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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 like the idea that the Slytherin locket is obscured by a charm. It would be Harry that would need to speak to it in parseltongue to get it to reveal its secrets. Aberforth may be in posession of the locket and if so, should guide Harry to figuring out how to destroy the lockets contents. It would be cool if the locket remained intact for Harry to keep as a "victory" symbol. Maybe that's what he is wearing on the DH cover in the arena.

Posted by Dave Porter from New Mexico on May 8, 2007 8:58 PM

Dumbledore was only searching for evidence that Voldermort had made a horcrux. Or horcruxes. He was just collecting evidence and he began suspecting voldermort made horcruxes after he learned about the behaviour of the "memory". And the evidence was the diary in the COS.

Posted by Divi from Dubai, U.A.E on May 9, 2007 04:21 AM

i think it is definitely regulas A black because he is the only person who's name fits the description.

Posted by laura from dayton ohio on May 9, 2007 10:33 AM

i am sure that R.A.B is Regulus Black, what i'm not sure about is whether the locket at Grimmauld place is THE locket because its description is too short and moreover someone would have noticed the Peverell crest since quite a number of people tied to open it.

Posted by Prongs from Athens,Greece on May 12, 2007 06:18 AM

I still have a doubt about Regulus Black, because of the middle A. It seems obvious that the last name is Black, because of the translations, but how can we be sure that the first name is Regulus?

When Hermione looked for RAB, she went all the way through Hogwarts books and didn't find any Regulus A Black. Did he acquire his middle name after Hogwarts? Is it a surname?

Or could the R be the initial of a title, like "Rex Alphard Black" or "Rex Arcturus Black". Or R and A be a surname given by the Eaters group?

We only know three things:
1) B stands for Black
2) RAB can be clearly identified by Voldemort
3) R and A aren't the initials of a Black, as registered by Hogwarts.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on May 15, 2007 02:17 AM

While I think almost all of us agree that the evidence makes it obvious that RAB is Regulus Black (sorry Herve), Herve does bring up a very interesting question here.

When trying to find RAB in the library, why didn't Hermione come up with Regulus Black? Was mention of him excised from the library for some reason?

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on May 15, 2007 07:40 AM

Dear Dave,
I think that Hermione found nothing about Regulus while searching at the library because she was searching for famous wizards and I don't think that a student would be in achool's archives by a name such as Rupert "AXEBANGER" Brookstanton.

Posted by Prongs from Athens,Greece on May 15, 2007 08:14 AM

Prongs: you're right, Hermione didn't find the school's archives but books about Hogwarts history. And when Voldemort made similar researches about his father, he went through a lot of books, lists of prefects and so on. He obviously didn't find a list including all the students. Then, Regulus A Black could be nowhere to find in the library, as he's not a famous wizard. Thanks.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on May 16, 2007 01:09 AM

I do not believe that R.A.B. is Regulus's just too obvious, with all the translations... rowling could then rather have signed it with his name.

I do believe however that RAB is either a woman or someone representing a woman. The thing you must remember is that someone was close enough to Voldemort to figure out the horcruxes thing. Another thing is that this person must have suffered due the hands of Voldemort but wasn't enough of a tread to be ed by either him or his DE, he must have underestimated this person.
Then there is the place where they found the locket, why would Voldemort have told anyone that he tortured some kids there.
The only logical options I can see here is that either this person looked for Amy Benson or Dennis Bishop and found out by talking to them, or is infact Amy Benson herself.
Rowling herself said that was a character who would get magical powers at an higher age?
And of course the Lovely Amelia Bones is still considered a possible suspect...

Posted by arahnea from Netherlands on May 18, 2007 06:35 AM

Ok, RAB is regulus, JK wouldn't have just made it a random person we've never heard about! Not only that, but we have details to back it up!

Another thing I think is that Kreacher is the answer to this. I mean JK has said that he was a crucial part of the next book, and, wouldn't have Regulus needed a person (or creature) to go with him? Of course Kreacher being the Black's house elf and all, he would of had to do what ever Regulus told him to, right? Kreacher could've drunken the potion which would have helped Regulus enourmously. That and the fact that Regulus was ed just days after the horcrux was stolen. Seems more than just a coincidence!

Posted by nikki from maine on May 18, 2007 6:58 PM

R.A.B. is definately a eater because it refers to Voldemort as 'Dark Lord'.

What if Dumbledore got the real locket some time previous and replaced it with a fake? note that Dumbledore knew exactly how to get through the cave, were the chain was, and about the potion and usage of fire. What if he brought Harry along as a test for him and to strengthen his courage and trust?

Posted by Justin P from Prattville Alabama on May 18, 2007 11:02 PM

Following from previous posts...
In GoF, when he was reborn, Voldermort wonders how his eaters could have believed he wouldn't rise again. He says, quote, "... They, who knew the steps I took, long ago, to guard myself against mortal ?..." So, probably the eaters knew he had created horcruxes although they didn't know what specific objects contained them. Thus, Regulus Black (assuming he's R.A.B.), being a eater, knew about them and once he stopped supporting Voldemort he started his search, finding the locket and destroying the horcrux it contained. How he managed to find it, I do not know. Maybe it was just a stroke of luck or maybe he got to know more than he should.

Posted by Olga from Barcelona, Spain on May 19, 2007 08:24 AM

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