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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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Karen: You've fallen into the trap that J.K. so expertly layed for us. You've mainly based your opinions on what Sirius said about Regulus. Characters in the books are not always the best judge of other characters in the books, and you must read what they say and understand their point of view. Sirius obviously doesn't know the whole story of Regulus, he had already "divorced" himself from the family when this was all happening with his younger brother.

Another example of a character giving faulty info is in the first book, when Percy tells Harry that Quirrell is looking nervous because Snape has always wanted his job. This is faulty info because (a) Quirrell's looking nervous because Voldemort's in his head and (b) it wrongly casts suspicion on Snape as being the bad guy in the book, which by the end we find out is wrong, it was Quirrell who was the bad guy.

So, in a Harry Potter book, don't always trust something a character says. Unless it's Hermione. Hermione is always right (unless she's upset). And Ron is always wrong. (Unless he's kidding.)

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on January 21, 2007 07:51 AM

Before every goes around cursing "Dung" I would just like to point out a few possibilities.

Dumbledore was already looking for Horcruxes at the begining of HBP.
He already knew that the objects he was looking for would be "histroically significant" to Morty.
The Blacks were one of the oldest "pure-blood" families around.
Who would be best qualified to serch for "valuable" objects? a thief..
Dumbledore couldn't meet with "Dung" in Hogmead without raising suspicions, but the bartender of the Hogs Head could.
People seem to think that he's Dumbledore's brother, if so, they are both members of the Order.
The two of them met on a stormy street where few people could see them.
Harry and the gang just happen upon the secret meeting.
Dumbledore has not yet told Harry of his search for Horcruxes, so could have told "Dung" not to let Harry know what he was doing.
"Dung" could have been so flustered because this was the second time in as many years that he had seriously botched something to do with the Order, and considering how angry Dumbledore was the first time, I think he wanted to give him time to cool off before returning.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 22, 2007 12:08 PM

i think that the bar man is aberforth dumbledore (albus' brother) because dumbledore always talks about how he is friendly with the bar man there, and harry says that the barman looks familiar (i presume from the pic of the original order of the phoenix)
then i also think that aberforth has the locket horcruxe. If we are right in thinking that Regulus Black is R.A.B. then you can go back to when everyone was cleaning out the black house when it was turning into the headquarters for the order of the phoenix which is where regulus black presumably lived before his ... they then speak of finding a "heavy golden locket that no one seemed to be able to open" i believe that is the horcruxe that was stolen. then in the sixth book harry catches mundungas fletcher selling stuff to the bar man at the hogs head (maybe aberforth dumbledore) that he had stolen from the black residence...
there in lies my theory that the barman at the hogs head (aberforth) has the locket horcruxe if anyone wants to chat about it just email me or im me sn: madcowiedisease

Posted by Jack Cowie from Scarborough, ME on January 22, 2007 3:54 PM

I don't buy any of the Regulus is R.A.B theories. No reason, just it seems too simplistic. Personally as I have said before I consider R.A.B to be code and refers to someone whose initials is not R, A or B. The person may be a Black by marriage or blood as pure bloods are all related. Mr. Black the headmaster could be one of many wizards/witches' ancester including Snape, Harry Potter and others. I look at R.A.B as numbers not letters. R is 12, A is 14 and B is 13. Look those up in the alphabet and what do you get? I have faith in Rowling to produce something more interesting and difficult than R.A.B is just Regulus Black. If the change in B to S or M or Z is relevent in foreign languages other than English, why are other foreign languages content to leave the B as B when the word black differs in those languages.

Posted by Graeme from Hobart Tasmania on January 22, 2007 9:13 PM

And sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on January 22, 2007 9:27 PM

Regulus' middle name can never be Abraxas.
In book 5, you learn that lucius malfoy is married to narcissa black. So, Abraxas Malfoy wasn't a member of the black family when Regulus was born.

Posted by Jappe from Brussels, Belgium on January 24, 2007 07:01 AM

Could be the Blacks and the Malfoys share more than just that one connection.
Serius said that all the "pure-blood" families are interrelated. They would have to be for generations. Otherwise, you wind up with "straight line" descendancy like with the Gaunts. The shallow end of the gene pool.
You figure, it only take two wizard parants to make a "pure blood" wizard, does that mean they don't look more than one or two generations back?
Marvolo seemed to think "Limited Ancestry" was a good thing.
I think a fairly reasoned arguement could be made to disprove his theory however.
We've only seen a small portion of the Black family tree, and if I recall correctly, it only goes back about to the 12th century..( I could be wrong)
It seems the "pure-blood" families could all be just distant cousins.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 24, 2007 07:43 AM

Wow. I'm certainly not ignorant enough to believe i was the first one to think of this, but i posted a comment mentioning R.A.B. and how it could perhaps be Regulus. It's just cool to see something i wrote about be discussed on the site. However once again, dave, you have astounded me with your sleuthing. your amazing, man. keep reading, sleuths!

Posted by tyler bray from denver, co on January 24, 2007 1:18 PM

James and his friends had it when they were at Hogwarts.

Posted by Daniel from Midwest City,OK on January 25, 2007 10:40 AM

Don't forget what Hagrid said when defending Hermione against the epithet of being a "mudblood": There's not a wizarding family around that's not at least half mixed. He WAS wrong about the Gaunts, though.

If Sirius was not wrong about the inter-relationships of the wizarding families then the Gaunts were intermarried to the Malfoys and the Blacks and the other high-faluting snooty wizarding families.

I wonder who the decendants of the other Founders are! Is Harry in the Gothric Lineage? Is Luna written in to supply a Rowena Ravenclaw family link? I can't think of a Helga Hufflepuff decendant except for an intermarried Neville!

I expect that Hogwarts itself has a separate office for each Founder and the Horcrux for each is left behind in the office. The Chamber, the Headmaster's Office with its Griffin entry Gargoyles, the Owlery, and the Greenhouse?

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on January 25, 2007 9:37 PM

Ken, Maybe not Horcruxes, but there should definitely be portraits of the founders some where, right?
Rowena Ravenclaw is generally accepted as the smartest of the four. She may have a lot of good ideas about what to do next. If her portrait could be found, it would help answer many questions.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 26, 2007 06:29 AM

I live in the Netherlands, and in our translation (dutch) Sirius Black is called Sirius Zwarts...

At the end of HBP the initials aren't RAB, but RAZ

So I think it's clear that it can't be anything else than Regulus Black/Zwarts Because in the Dutch translations, no other lastname starts with a Z... only Slytherin, which is in Dutch Zwadderich.

And then the part of the of Regulus; I like this theory: Regulus had help from the uncle which Sirius mentioned in OOTP (the uncle he get the money from so he could move out.) Regulus succeded to get the locket in his possesion, but didn't know how to destroy it.

Now everybody wonders why Voldemort didn't remove the fake one. I think Voldemort never had the time for it.

When Harry sees Regulus name on the wand carpet, he sees that Regulus d 15 years ago. At that time, Harry is 15.

So my theory is that Voldemort didn't had the time to remove the fake one!

Other theory: Voldemort still don't know that the locket is at his hiding place anymore... He thinks nobody knows from his Horcrux! So Regulus did know Voldemort had him trough. So he stole it. BUT THATS THE POINT! How? Nobody can get the locket alone. Because 1 person can't drink the poison Dumbeldore drunk.

So I suggest that Regulus and his uncle went to get the locket. But the uncle was weak because he drank the poison
and d when they returned home, Regulus hid the locket because he didn't figured out yet how to destroy it.

Voldemort suspected him, and (gave the order to) (ed) him.

Posted by Paul from Netherlands on January 27, 2007 1:11 PM

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