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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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Reader Comments: (Page 7)

Brett, you said "The idea is, when LV is ed, that then Regulus be brought back from the ". But how that help Harry? It would help him if he found out that Regulus is alive before the final duel between him and LV. Regulus could then help Harry in finding the unknown Horcrux(es) or tell him an important fact or a little of this and that about Voldemort.

Posted by Aditi Dani from Nagpur, India on October 23, 2006 09:32 AM

No, I must have misspoke. One possible plan for Regulus would be that he would drink the draught of living , and then set up a situation in which someone would find him after the of LV, and be able to revive him. Thus, he would be able to get out of the eaters without ing...

I think that Harry find Regulus before this point, and thus revive him in order to question him about the other horcruxes. I expect Regulus be upset, who knows...

Just an idea, but it seems to fit...

Posted by Brett J. from Boulder, CO on October 23, 2006 11:06 AM

that is exactly what has been going through my head since i read the book it does seem to fit.
BUT I do not belive in the mundungus thoery its too simple for J.K
Makes sense think it over.

Posted by Ravenclaw Rambler from kent on October 23, 2006 1:20 PM

I support the theory that RAB is Regulus Arcturus Black. Based on the Black family tree, Arcturus would have been Regulus' great grand dad, and actually outliving Orion (which I assume is Regulus' dad as Orion sounds more male than Walburga. When they spoke of her portrait I don't remember if her name was given). I'll even speculate that if Sirius' had a middle name it was Lycoris. These are all astronomical names (Arcturus, Regulus, Sirius, Orion, & Lycoris) and direct in lineage on Sirius' dad (Orion)'s side.

I don't remember any specific details about Regulus' , exactly how or when.?.?. Sirius says something about him being ed but could Regulus have d as a result of trying to destroy the locket horcrux?

And, although I really think the cloak is to protect Harry, maybe as somebody recently suggested, maybe someone in the OotP was trying to help Regulus. Maybe Regulus used the cloak. Seems someone would have known and shared knowledge of Regulus possibly working with the OotP with Harry already but there are alot of things that DD (and Sirius) didn't get to tell Harry. DD never told the whole story of how his hand was damaged. DD did say something connecting his damaged hand to Slytherin's ring but never did tell the full story.

Posted by Rhonda from Pomona, Illinois on October 25, 2006 11:03 AM

ok, first off, to the article writer, i dont think that you should cast the initials as Regulus' until we know for sure. ok guys, a lot of you are forgetting one thing... if voldy ed regulus for taking the locket, then why is the faux one still there? dont you think he would have taken it away. Plus, like dumbledore said, he prob. doesnt feel when a horcrux is destroyed as of yet... so how could he have found out and then back to point #1... why is the locket still there if voldy ed RAB for trying to destroy it?

Posted by Ragge from Angleton, TX on October 26, 2006 10:04 AM

We believe the evidence is overwhelming that R.A.B. is Regulus Black. Obviously, we have never said this is a "fact", and everyone knows we won't know for sure until we read book 7.

Voldemort wouldn't necessarily have had to caught R.A.B. with the locket to know he had destroyed it, and him for it. He could have used Occlumency on R.A.B., for example, to know he had done the deed. Once Voldemort learned the horcrux was destroyed, there'd be no need for him to go back and retrieve the fake. So, the fake locket remains in the cave where R.A.B. put it.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on October 26, 2006 10:13 AM

Ragge... If you look at the evidence, it is clear RAB stands for Regulus Black. Firstly, JKR said no new major characters be introduced. Harry is obviously going to hunt down RAB, and thus, it has to be a character already in the books. Regulus is mentioned more and more as the books progess, hinting at JKR thought of including him in the 7th book ( or alive, both ways count for intoduction of a character).

Also, look at the translations of other harry Potter book languages. The final initial, the surname, always (at least the 5 or so I have checked myself) has the letter that coincides with the word meaning Black. In German, it wouldn't be RAB, it would be something like RAS, for Schwarzen (sp?) meaning Black. Thus, we can deduce JKR meant for the B in RAB to stand for Black...

Also, LV didn't know about the locket being found. Regulus was "ed" because he wanted out of the Eaters. Never is it even hinted at that LV ed him b/c of the horcrux. As a matter of fact, LV didn't even think he was important enough to be ed by his own hands, he sent out a henchman to do the dirst work. We can deduce that LV thought of Regulus as a small fry, and thus wouldn't have imagined he has found the locket horcrux...

Posted by Brett J. from Boulder, CO on October 26, 2006 3:00 PM

It's definitely someone from sirius black his family. In the american version the note came from R.A.B. in the Dutch version it came from R.A.Z.. On page one someone told that in the book from norway, the note came from R.A.S.- in america it's sirius Black, in holland it's sirius Zwarts and in norway he's called siris Svart

Posted by alemke from the Netherlands on October 27, 2006 07:50 AM

I just wonder people why is it taken for granted that Mundungus was stealing from Sirius's house. Isn't it only what Harry and the others assumed? Mundungus himself never said that, did he? I don't know what exactly this would mean but I just wondered, isn't there more about Mundungus than meets the eye. Couldn't he have the locket (if he really had it) and the other stuff on a completely different ground?
One more thing I've been wondering about and I'm surprised no one else mentioned it, as far as I noticed. The silver goblet of course, which Mundungus allegedly stole from Grimmauld Pl. What's the deal with it, why is it not just discussed in Book 6, but also a whole chapter is named after it (Silver and Opals, if I'm not mistaken)? I read some time ago that JKR said that if you were reading Book 6 really carefully, you could guess what another horcrux was. Couldn't this really be the goblet? Really, why otherwise mention it?

Posted by db from Strasbourg on October 27, 2006 2:27 PM

db from Strasbourg, very very interesting. I've never heard Jo's comment about the other horcrux before. Your comment made a light bulb pop on in my head I'll have to go back and re-read...again! That really put a different spin on "Dung" I had always just assumed he was up to no good. In that scene in Silver and Opals doesn't Tonks pop up and pull (magic) Harry off of Mundungus? I assumed it was more or less to keep Harry out of trouble but maybe Tonks was protecting Dung, maybe there is more to it. Thanks for giving us something new to think about!

Posted by tracy on October 29, 2006 11:29 AM

Well... Nobody has confirmed the of Regulus...
It was just the opinion of sirius (what i have interpreted from the books)

Well I also think that Sirius might showup in the book 7 again... As although uptil now nobody has come back from that archway at ministery but still there is the possibility...

The Regulus-Basilisk theory is interesting but not worthy enough....

Posted by Yousuf AkA You.Say.Uff from Karachi, Pakistan on October 29, 2006 12:15 PM

Tracy's comment has rung a bell for me. I think the necklace (silver and opals) might be a horcrux. it would be just like Voldemort to put a piece of his soul in there. Anyone touching it would . You see,the locket was protected by the potion. So the necklace might be protected by that curse.

Posted by Basu from South Pacific on October 29, 2006 5:18 PM

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