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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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Not sure I like the Vampire angle too much. But i absolutely believe that at least one character that is thought to be , is really alive. Dumbledore states to Draco, that he has ways to make the world believe one is when they are really alive...
Maybe it is Regalus. It's been mentioned that the two-way mirror be a part of book 7. Maybe Harry ends up contacting Regalus who like cousin Tonks, is a metamorphagus. ( i always thought this for Sirius....)

Also, I think that knowing Barty's wife (jr's mother) is buried in Azkaban is important; Plus Mundungus being there too. Somehow, I believe Harry is going to visit Mundungus in Azkaban and stumble upon a buried Horcrux.

Posted by Mindy Jeanne from Bronx, NY on March 5, 2007 10:54 AM

Crookshanks is a kneazle not a cat, also NOT an animagus as many have been thinking. Its been stated many times.

In the books there are many references to the fact that Figg could be using Polyjuice potion. (Harry notices the smell in book 2...Book 4 comments about it...) Anyways, what if, A) Figg is Regalus, B) Crookshanks original owner was Figg, who trained it (because Kneazles do have magical power) to know all about Sirius/Regalus and Eaters.

Since book 5, i've been believing that Crookshanks somehow was connected to Regalus, being he not only recognized Sirius, but knew from the get-go who Peter was...

Posted by Scout on March 5, 2007 2:14 PM

Scout - I don't think (don't have the books near me) that Crookshanks recognized Sirius as Sirius, but the wording was, "This is a smart cat (animal, whatever) as it recognized me for what I was."

Posted by Michael from Philadelphia, PA on March 5, 2007 8:19 PM

I believe that Sirius's comment was meant to be taken specifically. Not just as recognizing as a Human. Crookshanks new it was Peter Pettigrew, NO DOUBTS about it. I also believe he recognized Sirius. And as it's been stated many a times, Crookshanks is not a Animagus.

A thought occurred to me last night, and I was wondering if any Magical Being, (as a Kneazle is partially defined in Care Of Magical Creatures), can have a memory infused. This is how Crookshanks could have 'known' Sirius/Peter...the knot in the tree!

Posted by scout on March 6, 2007 07:25 AM

Siruis told Harry and friends that Crookshanks is no ordinary cat, that it had recognized him as what he was, an animagus, not a dog, but that it had been a long time before he trusted him.

Also, when in the Gryfindor common room, Ron mentions that scabbers is in his breast pocket, crookshanks starts looking at it, and Ron sees the change in the cat and mentiones that he seems to have understood him, just a little before crookshanks jumps at him to get to scabbers.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on March 6, 2007 3:14 PM

If I recall correctly, Hermione bought Crookshanks in Diagon Alley at the beginning of PoA. Crookshanks tried to attack Scabbers then--he seemed to recognize Peter immediately.

PoA p59 US Ron was having his rat looked at in a store and was going to buy some tonic for it. "Ron buckled as something huge and orange came soaring form the top of the highest cage, landed on his head, and then propelled itself, spitting madly, at Scabbers." the witch in the store yelled for Crookshanks to stop, and Hermione ultimaetly bought him.

My feeling is that Crookshank is somehow connected to the Order and he knew that the rat was Peter.

Posted by Heather from NJ on March 6, 2007 5:08 PM

OK, even if Crookshanks is a kneazle or part-kneazle and part-cat, he could be the Trojan Horse carring an Animagus flea or Tick or such. I think kneazles are probably smart enough to understand human speech, at least as well as we do anyway.

Remember I thought Regulus Black was the basilisk because the ancient name for the King of the Snakes WAS Regulus.

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on March 6, 2007 9:30 PM

I read HBP again & I believe that R.A.B. is Regulus. Firstly because of course he was a eater. Secondly, in the early parts of HBP when Harry is in the Burrow they were talking about a eaters . Then Lupin tells Harry "I'm surprised he survived even for a year. you know Regulus - Sirius's brother was ed days after he left the eaters." i think he was ed because Voldemort had come to know that Regulus knew about his horcruxes and wanted to Regulus before he told anyone. It just sort sort of clicked... What do you think?

Posted by Meenal Velani from India on March 7, 2007 01:41 AM

I dont think Mudungnus has anything to do with Aberforth and buying and selling of the locket. (Aberforth-now I'm quite sure is the barman of hog's head) Dung is banned from the Hog's Head and I dont think he knows that the barman is Aberforth. nor do I think that Aberforth knows Dung or else he would never have been banned from the Hog's Head in the first place!

Posted by Meenal Velani from India on March 7, 2007 02:12 AM

Getting back on track, Who is R.A.B?, Is he Regulus Arcturus Black, I believe so.

Many readers think that he is , but remember what Dumbledore tells Draco Malfoy.

�He cannot you if you are already . Come over to the right side, Draco, and we can hide you more completely than you can possibly imagine." (HBP pg 591)

Remember what Snape asks Harry in their first-ever Potions lesson. (PS pgs 137-138) Snape asks about Wolfsbane, bezoars and the Draught of Living . As we've seen from the books, both Wolfsbane and bezoars are very important in later volumes of the series. Given that, I think it's almost certain that we'll see the Draught of Living in Book Seven.

Snape mentions the Draught in that first lesson, and gives the (very simple) recipe as well, but we never see it used. We are reminded of its existence when Harry brews it in a very long scene in HBP, and we find out that it can be brewed up in an hour or so, and we also learn that Snape has found a way to improve the recipe that allow him to brew it perfectly. (HBP pgs 189-191) Well, we simply have to see the Draught again in Book Seven, and I think we'll find out it was used to fake Regulus�s .

Any comments?

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on March 8, 2007 11:12 AM


The part where Dumbledore suggests hiding the mother makes me wonder if he has hidden Snape's mother.

JKR has said that Regulus is still , so I don't know about finding him alive. Of course there are two Regulus's, and she has said that Dumbledore is as well, and I don't believe her there! Maybe he was accidentally burried alive?

I think Draught of the Living is the potion in the basin, and that Harry had not completed the potion in HBP, Slughorn commented at the first of the class that whomever made the most satisfactory progress would win the Felix. I would bet at this point that it turns green when completed.

I am with you that it show up in the final book, because of how it was mentioned in the first book though.

If it takes awhile to work, I would sure bet that Regulus was burried alive, but it seemed to me with Dumbledore that it worked right away, he appeared , and Harry had to use the Renervate charm to get him up again.
I still think Great Uncle Regulus might be our R.A.B, and not the brother of Sirius though.

Posted by karen from texas on March 8, 2007 10:00 PM

I believe I read in some interview with JKR that she stated that Regulus is definitely .
Harry, however is Sirius' heir. JKR has also said there was a reason that Sirius had to . I think this is the reason. Harry inherit whatever Sirius inherited as the last member of the Black family, including whatever Regulus owned -- the locket, Kreacher, 12 Grimmault Place and any object therein.
Harry may find papers from Regulus, or a portrait which could give him hints about finding horcruxes. As a eater, Regulus may have known more than Voldemort wants to get out, which is why he couldn't just walk away from it all. In the graveyard scene, encircled by eaters, Voldemort says "You all know the steps I have taken along the path to immortality." or something like that. Regulus knew too much, which can help Harry overcome Voldemort.

Posted by Patty from Quincy,Massachusetts on March 9, 2007 05:47 AM

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