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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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If Lucius Malfoy didn't know the diary was a horcrux it's unlikely that the eaters know about the horcruxes or that Regulus witnessed the making of the locket horcrux...I don't think Voldemort has told the eaters about his horcruxes...except perhaps Bellatrix...she was the only one who was absolutely certain that he would come back (she boasts about it at her trial). This makes me think she might have known...

If Regulus did witness the making of the horcrux, it would have been made in the short period between him leaving Hogwarts and ...a clue would be a significant around that time.

Perhaps Voldemort felt no need to hide his horcruxes until after he heard the prophecy...then Regulus could have been involved in hiding the locket horcrux. I think Voldemort would have wanted to make sure that the two muggle children he took to the cave as a boy were got rid of so they couldn't reveal its' whereabouts to anyone...

Posted by Joe from England on July 17, 2007 01:53 AM

i dont think the two children are going to play any role in the next book. they had a very tramatic expierence in that cave and they dont want to have to revisit that memory. the only way to get any info from them would be through legimincy, and harry has no expierence with that.

Posted by garth from wisconsin on July 17, 2007 10:59 AM

There is a case against the locket in Grimmauld place being a Hocrux, as it was not featured in the movie, and JKR said anything that doesnt appear in the movie is usually irrelvant to the plot. If you say they do not get to read it all beforehand then hows this? JKR simply has to say yes or no when a producer asks her if they can cut a bit out. She doesn't have to explain why.

Posted by Gemma from Derry on July 17, 2007 11:41 AM

after reading these comments I certainly think that R.A.B was a member of the Black family, especially, as has been mentioned, because in Holland it's translated to R.A.Z and Sirius black is called Sirius Zwarts.

I also think it really is possible that the locket is (or was) at Grimmauld place... but we'll find out within three days...

Posted by eva from dordrecht Holland on July 17, 2007 11:42 AM

What if the R.A.B. means something entirely different--not initials? What about a code, meant for the person who finds the false horcrux? (e.g., rubeus (red), albus (white) and black (black).

Posted by Karen from Berkeley, CA on July 17, 2007 2:15 PM

The locket hardly gets a passing mention in the book...a bit like the suit of goblin armour that Borgin & Burke were after, or the fact that Dumbledore doesn't want his picture taken off the chocolate frog cards or that if you try to break into a vault in Gringotts that isn't yours you get sucked in...A movie has to stand complete in itself...can't be dropping hints about possible future although it's interesting that there is no mention of the locket in the movie...there is no mention of them cleaning anything...but there is Kreacher secreting things away (if that's not a spoiler)...I wouldn't write off the locket because it doesn't feature in the movie.

Posted by Joe from England on July 17, 2007 2:32 PM

This is a very interesting subject, and I think it would be quite important to what we can expect in the last book.

Just one thing at first; I'm almost 100 % sure that R.A.B are the initals of Sirius Blacks brother, Regulus Black.
As Eva from Holland says in her comment, the letters in their version has been translated to R.A.Z - The Z wich stands for Zwart = Black.
And in the Norwegian version the letters are R.A.S.
S- Svart = Black.
This cannot just be a coincidence.

So, what i really wanted to say, was that i noticed a clue, or just a detail that perhaps tells us where the Locket/Hocrux is now.

On the note, in the false hocrux, that Dumbledore and Harry collected from the cave Tom Riddle used to torture the other orphans, it said that:
"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. R.A.B. (HBP pg. 609/569)"
And if we are to understand it right, that R.A.B. is Siriuses brother we might think that the real hocrux is hidden in Grimauld Place.
Wich David Haber so wisely tells us, Harry and the others discovered "...a heavy locket that none of them could open... (OotP pg. 116/108)" when they were cleaning the house.
The word "heavy" has also been used to describe this locket before.

I believe that this is the true hocrux.
But where is it now?
Some of you have a theory that Kreacher, the houseelf, is the one who's definitely got it last, and that he has given it to the Malfoys. A good theory.
But how about this?:

After Sirius s in OotP, Mundungus Fleathcer (Pardon me if I spelled it wrong) went back to Grimauld Place, and stole a lot of things to sell.
In the Half-Blood Prince, Harry, Ron and Hermione discover Mundungus in Hogsmeade, selling some of the things he stole.
And who was he selling it to?
The barman at the Hog's Head.
And who is he?
Several clues tells us that the barman is Aberforth, Dumbledores brother.
Could it be the locket/hocrux, Mundungus was selling to Aberforth?

Just a thought..

Posted by Ida from Norway on July 17, 2007 2:54 PM

I was a bit suprised to see that the locket was not featured in the movie, but if I am correct in thinking that Mundungus has sold it, they wouldn't have to feature it in this movie, but the next.

Posted by Ida from Norway on July 17, 2007 2:59 PM

The only thing I've come across on the Bloody Baron, Garth, is in GoF, that he is the only one who can control Peaves, who is not a real ghost, but a poltergeist. Don't know if that means anything. So the Bloody Baron is a Gaunt. Interesting.

Also an interesting idea, Joe, that, if the locket was no longer a horcrux, they could have opened it.

Here's something kind of interesting: My little theory about Crookshanks being the animagus of Mundungas kind of gets knocked about by the kitchen scene on OotP, where both of them appear for a long time. But, perhaps not, if Mundungas returned, as Crookshanks, via time-turner or some other magial travel we have yet to learn about, perhaps to retrieve the locket before the purge. There is an interesting moment, when Mundungus lights up his pipe, and suddenly disappears in the greenish smoke, and suddenly reappears, leaving the smell of burning socks!
Just a very colorful discription of Mundungas lighting up? Or a new spell we haven't heard about yet? Often, Greenish haze or smoke is a sign of magic in Jo's books.

It just seems so obvious about the ginger hair and bandy legs and 'Crook'. It always seemed to me like she was inviting us to find out who Crookshanks really is.

Posted by ch from ft collins, co on July 17, 2007 4:20 PM

from reading all of j.k. rowlings books we know that things that are small and hardly get noticed in one book may play a major part in another. we already know that horcruxes play a major role in book 7 so the locket is definately going to be major, because we dont know if its destroyed or not.

Posted by Christina from Connecticut on July 17, 2007 7:55 PM

I think RAB is Regulas A. Black Sirius's little bro

Posted by Eiman Jamil from Aurora, Illinois on July 17, 2007 10:19 PM

Perhaps we are looking at the wrong Regulus Black? It's possible that Sirius and Regulus' grandfather, whom Regulus is named after, is a better suggestion. The Black Family Tree says Regulus the 1st lived about 1906-1956. It would be much easier for him to find out about horcruxes and take one, than a 18yr old wizard who suddenly desides his in too deep.

Posted by mmc from sa, australia on July 18, 2007 01:51 AM

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