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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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well done paul... this doesn't particularly extend what anyone's said here, but further evidence throught the dutch language. kudos

Posted by tyler bray from co, us on January 27, 2007 10:53 PM

I like your theory about Regulus and his uncle, Paul. The uncle's name by the way was Alphard, which fits with the initials R.A.B as well. Regulus Alphard Black. There's only one problem though. In OotP when they are looking at the tapestry, Sirius tells Harry that he got a place of his own when he was 17, and that his uncle Alphard had "left" him a "decent bit of gold". This suggests that Alphard was already . According to the tapestry, Regulus d about 15 years before OotP. The word "left" suggests a bequest in a . So who helped Regulus? Because Regulus wanted out of the Eaters, Sirius assumes that Voldemort knew Regulus had deserted him, and that he went after him, or had him ed. If this is the case it had to happen before Regulus had time to find out how to destroy the locket.
There is another possibility What if the person who helped Regulus was Kreacher? He would have to do whatever Regulus commanded him to do, including keeping his mouth shut about the locket and including getting it back to Grimmauld Place. What if it wasn't Voldemort that ed Regulus but the potion in the cup? Kreacher would have followed Regulus's intention to take the locket back to Grimmauld Place. Or possibly Regulus forced Kreacher to drink the stuff and Voldemort ed him after all simply because he knew Regulus had deserted him.
It is possible Voldemort suspected Regulus knew about his horcruxes, but I doubt it. Rather than not having time to do anything about the missing locket or the fake, Volemort probably never knew the "real" locket had been taken. If he had, he most likely would have taken 12 Grimmauld Place apart long before the Order moved in. Remember, he consistently underestimates those he considers his inferiors.
And, Paul, if anyone likes this theory, half the credit is yours because you got me thinking about who might have helped Regulus!

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on January 27, 2007 11:18 PM


The word "left" suggests a bequest in a

I fully agree with that! It isn't uncle Alphard who helped Regulus.

So that leaves us with you're theory: Kreacher. Kreacher isn't very smart. Regulus was I think. So maybe, Regulus d from the potion indeed.

Sirius THOUGT that Regulus was kiled by LV... he never knew and wouldn't knew it. So what Siruis said in OOTP concerning the of Regulus, does not need be true.

So kreacher has the locket and Regulus d. Kreacher (like I said before) isn't very smart. And Regulus (like I said before) was smart. Regulus wouldn't have told Kreacher the real value of the locket. Kreacher thougt it was valuable because it was heavy and gold and took it home.

But the help that Regulus must have got, could also mean that there is a character in the book, which we haven't seen yet.

Posted by Paul from Netherlands on January 28, 2007 04:17 AM

Well...I half believe that R.A.B could be Regulus Black...There's also a possibility that R.A.B could be another character JK hasn't mentioned yet. Regulus's name could be Regulus Abraxas Black, even though Abraxas was realted to the says in the OOTP that all pure blood families are interrelated. It could also be Regulus Alphard Black, because Alphard was the uncle of Sirius and Regulus Black. And the thing about the locket being with Kreacher at the Black's house...i think its obvious that it is because why else would JK mention a "heavy" "gold" "locket" so many times in the Black's house. And again its a possibility that it could be another wizard or eater or another character JK hasn't mentioned yet. I'm looking forward for the seventh book to solve the mysteries.

Posted by Sidra from New York, New York on January 28, 2007 08:45 AM

I think that R.A.B is a new character and i think he is the one who have told Voldemort about how make Horcrux, i mean how to put part of soul in some objects. How do you think?

Posted by Lukas from Poland on January 28, 2007 1:00 PM

Lukas, I don't think that Regulus would have told Voldemort how to make a horcrux, because Regulus (R.A.B.) was trying to destroy it any ways. One thing thats confusing me is that why would R.A.B leave a note behind? How would he know that Voldemort would him? How could he be so sure that its a real horcrux? maybe its not even a real horcrux...and maybe R.A.B isn't yet!

Posted by Sidra from New York, New York on January 28, 2007 4:22 PM

Anyone with a Bezoar in his stomach COULD have drunk the semi-poisoned potion. Oh, cripes, that detail leads us to Professor Snapes as RAB (Really Awful Bloke)

If I had been writing Harry Potter in Book 6, Harry would have walked off with the entire box of Beozars and would have kept at least one of them working it's way through his innards at any given time. But that's just my style!

The only possibility we haven't suggested is that there is some hidden individual behind the scenes pulling strings -- like Grindelwald, the mage that Dumbledore was supposed to have defeated.

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on January 28, 2007 11:14 PM

I think a bezor only protects from poisons, not potions, but there could very well be some way to protect against a potion..Although it does bring up an interesting question, how long does a bezor's protection last? Does the stone stay "with" you? Is it disolved? I assume it would pass, but this is magic we're talking about..

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 31, 2007 09:18 AM

bezoar's protect you from poisonus potions. I think that the stone dissolves. But I'm not sure how long a its protection lasts.

Posted by Sidra from New York, New York on January 31, 2007 2:35 PM

Cool Concept Guys! Make the lake poisonous and equip the inner circle of the Order of the Hind (My new name for the DA) with beozars and make the Eaters come down to the Merpeoples' city. Might tick off the Merpeople though. I only thought that they would use the lake as a means to enter Hogwarts unseen.

Why would Voldemort not place a Horcrux somewhere on the Hogwarts grounds? Not in the Chamber of Secrets of course since he has not opened it since learning how to make a Horcrux. Where might RAB have hidden the real Horcrux inside the locket. Hogwarts again seems a good choice.

In the Room of Requirement? Outside the Chamber? Hidden amoungst the trinkets in the Headmasters office? Concealed in the mural of the guy teaching the trools to perform ballet? The prefect's Bathroom? The head boy (or girl)'s anteroom? Moaning Myrtle's privy? Inquiring minds WANT to know!

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on January 31, 2007 8:52 PM

I know for sure that regulus� second name is ARCTURUS
Rowling herself said that. As you alredy know, she loves doing charities so once she drew the black�s family tree and gave it for an auction sale for donations, the one who bought it published it in the internet.

Posted by sabrina from montevideo, uruguay on February 1, 2007 12:19 PM

I've always felt, from things Dumbledore says, that somehow, the Headmaster/mistress was connected magically to Hogwarts. Or, that the current Head' is linked to the enchantments of the school. As an example, Dumbledore makes it possible for the students to apperate inside the school. If dropping that little bit of protection could be undone by any one else it most likely would have been when Morty hitched a ride on Quirrol's skull into Hogwarts. Maybe this would explain why the Head's office was sealed against Umbrige, her not being "properly" placed as the Head'. Perhaps now McGonogal now is connected to the school.
But I digress...I think Dumbledore would be aware of such an evil object being in the school. The only time we KNOW that Filtch was jabbing people with that secrecy sensor of his was the first day of term or when Dumbledore was out of the school...just a thought...

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on February 1, 2007 1:29 PM

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