general took a great deal of pride in thier wizarding abilities, if he had been weak, he would most likely been disowned.
Also, a Horcrux is something you store your soul in, outside of your body, to keep it safe incase your body is destroyed.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 11, 2007 08:04 AM

Is it possible, too, that Dumbledore's brother was a eater and everyone before me was right in saying that Mundungus thought it was just a regular locket and didn't know Dumbledore's brother was a eater, so he sold it to him?

And maybe, Dumbledore told the Ministry about the Horcruxes, told them that Mundungus sold the locket, and that is the real reason they sent him to Azkaban, because they thought Mundungus was working with Voldemort and sold it to another eater so he can get the credit, while Dung gets gold?

And what if the argument Hagrid overheard was Dumbledore asking Snape to make an Unbreakable Vow that he would Dumbledore and Snape didn't want to, so Dumbledore used the imperius curse on Snape to make him do it?

OR! what if Snape was under the imperius curse by another eater and was forced to him then run off with Malfoy? What if after Snape made the vow with Narcissa, he accidently let it slip that he was good, so she put him under it so that her son wouldn't ?

Posted by kelsey from richmond, usa on January 11, 2007 12:37 PM

I think R.A.B is Sirius's brother.

Posted by Hamza from Lahore on January 13, 2007 08:27 AM

Snape can easily throw off the imperious curse especially since he knows occlumency.

Posted by Anonymous from Antigua,W.I. on January 13, 2007 09:52 AM

The name R.A.B could also be one of the members of Sirius Blacks family. This is because in the dutch translation of the 6th book, the name is R.A.Z.: And the 'Z' could be for 'Zwarts' which means 'Black' in English.

Posted by somebody from Hasselt, Belgium on January 13, 2007 11:23 AM

Remember, R.A.B doesn't have to correspond to a name. Hermione are unable to find anyone (worth considering) with those three initials. It could refer to a title.

Of course, the Zwarts thing and Isabel Nunes statements says the opposite, but still, anything is worth considering at this point.

Posted by Rane on January 14, 2007 04:38 AM

On the site, in one page, you say:

Many fans think Regulus' middle name is Abraxas. In Half-Blood Prince, Draco tells Slughorn that his grandfather's name was Abraxas Malfoy. Since we know, from Sirius' and Harry's trip through the Black family tree in Order of the Phoenix, that the Blacks and the Malfoys are related, it is possible that Regulus was named after Abraxas Malfoy.

But, this isn't possible. The Blacks and the Malfoys get related in the generation of Sirius and Regulus, not before! So, I think that IF it is Regulus, he just added the 'A' for mystery. Or, his name is something else. So, that gets rid of THAT theory.

I want to beleive that Dumbledore isn't , but this theory of Regulus Abraxas Black is completely uprooted.

Posted by V. Ojha from Geneva, Switzerland on January 14, 2007 11:21 AM

R.A.B is: Regulus Arcturus Black, according to the Family tree of the family Black at wikipedia. Orion (Father of Sirius and Regulus) his father's name is Arcturus, so I think regulus is named after his grandfather.

Posted by Jan Willem from Elst, Netherlands on January 14, 2007 11:29 AM

Remember all -- the many names burnt out of the Black family tree for actions unbecoming a bigot! Anyone of them could be RAB. In keeping with the Black family tradition of naming children after starslike Sirius or Regulus or Merope. We have yet to see all the wrinkles in the plot.

I note that the opinions of the Ministry are almost universally wrong. Peter Petigrew was not slain by Sirius. Voldemort had returned in GoF. Stan Turnpike was not a high level eater. Dolores Umbridge really needed to teach DADA students some amount of, well, Defense Against the Dark Arts.

The Ministry think that Voldemort was struck down by a rebounded spell leveled at Harry.

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on January 14, 2007 8:43 PM

That is definitely a possibility, Ken, but I am still inclining towards Regulus. Rowling may write long books, but she doesn't waste many words. There was a heavy gold locket in the Black house in OP and we found out quite a bit about Regulus in OP and HBP. I doubt that was random filler, although it might be a red herring. From what we know of Regulus it would fit though. He got in with the Eaters and panicked. Remember, the Blacks were bigots, but they weren't followers of Voldemort. To use an analogy from history, there were plenty of people in England before WWII who thought Hitler had the right idea. Just like the Blacks. Regulus got in closer, saw the truth and was horrified. If he did have any inkling about what Voldemort had done, I suspect he only knew about the locket. The note left with the fake locket seems to imply that the writer thought there was only the one.
I'm betting on Regulus for the thief and while I still have hopes that Kreacher is guarding the thing along with Mrs Black's bloomers, I wouldn't be surprised if Mundungus has sold it. Otherwise there isn't much point to that scene where Harry catches him in Hogsmeade with the Black family silver.

Posted by Elizabeth from A on January 15, 2007 01:53 AM

To carry on where Ken left off, I don't remember where I read it, (but I bet I know who find it:-). In general, if Hermione says something (unless she's mad) she's right. If Ron says something (unless he's joking) he's wrong,

But does any one know if such rules apply to Harry, Dumbledore or any one else?

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 15, 2007 06:29 AM

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