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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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herve - I forgot momentarily that you had the time-turner theory in your arsenal! Consequently, I did not think of Albus purposely getting himself seen as Argus so that there are minimal space-time continuum disruptions. I suppose it is quite plausible, then, that time-turner Filtchledore returned to play his alternate role. I don't think it's likely, but it is plausible.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on July 11, 2007 12:14 PM

ch from ft collins...interesting ideas about the potion...perhaps it was a self filling potion and refilled itself after being disturbed. After all, Voldemort probably didn't think anyone would be able to drink the whole lot and actually get to the horcrux...if they d in the attempt then their body would be in the lake...and the potion would automatically refill...that's my thought.

I don't think your idea of Regulus stealing the horcrux from Dumbledore's pocket can be correct...Regulus d around the time Harry was earler posts I suggest that the horcrux was taken between Regulus leaving Hogwarts and his a couple of years least 15 years before Dumbledore and Harry get to the unless Regulus used a timeturner he couldn't have taken the horcrux from Dumbledore's pocket...there's lots of evidence that Regulus is indeed .

Posted by Joe from England on July 11, 2007 2:34 PM

William i loved that you pointed out how poorly it was made. dont get me wrong it was good but they left out plenty of things for example the whole hospital scean the longbottoms are important and they totaly cut them also almost every one was under played! i was most upset about not including quidditch! also the ministry fight was lacking! i was waiting to laugh at ron wile he is being attacked by a brain and they cut it! my friend did say it could have been worse but it needed more the director had a big budget and i dont think he used it all!

also i think Regulus is RAB. i believe he was ed because he wanted to go to the good side and on the subject of good side Draco is not bad. when Dumbledore talked about hiding his family he softened up and snape ed Dumbledore for draco (by the unbreakable vow) i believe draco might possibly side with harry.

Posted by mikki from Hogwarts on July 11, 2007 5:20 PM

Well, it could easily be Regulas Black. As we know, Regulas Black was a Eater, and as Harry Points out to Snape in the Order of the Phoenix:
(Not Accurate.) "It's funny that you hsould call him the Dark Lord. I have only heard Eaters Call him that."... A Term which RAB refers to Voldemort in the note.

Posted by Jason Fung from Hong Kong on July 13, 2007 02:15 AM

Monkeeshrines: I have lots of theory in my arsenal (time-turner; Dumbledore = Filch; hallows = horcruxes = one relic from each founder; Nagini = horcrux = relic transfigured, maybe the sword; Petunia protecting Harry because she made an UV, maybe with Dumbledore, maybe with Voldemort; nitwit/oddment/tweak/blubber = hints for the horcruxes; Voldemort trying to possess Harry, not him). Hope that at least one of them is right, although they all seem incredible and far-fetched.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on July 13, 2007 10:02 AM

well i think that its obvious that RAB is Regulus Black because in the 5th book it talks about regulus having a mysterious hevy gold lock that i believe was the horcrux.

Posted by bendl on July 13, 2007 12:43 PM

Interesting, Monkeeshrines and Joe, about the refilling potion. I hadn't thought of that. I still am not possitive RAB is . You're saying, Monkeeshrines, that Voldy ed Regulus just to eleminate the threat, even though he saw no sign that Regulus had succeeded. I can't argue that Voldemort wouldn't do that. Please tell more about the 'mortar' Where do you see that?

Posted by ch from ft. collins, co on July 13, 2007 1:43 PM

Herve, i've always liked your theories. I've been rewatching the movies these days and Dumbledore never says nitwit/oddment/tweak/blubber. i figured that you may be correct in this theory and i figured it should have been in one of the movies. did i miss i? of course the books are really the golden word, so being left out of the movies (which a lot is) should not really be significant.

Posted by Heather from NJ on July 13, 2007 4:24 PM

Why couldn't the R.A.B. note simply be a ruse planted by Voldemort to confuse whomever showed up to take the locket horcrux? I just can't imagine someone else taking the real horcrux, leaving a fake one (at the same time or later?) and then writing the nasty little note all out in the middle of the dreadful lake. If the note was planted by Voldy, then is the locket a fake or real horcrux?

Posted by Karen from Berkeley, CA on July 13, 2007 4:51 PM

i think that R.A.B stands for regulus arcturus black. And maybe they found the "locket that could not be open" because like sirius regulus decided to place his last few years a grimauld plce. then . and anther hint. have you noticed that pretty much every character has an intro before they actually come into the book. harry had one as a baby when they first dropped him off. dumbledore had one when harry and ron were talking about the cards in the chocolate frogs. and regulus has been talked about twice. once in harry potter and the order of the phoenix and also in harry potter and the half blood prince when they found karkaroff . "and they found igor karkaoffs body in a shack up north. the dark mark had been set over it-well frankly im surprised he stayed alive for even a year after deserting the eaters. sirius brother regulus only managed a few days as far as i can remember" which means that he definitely deserted the eaters. its a very high coincidence if its not him.

Posted by serene from ca on July 13, 2007 4:56 PM

ch (ft. collins) - Sorry if I confused you. The mortar bit was a joke (that referenced to an earlier post of mine) and a pun (respectively). In the English language, "mortar" is a material used in building and fixing walls. That stuff between bricks, that's mortar. I was suggesting that I fix holes in my theory with it... The word "mortar" can also be used to describe a small sort of cannon (as in gun). I was just playing on that. Interestingly, "mortar" is also the bowl used for manually grinding spices (or potion ingrents) with a pestle (the club thingy that does the actual grinding.) Isn't English fun?

herve - I, too, hope that at least one of your theories is right. You have so many, and very well thought out all... the law of probability... At least one of 'em's gotta be! Personally, though, I hope each and every one of my theories are wrong. I love it when Jo surprises us.

Heather (NJ) - No, you didn't miss it. I noticed it, too, on the last re-watching. It may not be important, or least not significantly important, as there are other ways for Harry to get clues to the remaining horcruxes.

Posted by Monkeeshriens from orlando, fl on July 13, 2007 5:18 PM

Karen, What a great idea. It would be clever of Voldy to not use the locket everyone expected and just stick in a bogus one with a confusing note. Maybe that is the real horcux. Although, Dumbledore was thinking Voldemort wouldn't do that. Frankly, I wonder if the potion wouldn't leak in and spoil the note, especially with a cheap locket.

I'm actually looking seriously at the time-tuner idea. Can one go foreward in time, as well as back? Still thinking of Regulus.

Sorry to botch your joke, Monkeeshines. I was hoping you had found a hole in the wall at 12 Grimmald place.

Posted by ch from fort collins. co on July 14, 2007 2:19 PM

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