It's that time again. Time for the latest theory
for Harry Potter or, more specifically, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood
Prince. In our last discussion [Rab's Identity
Revealed!] we pointed out that R.A.B. was most likely Sirius's brother
Regulus Black. During the second half of the discussion we moved on to who
could possibly have the Locket Horcrux that Dumbledore and Harry set out
for in the first place. All we do know is that somebody did have it, and
they left a note with the 'initials' R.A.B. [Regulus]. But, before we begin,
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Disclaimer: If you have not read AND finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood
Prince you should stop reading now. Some spoilers are ahead, but I
won't go into who died in the sixth book. However, some of the suggestions
could tip you off to events in the sixth book, making it a better option
to not read any of what's below.
Now that this is past us, let's take a look at who or where the Locket Horcrux
can now be.
The Case of the Locket Horcrux
In Sirius', now Potter's, Home
This is the biggest bet and the most likely origin
to the Locket Horcrux. We know that Regulus used to live here and was still
welcomed by his parents. Regulus either never placed the Horcrux in Voldemort's
desired location or was able to get passed the safeguards to grab the Locket
at a later date. The Black's do have some gifted blood, but it is unknown
if Regulus would of had the abilities required to pull the Locket from the
magical liquid. Therefore, the idea has been put forth that Regulus was
assigned the task of placing the Locket Horcrux in its location, but decided
to place the note instead; keeping the locket as his own.
Regulus then ran to his parents with the Locket Horcrux and left it in the
Sirius home. We have already encountered a similar locket during chapter
six of The Order of the Phoenix when the Order and kids were cleaning up
the house. Upon discovery of the Locket inside a glass case, none were able
to open it. Sirius then placed the locket in a designated area of goods
to be thrown out.
Is this the Locket that Harry and Dumbledore originally set out for? Most
likely, but what happened to it? Is it still in Harry's inherited home?
Mundungus Snatches the Locket Horcrux
As of right now, Mundungus Fletcher is the biggest
culprit to who may have, or had, the Locket Horcrux. Though The Order trusted
Mundungus, all still admitted that he was sort of a rat. And a rat he was.
In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry encounters Mundungus
selling artifacts from his godfather's house. Did Mundungus happen to take
the Locket set for disposal? If he did, did he sell it or keep it for himself?
We have four branches we can go on for this one. Either Mundungus didn't
steal the Locket, he currently has it, sold it to anybody who would purchase
it, or sold it to the barman from the Hog's Head named Aberforth Dumbledore.
Harry's first mission will be to check the house and, if the Locket is missing,
head out to confront Mundungus.
But what if somebody else, or some other creature, stole the Locket long before Mundungus? That little bitch of a
Kreacher Collects 'Trash' and Locket
Being unable to open the Locket, Sirius designated
the object *cough* Horcrux to be thrown away [OotP]. Though digging
through trash would be a bitch, what about the house-elf Kreacher? Wasn't
he jacking stuff set to be thrown away all the time? Maybe he saw value
in the locket and kept it for himself. Maybe he even witnessed the considerable
value that the Sirius family placed on the locket.
Now that Kreacher is under the service of Potter [remember he forced Kreacher
to follow Malfoy], he could just run back over to Hogwarts [Kreacher works
in the kitchen] to find out if he knows anything about it. Kreacher is a
definite possibility, further proving the genius behind JK Rowling's ability
to create multiple outs for herself and her characters.
If Kreacher did happen to snatch the locket before it hit the trash, then
maybe Dumbledore was right about this annoying creature still serving out
a purpose. Kreacher would be an easy solution for Harry, as all he would
have to do is command Kreacher to get the Locket for him.
Above are the three most likely sets of options on where The Locket could
probably be residing. However, there is one more option. Though reaching
it is, you have got to hear this one out.
Regulus Black Still Wears the Locket
What! I know, sounds crazy. I would first like to thank 'Elizabeth Smith' for pointing out this little detail to me.
What if Regulus Black was able to get into the cave, grab the Horcrux Locket,
put it around his neck, but never get out alive? Let's take a passage from
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince before I continue [pp. 565-566]:
"Professor?" he said finally. "Do you
think the Horcrux is here?"
"Oh yes," said Dumbledore. "Yes, I'm sure it is. The question is, how do
we get to it?"
"We couldn't... we couldn't just try a Summoning Charm?" Harry said...
"Certainly we could," said Dumbledore, stopping so suddenly that Harry almost
walked into him. "Why don't you do it?"
"Me? Oh... okay..."
Harry had not expected this, but cleared his throat and said, loudly, wand
aloft, "Accio Horcrux!"
With a noise like an explosion, something very large and pale erupted out
of the dark water some twenty feet away; before Harry could see what it
was, it had vanished again with a crashing splash that made great, deep
ripples on the mirrored surface. Harry leapt backward in shock and hit the
wall; his heart was still thundering as he turned to Dumbledore.
"What was that?"
"Something, I think, that is ready to respond should we attempt to
seize the Horcrux."
After the shock:
"Do you think we're going to have to go into the lake?"
"Into it? Only if we are very unfortunate."
"You don't think the Horcrux is at the bottom?"
We later learn that 'that something' was a dead,
or undead, person reacting to Harry's Summoning Charm. However,
we also hear that these dead wizards [and muggles?] should not be active
until Harry and Dumbledore get their hands on the object at the center of
the lake. Harry also has his doubts, and questions if he and Dumbledore
will need to go in to the depths of the lake to recover the Horcrux. Could
Harry have been right? Remember, JK Rowling allows her characters to give
us blatant hints sometimes. For example, take the hint during Goblet of
Fire when the kids say that, during the mess at the campsite, Winky looked
as if being dragged by an invisible person. She was being dragged by a person
in an invisibility cloak! But, to continue...
What if that corpse we saw breach the surface of the lake was not any corpse,
but the corpse of Regulus Black? Why would this single body react to the
summoning charm, unless this same body was wearing the same Horcrux that
Harry was tring to summon? Imagine, Harry fires the charm, the Horcrux reacts,
but is also pulling the body wearing it. Harry, expecting only a small object,
did not fire a spell strong enough to carry other objects with it. We can
also say that Harry, shocked from the body exiting the water, was somehow
able to release the Horcrux from his charm.
Is it possible? Who knows! But it would have been shear genius by JK Rowling if she did/does it this way. We now have multiple options for where the Horcrux is and this one is easily the least likely. So wouldn't that make it the most likely?
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