Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a fantasy novel written by J.K. Rowling. Part 1 resolves the riddle of R.A.B. in an anticlimactic sequence that fails to honour Regulus Arcturus Black’s sacrifice, one of Slytherin’s greatest unsung heroes. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, which consists of seven books as well as anthologies of supplementary Wizarding World content, is well renowned for its diverse characters and interrelated narrative aspects. Everything in the Wizarding Universe is interconnected, and elements, even inconsequential side characters, frequently reemerge with surprising significance. One such persona is the enigmatic R.A.B., the author of a message to the Dark Lord discovered by Harry Potter and his pals inside a false replica of Voldemort’s Horcrux, Slytherin’s Locket.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione realise in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that the Horcrux discovered in The Crystal Cave and recovered by Harry and Albus Dumbledore was a forgery. When Slytherin’s Locket was unlocked, all that was within was a cryptic message. The message written by the mysterious “R.A.B.” describes how the author learned Voldemort’s secret, identified the true Horcrux, and planned to destroy it. The three had no clue who R.A.B. was or if they had succeeded in destroying the Horcrux – or, if not, where Slytherin’s true locket may be.
The puzzle of R.A.B. is solved in the early chapters of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Harry, Ron, and Hermione seek sanctuary in the abandoned Grimmauld Place, formerly the Black family’s house and the headquarters of the second Order of the Phoenix. The trio finds that the strange note’s author is none other than Regulus Arcturus Black, Sirius’s younger brother and a former Death Eater under Lord Voldemort. Even though the mystery of R.A.B.’s identity has been solved, there are still some unanswered issues concerning the scenario that The Deathly Hallows Part 1 fails to address. Fans of the films who have not read J.K. Rowling’s book series may never learn the actual storey of Regulus Arcturus Black unless they, like many others, believe that the film fails to adequately explain his part in the search for Slytherin’s Locket.
Who Is R.A.B.?
The tale of Regulus Arcturus Black is given a whole chapter of elaboration in the book edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Lord Voldemort had asked Regulus for the use of his house-elf, Kreacher, and Kreacher was transported to the Crystal Cave, according to the Black family house-elf. Voldemort compelled Kreacher to drink the Horcrux-protecting potion to guarantee that his defensive enchantments on the Cave were sufficient. Lord Voldemort put the Horcrux and left Kreacher for death after Kreacher completed the potion. Before the Inferi could pull Kreacher away, he used his house-elf power to escape and inform Regulus of what had happened. Regulus’ departure from the Death Eaters was influenced by this.
Kreacher tells Harry, Ron, and Hermione in a poignant chapter that had the typically crotchety house-elf in tears that once Regulus realised what Voldemort had concealed in the Cave, he set out to take it. Regulus returned Kreacher to the Cave, but took the potion himself, leaving him debilitated when the Inferi struck. As Regulus was being brought to his doom, he gave Kreacher the command to grab the Horcrux, flee the Cave, and destroy it. Kreacher was forced to comply and allow his Master Regulus to die, even though he was never able to destroy the Horcrux.
Regulus, unlike his rebellious brother Sirius, felt obligated to live up to the Black family name. He became a Death Eater at an early age and was the only member of the Black family to show Kreacher any love. Though there is considerable debate as to why he chose to betray Lord Voldemort, Regulus recognised that his sacrifice may be critical in bringing the evil dictator down.
Why Regulus Black Is Slytherin’s Most Underappreciated Hero
The information of Regulus Black’s biography left out of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 prove him to be one of Slytherin’s greatest unsung heroes. Rowling’s Wizarding World website provides insight into why Regulus may have defected, noting his disenchantment with the Dark Lord’s harsh methods, anger at the Dark Lord’s scorn for so-called lower creatures, and confusion about the Dark Lord’s objectives (which he may have initially presumed to be for the benefit of Pureblood families like himself). In any event, Regulus was a young guy who was brainwashed into a way of thinking that he subsequently found the fortitude to reject, even at the risk of his life.
Although the reasons surrounding Regulus’ choice to betray Lord Voldemort are unknown, Kreacher’s experience in the Crystal Cave was decisive. Regulus Black’s motivations are so akin to those of Rowling’s other prominent Slytherin, Severus Snape. Snape’s motivations for safeguarding Harry Potter in the years building up to the saga’s dramatic conclusion have been both idealised and condemned. On the one hand, his character is lauded as the best of misunderstood Slytherins since he plays the villain for years before becoming one of Dumbledore’s most trusted friends. Snape’s motivations for safeguarding Harry Potter, on the other hand, are related to his lingering love/obsession with Harry’s late mother, Lily. As a result, Snape’s devotion to Harry’s well-being and ultimate sacrifice to prevent the Dark Lord might be viewed as a highly one-sided, selfish purpose.
Though Snape may not have done anything heroic to be appreciated, he did make certain that his narrative of unrequited love was told so that his character might be restored. Regulus Black’s narrative of sacrifice, in which he was motivated only by a sense of duty and morality, was kept secret for over 20 years. Based on motive alone, Regulus is a more selfless hero than Snape. Regulus Black is one of the most heroic Slytherins in J.K. Rowling’s tales, regardless of how he compares to Severus Snape, thus it’s a shame that even a brief explanation of the truth about R.A.B. was not included in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.