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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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I am sure R.A.B. is Regulus Black after reading these comments. Also just throwing this out there Regulus means "little king" in Latin which could somehow mean
he's a hero or something.

Posted by heather from sumplace on February 13, 2007 9:42 PM

oops... didnt notice that Katie got a necklace and not a locket! thanks for pointing that out...

Posted by reader on February 13, 2007 10:36 PM

Answering your question if the necklace is described just the same in a different language. Yes it is - I have checked it with my sister who has read all Harry Potter books in German. The necklace is called "Halskette, the correct translation, and the locket das "Medaillon"!

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on February 14, 2007 03:03 AM

hey how do you know that RAB is a name? it could be a nickname... like moony, prongs or wormtail... i think the locket's either in godric's hollow or in privet drive (with petunia)

Posted by sumeetha from dubai on February 14, 2007 05:28 AM

i like your idea about the locket being in privet drive. expecially after her getting the letter from dumbledore, reminding her of what they had talked about.

Posted by Cassie from Sandown NH on February 15, 2007 12:32 PM

What happens to a secret when the secret-keeper s?

Ok, so, Regulus is and could not inherit the Black house. But Pettigrew was supposedly , although his secret had already been spilled...the location of the Potter's house, and no one, not even Dumbledore, could know it unless Pettigrew himself told them. But Pettigrew was already an Animagus, he just stayed in his animal form...and yet Hagrid was able to find the ruin of the Potter's house, and to see Harry. Why? Had he told Hagrid et al? What was the point? Pettigrew wasn't . So, for the purpose of this discussion, could Regulus have not been able to inherit the family home while he was in an amimal form?

Posted by Crash from Portland, Oregon on February 15, 2007 10:57 PM

JKR has stated that when a secret keeper s the spell remains but the keeper is no longer around to give anyone new the word about the location. This doesn't mean that a seance or said person having been around as the proverbial animagus fly-on-the-wall wouldn't give us a larger list of the included. Also what about anyone who was on site when the spell was originally cast. Were they expelled? Were they able to leave and just never return?

This brings up an interesting point. I have always assumed that Dumbledore gave McGonagall and Hagrid the key to the Godric's Hollow Potter home's location. He couldn't have since Pettigrew was the secret keeper to that spell. Unless the act that destroyed the home also destroyed the spell.

sumeetha from dubai: good point! So we could have some animagis who only uses capital letters punctuated by periods and has the form of a R.A.B.B.I.T. and only goes by a nickname.

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on February 16, 2007 09:17 AM

With reference to the secret keeper.

The Potters were within a week of Pettigrew being the secret keeper. The purpose of the secret keeper is that they are the only person who can reveal the address/location of the person who's secret they are keeping. DD already knew where the Potter's were, as did Sirius and most probably Lupin & Hagrid - all members of the order. They though couldn't reveal the secret as it was not their's to tell.
It works the same for 12 Grimmauld Place - all those that know about it come and go freely but only DD can reveal the location to new people.

It is also possible that Pettigrew's order was to 'keep the location secret from anyone who is not a member of the Order' and so the premises remained open to Order members at all time.

Posted by Orlando from England on February 16, 2007 3:34 PM

This is a theory that my friend posed to me: remember the tiny boat that Albus and Harry had to use in order to cross the lake? Albus said that it could hold only power enough for one wizard, and, because He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named wouldn't have thought an underage wizard would be stong enough, Harry's power would not register compared to Albus'. If R.A.B. is indeed Regulus (who's paternal grandfather's name, by the way and according to Ms Rowling herself, is Arcturus, possibly Regulus' middle name) then he would have had to take someone who 1) would unwaveringly follow orders to make him drink the potion and 2) would not register on the boat. Her conclusion on this was that Regulus took Kreacher, and that Regulus gave him orders to take it back home and keep it from You-Know-Who and his followers until it could be destroyed. Which would also explain why the horcrux was not found in R.A.B.'s possession when the Eaters, or Lord Well-You-Know-Who-I-Mean, ed him. Lord Thingy would have assumed that R.A.B. was found and ed before he found the horcrux; otherwise why would the fake still be in the hiding place?

Posted by Monkeeshrines from Florida on February 17, 2007 01:53 AM

Voldemort probably has no idea that anyone is onto the Horcrux idea. He would not suspect that a lowly Eater would know about them or have the audacity or s to find and destroy one. Dumbledore has said that Voldemort would not be able to tell if one was tampered with.
I think RAB knew his time was ticking away and tried to get rid of a Horcrux before the Eaters caught up to him. It is questionable that Voldemort himself actually ed Regulus. The protective enchantment on the locket might have been what ed RAB. We know what such an enchantment did to Dumbledore's hand.

Posted by Patty from Quincy Massachusetts on February 18, 2007 06:55 AM

yes, i agree with RAB being regulus black
the day the book came out, when i saw those 3 initials i knew it was sirius' bro and stuck to that theory ever since
i dont think JKR should bring some new character into the story at this point for this purpose
she should tie RAB in from earlier in the series

Posted by KK on February 21, 2007 1:30 PM


I think the idea that Kreacher was with Regulus is brilliant. JKR in her interviews has said that careful readers could figure out about where the locket is, and this is a series for children, some things have to be easy. I think RAB is definately Regulus Black. And it is the same locket that was found in Grimmuald Place, and Mundungus has stolen it, and resold it.

Posted by Karen from Texas on February 21, 2007 9:54 PM

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