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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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Thanks Tracy.

I'm really pretty sure there's more about the cup. As far as I remember, it's also mentioned in Book 5 in a scene in Grimmauld Place when Mundungus is said to be curious about a silver goblet of the Blacks. And then it (or another identical goblet) appears again later, and a whole chapter is named after it. Fishy, if you ask me. I am really curious what's the meaning of this scene with Harry and Mundugus, because here should be some.

I'm pretty sure about that comment of JKR. I don't remember where I read it but I remembered it and when I was re-reading the book I was thinking - what could it be. Frankly, I don't see anything else possible. Or at least I think the goblet is much more curious than the necklece for instance because the necklace had a role in the plot and the goblet didn't and still it's dealt with extensively. Well, the Blacks are an ancient house, aren't they, isn't it possible that there was a famous wizard within their ranks to whom the goblets belonged...

Posted by db from Strasbourg on October 30, 2006 10:03 AM

If Kreature had given the locket to Narcissa, she might give it to Harry or Snape. I believe that Narcissa is good. See my supporting arguments under Snape's comments.

Posted by Lindsey from Indianapolis, IN on November 2, 2006 08:45 AM

I think that R.A.B. is Regulus Black because I heard that Regulus' middle name is "Arcturus".

Posted by Eva from Wadgassen, Germany on November 3, 2006 05:25 AM

I have a question concerning Dumbledore and Harry in the lake full of inferi. Dumbledore mentions to Harry that two full grown wizards in the boat would not be wise since the inferi would recognize the amount of magical power in the boat, or that the boat itself would,that since he was an underage wizard, they would not recognize his power. Also, Dumbledore mentions after they get to the fountain that he would need help drinking the liquid since it would affect him and he would not be able to continue by himself. So we come to the conclusion that two people are needed to get to the horcrux.
Now, whoever destroyed the original horcrux in the fountain, the mysterious R.A.B.(Regulus Black, of course), would also need a second entity with him to get to the horcrux, someone underage or something not a wizard. Since he is from the House of Black, who better to bring with him than Kreacher, his family's house elf. And now that Sirius has d and all the remnants of the House of Black belong to Harry, including Kreacher, who better for Harry to extract some possible vital information from? He is bound to obey Harry.
If this proposal is true, then once Harry realizes who R.A.B. is, the logical conclusion is to ask Kreacher about it, did he help do it, what was the horcrux, was it destroyed, did he know what or where the other horcruxes were? I have not seen anyone mention this theory in any posting, would like some feedback.

Posted by MIke McGrath from Columbus Georgia on November 3, 2006 5:59 PM

I think Dumbledore is SOOO not , Snape is not evil and also that Fawkes is/was Dumbledores horcrux.Also i think that either Kreacher or Mundungus has Slytherins locket, because Mundungus stole from Sirius's house and the locket may have been stolen by Sirius's brother Regulus Archer Black hence the R.A.B at the end of HBP. Which would be why he was ed.

Posted by Morgan from New South Wales, Australia on November 3, 2006 7:51 PM

I almost know for sure it is Regulus. I agree with one of the other commenters, about the other language initials of Reg. In Dutch Sirius Black is Sirius Zwarts. The initials of R.A.B are R.A.Z. It�s pretty obvious to me. I think when Regulus realised what being a DE meant, he wanted to get out(like sirius said)and maybe help the Light.He somehow found out about the Horcrux,he is a black after all,and we know Sirius is a smart guy,and got ed for it.I think it's either at Grimmauld Place or maybe his vault or.. Bourgins.Hmm.About the Initials, I checked out the family tree at wikepedia,and several names come back multiple times,sirius,regulus,arcturus,
In an interview about R.A.B
Rowling: "Well, I think that would be, um, a fine guess.".
Melissa: "Forgive me if I'm remembering incorrectly, but was Regulus the one who was ed by Voldemort?"
Rowling: "Well Sirius said he wouldn't have been because he wasn't important enough, remember?"
Melissa: "But that doesn�t have to be true, if [R.A.B.] is writing Voldemort a personal note."
Rowling: "That doesn't necessarily show that Voldemort ed him, personally, but Sirius himself suspected that Regulus got in a little too deep. Like Draco. He was attracted to it, but the reality of what it meant was way too much to handle."
Well. that was my guess on R.A.B

Posted by YourPersonalPotter from The Netherlands on November 4, 2006 05:33 AM

I also believe that R.A.B. is Regulus, we've all discussed this at work. I loaned several of my co-workers the books so they wouldnt have to go just on the movies. I also believe that L.V. does not realize that at least three of his horcruxes are gone. The diary, the ring, destroyed and the locket missing. I say Harry and friends NEED to go back to 12GP to search through Kreachers junk again, they may find it. Though on second thought he might know about the diary, wasn't he a bit upset at L. Malfoy for using it before he was told to? Isn't that the reason L.V. "recruits" Draco to take his fathers place? Or was it just punishment for getting caught at the ministry and through thier actions there destroy the prophesy? Would appreciate input on this. Also what about the "Award for special services" that Tom Riddle recieved could that be another horcrux? Think about it where else would be a safe place to store it than in the Hogwarts Trophy cabinet. Protected but easily accessable.

Posted by susan bowyer from lakewales fla on November 6, 2006 06:43 AM

Tom Riddle won the award for special services to the school for catching the person who was responsible for opening the chamber of secrets (Hagrid). He was still a student then, it's unlikely he was making horcruxes that early.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on November 6, 2006 06:55 AM

Great idea from Mike from Columbus about Kreacher helping Regulus. It gives another possible connection between Regulus, the locket found at Grimald Place, and Kreacher. And Mundungus could have stolen the locket but it would have been a nice little item for Kreacher to have stashed away in his cupboard nest, especially if he had helped Regulus retreave it. Elf powers seem pretty strong, would Kreacher's elf power be equal to that of an adult wizard? Are Elf powers mentioned in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find? And the Riddle's award would seem to make be a good horcrux if it was a plaque or something.

Posted by Rhonda from Pomona on November 6, 2006 10:48 AM

For me it's certain that R.A.B. is Regulus Black. In the dutch version it's R.A.Z and that stands in my opinion for Regulus Zwarts wich is the dutch name for Regulus Black.

Posted by Geert from Holland on November 7, 2006 07:46 AM

I've been thinking about DD saying that people have been thought to be who are not. Morty's not likly to be lied to( he can "read"minds) so who ever told him Regulus was , assuming it was reported to him, had to believe they actually saw Regulus .
What if, some one with a particularly focused mind were to verbally SAY one spell, but non verbally CAST another spell?
Such a person would have to be concentrating really hard and would most likely have what amounted to a very unpleasant look on his... I mean thier face.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 9, 2006 11:05 AM

iam surprised that no one has mentioned why ollivander the wand maker disappeared. maybe voldermort wants him to make him another wand. the strongest wand in the wizarding world and when the final battle comes, there not be another priori incantetam. kreacher might have the real locket. i think one of the weasleys in book 7. what if voldermort uses mrs weasley's fear of her chilren drying [when she was confronted by a boggart,it turned into her children's bos] to this advantage to force her to tell him where harry is. because remember they have no security since harry wilnot be living with them. remember she is very vulnerable since bill has been bitten, the twins are in diagon alley, charlie is in romania. I think some people close to harry betray him. harry might in the final book with vodermort when they both curse each other with the avada kedavra curse and no priori incantetam happens

Posted by hafsa from virginia, us on November 10, 2006 4:49 PM

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