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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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Keep in mind, Vince, that Albus was not with them when they cleaned, and I was under the impression that it was the kids that found it. How many of the people there that day (Harry, Ron, Hermione, Sirius, Fred, George, Ginny, Molly) would have recognized a Slytherin mark? Maybe Sirius might, but would it have occurred to him? It's just an ornate "S" after all.

I was also under the impression, from the note, that R.A.B. did not have time to destroy or put an extra enchantment on the locket before he was found. We also know that Number Twelve Grimmauld Place has many protective enchantments on it that Sirius' father put on there, so it's possible that Voldemort couldn't get it if maybe Kreacher took it there. In addition, there is also the possibility that Voldemort didn't know that R.A.B. had gotten the locket yet, just that he found out about it.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on June 14, 2007 07:32 AM

I think that Sirius's brother is R.A.B. Also, since it could be him, I think that Slytherin's Locket is still in his house.

Posted by Layna from Minnesota on June 14, 2007 6:26 PM


I agree with you, but I think that Voldemort ed or had RAB ed for intending to "defect", and isn't even aware that he knew about the Horcrux (I think RAB only knew about one, the locket)

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on June 15, 2007 1:08 PM

I do think that the locket is at grimmauld place. But I don't think R.A.B is regulus anymore. When people asked her, JK said: Good guess. Would she say that if they where right? Usually she would say something like: I can't give an answer to that.

Posted by Claudia from holland on June 16, 2007 06:51 AM

Well... everything in the books has hidden clues, but sometimes, to quote Sigmund Freud, a cigar is just a cigar. It's just obvious that RAB is Regulus Black, and there are no clues to make us think he's not. Not all the riddles (pardon the rowlinguistics pun) are meant to be hard to get. There are clues in many levels of complexity in JK's books. JK put in an easy one here.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on June 16, 2007 08:28 AM

Regulus is the ONLY character we know with the R.A.B initials. JK said that there's no new character to be introduced in the 7th book. So it's most likely to be him.

Posted by Ashley from Baguio City, Philippines on June 17, 2007 04:41 AM

If in fact, as Minnie says, RAB knew the prophecy (or at least as much as Voldemort), perhaps both he and Snape changed sides together, only RAB wasn't as lucky, it happened in the same time period...

Posted by mmc from sa, australia on June 17, 2007 06:07 AM

If I'm not mistaken, Abraxas is a god of good and evil. Those who worship Abraxas worship the whole world, good and evil included (see Herman Hesse's Demian). So, Abraxas would be a fitting middle name. Regulus was bad because he joined Voldemort and also good because he attempted to destroy the Horcrux.

Posted by Lauren from Philadelphia, PA on June 17, 2007 1:39 PM

I think we can pretty much say it is Regulus. I don't think JK is worried about us figuring that out. I also think, with all the hunting for other horcruxes, and the limited book space, the locket won't be too hard to find. I doubt Kreacher knew of its importance, and took it to the Malfoys. Its possible Mundungas has it, if so, should be easy to get. Or Aberforth. I also doubt Voldemort knows about the horcux being taken, as he wouldn't have left the note there, he would have been furious.

Posted by Kylie from Australia on June 17, 2007 7:38 PM

i dont think its regulus black, because almost everyone, including myself, when they read this portion of book 6 immediately or shortly afterwards thought that it was regulus black, so i think somehow JKR is going to change it, or it is already something else, because it seemed too predictable to begin with.

Posted by Connor Scanlan from Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 17, 2007 8:02 PM

mmc & Minnie;
I like your theory that both Regulus & Snape opted out of the eaters together. This would help my theory that Snape made the potion that was in the basin (either originally or the replacement potion) & why Dumbledore knew right away that he would have to drink it to get to the locket. Dumbledore would not have known if RAB was successful in getting the locket because he never had time to get back to Snape before he was ed.

Posted by Dave Porter from New Mexico on June 17, 2007 9:40 PM

just a thought, but after rereading the letter in the locket from RAB, I'm pretty sure that there is only one horcrux, not 7. This is because in the letter RAB says "I know I be long before you read this, but I want you to know that it was I who discovered your secret. I have stolen the real horcrux and intend to destroy it as soon as I can. I face in the hope that when you meet your match, you be mortal once more."

By him saying i have discovered your secret, maybe this implies that voldemort told his eaters about his horcruxes, though regulus finds out he only made one. this goes along with the fact that no other wizard has ever made more than one horcrux, and voldemort, wanting to be unique and powerful, lied to the eaters, saying he made 7, to make him more powerful and set himself aside from past wizards who have attempted the development of a horcrux.

Also, because he said that he hopes by the time voldemort meets his match, he be mortal, this means there must be one because regulus wouldnt be able to find the 6 other horcruxes and destroy them (this being if there was 7 horcruxes) by the time voldemort encountered Harry. This means that the 7th book be all about harry finding this one horcrux and then, obviously, ing voldemort. And this makes sense seeing as it would be hard for JKR to incorporate 4 horcruxes and ing voldemort into one book, that by the looks of it, seems to be about 1000 pages long.

Posted by Connor Scanlan from Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 17, 2007 10:03 PM

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