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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 believe Aberforth definitely exists. JKR has talked about him and even admitted that he IS the barman at the Hog's Head.

Posted by Connor K from Rigby, ID on July 9, 2007 10:09 AM

in order of the phoenix harry was cleaning out 12 grimmauld place and it said "also they found a large heavy locket that none of them could open" pg 116 ootp. if Regulus Black is R.A.B it makes sense to hide the locket in a place so well protected.

Posted by Cade Blankenship from Coppell Tx on July 9, 2007 11:32 AM

If Regulus took the locket and brought Kreacher along, and then made Kreacher drink the potion, that could be why Kreacher is so out of it.

Posted by Anonymous on July 9, 2007 1:01 PM

i think that regulus definitely is RAB. jk rowling has a habit for leaving a lot of clues and i doubt she'd make it impossible for us to figure out who RAB is. the theory with kreacher is definitely plausible, and the whole idea explains more about why voldemort would have found it necessary to him. im also confident that regulus is definitely , explaining how harry inherited what he did. also, although im not quite sure which way im leaning, it is possible that dumbledore and snape had worked out a way to make it only seem as though dumbledore was . for example, havent all past victims of avada kedavra simply slumpled down, immediately ? in the HBP dumbledore somehow flew over the battlements. he, possibly with outside help (aberforth?), may have been able to escape and somehow leave a fake body, or perhaps become sort of comatose until a better time to leave. this would all explain what everybody's hoping for, that snape is truly on the good side.

Posted by dan from chicago, illinois on July 9, 2007 5:47 PM

herve - Poking a hole in your theory, sorry about this. Albus and Argus are actually seen together on a few occasions - mostly in the Great Hall where Albus is at the table and Argus sort of stands back in the shadows, but most notably in Chamber of Secrets when Mrs. Norris is attacked, we see Argus, so worried about his beloved cat, point Harry out in the hallway to Albus, and Albus reassuring him in Gilderoy�s office that Mrs. Norris is just fine, only petrified.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on July 9, 2007 8:49 PM

Monkeeshrines (theory of Dumbledore and Filch being the same person): I know that. I recall they appear at most four times together in a trend of six years. Not too difficult for Dumbledore: seeing Filch in front of him, he have to get back using a time-turner and play the role of Filch exactly as he saw him. Needs concentration and ss, but no more that Hermione who used daily a time-turner and had to avoid meeting herself or appearing twice in the same place. Filch and Dumbledore are very free of their moves, it's easy for them to get aside. And what is funny, if the theory is real, is that when Trelawney thinks they are thirteen at the table at Christmas time, they would in fact be twelve. Of course, it's a far-fetched theory and plausibly false, but worth considering anyway.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on July 9, 2007 11:55 PM

The theory of Kreature helping Regulus steal the horcrux is very compelling and possible because until recently, Kreature belonged to the House of Black. But the problem I don't see anyone addressing is the potion. Who relplaced the potion? (Is the potion the only source of light in the cave?)
Voldemort hasn't found the fake locket yet, so he didn't replace the potion. I don't think he would either. Why bother? The horcrux is gone? He also wouldn't have ed Black yet for stealing it.
We don'tknow much about Black's talents as a wizard. Could he have replaced the potion, and would he have wanted to? He wanted Volemort to find his note.

Therefore, I believe that the locket was actually stolen by Harry and Dumbledore from the cave, as we witnessed. I believe the locket was then stolen by Reguls out of Dumbledore's pocket. We are treated to a little glimpse of a meeting outside the Three Broomsticks which Harry interrupts. It included either Albus or his brother, JK only implies it's his brother, and Mundungus, and possibly Tonks. I believe the note to Voldemort was planted by those three, and I believe it was intended to throw off both Harry and Voldemort. I believe Regulus has been hiding out as Mundungus, and that they are Crookshanks - ginger hair, bandy legs, 'Crook', order of the Phoenix. JK says we are to meet another member of the Order. She referrs to this person in both the plural and the singular. Regulus is from the consellation, Leo - cat.

Here's why they did it. Dumbledore didn't want Harry to get ed trying to destroy the Horcrux - remember his hand. And Regulus wanted Voldemort to think it was already a done deal, so he would have room destroy the locket - a feat which may him. That is why I think the real Horcurx was actually stollen by Regulus out of Dumbledore's pocket. All the rest about locket at Grimmauld place is a red herring.

Posted by ch from ft. collins, co on July 10, 2007 12:18 PM

R.A.B. is definitely Regulus Arcturus Black.

Posted by Anonymous on July 10, 2007 12:34 PM

Based on everything I have read, it seems obvious that RAB is Regulus. However, I just have my doubts that Regulus had the background knowledge to know about the horcruxes or the power to retrieve one. If Dumbledore needed help, then so would Regulus and I just don't buy Kreacher at all -- not with the way he loved the dark side.

Here's my question, however. Why would JKR write a giant series like this and not have one of the main (adult) characters be a woman. Isn't it strange that a female author has no powerful witches? To me, that makes no sense. When I read HBP, I really thought they were setting up Amelia Bones (who I still think would make a great alternative to Regulus). Her was mysterious and unexplained. Every mention of her was a praise that she was a powerful, powerful witch. I also thought it strange that Susan Bones never seemed that upset that her aunt was brutally ed. I think she faked her .

Who is Harry's new mentor now? He isn't ready to face Voldermort (especially since he didn't learn anything from Snape last year). Someone has to take that role -- her?

She seems old enough and powerful enough to have helped Regulus (or done it herself) and might have had the knowledge to work opposite of Dumbledore against Voldermort. Perhaps she went to school with Voldermort and knew him. Loved him?

I just feel that Amelia Bones still has a major role to play in this story.

Posted by Peter from Las Vegas, NV on July 10, 2007 11:07 PM

No mention or sight of the locket at Grimmauld Place in the new movie...Interesting. But it probably doesn't mean anything since, after all, the movie was INCREDIBLY poorly directed.

Posted by William from NC, USA on July 10, 2007 11:41 PM

In the latest movie there is no mention of Regulus Black but at the same time JK Rowling makes sure that Kreacher and Aberforth are shown. After watching the movie i'm having second thoughts about the theory that R.A.B is Regulus Black.

Posted by Amit from Melbourne, Australia on July 11, 2007 11:55 AM

Ok, here's the R.A.B. is Regulus theory as I see it (can't speak for anyone else.) The first options are the ones I believe, the second are equally possible.

Regulus found out about one horcrux (and only one) somehow, and planned on finding it and destroying it. Voldemort somehow suspected what Regulus knew although he never told any of his followers about them, which made Regulus a threat. While Voldemort was making plans/giving the order to eliminate that risk (without telling the true reasons, of course), Regulus and his trusty house-elf Kreature were navigating the cave.

I originally thought that Regulus would have Kreature make him drink the potion like Albus made Harry, but after reading all the comments about Regulus making Kreature drink the potion (which subsequently turned him a bit funny in the head), the latter seems more plausible, especially since it seems Regulus was in enough of a right mind to write such a poetic note. Perhaps the fake locket was something that Regulus or Kreature normally wore or carried on himself, hence the "regular old locket" look to it - a convenient coincidence, if you . It's possible that the basin constantly slowly refilled itself of potion, which could also help explain why it took so many goblets-full to drain in the first place, or refilled itself if a certain amount of time passed. This would eleviate the problem of Voldemort having to go back and manually refill it if one person tried to get it, but was unsuccessful.

Regulus knew that Voldemort would be after him, so he gave the locket horcrux to Kreature with instructions to pretty much guard it with his life until Regulus returned for it. The sign of a good house-elf is that you don't know they're there. Kreature stayed out of sight as they made their way to safety, only to be ambushed by Voldemort/ Eaters, and during the ensuing battle, Regulus was ed. If it was Voldemort he faced, then he saw Regulus alone and in his right mind, not at all weakened by the potion (since one could not do it alone), and possibly for good measure checked his body for any of his horcruxes, and came to the conclusion that he had not yet found it, and the horcruxes were safe. If he faced Eaters, they would not have known to look for any of those signs; they were probably just told something along the lines of Regulus had betrayed Voldemort, nor would they have known to check his body. Kreature meanwhile took the locket back to 12 Grimmauld Place, hid it from Regulus' mom, and did as he was told, protected the locket until Regulus could come back for it, which he never did. It is very likely that he saved it from the purge, but what happened after Kreature went to work in the kitchens? He either took it with him and hid it in the Room of Requirement or it was left at Grimmauld Place, and possibly stolen by Mundungus, and who knows what he did with it.

I believe all of my assertions are directly supported in the books (meaning there is no evidence against it), assuming Regulus is indeed R.A.B. Anyone see any holes? (*Gets mortar back out.* I mean the wall fixing type of mortar, not the cannon type of mortar. Although now that I mention it, a cannon might not be a bad idea... *Gets mortar out.*)

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on July 11, 2007 12:13 PM

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