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A Potter Prediction

July 18th, 2005 · 62 Comments

I just want to get this on the record now, before it’s conventional wisdom: At the end of the most recent Harry Potter book, one mystery left unresolved is the identity of a certain “R.A.B.” who (so as not to spoil the ending) let’s just say appears to have betrayed Lord Voldemort in a pretty serious way. I think it’s pretty clear that this has got to be Regulus Black, a former Death Eater presumed killed when he tried to back out of service to Voldemort and brother to the late Sirius Black (Harry Potter’s godfather). We know Sirius Black had an Uncle Alphard who left him some money and a house (12 Grimmaud Place, HQ of the Order of the Phoenix), and knowing the emphasis wizards put on family, it’s scarcely a stretch to imagine Sirius Black’s brother’s full name as Regulus Alphard Black.

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62 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Scruff // Apr 10, 2006 at 4:51 pm

    Snape had a huge crush on Lily? Posted by: Narcissismo … read it … has JK been posting under an alias? 🙂

  • 2 jack // Apr 26, 2006 at 6:40 pm

    you never know what j.k is going to throw at us. the books give her so many chances to introduce new characters.she did the same thing with slughorn and lupin and sirius and so many more others. its just so hard to speculate and that is why i choose not to try and make predictions

  • 3 Whammo // May 4, 2006 at 4:25 pm

    I just finished re-reading HBP last night and read here with great interest all about R.A.B and Slytherin’s locket. No one has mentioned the Locket that made Katie Bell freak. Dumbledore confiscated the box and gave it to Snape to discover it’s properties as DADA teacher. It obviously contained a powerful hex but disappeared shortly after Katie went to St. Mungos. Could this be Slytherin’s real locket and the other (kept hidden by Dumbledor’s brother) a fake or a diversion?

    I do not believe that Regulus is still alive, but if he is truly RAB, he believed he would die before all the horcruxes were found. The note sounds as though RAB is leaving clues for a successor to follow.

    One more clue from the end of book 4 that no one has mentioned: Dumbledore: “Harry, you saw your parents last night.” Then he mentions a latin term I cannot remember at the moment. He is referring to Cedric, James, Lilly and others that came out of Voldie’s wand when he and Harry were dueling. These people spoke to Harry as if they were still alive and James/Lilly helped Harry escape the graveyard. I think Dumbledore has a hunch about this strange phenomenon. Could this be a clue to who is going to help Harry in book 7?

    I am holding out hope that Snape is, in fact, good and that Harry will not have to die. After all, Snape did give Harry the clue near the end of the flight about closing his mind. But at the very least, Harry will have to chose between the death of Voldemort or the death of one of his closest helpers; a reformed Snape perhaps.

    As with all good stories, Love will have to triumph. It’s been too much a running theme throughout all the books to not be.

  • 4 HP fan // May 30, 2006 at 10:43 pm

    I have a REALLY bad feeling that Harry himself is one of the horcruxes. “None can live while the other survives.” Did Voldemort somehow make Harry a horcrux when killing his parents? I know that everyone thinks Harry is going to die, but I will be MISERABLE if that happens! What are everyone’s thoughts on that?

  • 5 SXCmisspotter // Jun 20, 2006 at 10:41 am

    I think that Dumbledore isnt dead cause at the funeral he flew away as a phoinex!

  • 6 zoe // Jun 22, 2006 at 1:14 pm

    RAB??? Hurcrux’s??? Dumbledor alive or dead???
    Snape good or bad??? Now, i am a big hp fan and i have learned that we’ll just have to wait and see, when ever that may be. So for god sake give it a rest.
    Good theories by the way. : )

  • 7 Bean // Aug 25, 2006 at 5:38 pm

    I just wanted to add that when Malfoy’s mom and Snape were locking arms for The Unbreakable Vow, it was the first time he’d been asked to continue Draco’s mission if he were not to succeed. The book mentions him hesitating, then agreeing.

    Dumbledore can communicate through his portrait at Hogwarts, but I don’t think he’ll be able to offer much there.

    Snape cast the killing curse on Dumbledore with Harry’s wand; if they were to use Priori Encantantetm (sic?) with it, Dumbledore could prove Snape’s loyalty.

    He was a weak old man, and he had gotten weaker from the destruction of Marvolo’s ring and the potion guarding the locket. It was best for him to die.

    One thing, though: If Snape IS bad, Harry’s in a crapload of trouble. Snape was boredly, casually deflecting all of Harry’s spells at the end of the sixth book.

    I really don’t want Harry and Voldemort to be Smith and Neo #2. I’ve tried to figure out the timing of how Harry could do it, if Harry has to kill him. It is said that Voldemort’s body is the last Horcrux, and that it has been killed (weakened) before. It seems to me that if any Horcrux remains unbroken, his body will only be in a weakened state, even if Harry were to kill himself after putting Voldemort in the weakened state.

    Doesn’t Harry have to deal with the fact that Voldemort also consumed unicorn’s blood?

    Anyway, maybe Rowling will write a light happy book that some of the others hint towards where love prevails and Voldemort discovers his need for friends and everyone is forgiven and Harry and Ginny marry blah blah blah.

  • 8 Anonymous // Sep 18, 2006 at 3:03 am

    Two things — First, I agree that RAB is Reg. Black and that he took Kreacher with him. RAB could NOT have done it alone because Dumbledore says to Harry that he couldn’t have done it alone. He says that the task was designed so that one could not do it alone (someone had to force the other to keep drinking) yet the boat could only hold one wizard. Harry asks how it is holding them both and D says that he is underage so his magic isn’t registering. That is why it has to be either an underage wizard with RAB or a house elf, Kreacher?

    2nd — In one book, Harry is looking around Diagon Alley and sees a lone wand on a velvet cushion in the window of Olivander’s. Then, in Book 6, Olivander has disappeared, the place is wrecked and the contents of the window are gone! Could it have been Rowena Ravenclaw’s wand? It must be special as it was the only one in the window!
    Liz from Sydney, Australia

  • 9 Someone else // Sep 20, 2006 at 1:41 am

    I think Harry will lead Voldemort to a life with Christ.

    On a serious note, Dumbledore was ANCIENT. Nicolas Flamel, age 665, had to have made the sorcerer’s stone, at the very latest, at 120. The first book says that Dumbledore was his accomplice.

    He definitely needed to die.

  • 10 THE CsHiRe CaT // Sep 28, 2006 at 1:00 am

    ok snape was told by the forbeden forest that he had to do it and hagred comfermed it and malfoy was not gonna kill him and and for RAB the inatials are the same in the foren books as well the are matching to the changed names as for crookshanks beinng regulas i dont think so he would hit me as more of a mung and if anyone of you wants to talk potter hit me up

  • 11 nloven // Oct 28, 2006 at 8:48 am

    wasnt it mentioned at some point that people who die can only become ghosts if they have some sort of unfinished buisness, well maybe then dumbledore will come back as a ghost, and seeing as the other ghosts in hogwarts can talk and do everything (excepting eating etc.) he could come back as a ghost and help harry through his quest – he certainly has a lot of unfinished buisness doesnt he?

  • 12 Myster // Jan 20, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    the sorting hat is a horcrux !….and i think zoe’s ideas are wrong. i also think petigrew will save harry . and zoe is still wrong