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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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If Hermione is always right (unless when she is angry or at upset) wouldn't that rule out the 2 RAB's that Hermione came up with in the Library because:
1) She is upset over Dumbledore's . Like Harry is and is no longer excited about finding out who RAB is.
2) She is frustrated with not finding anything.
So I think that the two she came up with can be ruled out. Also JK Says she is not introducing any new characters, and wouldn't they be counted as new characters if they have only been mentioned once?

Posted by Katherine from Southend, England on May 29, 2007 08:10 AM

I have said before that I am certain that R.A.B. is Regulus Black but now I have my doubts whether it was him that took the locket or not. Dumbledore said to Harry that a person alone couldn't have made it into the cave so that leads me to believe that either two persons went and took the locket, signing the letter, trying to make Regulus seem guilty, or Regulus went with someone else but the other person d or got mad drinking the potion and Regulus trying to avenge his (or madness) took the locket and signed the letter.

Posted by Prongs from Athens,Greece on May 29, 2007 1:04 PM

Prongs from Athens,

Dumbledore mentioned to Harry that the barge that took them across, the lake to the isle where the locket was was designed to carry only one adult wizard at a time, so either RAB had an underage wizard, a muggle or another magical creature.

It is unlikely that any wizard would endanger an underage wizard (except if they where training them to destroy the horcruxes), a muggle could be a possibility, but the best option is another kind of magical creature, in this case I believe, as it has been mentioned before, that RAB (whom I do believe to be Regulus Black) took or summoned Kreacher, the house elf, and forced him to drink the potion, which rendered him a little crazy.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on May 30, 2007 09:09 AM

its regulus antonin black. sirius' father was antonin black. harry's father was james. harry JAMES potter, regulus ANTONIN black. recurring theme, in my estimation its a done deal, regulus has to be RAB.

Posted by kyle on May 30, 2007 3:38 PM

Kyle: I don't remember where I read this but I think Regulus and Sirius' father was named Orion. However there are some members of the Black family whose name starts with an A. Orion's father (Sirius and Regulus' grandfather) was called Arcturus and they also had an uncle named Alphard (who left Sirius gold after his ).

Posted by Prongs from Athens,Greece on May 31, 2007 05:43 AM

kyle - I'm not sure where you got your information, but the family tree that Jo showed on a BBC interview shows that Sirius' and Regulus' father's name was Orion. All the Blacks were given names of stars.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on May 31, 2007 06:25 AM

About Regulus Black, I know that all the evidence points heavily in his direction, but I think JK intended him to be a red herring! Think about it: it's too simple to say R.A.B is Sirius' brother! JK is probably trying to lead us on to a bigger storyline in ly Hallows, because she is an awesome writer and probably has a few tricks up her sleeve. I am sure there be a massive twist regarding the locket. However, regarding everyone else's comments here, I am forced to ponder upon it and now I'm confused!

Posted by Rashida from UK on May 31, 2007 12:12 PM

Assuming five of the six horcruxes have been correctly identified by Dumbledore, the final horcrux was most likely already mentioned in the books. My bet is on the 15th century, goblin-made, silver goblet with the Black family crest. (Voldemort preferred objects with a "powerful magical history".) Perhaps the reason R.A.B (Regulus Black) knew of Voldemort's Horcruxes was because he assisted Voldemort in providing him with one of the Horcruxes to use. Whether or not Mundungus knew it was a Horcrux when he stole it, is another question. I think we'll be hearing more about the silver goblet...

Posted by K.E.S. on May 31, 2007 4:24 PM

Everyone goes on about the locket but we must not forget that there are still four horcruxes out there. I think Harry have to go back to Hogwarts to learn more about them, presuming that they are indeed the relics of the Hogwarts founders.

Posted by Rashida from UK on May 31, 2007 6:37 PM

K.E.S--
You are brilliant! Well, I don't know if you are the first to suggest that the goblet is a Horcrux, but this is the first I've heard of the idea, so I'm giving you credit for it.
It makes perfect sense. Voldemort believes he alone knows about his Horcruxes, because supposedly Regulus is . Maybe that is why Regulus freaked out and backed out of the Eaters: he didn't want Voldemort to be immortal, and even if you were a Eater, could you really blame him? Bravo, KES, keep them coming!

I feel very not-OotP supporting today: I'm wearing a black shirt with a big picture of Voldemort on the front. I'm sorry but it's a cool picture and I couldn't resist. You know the one thats all blue with Voldy reaching out? I hope Harry still loves me even though his enemy looks cooler on T shirts...

Posted by Ashley R. from Missouri on May 31, 2007 6:53 PM

It seems to me to be pretty evident by the wording of the note that R.A.B. only ever found out or knew about the locket horcrux. If R.A.B. is Regulus, and a Black goblet is a horcrux, then Regulus most probably did not supply it. That then would then leave the question of how Voldemort got the goblet when Regulus was the only Black to be a Eater. Itís a nifty theory, but all evidence seems to point away from a Black goblet being a horcrux.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from Orlando, fl on June 1, 2007 05:39 AM

If it isn't Regulus then who is it? Do we know any other caracter with exactly the same initials? And in Dutch it is R.A.Z In dutch black is zwarts... So the translator could be wrong off course, but I see no other possibility.

Posted by Claudia on June 2, 2007 06:17 AM

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