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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 52)

I believe that RAB is probably Regulus. However he couldnt have gotten the locket alone. Who ever was with him probably has the locket. Someone with-out as much magical power?. Or are we just led to believe it was Regulus? Because getting into the cave takes some serious magic?. men tell no tales...

Posted by dj from Brentwood,Ca on June 18, 2007 09:08 AM

Monkeeshrines, although it sounds as though Regulus didn't have much time between finding the locket and being ed, he must have known what he was doing before he went into the cave (he knew the horcrux was in a locket, he had written the note and put it in the fake)...and would have made plans to hide the locket or disguise it magically before he went into the cave. It wouldn't have taken much time if Kreacher aparated with it back to Grimmauld Place...or indeed if Regulus did so and quickly disguised it on arrival before putting it in the cabinet in the sitting room.

Posted by Joe from England on June 18, 2007 09:52 AM

My friend and I were discussing Harry Potter this morning and we came to the conclusion that R.A.B is Sirius' brother Regulus Black as it seems logical according to the information given in the books - J.K Rowling gives a lot away by discussing the family tree so much in the Order of the Phoenix. Why spend so much time describing it if it is of no real importance?
We also discussed Slytherin's locket and came to the conclusion that the locket found in Grimmauld Place was the Horcrux that Regulus Black said he was going to destroy. He could have gone home, but before he could destroy the locket, he was ed on Voldemort's orders because Voldemort found out that Regulus knew of the existance of the Horcruxes. The locket was disposed of in Sirius' purge of the house so who knows where it could be now? The locket probably turn out to be somewhere really obvious like at Hogwarts or it turn up unexpectedly - maybe Aberforth (Dumbledore's brother) now has the locket as it is rumoured that he have a big role in this book...

Posted by Helene Harrison from Newcastle on June 18, 2007 1:25 PM

Connor Scanlan from Minneapolis,

I don't know about you, but I would not mind 1,000+ pages on DH.

If you theory of only one horcrux was correct, then it would mean that the Diary and the Ring that have already been destroyed where not horcruxes, which is not likely.

To me, the most logical explanation is that Regulus found out about the Locket Horcrux (only that one) and thought that he had discovered the secret for The Dark Lord�s immortality (which would be a correct assumption), but did not count on Voldy having more than one Horcrux.

R.A.B. might have thought that by destroying that ONE horcrux he would be removing Voldemort�s immortality.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on June 18, 2007 3:39 PM

I think that you guys may be over analyzing the small note found in the locket. When I read it I don't really see any evidence that there is only one Horcrux, or that R.A.B thinks that there was only one Horcrux. The quote, "I face in the hope that when you meet your match, you be mortal once more," suggests that R.A.B is destroying the Horcrux in the hope that this act help to usher events towards that final outcome of Voldemort's mortality. He is just doing his part to reach a final goal.

Also the 7th book is going to be 784 pages long, not 1000+. (Unfortunately!)

Posted by William from NC, USA on June 18, 2007 9:18 PM

no of course, i want it to be even more than 1000 pages, just saying my point is, that it be hard to fit in the search, find, and destruction of four horcruxes, then voldemort in one book, that looks to be about 1000 pages

Posted by Connor Scanlan from Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 19, 2007 08:44 AM

Connor - We already know that Voldemort made more than one horcrux. I don't believe that he told any of his Eaters about the horcruxes, fearing that one of them might betray him. Albus explains this to Harry, telling him tyrants everywhere fear that one among those oppressed rise against him. We only know about the 6 horcruxes because Harry was able to coerce Horace into giving him a memory he has been suppressing for over fifty years. All the note really implies is that R.A.B. only found out about one. And I also agree with Emilio that a 1000+ page book wouldn't be such a bad thing; do you know how much you can fit into 1000 pages? Four horcruxes and an epic battle�s worth, at least!

And Joe, I do agree with you.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on June 19, 2007 08:46 AM

Could Nagini have been the basilisk Harry ed? Is there any reference to the locket being destroyed other than the note?

Posted by Jubjub from America on June 19, 2007 09:25 AM

I dont think it was Regulus Black. I believe R.A.B. is Andromeda Tonks. Her mother's maiden name was Rosier. She could have used that and she is originally a Black. Rosier Andromeda Black? Possibly. She was mentioned in OOTP in a few places. As to who has the locket, it's anybody's guess. I'm going to say maybe Tonks or some relative of the Black family.

Posted by Brittany from Union City, TN on June 19, 2007 4:12 PM

Brittany from Union City--

I think it is Regulus, because his initials are R.B. Andromeda's initals are A.T. If she was initially a Black, they were A.B. If she had decided to use her mother's maiden name, her code name would be A.R.B. Andromeda Rosier Black. Not Rosier Andromeda Black. Regulus wouldn't have to change anything, it would just be Regulus A. Black.

Posted by Ashley R. from Missouri on June 20, 2007 09:22 AM

Jubjub from America,

How can Nagini (who appeared in book 4) be the basilisk that Harry ed in book 2?

The basilisk is supposed to have been there at least since Tom Riddle was in school over 50 years ago.

Now, about any reference to the locket being destroyed, no, as far as I can tell only the note found in the fake one suggests that RAB would try to destroy it, but it is never mentioned if he succeeded. Many of us think that is the one that the kids found in 12 Grimaud Place when doing cleanup.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on June 20, 2007 10:13 AM

I dont think whoever R.A.B. is, he wont turn up in the book until the end, or is already . I think that dumbledore is going to turn into an animagus (dragon) and help harry, ron, and hermione find the horcruxes. And then in the second half of the book which includes harry's encounter with voldemort, R.A.B. is going to make an entrance into the story, if he's not of course.

Posted by Connor from Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 20, 2007 11:27 PM

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