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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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Place: if the Horcruxes are, as I imagine, relics of the founders, there is an entity that knows them pretty much and could help Harry: the Sorting Hat.

The Sorting Hat was given a brain by the founders, maybe in using those relics: Hufflepuff could have made a potion in her cup, Ravenclaw used her wand, the plants were cut by Gryffindor's sword and the magical power of the locket (or of something now hidden inside the locket) was used.

Then Harry must put the Sorting Hat on his head and he be given advice. Don't forget that the Sorting Hat knows the founders. He has better knowledge about Hogwarts than any living wizard.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on June 8, 2007 06:15 AM

Place from Tokyo:

I believe that Harry have help from Dumbledore, Abeforth Dumbledore, as well as from certain better known members of the Order of the Phoenix and from Hermione, Ron, in his search and destruction of the remaining Horcruxes.

The most important Help come from Abeforth.

Dave Porter from New Mexico:

Thanks for your coment, I also enjoy reading your posts, some are very illuminating to me.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on June 8, 2007 11:39 AM

I don't think that the locket found in Grimauld Place can be the locket. I mean, that would be too brief. That's not JK's style. If she's going to drop a hint about something, it's not going to be for 3 words. Maybe if the locket had really interested Harry, and he spend the rest of the summer trying to open it, but other than that, there's no way that's the Horcrux.

Posted by Brian from Houston, TX on June 8, 2007 11:09 PM

I think that R.A.B. is Regulus Black, I think the locket a Grimmauld place is the horcrux, I also think that Mundungus may have taken it and sold it when he was looting the place and Harry spend a good portion of the 7th book hunting it down.

Posted by Chris from Detroit, MI on June 10, 2007 7:02 PM

I also think it is the locket from grimmauld place. The clue maybe short, but there was a clue.

Posted by Claudia on June 11, 2007 05:50 AM

I think that Dumbledore's brother has the locket, we see him buying something from Mundungus, things that were stolen from Sirius' place.

Posted by Nad�ge from Oostende, Belgium on June 12, 2007 10:49 AM

Most evidence lead us to Regulus Black, the most important is the change of the initials (R.A.Z., R.A.S., etc) in other versions of the book, so I think that is in unquestionable.

But, after reading A LOT of dates, facts, and more in this site, I wonder: Was Regulus just a boy at the time he d? I mean, he'd just left Hogwarts and joined Eaters... I don't believe that Regulus was so brilliant to destroy a Horcrux... Could he be the second in that boat?

Posted by Daniela from Santiago, Chile on June 12, 2007 11:06 AM


I think the locket from Grimmauld Place is unquestionably Slytherin's locket. And as for a short little clue to introduce it...I think that is exactly JK's style. Take a second look at the exact wording of the descriptions of the locket in Marvolo's place, when Tom Riddle is shown a locket along with Hufflepuff's cup, and also when a locket is seen in Grimmauld Place...the locket is always described as "heavy", and twice as "golden". While "golden" might be a common word used to describe jewelry, "heavy" is not. the similar description of these 3 lockets suggest they are the same, and it is hard to ague otherwise.


I also think that Aberforth be Harry's biggest helper, and I think that to start with...Aberforth has the locket. He took it from the neck of Mundungus during their confrontation at the Hog's Head witnessed in HBP.

Posted by Will from North Carolina on June 12, 2007 8:03 PM

Great summary Emilio.

Prongs...I think Regulus must be . If Dumbledore was protecting him, he would have known that the horcrux in the cave had been taken and would not have risked his life and Harry's to fetch it. He would not have drunk the potion without good reason I think.

Regulus was not under age when he stole the Horcrux so he would have registered in the boat. Either he took Kreacher with him or he found a way to switch the locket without entering the cave. If he did take Kreacher, then he must have bound him to secrecy in some way otherwise surely Kreacher would have told Narcissa et al about taking the horcrux? Also, I wonder, if Regulus had been into the cave and stolen the locket, would Dumbledore not have sensed traces of his presence?

I don't think Voldemort knew Regulus had taken the horcrux...he was ed for another reason...Dumbledore was making absolutely sure no-one knew Harry was with him on the night they went after the horcrux...and Harry destroying Voldemort's horcruxes without Voldemort knowing is crucial to Harry's success in the end.

Posted by Joe from England on June 13, 2007 07:10 AM

The thing is, we don't see Aberforth buying anything from Mundungus. We see "Aberforth" pulling his cloak around his neck and walking away, leaving Mundungus to fumble around - with all his stuff. He could have easily been simply tossing Mundungus out for peddling his wares in the Hog's Head when he wasn't supposed to be in there, which would explain why he was "fumbling" with his stuff. The locket could have been sold to someone else, if Dung indeed had the locket at any time to begin with.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on June 13, 2007 08:08 AM

During the cleaning of the house, Harry would have probably seen the locket, and even if he didn't, someone would have probably noticed the slytherin symbol on it and pointed it out. Dumbledore probably would have seen it too. would harry or dumbledore not remember it?

Even when RAB managed to get locket, supposing he did not destroy it, he would have put enchantments on it to make sure it was safe, specially now that he opposed Voldemort. Voldemort probably knew where he lived too, and so Regulus would have hidden the locket.

Posted by Vince from Portugal on June 13, 2007 12:50 PM

one more reason i think rab is regulus is because whoever rab is, he obviously knew about the prophecy, because he says "when you meet your match... you be mortal once more", and they said he d 15 years ago in ootp... and dumblemore also said that the prophecy was made 15 years ago... right?

Posted by MiNNiE from DxB on June 14, 2007 01:51 AM

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