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{{Quote|Fight, fight for my master, the defender of the [[house-elf|House elves]]. Fight the [[Tom Riddle|Dark Lord]], in the name of brave Regulus! Fight!|[[Kreacher]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
{{Quote|Fight, fight for my master, the defender of the [[house-elf|House elves]]. Fight the [[Tom Riddle|Dark Lord]], in the name of brave Regulus! Fight!|[[Kreacher]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
'''Regulus Arcturus Black '''([[1960s|1961]] – [[1979]]), also known as '''R.A.B.''', was a [[pure-blood]] wizard, born to [[Orion Black|Orion]] and [[Walburga Black]], and the younger brother of [[Sirius Black]]. He attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] in [[1972]] and was sorted into the [[Slytherin]] house. Regulus became a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] in his youth, but defected when he found what [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] would do in order to reach his aims. Regulus also learned about [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|one of]] Voldemort's [[horcrux]]es, and decided to destroy it. He was killed after acquiring [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]] in [[1979]].
===Family life===
{{Quote| parents, with their [[pure-blood]] mania, convinced that to be a Black made you practically idiot brother, soft enough to believe them... He was younger than me, and a much better son, as I was constantly reminded...|[[Sirius Black|Sirius]] telling [[Harry Potter]] about Regulus.|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
Regulus was born in 1961 into the wealthy, pure-blooded [[House of Black|Black family]], as the youngest son of Orion and Walburga Black and younger brother of Sirius Black. It is assumed that he was named after his great-uncle, also named [[Regulus Black I|Regulus]], and his paternal grandfather, [[Arcturus Black III|Arcturus]]. Relatives included [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], a loyal [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s, [[Andromeda Tonks]], who married a [[Muggle-born]] and was subsequently disowned by the family, and [[Narcissa Malfoy]], who married Death Eater [[Lucius Malfoy]].
[[File:Regulus_on_Tree_4.jpg|thumb|Image of Regulus Arcturus Black on the Black Family Tree]]
Regulus' parents considered him to be much different from his older brother Sirius. Although Sirius was the older son and heir, he didn't whatsoever follow the [[House of Black|Black family]] traditions, unlike Regulus. Their parents disapproved of this, and Sirius was later sorted into [[Gryffindor]] house when he attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. Following this, Sirius left home at the age of sixteen and was subsequently disowned and burned from the family tapestry by his parents like Andromeda Tonks was. Regulus, on the other hand, was admired by his parents for his loyalty towards his family and their traditions.
===Hogwarts years===
[[File:1970sSlytherinQuidditchTeam.jpg|200px|left|thumb|Regulus (front right) with [[Horace Slughorn]] (front left) and other members of the [[Slytherin Quidditch team]].]]
Regulus, unlike Sirius, was sorted into [[Slytherin]], and became a member of his house [[Quidditch]] team. Harry Potter discovered a photograph of Regulus' team years later, which suggested that he played as [[Seeker]], based on the seating.<ref name="DH">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref> He was a member of the elite [[Slug Club]]. He went to Hogwarts from about [[1972]] to [[1979]].
===Life as a Death Eater===
{{Quote|They're all about Voldemort. Regulus seems to have been a fan for a few years before he joined the Death Eaters…|[[Hermione Granger]] on the collage of news clippings in Regulus' room|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
From a young age, Regulus admired Lord Voldemort and made an ambition to become a Death Eater in later life. Regulus had photos and articles of the Dark Lord and his followers from newspapers hung in his bedroom near a painting of his family crest during his childhood. Regulus received the [[Dark Mark]] around the age of sixteen, which his family approved of as Voldemort was seen as striving to achieve [[pure-blood]] supremacy over other wizards and [[Muggle]]s. Even though his parents were never Death Eaters themselves, they agreed with many of Lord Voldemort's own beliefs.<ref name="OTP">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref>
After becoming a Death Eater, Regulus began to consider abandoning his Death Eater title, partly because his master mistreated and intended to kill the Black family's loyal [[house-elf]] [[Kreacher]], whilst setting up the security measures for [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|one of his Horcruxes]].<ref name="DH" />
[[File:R.A.B._letter_to_the_Dark_Lord_pertaining_to_the_Horcrux_Locket.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Regulus' letter to Voldemort.]]
===Discovery of Voldemort's Horcruxes and death===
{{Main|First Skirmish at the Horcrux Cave}}
{{Quote|He was murdered by Voldemort. Or on Voldemort's orders, more likely. I doubt Regulus was ever important enough to be killed by Voldemort in person. From what I found out after he died, he got in so far, then panicked about what he was being asked to do and tried to back out. Well, you don't just hand in your resignation to Voldemort. It's a lifetime of service or death.|[[Sirius Black]].|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
By [[1979]], Regulus had begun to have doubts about serving as a Death Eater, but was reluctant to act. One day, Voldemort asked Regulus for the use of his house-elf, Kreacher. Voldemort used Kreacher to test the defenses around his [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|locket Horcrux]], leaving him to die afterwards. Kreacher was able to escape using house-elf magic, and told Regulus of what had happened.
This was the deciding factor in Regulus' defection. He took a duplicate locket and placed a note inside for Voldemort to find, then ordered Kreacher to take him to where the real locket was hidden. Kreacher guided Regulus past the cave's defenses. At the island with the basin of [[Drink of Despair|potion]] containing the locket, Regulus ordered Kreacher to take the locket once the potion was gone and replace it with the fake one, then escape without him and find a way to destroy the Horcrux. Regulus drank the potion himself, and when he tried to get water from the lake to quench his thirst, he was dragged to his death by the [[Inferius|Inferi]]. Kreacher obeyed his master's orders and switched the lockets before escaping. However, despite his best efforts, he was unable to destroy the Horcrux.
Regulus's father, [[Orion Black|Orion]] also died sometime in 1979.
''"To the Dark Lord,''
''I know I will be dead long before you read this but I want you to know that it was I who discovered your secret. I have stolen the real horcrux and intend to destroy it as soon as I can. I face death in the hope that when you meet your match you will be mortal once more."''
''R.A.B ''
--Regulus' letter to Voldemort hidden in the locket.
[[File:Regulus A. Black.jpg|200px|left|thumb|Regulus depicted as a skeleton on the [[House of Black#Family Tree|Black family tree]].]]
The true circumstances of Regulus's death were entirely unknown to the members of his family, as he had asked Kreacher to keep the events at the cave a secret, this being safer for the family.<ref name="DH10">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 10 (''Kreacher's Tale'')</ref> Sirius Black, not knowing the truth of the matter, came to believe that Regulus had simply gotten in too far and was killed for trying to back out of being a Death Eater.<ref name="OP6">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 6 (''The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black'')</ref>
In [[1997]], Kreacher told Harry Potter, [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]], and [[Hermione Granger]] of Regulus' attempt to destroy the Horcrux, having been there himself, as the trio also sought to destroy Voldemort's Horcruxes. They then realised that Regulus was ''R.A.B.'' that was signed on the note to Lord Voldemort. Following this, Harry gave Kreacher the counterfeit locket that Regulus had replaced the real one with, showing Harry's own respect for the house-elf. Kreacher later earned this respect by subsequently showing more respect towards Harry, Ron and Hermione. The real locket was later destroyed by Ron Weasley with Gryffindor's Sword, finally accomplishing what Regulus had set out to do.
During the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Kreacher, having rallied many of the school's house-elves to assist him, ordered them to fight for Regulus, wielding knives against Death Eaters' knees and shins.<ref name="DH" />
==Physical appearance==
Regulus has been known to have resembled his older brother, with the black hair and haughty good looks common to their family history. Harry Potter made an opinion that Regulus was "smaller, slighter, and rather less handsome" than Sirius.<ref name="DH" />
==Magical abilities and skills==
* '''[[Quidditch]]''': Regulus played as [[Seeker]] for the [[Slytherin Quidditch team]] during his time at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]].
* '''Magical Knowledge''': Regulus was intelligent and knowledgeable enough to know what [[horcrux]]es are, dark arts of the highest levels that only very few would ever know, and even deduced that Voldemort made one, when no other Death Eaters of the highest loyalty ever knew. He also managed to slip past the defences that Voldemort placed on the locket and managed to retrieve it, though at the cost of his own life.
==Personality and traits==
Regulus, having been sorted into Slytherin house, was eager to show similarity with his parents, unlike Sirius, who would rather show difference. Regulus' parents had a preference of pure-blooded wizards, so it is assumed that Regulus took after them whilst growing up. Regulus' room was full of Slytherin banners, unlike Sirius, whose room was full of [[Gryffindor]]'s. Regulus, like his parents, admired [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], and believed that he was a great [[Dark Wizard]]. However, after he became a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]], he realised how desperate his master was to reach his goals, showing that Regulus had high morals in spite of his general beliefs. Regulus later discovered the Dark Lord's creation of [[Horcrux]]es, and what they meant. Having turned against his master, he decided to destroy them, sacrificing himself, which showed his bravery and his selflessness, as well as he commanded Kreacher not to tell his family what had happened, to ensure their safety. This showed how much he cared for Kreacher and his family, including Sirius, despite their estrangement thus showing how much of a caring person he was. Regulus also respected his family [[house-elf]], [[Kreacher]]. The character was among those of many who believed that Voldemort would be destroyed by the [[Harry Potter|Chosen One]].
[[File:Sirius_Black.JPG|thumb|left|200px|[[Sirius Black]], Regulus' brother.]]
Regulus and his parents, [[Orion Black|Orion]] and [[Walburga Black|Walburga]], had a good relationship. Because his brother, Sirius, didn't share his parents' ideology, their parents told Sirius that "Regulus was a better son than him". Regulus' parents were very glad that their son was sorted into [[Slytherin]] house and that he became a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] after leaving [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. However, Regulus' parents were shocked when they learned what [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] would do to achieve his aims.
[[File:Bellatrixpromo.PNG|thumb|right|150px|[[Bellatrix Black|Bellatrix]], his cousin.]]
Regulus and his older brother [[Sirius Black|Sirius]] didn't have a good relationship after their respective Sortings, in part because Sirius was sorted into [[Gryffindor]] house. Sirius also disliked Regulus because of his ambition to become a Death Eater, but he was unaware that Regulus later attempted to destroy one of Voldemort's Horcruxes. Sirius regretted how young his brother died, and wished Regulus hadn't been as soft to go with what their parents told him to do. Sirius originally speaks of his younger brother with derision though his feelings are later softened.
Regulus' relationship with other family members, such as his cousins [[Bellatrix Lestrange|Bellatrix]], [[Andromeda Tonks|Andromeda]] and [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]] is unknown. Its likely that he got along well with Bellatrix and Narcissa, since they all supported pure-blood supremacy and were involved with the Death Eaters. It is possible that he and Andromeda weren't close, because the latter was considered a [[blood traitor]] for marrying [[Ted Tonks]], a [[Muggle-born]]. She was also removed from the [[Black family tree tapestry]]. Regulus may have had a good relationship with Bellatrix and Narcissa, both of whom had a pure-blood obsession. However, Bellatrix was a fanatically loyal [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] who would die for [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]. She was also among Voldemort's most sadistic followers. Regulus started to hate her, when he started to hate Lord Voldemort, too.
===Lord Voldemort===
{{Quote|To the Dark Lord. I know I will be dead long before you read this, but I want you to know it was I who discovered your secret. I have stolen the real horcrux and intend to destroy it as soon as I can. I face death in the hope that when you meet your match, you will be mortal once more. R.A.B.|Regulus Black's letter to [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]].|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
[[File:OOTPVoldemort.jpg|thumb|200px|[[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], Regulus's former master]]
Regulus admired [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] from an early age, having the same ideology as the Dark Lord. Voldemort thought Regulus was a loyal servant, as he trusted him enough to ask Regulus to lend him [[Kreacher]], his [[house-elf]]. Voldemort wanted to test his magical protections, and went with Kreacher to the [[Horcrux cave]]. When Voldemort ordered Kreacher to drink a [[Drink of Despair|potion]], the house-elf obeyed. Voldemort left the house-elf to die, and left the cave, laughing at Kreacher. However, the house-elf Disapparated, and told Regulus what had happened. Regulus decided that he didn't want to serve Voldemort any more, and also discovered that Voldemort had created many [[horcrux]]es. Regulus went to the cave with Kreacher in order to take [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]], and drank the potion. He then ordered Kreacher to take the locket and leave. Regulus didn't manage to destroy the [[horcrux]], but was the first person who learned about Voldemort's horcruxes.
[[File:Kreacherlocket.jpg|thumb|left|150px|[[Kreacher]], his [[house-elf]].]]
[[Kreacher]], the [[house-elf]] of the [[House of Black|Black family]] was very loyal to Regulus, who always treated him with kindness. Kreacher respected Regulus very much, and he served [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] when the latter asked Regulus to lend him a house-elf. In fact, Voldemort wanted to test the magical protections of [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|one of his horcruxes]]. Voldemort ordered Kreacher to drink a [[Drink of Despair|potion]], and the house-elf did so. Kreacher suffered when he drank the potion, and he wanted water to quench the burning thirst that resulted. He tried to take some from the lake nearby, but he was caught by [[Inferius|Inferi]]. However, as Regulus had asked him to come back after he had accomplished Voldemort's task, Kreacher Disapparated and told Regulus what had happened. Voldemort's treatment of Kreacher and the knowledge of his horcruxes troubled Regulus deeply, eventually causing him to turn against his former master. Knowing that he could not leave the Death Eaters and live, Regulus asked Kreacher to take him back to the [[Horcrux cave]]. This time it was Regulus who drank the potion. Having made Kreacher promise that he would not tell Walburga about any of this, Regulus switched the lockets and told Kreacher to leave and take the Horcrux locket back. Suffering from the insane thirst caused by the potion, Regulus was dragged under and killed by the [[Inferius|Inferi]] in the lake. Kreacher was devastated by Regulus's death. It was the knowledge that Harry, Ron and Hermione were endeavouring to do the same thing as Regulus which brought Kreacher onto Harry's side. He fought the Death Eaters of Voldemort in [[1998]], during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] in Regulus's name.
Members of [[House of Black|the Black family]] and their history seem to have made a tradition of naming their children after stars and constellations. In Latin, ''regulus'' means "little king" and was one term for a [[basilisk]]. As a name, it has also been applied to the star [[Wikipedia:Regulus|Alpha Leonis]], which is situated at the heart of the lion in the constellation Leo. Regulus was also the family name of a Roman general, Marcus Atilius Regulus, who was known for his honour and self-sacrifice.<ref>[ Wikipedia: Regulus]</ref> [[Wikipedia:Arcturus|Arcturus]] is also a star, in the constellation Boötes. It is derived from Ancient Greek meaning "bear guardian". It is also possible that Orion named Regulus after his grand-uncle, [[Regulus Black I]].
It is interesting that in the Russian version of the book, Regulus initials translated as "Р.А.Б.", that sounds like "раб" ("slave" in Russian).
==Author's comments==
[[J. K. Rowling]] compared Regulus to [[Draco Malfoy]], his first cousin once removed, who also became a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] at a young age and eventually defected. Like Draco, Regulus "got in a little too deep... He was attracted to it, but the reality of what it meant was way too much to handle".<ref>[ 16 July 2005 MuggleNet and The Leaky Cauldron interview Joanne Kathleen Rowling: Part II]</ref>
==Behind the scenes==
[[File:Rabdarklordletter.gif|thumb|300px|The note inside the [[Regulus Black's locket|fake locket Horcrux]].]]
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', it is established that Regulus was killed by the Inferi in Voldemort's [[Horcrux cave]]. But in ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', the way Sirius describes Regulus' death implies that he was killed by the [[Killing Curse]]. However, Sirius' information came second-hand, and whoever told Sirius of Regulus' death did not know exactly how he died, barring the possibility that Kreacher was the one who told him.
**Similarly, the [ glossary] on the [[Scholastic]] official website, which appears to have been complied before the release of ''Deathly Hallows'', claims that Regulus was killed by his fellow Death Eaters.
*On the [[House of Black|Black family tree]] depicted in the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Regulus' picture is depicted as a skull.
*[[Hester Black]] was depicted in a similar way.
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', Regulus was portrayed by [[Tom Moorcroft]] in Slughorn's photograph.
*J. K. Rowling stated in an interview that Regulus learned of Voldemort's Horcruxes because the Dark Lord indirectly let it slip, like he did in the Little Hangleton Graveyard. Subsequently, Regulus was intelligent enough to realise what it meant.<ref></ref>
*Interestingly, from 1937 to 1971, there was a Justice of the United States Supreme Court named Hugo Black. Black, in his youth, was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, but when he was on the Supreme Court, his literal interpretation of the Bill of Rights and his theory of incorporation often translated into support for strengthening civil rights and civil liberties. Late in life, Black would admit that joining the Klan was a mistake and said ''"I would have joined any group if it helped get me votes"''.
*There is another possible connection between Regulus Black and British politician [ Richard Austen Butler]who was known to his friends as "Rab." In the 1930's, Butler was stongly linked with the policy of appeasement towards Nazi Germany. Later, he claimed that he supported appeasement simply as a way to buy time for Britain to prepare for war. Once war broke out, Butler was involved in the highly secret planning for resistance in case of a German invasion of Britain, and was designated to serve as a regional leader of the resistance movement if that became necessary.
*In ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]'', when Harry opens the fake locket, a hologram of Regulus appears and blows a raspberry at him to which Harry reacts by throwing the locket off the balcony.
{{Imagecat|Images of Regulus Black II}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' {{1st Mention}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)]]'' {{Comment|Appears on Black family tapestry}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' {{Mention}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]'' {{Photograph}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' {{Mention}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'' {{Mention}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)]]'' {{Mention}}
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''
==Notes and references==
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