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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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Reader Comments: (Page 47)

well consider the posibility, what if the liquid in the basin was not a poison, that weakens the body or harms the person physically? rather it affects the mind. it was seen that at the time when Dumbledore drank the potion, he started dreaming, and its was his greatest fear. because we have never seen him plead before. i guess what he was seeing holds the key of that drink, and what if seeing harry in danger, and in need, that dream somehow broke. and as said above by Dave it was his determination, and that is how he helped Harry. and he was weak because the mind can make you feel things that are not there, it has great control over the body as we know.
The factor of testing Harry might not be there because in GoF Harry did face voldemort alone and away from Dumbledore. it was never that harry could not take the responsibilty. he doesn't have fear of but rather the fear of loosing people he knows, respect and love because of him. maybe the of his parents and Cedric and now Serius and Dumbledore make him feel guilty because they d because of him. as can be seen at the end of book 6, harry wants to go alone, so that othrs can be safe.

Posted by Anuradha from Delhi on May 23, 2007 12:26 AM

as i was reading everyones comments i keep comming across people saying that if snape helped Voldemort hide the horcuxes then he would have told Dumbledore..... What if snape helped and didn't know he helped? isn't it possible that he brewed the potion for Voldemort and was never told what it was for? therefore he would have helped but not been able to tell anyone about it cause ahe wouldn't have any info about it.

Posted by taryn from Eason, Pennsylvania on May 23, 2007 02:46 AM


As allways, you make a good point. I have to read that chapter again, to see it with this other perspective.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on May 23, 2007 09:44 AM

i think that the locket is hidden behind the picture they couldnt get off the wall

Posted by John Duggan from Alcoa, TN on May 23, 2007 4:21 PM

Nice idea, John: The fact the picture couldn't be removed might be useful for book 7; the Black family is a major wizarding family and has certainly not revealed all its secrets. This opens an interesting new field: the picture itself could be meaningful; as you said, there could be something hidden behind, even the cave we see on DH's picture.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on May 24, 2007 02:43 AM

Anuradha, Dumbledore only said "Please Severus", because he knew Snape didn't want to him. Read back, Snape and Dumbledore were arguing. Only my theory could suggest that they were arguing due to the fact that Snape DIDN'T want to Dumbledore. Therefore, Dumbledore pleaded because he wanted Snape to do it, because if someone else did it meanwhile, the Unbreakable Vow would start to react. Dumbledore had the option of going to Madam Promfrey, but because he knew the certainty of , he wanted to go to Snape before Malfoy would be in danger. That's why too, Sirius's brother was also certain of as he said I be before you get this note.

Posted by Daniel from Toronto, Canada on May 24, 2007 7:42 PM

i think kreacher has the locket. that's why j.k. rowling aksed the film makers of OOTP to include kreacher, as they didn't put Winky in GOF. However, there is a huge chance that Mundungus did steal it, but does he have it or is it still in Grimmauld Place? I think R.A.B is Regalus. It all sort of fits.

Posted by Begum from London, England on May 25, 2007 12:02 PM

Well Begum, I am certain that most of your facts are right, but one can be wrong (Might Not). Mundungus can't have the locket because he is now in Azkaban, remember? But, you might still be correct, he might have the locket with him, but if dementors are still guarding Azkaban and they find the locket, there is a chance they go straight to Voldemort and give it to him. So Either Mundungus has it, Voldemort has it, it might be in Grimmauld Place, or Mundungus sold it.

Posted by Daniel from Toronto, Canada on May 25, 2007 12:35 PM

How about this, we don't know that much about the draught of living . But what if the poison was in fact the draught of living , and Snape didn't actually him for this reason?

Posted by Sirius Black on May 26, 2007 12:13 AM

I think R.A.B is with no doubt Regulus Alphard Black. He was the only person with RAB initials fit to destroy the locket horcrux wasn't he? He also defied Voldemort before he d days later. Probably he learned about the horcruxes and decided to turn his back against the Dark side.

Slytherin's locket must be somewhere out there. I think it was stolen by Mundungus Fletcher.. but since Dung was imprisoned to Askaban due to theiving, maybe the locket's somewhere, in the hands of the Ministry of Magic people.

Posted by Ashley from Baguio City, Philippines on May 28, 2007 05:45 AM

R.A.B. could be Regulus Black, BUT: Sirius said Regulus was scared, and wanted out of the Eaters. Now: The writer of the note seemed completely non-caring about the fact that he was about to , something he knew he would. That dosent sound like someone who's scared. Sure enough, he could have realised that he was going to , and decided to take it like a man, but I really don't think so.

Of course, he got ed. We don't know the details around that. Sirius said that Regulus was ed on Voldemort's orders since he (Sirius) doubted that Regulus was important enough to be ed by Voldemort himself. Voldemort could indeed have ordered someone to Regulus to cover up that he had stumbled over something very important, in case Voldemort suspected one or more of the Eaters to be corrupt. That could just lead to a bunch of un-asked questions (since I doubt anyone had the guts to ask out Voldemort of his actions) between the crew of Eaters, which would lead to curiosity, and which could lead to some of the Eaters finding out about the horcruxes. Imagine if one of the Eaters found out about this and got the idea that he would be a legend if he was the one who stopped Voldemort once and for all. He researched more on the subject horcruxes, and found out what kind of magic this was, and ventured out to destroy it.

Don't this sound suspiciouly like something that could have happened? I know this is farfetched, but I just don't think R.A.B. and Regulus is the same person. R.A.B. sounds like he has nothing left in life and knows he's going to , and don't care about it.

I suspect that if we got a list of all the Eaters when Voldemort was first at power, we would find the so-called R.A.B.

Posted by Alex from Norway on May 28, 2007 5:37 PM

Harry might be able to get more information on Regulus Black from Lupin and Tonks. After all, Remus Lupin was one of Sirius' best friends, and Tonks' mother, Andromeda, is his cousin, sister to Bellatrix and Narcissa. Andromeda was also blasted off the tapestry because she married a muggle, but she probably knows any history and names that Harry would need about the Black family.

Posted by Wren from Vicksburg, MS on May 29, 2007 01:25 AM

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