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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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Here's a substantially different line of thought as to who RAB could be. I am no expert on Harry Potter, but one that occurred to me a few days after reading it was Rubeus, Albus, Buckbeak. But it of course raises some major question marks, such as why would Albus take Harry to the cave if he already knew that it wasn't there, and would he at all? This is, of course, just a theory, and probably a wrong one, but didn't Jo change Buckbeak's name in HBP? A "diversionary tactic", perhaps? If you find any supporting/disproving evidence, please post it! (Although I'm probably wrong)

Posted by Benjamin from Lehi, Utah on February 1, 2007 6:27 PM

The letter says 'to the dark lord' only eaters call him the dark lord (harry points out at one point that Snape called Voldemort the dark lord, and didnt only eaters call him that?) so it stands to reason RAB was a eater

Posted by Heather from london london on February 2, 2007 11:00 AM

also could an explanation be that regulus and kreacher stole the real horcrux and then took it home and then regulus gave kreacher oders to destroy it, but was ed before kreacher had a chance to, so then regulus wouldnt have been kreacher's master anymore so kreacher wouldnt have had to have carried out his orders to destroy the horcrux anymore (just as dobby had no loyalty to the malfoys) although dobby still had urges to hurt himself when betraying the malfoys, so maybe kreacher didnt give the locket over to anyone else (even his new master) as a) his new master didnt ask him to hand it over (as they wouldnt have known about it) and b) he still might have, to an extent, felt loyalty to regulus and therefore couldnt revealed regulus' secrets

Posted by heather from london london on February 2, 2007 11:30 AM

Oh gosh! I've been wondering about this for awhile!Regulus Black seems like a very likely possibility. You never know though. It might have been somebos nickname....I don't know. Hmmmmm.....Regulus well yes that is most definitley it!

Posted by Colleen C. from St.Louis,MO on February 2, 2007 3:49 PM

I do think Regulus is a likly candidate for R.A.B. but the way Sirius described him makes him sound, well stupid, and not able to do something unless someone else tells him

Posted by Victoria from Salem, OR on February 4, 2007 1:29 PM

Sirius didn't like his brother, remember. Sirius was not perfect, far from it. I'm not sure that we can accept his opinion of his brother as completely accurate. I think Regulus is the likeliest candidate for several reasons. First, the initials. Regulus and Sirius had an Uncle Alphard. It's not unusual to give a child an uncle's name as a middle name: Regulus Alphard Black. Two, we've been told that Regulus was a Eater and then panicked. Sirius believes it was at what he was being asked to do. It could have been revulsion if he found out about one of the horcruxes. From the note it sounds like he only knew about one. Three, he could have used Kreacher to help him. Like Harry's power not registering against Dumbledore's probably Kreacher wouldn't have registered with that boat either. In this scenario either Regulus drank the potion and d of that, and Kreacher took the locket back to Grimmauld Place, or Regulus forced Kreacher to drink the potion, got the locket back to Grimmauld Place and d before being able to tell anyone or destroy the locket. That or he was caught and ed on the way back, and Kreacher took the locket back etc.
It's possible that there is some other character we don't know about, but my money is on Regulus. The trouble is that with Dumbledore , Harry is going to have to make a decision about whether or not to discuss any of this with the older members of the Order. Remus Lupin, for example, if R.A.B is Regulus, would probably realise straight off, which might remind Harry about the locket or at least suggest Grimmauld Place as a possibility.

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on February 4, 2007 4:29 PM

It just occured to me that Tom Riddle / Voldemort wouldn't have to cross the moat in the cave. He would just have ordered the Inferi to bring it to him. Well, that or bow down before him and form an unliving walkway! A bezoar or the antidote would have handled the potion problem.

Sirius and Regulus could have worked together to rescue it. Or Regulus and a ratform Wormtail or such.

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on February 4, 2007 7:56 PM

I'm convinced that it is Regulus. I read a comment by Fredrik from Sweden where he mentioned the different translations of the names. In Swedish he says Black is Svart en the initials are R.A.S. In Dutch Sirius Black is Sirius Zwarts and the initials are R.A.Z.

Posted by Carola from The Netherlands on February 5, 2007 08:01 AM

My money's on the team of Regulus and Kreacher for recovering the Horcrux in the cave.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on February 5, 2007 09:51 AM

Yes, i think that Regulus and Kreaacher went to the cave and stole Voldemort's Horcrux. Kreacher probably still has it. However, if it's not at Grimmald place, then it's with Mundungus who was last seen carrying a bag of "goods".

Posted by Heather from NJ on February 5, 2007 1:12 PM

Maybe, if Kreacher had the locket, it could be at Hogwarts. I did some searching on Wikipedia about Regulus. Since Sirius was the dog star, I searched for a star Regulus. It turns out Regulus the star is referred to as Cor Leonis, the heart of the lion, as it is the brightest star in the Leo constellation. (Harry is a Leo, right?)

Other terms that popped up in association with Regulus the star were "one of the four royal stars", "the Latin name for prince", "In the religion of Stregheria, Regulus is a fallen angel and quarter guardian of the southern gate"

Stregheria is an Italian witchcraft religion, according to Wikipedia, whose ritual tools include the cup, sword, wand and pentacle, similar to other witchcraft religions.
Now, I don't know that Stregheria is necessarily relevant to Harry etc, but those four ritual tools jumped off the page when I read them. A pentacle is not related to a pentagram, it refers to an amulet or other object which has something magical inscribed on it and is usually hung about the neck,deriving from the Latin word "pendo", to hang. (again, all according to Wikipedia.)
So, we have:
The cup -- from Hufflepuff
The locket -- from Slytheryn
The sword -- from Gryffindor?
The wand -- from Ravenclaw?
The ring, no longer a Horcrux
The diary, no longer a Horcrux

Coincidence? Nonsense? Ravings of a Potter-obsessed fan?

Posted by Patty from Quincy,Massachusetts on February 6, 2007 08:10 AM

I personally think that if Voldemort (who, we cannot deny, is quite brilliant) has figured out that Dumbledore is on the hunt for his Horcruxes (and lets just pretend for a second that he has) would he not be determined to regain all of his Horcruxes once more, knowing at the very least (through Lucius and Voldemort's ss at Legilimency) that the diary has been destroyed? that would compell me, if i were Voldemort, to protect the other five (remember, Harry is the only one left who knows that the ring of Marvolo Sr. has been destroyed). so i think to fix his earlier blunder, Lucius ordered Kreacher to save the locket so that he could return it to Voldemort, upon Voldemorts orders of course (remember, only Dumbledore and Harry know of his Horcruxes, none of his Eaters do) so presumably Voldemort, who seems to know almost as much as Dumbledore, has ordered Kreacher to take the locket and have it returned to him thru Lucius.

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on February 6, 2007 6:26 PM

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