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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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I think R.A.B. is Regulus Black. I think that he got the locket with Kreacher. When in the cave Dumbledore says that only one wizard can get into the boat but Harry can because he is not of age. In addition, I think that Regulus took Kreacher with him and then had him drink the green liquid. After all, Kreacher is not considered a wizard. Furthermore, I think that Voldemort knew that Regulus knew his Horcrux secret and because of it, he was ed wihtin a couple days of deserting. Even Lupin described in the 5th book on how he was suprised Karkoff lived for a year because Regulus was ed in a couple of days after leaving.

Posted by Leo from Lansing, Michigan on June 24, 2007 11:01 AM

no matter who has the locket now harry needs it to defeat voldemort. i really think it might even still be in the house. and the reason the locket they couldnt open in the grimmauld place was because it was enchanted to never open to anyone besides voldemort. do we even know if it had an s on the locket? or was it just the black emblem?

Posted by chris kane from exton,PA on June 25, 2007 05:28 AM

It is possible that Rowling (or Voldemort) wrote that message just to trick people? Or would Rowling (Voldemort) not do something like that?

Posted by Anonymous on June 25, 2007 07:52 AM

I dont think that R.A.B is multiple people. The message says I know I be ... I-that can only be one person

Posted by Dumbledore from Ontario, Canada on June 26, 2007 04:37 AM

Well you know the necklace that Draco gave to Katie (harry's quidditch teammate). It had a powerful curse on it, and Draco bought it from Burke's shop. So when RAB got the locket but couldnt destroy it he may have sold it in desperation to Borgin & Burke's... that would also explain the ly curse on it.

Posted by Tejas Jambekar from India on June 27, 2007 07:43 AM

I've long assumed R.A.B. was Regulus. I had not considered that Kreacher may have helped him. I haven't read through all of these comments, but is it possible that Mundungous stole the locket. He was constantly sizing up Sirius's stuff and saying how much it would be worth.

Posted by Drudo from St. Louis on June 27, 2007 09:05 AM

I also assumed that R.A.B was Sirius's brother, Regulus. I read HBP a few days ago, I was at the chapter "The Cave" where Dumbledore and Harry went to retrieve the locket horcrux. After Dumbledore drank the potion and drove away the inferi with fire, he told Harry that one alone could not do the task, drinking the potion, etc. Dumbledore being the Greatest wizard, had a hard time. If Regulus did steal the locket horcrucx, he had to had help with the task of drinking the potion and getting rid of the inferi. I think he used Kreacher to drink the potion, bound by his kind and magic, Kreacher was able to resist the potion, where Dumbledore could not, to help Regulus get the locket of slytherin. Which explains why he's a nutter.

Posted by Anonymous from Philippines on June 28, 2007 01:31 AM

I am 100% positive that RAB MUST be Regulus, it only makes sense. This is JK Rowling's writing we are talking about. JK rowling has a habit of touching topics in past books, and bringing them up later. Also I believe that the locket is still in Grimmauld place along with perhaps other "trophies" or horcruxes. I recall that in the 5th book they did a lot of cleaning of ancient stuff and Kreacher kept saving them, obviosuly JK rowling would not have brought up such little detail. Also remember everything JK rowling writes about is connected.

Recall in the fifth book when Harry receives the mirrors from sirius as a form of communication, remember how harry looked at them once, and decided he didn't care for them at all, and would not use it at all, but at the end if he had used them they would have changed the whole plot and saved a life. this is JK's style.

now remember in the 6th book after dumbledore d, harry declared in his mind that he didn't care about RAB, he didn't want anyhting to do with it. once again, Harry over look this important piece of information in his battle, and realize that ( towards the end) what he needed, or the answer, or the horcrux, was right under his nose (like the mirrors), or in other words, 12 Grimmauld place, or with Kreacher, again right under his nose!

Posted by Priya from fremont, Ca on June 28, 2007 7:42 PM

Here in Finland Sirius Black is called Sirius Musta and R.A.B is in the finnish book R.A.M, so if it's like that in other countries too, it must be Regulus?

Posted by Anonymous from Finland on June 29, 2007 2:37 PM

I am most inclined to the possibility of Regulus being the one having the locket. R.A.B. and Regulus A. Black are extremely related, but maybe, that is exactly what J.k. wants us to think.
It is a shame we don't no much about Regulus. It would be very useful. But remember Regulus's supposed to be , as Sirius kindly reminded us in book 5, so even if he had had the locket, it now could be anywhere. I have been trying to find more names that can match R.A.B. but without luck.

I'm not sure about if the locket is still in Grimmauld Place, because the Order cleaned, and took everything they found. Of course, if the locket was so important for the Black family, they wouldn't have left it laying around, would they? Maybe there's a secret room or something in Grimmauld Place that the Order hasn't yet found, or maybe, and much less exiting, Kreacher has it in his room along with the other objects he's been able to save.

There's the possibility that someone completely unexpected has the locket now. And I don't think it's Mundungus.
But, returning to Regulus, maybe he didn't at all. I mean, it's not like if Sirius knew nor cared much about his brother and he's just guessing he got ed, but then...How does he know Regulus wasn't important enough to be ed by Voldemort himself? Can Sirius be sure about it?

Posted by Diane from London on June 29, 2007 6:57 PM

I think Aberforth Dumbledore was trying to get bezoars for someone (maybe Regulus Black) for the potion in the cave.

Posted by Danny from bradenton, florida on June 30, 2007 6:28 PM

I believe that R.A.B is Regulus Black but i also think he isn't . I think that Snape was orderded to Regulus by Voldemort but did not do it thus Dumbledore's unwavering trust of Snape. It says in the book that "he was ed by Voldemort. Or on Voldemort's orders, more likely, I doubt Regulus was ever important enough to be ed by Voldemort in person" which means it isn't certain Regalus is - he may be in hiding!

Posted by Rach on July 1, 2007 12:40 AM

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