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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 think it's very likely that Regulus Black is RAB and that a house elf (maybe Kreacher) was with him during the task of stealing the Horcrux. But there is something I don't understand: If the house elf has drunk the potion why is it still there when Harry and Dumbledore are trying to get the horcrux? How can Regulus have managed to steal (and replace) the real horcrux without removing the potion?

Posted by Bart from The Netherlands on March 31, 2007 01:44 AM

Great observation! It could be a completely different potion than the one Voldemort left, made by RAB. We have no way of knowing if the effect of Voldemort's potion would have been the same as that which Dumbledore drank.
But why would RAB replace the potion once it was used up?
The note would reveal his treachery eventually. Why continue the facade of having a potion in place?
I wonder if Voldemort's enchantment included a refill clause, to replenish evaporation, or if evaporation was magically prevented.
The only other way I can think of for RAB to get the locket without disturbing the potion would be to do a switch before the locket was placed in the cave but I don't think anyone could fool Voldemort this way.

Posted by Patty from Quincy Massachusetts on March 31, 2007 1:15 PM

RAB could be Aberforth Dumbledore. Its because of the midle names. Albus Dumbledore's full name is Albus Percival Brian Wulfric Dumbledore. the middle initials are PBW. maybe aberforth's middle initials are RAB. if you look at it carefully, it realy does make sense. RAB wouldnt have wanted to expose himself to voldemort by giving away his identity.

Posted by sammy from detroit, mi on March 31, 2007 6:48 PM

I do believe that Regulus is RAB for a multitude of reasons the most profound one being the fact that Sirius said that Regulus was a Eater and then all of a sudden he pulled out and he was ed.

Posted by Bill Eckert from Ft. Wayne, IN on March 31, 2007 9:55 PM

I think the initial R.A.B. refers to two different individuals and not to one person. We should note that in Half-Blood Prince, taking the fake hocrux needs two persons. One drinking the potion and the other would guide the other. So if this is the case, R.A.B then be "R and B". Who are these, that I don't know...

Posted by Kreighdon Mahilum from Philippines on April 2, 2007 07:05 AM

Did anyone think that maybe R.A.B. is a group of people like D.A. was? Maybe it stands for something like um...Resistance Against Badness or something?

Posted by Tessa from Cody, Wyoming on April 2, 2007 10:02 AM

RAB has to be only one person. The note is written like "I have stolen your Horcrux" "I alone know your secret" "I intend to destroy it as soon as I can".
If it were a group of people then the note would be written as though more people were in on it.

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on April 2, 2007 10:14 AM

Patty from Quincy Massachusetts,

I agree, the potion basin might refill itself, or it might be a different potion, of maybe RAB made or conjured the same type of potion in order for the fake locket to have the same protection than the real one had, so it was as hard to get to as the original one, and nobody but a truly great wizard could get to it, thus avoiding premature detection of his deed.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on April 2, 2007 10:16 AM

I think that the real locket is the one that is in the number twelve of Grimmauld Place. The firts time I had read the text I had totally agree that the locket found by Harry, Ron and Hermione in the house was the right one. "A heavy locket who none one could open" for me that's the real probe about the Slytherin locket. But I believe that if J.K.R. wrote that kind of clue she is telling us a very strong information, I'll repeat, the first time I had read the text I think myseft convinced that the locket found there is the right one. In my opinion J.K.R. had wrote a strong enough clue about the locket that cannot be what it shows.

Posted by Juanjo from General Roca, Argentina on April 3, 2007 10:49 PM

Sammy from Detroit and Reilly K from Rigby,

It couldn't have been Dumbledore because he took Harry with him to search for the horcrux, without knowing it was fake.

Posted by March from The Netherlands on April 4, 2007 07:47 AM

I totally beleive it is Regulus Black because it just fits like a puzzle.The reason it's not open because Rugulus put a locking charm, so Voldy-moldy doesn't get his filthy paws on it.

Posted by Teala from Alaska on April 4, 2007 2:22 PM

I was re-listening to my book-on-CD of Half-Blood Prince today, and when I got to the part where Harry is trying to hide the Prince's book in the Room of Requirement, it made an idea just kind of spring up in my head:

"He was standing in a room the size of a large cathedral, whose high windows were sending shafts of light on what looked like a city with towering walls, but of what Harry knew must be objects hidden by generations of Hogwarts inhabitants. There were alleyways and roads bordered by teetering piles of broken furniture, stowed away perhaps to hide evidence of mishandled magic, or else hidden by castle-proud house elves." The passage then goes on to innumerate some of the things in the Room, which include jewels.

That last bit intrigued me, and made me think of some of these speculations. Going on the speculation that Kreacher accompanied Regulus into the cave and the locket that was found at Number Twelve Grimmauld Place was THE locket: What if, when Kreacher went to work in the kitchens, he took the locket with him and hid it in the Room of Requirement? If Regulus had ordered Kreacher to protect the locket at all costs, and Hogwarts is the best place for anything you want to keep safe, perhaps upon hearing of the Room from the other house-elves, decided that would be the best place for it since you pretty much would need to be specifically looking for it to find it in a room cluttered with that many odd objects, especially if the person who hid the object in question needed it to stay hidden (as is the nature of the Room's magic). I am under the impression that Jo's real clues are more subtle and overtoned with other emotions (in this case apprehension and awe) than her red herrings. Perhaps this is a real clue, something simply mentioned in passing and easily overlooked, and perhaps the louder and more memorable scene where Harry catches Mundungus talking to the Hog's Head barman (Aberforth) with Sirius' things is simply to throw us off the track.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from Orlando, FL on April 4, 2007 4:04 PM

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