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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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One more thought about the locket and the the books we don't actually get a clue about the significance of the locket until the end of movie-wise OotP is too soon to feature it

Posted by Joe from England on July 18, 2007 03:01 AM

I also think that Crookshanks can be an Animagus. Well, I'm not sure of course, because Sirius was often in the Forest when he was an Animagus himself. He must have know if Crookshanks was.
Maybe it is Mme Hooch, the teacher. She has yellow eyes, such as Crookshanks. I always have thought this must be important. In the first movie you see them very, very clearly! Or she has the yellow eyes for another reason?

Posted by Iris from Holland on July 18, 2007 04:46 AM

"RAB" is "Peter A Pettigrew." The "R" and "B" are P's. That's just the way he writes.

You heard it here first.

Posted by ghan-buri-ghan from Sacramento, California on July 18, 2007 10:57 AM

I am convinced that RAB is Regulus Black. It seems reasonable that he took Kreacher with him to get the locket from the cave, and use him to drink off the potion. When Slughorn goes to Hagrid's hut after Aragog's , he brings a couple of bottles which he has tested on house elves (!). This almost throwaway line suggests that house elves have some immunity/tolerance for poisons (or maybe RAB just fed him a bezoar). This being the case, Kreacher may be in a position to pass along info about other horcruxes, assuming RAB knew of any.

Posted by et from the wild west on July 18, 2007 11:59 AM

Regulus A. Black. As it says in the book, only Eaters call Voldemort "The Dark Lord". Sirius' brother realized the error of his ways before he d, and as a Eater, had inside information on Voldemort.

Posted by Tyler from Thomas on July 18, 2007 2:30 PM

Has anyone considered that RAB might be a code name so that Voldemort wont know who destroyed his horcrux?

Posted by Oatmeal from Chapel Hill on July 18, 2007 4:23 PM

Oatmeal has a point. With Voldemort being an extremely powerful wizard and all, I don't think giving him a few clues would be the best idea. I give it a 50/50 chance that R.A.B. are the perpetrator's real initials or not.

I suppose Regulus Black COULD be R.A.B. but I think it's more likely that someone else is, someone we have overlooked.

My first guess would be Uncle Alphard. I mean, I know a few people who go by their middle name, and Alphard is a likely candidate.

Maybe Mr. Burke is a double agent, like Snape (but he's on the good side). Seeing as he works in Knockturn Alley, he might be an ally of Voldemort, not to mention buying the locket of Slytherin from Voldy's mom and later selling it to Hepzibah Smith, which would make him well aware of its powers.

But really, this mysterious R.A.B. could be almost anyone in the wizarding world.

Posted by C. J. from Utah on July 19, 2007 12:05 AM

I seriously think that the locket was what Lucius didn't want to sell at the store in knockturn alley, because if the movies have taught us anything, any scene that doesnt seem necessary is crucial to the plot.

Posted by gwen from santa barbara, CA on July 19, 2007 02:10 AM

RAB definitely Regulus Black. Locket definitely last seen in Grimauld Place. Whereabouts now unknown to us and to the trio. Surely Mrs. Weasley can remember what she did with the rubbish bags?

Posted by Clare from Western Europe on July 19, 2007 05:19 AM

What if RAB is Ablus Dumbeldore, with some title beginning with an R?

Posted by Bill from Bobbville on July 19, 2007 07:32 AM

I doubt that RAB is Dumbledore. Why would Dumbledore bring Harry to the cave if he already got the locket and replaced it. Or unless he exchanged it in between the cave and his debatable . But why would he do that? There is no motive, unless someone can come up with sone. I am pretty sure that it was Regulus Alphard Black. Maybe it's Borgin or Burke, but Regulus is most likely and Rowlings has said in an interview that it is "a fine guess." She hasn't ruled it out.

Posted by Virginia from Missouri on July 19, 2007 11:36 AM

The cover of The ly Hallows shows Harry wearing a Locket, which is pretty interesting.

Posted by Tyson from Los Angeles, CA on July 19, 2007 11:42 AM

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