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Regulus Arcturus Black: Character Analysis

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A few questions to start with:

1. How did Regulus figure out what the horcrux was, and where?
2. Did he think there was only one?
3. Did he and Sirius fight, get along, or not care about the other?
4. Why didn't he make Kreacher drink the potion again?
5. How did he get Kreacher on his side?
6. Did he die of the potion?
7. Is he now one of the inferi in the cave?
8. Did he truly believe the Slytherin mentality?
9. Do you think that his change of mind was affected by Sirius being a Gryffindor?


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1. I think he must have found out from what kreacher had to do with voldy.

2. I think he believed there was only one because the wording in the note just makes me think that.

3. I think they fought but didnt care for each other, because regulus was everything sirius hated e.g. a death eater, slythering, believed in pure blood rights......etc.

4. He didnt make kreacher drink the potion again because he cared for kreacher and didnt want to see him being tortured, he didnt care about himself dying, because he was involved with voldy too deep to back out.

5. He got kreacher on his side because kreacher believed in wipe out muggleborns and blood traiters at first and so did regulus at first.

6. I dont think he died of the potion, but he died of drowning and whatever inferi do when they catch you.

7. He wont be one of the inferi because and inferi "is a body animated to do the dark lords bidding" This means that voldy would have to come along and do a spell on regulus to make him an inferi, and since voldy didnt know the locket was a fake, he wouldnt know that regulus was there.

8. If this question means like pure bloods should rule, then no, i dont think he truly believed it, he was under a lot of pressure by his parents, and deep down he knew he didnt believe it, but he wasnt strong enough to go against his parents.

9. No i dont think it was, i think that when sirius ran away, they never heard from each other again, and regulus was about 18 when he found out about the locket, and sirius left when regulus was about 15.

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Old July 26th, 2007, 9:44 am
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I was so impressed by Regulus's character. He was noble and self-sacrificing and had the courage of a Gryffindore. Maybe they do sort too soon. Before I read DH, I was certain that Regulus made Kreacher drink the potion. I was so pleased to find out I was wrong. This was the first real time we saw that a Slytherin could love selflessly - a preview of Snape.


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I find the character of Regulus a really interesting one and i hope in the future that JKR may release more about him and his journey.

How did Regulus figure out what the horcrux was, and where?
I've been wondering this. I don't think that Voldemort would have told him that he'd been creating Horcruxes. I think it much more likely that with all the things he knew about Voldemort that after Kreacher returned from the cave that Regulus put two and two together and came up with Horcruxes.

Did he think there was only one?
I don't think so. If i'm keeping with my theory for the first question that he discovered the Horcruxes for himself rather than being told then i believe that he guessed Voldemort wouldn't stop at making just one.

Did he and Sirius fight, get along, or not care about the other?
I remember reading that Sirius said his parents used to argue with him because he wasn't following in the Black family tradition but i don't remember reading that he specifically fought with Regulus. I think it'd be fair to say that as boys they probably argued and fought (as siblings do anyway).

Why didn't he make Kreacher drink the potion again?
What from we learned of his character after Kreacher had been forced to drink the potion the first time, i believe that he would never expect someone else to die for him at that time. I think he regretted being a Death Eater and wanted to go some way towards making up for it by being the one who drank the potion. Not only that, i got the impression that all the Black family used to treat Kreacher fairly (except Sirius) and that was why he liked them and obeyed them without question. Regulus showed Kreacher the kindness and care that Sirius could not.

How did he get Kreacher on his side?
By being nice to him? Not treating him like slime on the bottom of his shoe? Kreacher never seemed to dislike any of his masters except for Sirius and Harry (at first).

Did he die of the potion?
Most definately. No one but Kreacher ever knew he was going to drink it.

Is he now one of the inferi in the cave?
As sad as it is, i think so. I think Voldemort would have placed some kind of spell or enchantment on the potion or cave so that anyone who died there would become another body in the lake

Did he truly believe the Slytherin mentality?
I think he was a product of his upbringing, much like Draco was. It's nice to think that everyone would be brave enough to stand against their family like Sirius did but alas that's not how the world works. I think Regulus was never given a chance to think otherwise until he was older and could see Voldemort and his beliefs for what they truly were.

Do you think that his change of mind was affected by Sirius being a Gryffindor?
Maybe. Maybe knowing his brother had stood up to his family gave him courage to follow through and turn against Voldemort but i don't think it would have been the fact Sirius was in Gryffindor in particular that did it.



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1. How did Regulus figure out what the horcrux was, and where?
I believe this was answered in the book...Kreacher told him.

2. Did he think there was only one?
It didn't seem to me like he knew about others especially since he didn't try to survive after getting the locket.

3. Did he and Sirius fight, get along, or not care about the other?
I don't think they got along. I don't think this is just because Regulus was on the bad side (originally) and Sirius was on the good side. Regulus was kind to Kreacher after all. And as it was said by Lupin I believe in GoF, you can tell a lot about a person by who they treat their inferiors rather than how they treat their equals. I think there were multiple reasons they didn't get along including their feelings toward Voldemort. Maybe if Regulus and Sirius had survived, they might have grown to like each other through their common goals.

4. Why didn't he make Kreacher drink the potion again?
I think this shows that he was a kind person at heart. he was kind to Kreacher. he might have also realized his fate was death either way because he no longer wanted to fight for Voldemort and chose to sacrifice himself. He chose this either out of fear of dying by Voldemort's hand or because Kreacher might have a better chance of destroying it.

5. How did he get Kreacher on his side?
I also think this was answered in the book. He was probably the kindest person to Kreacher around. It does not take Harry very long to get Kreacher on his side once he is kind to him, so I think it was just that simple.

6. Did he die of the potion?
No, he drank the water...he died by having a bunch of Inferi carry him down into the depths...he drowned basically

7. Is he now one of the inferi in the cave?
Probably.

8. Did he truly believe the Slytherin mentality?
That purebloods were better...yea...and I think he believed that it was the wizards' right to rule Muggles, but I don't think he wanted to kill people to achieve it, or wanted to see others, like Kreacher, get used to achieve that goal.

9. Do you think that his change of mind was affected by Sirius being a Gryffindor?
No. I think it just further showed how different they were. I think his mind was changed by Kreacher and by realizing how many people had to die and suffer to achieve those goals.


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Old July 26th, 2007, 8:53 pm
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I cried the most at Regulus's death, because I could not believe how incredibly selfless and self-sacrificial it was. And if he turned against Voldemort because of the way Voldemort treated Kreacher, that says even more. It is almost as if Regulus believed in all that Death Eater pure blood wizard superiority until he saw what it meant. But to give his life in order to protest the treatment of Kreacher?! That is more than Snape and Lily. That beats even Hermione! What would Sirius have said if he had seen what Regulus had done? And how could Regulus do such a great thing?


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1. I agree that he found out from Kreacher what happened.
2. I beleive he thought it was at least the first and did not really anticipate that there would be more since the first was so well protected.
3. Did not get along at least, since Sirius thought Regalus was cowardly he could not have known much about his brother. I would guess not care about each other.
4. Regalus cared about Kreacher. He was willing to give his own life but was not willing to have his elf lay down his. He was doing something he beleived in and by dying doing it, he became a hero. If he made Kreacher do it, he would be stooping down to Voldemort's level.
5. he was Kreacher's master and apparently cared about him quite a bit. Kreacher looked up to him and respected him and Regalus was kind toward him.
6. No, he drowned. He was pulled under by inferi.
7. Probably
8. He beleived in getting ahead by cunning and sneaking. He found out Voldemort's secret using these. Not all people who are sneaky and secretive are evil, these powers can also be used for good.
9. I beleive he did not change his mind until he found out what Voldemort did to Kreacher. I think this was when he decided that Voldemort overstepped the line: he beleived in blood supremacy, but that was not all Voldemort beleived.


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I wish we had learned more of Regulus's story.

1. How did Regulus figure out what the horcrux was, and where?

I think Regulus might have already heard of Horcruxes before Kreacher told him about his visit to the cave, either from possibly Slughorn or maybe some book on the dark arts the Blacks had possession of. I don't think he got it all from Kreacher's story of the cave, because I don't see LV bothering to explain to Kreacher what he was doing. Kreacher would have only known that LV was putting a locket in the basin. Kreacher says that "Master Regulus was very worried, very worried" when he told his tale and that later he came back acting strange or disturbed in his mind. Maybe between these times he put two and two together and realized what LV had done.

2. Did he think there was only one?

Probably, because Slughorn had seemed shocked at the idea of creating more than one Horcrux. Probably no one could imagine more than one.

3. Did he and Sirius fight, get along, or not care about the other?

I think they might have gotten along okay as children even though their personalities may have been different. I would imagine that during the year or two he was at home while Sirius was at Hogwarts, he would have had to listen to his parents complaints about Sirius and the Griffyndors and wanted to please them when he went to school.

4. Why didn't he make Kreacher drink the potion again?

I only see two options here. One: His great love for Kreacher
or Two: Perhaps the death-eaters/LV were already after him and he knew he had no chance against them (I'm leaning towards this one because Kreacher says he came back acting disturbed in his mind; perhaps they were already on to him from something else and chasing him and he wanted to use his final moments to hurt LV in some way.)

5. How did he get Kreacher on his side?

He probably always treated Kreacher nicely from childhood.

6. Did he die of the potion?

Probably drowning by the inferi. I'm a bit confused on this point because in book six DD says that LV would not want anyone who drank the potion to die immediately that he would want to keep them alive long enough to question them. If this is so, then why did the potion make someone thirsty so that they would try to get water from the lake waking the inferi to drag them in to their deaths? Or was DD just saying this to keep Harry from preventing him drinking the potion?

7. Is he now one of the inferi in the cave?

Not sure.

8. Did he truly believe the Slytherin mentality?

Probably, at first anyway. He was very sneaky and cunning afterall. I just wish we knew his whole story.

9. Do you think that his change of mind was affected by Sirius being a Gryffindor?

Perhaps a little in the end. If he saw other Gryffindor's being killed fighting against LV later on, he might have thought about his brother.


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Regulus Black was a courageous young man and I cried when I heard his story.

I guess Sirius was wrong about him and I'm glad Harry and his friends know the truth.


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1. How did Regulus figure out what the horcrux was, and where?
He had to have realized when Kreacher came back from the cave with LV. A house elf's highest duty is to their master, so if Regulus asked him where he had gone and what had happened, Kreacher would have answered him, even if LV told him not to tell. Which, now that I think about it, I am sure he wouldn't have bothered telling Kreacher that because he was sure that Kreacher would die there in the cave.

I think Regulus was pretty familiar with most of the Dark Arts (and therefore Horcruxes) because he was in Slytherin and had always stayed around the Death Eaters. Even if LV never told him or any of the other Death Eaters that he was making Horcruxes, I still think they would have known that they existed. So when Kreacher came home with this story of this locket with all these powerful enchantments on it, it wouldn't have been a far stretch for Regulus to realize what it was.

2. Did he think there was only one?
I do think that he believed the locket to be the only one. As we learned in the HBP, no other wizard had gone as far along the path to immortality as LV, so the vast majority of wizards would assume that only one Horcrux could be made.

3. Did he and Sirius fight, get along, or not care about the other?
I'm sure they fought like any normal siblings, but I would assume that once they got into school, and different houses, they probably just wouldn't associate with one another. It would be embarrassing for a Gryffindor to admit they had a brother in Slytherin, and vice versa.

4. Why didn't he make Kreacher drink the potion again?
His whole attitude toward LV and the Death Eaters changed when he realized what LV had done to Kreacher, so I can hardly see him doing the same thing that so disgusted him in the first place.

5. How did he get Kreacher on his side?
Like Dumbledore said, it is all about how wizards treat "inferior" races. Regulus was nice to him and treated him like an equal (or at least semi-equal). Kreacher, like Dobby to Harry, remembered this and responded to the respect he was shown.

6. Did he die of the potion?
I don't believe he died of the potion, but probably from the Inferi. Although it's interesting to wonder what exactly did happen to him, since the other two times we saw someone drink the potion, they had to pretty much be force-fed it by an outside person. So I assume that he told Kreacher before hand they he had to make him drink the whole thing. Otherwise, Kreacher would have stopped as soon as Regulus said he didn't want anymore. I imagine this was incredibly difficult for Kreacher, it went against everything he believed. To knowingly subject his master to pain and then make him continue to do that which is hurting him. I believe Regulus was simply pulled under the water and drowned by the Inferi when he went to get a drink.

But you wonder why he didn't simply ask Kreacher to get him a drink and then to side-along apparate with him out of the cave when the Inferi came for him...

7. Is he now one of the inferi in the cave?
We can speculate, but it all depends on whether LV cast a spell to make all future victims become Inferi once they died in the cave or not.

8. Did he truly believe the Slytherin mentality?
Initially I believe he did. But it is all a case of nurture vs nature. Eventually his nature (which was compassionate and good) came through and triumphed over his nurture (which told him that only pure blood wizards counted.)

9. Do you think that his change of mind was affected by Sirius being a Gryffindor?
No. I think LV's treatment of Kreacher changed his mind. I don't think he cared enough about his brother to want to emulate him. Otherwise, he would have been on the good side from the beginning.


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Thanks for the thread, Alastor!

1. How did Regulus figure out what the horcrux was, and where?

I don't think he knew what it was, but the 'where' probably came from Kreacher; I imagine that was why he had volunteered Kreacher for the task in the first place.

2. Did he think there was only one?

Maybe, but maybe he wanted to lure in Voldemort, have him believe only one of his horcruxes was recognized. Personally, I think there's a better chance that he thought there was only one; Voldemort was the only person to make more than one. Besides, he would have told Kreacher to continue his work, and Kreacher didn't seem to know that there was more than one.

3. Did he and Sirius fight, get along, or not care about the other?

I think that, for a while, they didn't get along, after Sirius was sorted, but after Sirius was blasted out of the family, I can imagine that they didn't care about each other at all. He may have better understood Sirius at his death, though he couldn't go back then.

4. Why didn't he make Kreacher drink the potion again?

To keep him alive to destroy the horcrux better than him? Because he was going to be killed anyway? Because it would have killed Kreacher? I don't know; all I can say is that he knew he was going to die from it.

5. How did he get Kreacher on his side?

Probably by not treating him as scum; caring for him. Maybe because he believed the Black mentality, also.

6. Did he die of the potion?

I would say so, either from that or the inferi.

7. Is he now one of the inferi in the cave?

Quite probably, yes. I can't imagine what else would have happened to him. Although there is the problem that inferi have to be animated by dark magic, maybe anyone who dies there becomes one...?

8. Did he truly believe the Slytherin mentality?

For a while, at least, I would say so. He, like Draco, was 'brainwashed,' and forced into those beliefs. I don't know if he dumped them later, though. That would be interesting.

9. Do you think that his change of mind was affected by Sirius being a Gryffindor?

It might have helped; wouldn't he, as a younger brother, have looked up to Sirius, at least for a while?


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That part about Regulus really confused me. I don't quite see how he could go from being a death eater, having the fact that he hates muggles, muggle-borns and all blood traitors tattoed onto his skin, to suddenly trying to bring about Voldemort's downfall. Maybe I missed something (which I certainly could have as I was reading a break-neck pace) but I just don't see any reason for someone to get in so incredibly deep one way and then totally reform and go in so deep the other way.


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I liked Regalus's story a lot. I think he was very brave and noble. I would have liked to know, though, what made him change his views and how he figured out what the locket was. It sounds like he was upset at how Voldemort treated Kreacher, but there had to have been more to it than that, even if that was a big part or got him started on a new path.


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I think Regulus' story was a good example, like James Potter, of how we are al flawed but do learn and change through our lives. James became less arrogant, and Regulus realised that the things he'd been raised to believe were not true. It also foreshadows the Snape issue that Slytherins can be very brave too, as Regulus knew that defecting from LV would guarantee his death. His care for Kreacher proved DD right, yet again.


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1. How did Regulus figure out what the Horcrux was, and where?

He knew where it was because of Kreacher, having already been to the cave with Voldemort. But I have no idea how Regulus could have figured out that his master had a Horcrux (Regulus didn’t seem to realise there was more than one). He must have overheard something during that year.


2. Did he think there was only one?

Yes, he thought there was only one – in his note in the locket, Regulus says that he’ll have destroyed the real Horcrux; it doesn’t seem as though Regulus realised there were 6 more Horcruxes that had to be destroyed before Voldemort was mortal.


3. Did he and Sirius fight, get along, or not care about the other?

It’s hard to tell. I don’t think they liked each other to being with, because they were so different. But when Regulus was 17, he had a huge change of heart, so he may have liked Sirius again. Sirius, never knowing his brother sacrificed his life to bring Voldemort down, did not changed his views on his brother.


4. Why didn't he make Kreacher drink the potion again?

Regulus realised the horrible things Voldemort was doing, and I think he felt sorry for the poor, loyal house elf.


5. How did he get Kreacher on his side?

I think just being a full-fledged Black ensured that Kreacher would get along with Regulus. We know that Sirius was as different as possible from his family, so he and Kreacher didn’t get along.


6. Did he die of the potion?

No, it must have been the Inferi that did it.


7. Is he now one of the inferi in the cave?

Yes, probably.


8. Did he truly believe the Slytherin mentality?

Yes, which is why he became a Death Eater. However, I think that, by age 18, Regulus was against Voldemort and what Slytherins believed in


9. Do you think that his change of mind was affected by Sirius being a Gryffindor?

Possibly. Regulus seemed like a pretty happy guy, being on the Quidditch team and all. He took a bad turn at age 16, but reverberated within a year or so. I’m sure it was hard for Regulus to see his happy, popular brother in brave Gryffindor while he was trying to take down Voldemort at such a young age.

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I’m really taking a liking to Regulus. He was very brave. He sacrificed his life to stop Voldemort, without anyone except Kreacher knowing, who was forbidden to say anything. It’s a shame that Sirius never knew the truth about his brother.

Just look at his life: being raised to believe that Voldemort had the right ideas, Regulus joined the Death Eaters when he was 16. When he was 17, he sent Kreacher to Voldemort, but was horrified when he found out what he had done. By the time he was 18, Regulus had figured out Voldemort’s secret, probably all on his own, and right under Voldemort’s nose. And on top of that, since no one ever knew the truth, he was never praised for his work. I suppose Regulus was ashamed of his actions as a Death Eater and felt he had a responsibly to make for what he’d done.

Edit: I was just reading part of the LeakyMug inteview from two years ago, and the answer Jo gave about RAB is pretty ironic:

"Sirius himself suspected that Regulus got in a little too deep."

It was probably unintentional, but Regulus was definitely in "a little too deep"; too deep in the black lake, that is.


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1. How did Regulus figure out what the horcrux was, and where?
After Kreachers story with Voldemort he probably investigated a bit. I'm positive that he had access to literature and information through his family and DE friends.


2. Did he think there was only one?
Yes. We've been told how unlikely it's to make more than one, and the note suggests it.

3. Did he and Sirius fight, get along, or not care about the other?
I like to believe that very deep down they cared. I imagine their relationship to be overshadowed by jealousy too, Regulus because Sirius was the cool popular talented, and Sirius because Regulus was the families golden boy.

4. Why didn't he make Kreacher drink the potion again?
Surprising isn't it? But important. It showed respect for the elf.

5. How did he get Kreacher on his side?
Same way than Harry I guess. By kindness.

6. Did he die of the potion?
No. He got killed by the inferies.

7. Is he now one of the inferi in the cave?
No. Who would have transformed him?

8. Did he truly believe the Slytherin mentality?
Yes. He might have believed in pureblood supremacy, and he surely was a Slytherin, cunning, rule breaking, etc.
What he didn't believe in was mass murdering and torture. But that's not a Slytherin trait.

I'd like to remind here that Slytherin is not equal racism. Slytherin is not equal evil and DE.

9. Do you think that his change of mind was affected by Sirius being a Gryffindor?

I think that question is the most complicated.

Why did he change his mind? Treatment of Kreacher? I doubt it. He comes from a family with the habit of beheading elves, so he was used to elf cruelty.

Sirius? It might have helped to see that there are other options.

Finding out about the horcruxes? Maybe. Maybe he thought that this was going too far. Strange though to sacrifice your life for that.

Was he ordered to do something he didn't want to? Possible too, after all JKR says that there are paralells between Draco and Reggy.

I really hope JKR clears that up a bit better.


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I wish Sirius knew the truth about Regulus. He died a brave man not a Death Eater. I loved his relationship with Kreacher too.

1. How did Regulus figure out what the horcrux was, and where?
I think he knew Voldemort enough to figure that out and if not Kreacher's story must have confirmed any doubt he had.

2. Did he think there was only one?

Yes I think it's pretty clear from the note he left in the locket.
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To the Dark Lord

I now I will be dead long before you read this but I want you to know that it was I who dicovered 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.
If he thought Voldemort would be mortal after the locket was gone I am sure he thought that was the only one.

3. Did he and Sirius fight, get along, or not care about the other?
I don't think they got along. From what Sirius tells Harry in OotP Regulus was everything he hated - Death Eater, liking Pure-Bloods, Slytherin.

4. Why didn't he make Kreacher drink the potion again?

He loved Kreacher and he would never make him do that. Besides, he knew he would be killed soon enough anyway so he might as well die here.

5. How did he get Kreacher on his side?
Kreacher loved Regulus and everyone in the Black family except Sirius. Regulus treated Kreacher well so obviously Kreacher returned the love and respect. I don't think Kreacher ever left his side...he loved Regulus enough to do whatever he told him to do happily.

6. Did he die of the potion?
No. The Inferi were there for that.

7. Is he now one of the inferi in the cave?

As much as I hate it, he probably did...remember when Harry was being pulled by the Inferi he thinks he would become a part of the dead army after dying.
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he knew there would be no release, that he would be drowned, and become one more dead guardian of a fragment of Voldemorts shattered soul...
8. Did he truly believe the Slytherin mentality?
At first I think, since he was brought up that way and being in Slytherin house must have added to it but later I think he realised what was right.

9. Do you think that his change of mind was affected by Sirius being a Gryffindor?

I definitely think it must have helped him, knowing that his brother was on the good side.


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I would haveliked to have heard more about Regulus.Seems like his character would make a great discussion.I would want to know what happened to turn against voldemort,or if maybe his sole reason for joining was to try and bring him down.Would have been interesting.


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1. How did Regulus figure out what the horcrux was, and where?
Kreacher told him where it was and took him there. Kreacher's description of a locket hidden by elaborate protections probably gave Regulus a clue as to what it was - with Voldemort's none-to-cryptic hints about overcoming death adding to the evidence.

2. Did he think there was only one?
Yes, I don't see any reason why he'd suspect Voldemort made more than one.

3. Did he and Sirius fight, get along, or not care about the other?
Sirius thought Regulus was an idiot and was probably quite condescending towards him. Regulus probably wanted to play up his status as the favourite son and tried to be a bit more devoted to pure-blood ideals than he maybe actually was.

4. Why didn't he make Kreacher drink the potion again?
I think Regulus genuinely liked and respected Kreacher and knew he'd die anyway for deserting the Death Eaters so wanted to save Kreacher's life.

5. How did he get Kreacher on his side?
I don't think he had to really, Kreacher was on his side anyway simply because Regulus was his master.

6. Did he die of the potion?
No, I think he drowned in the lake of Inferi.

7. Is he now one of the inferi in the cave?
I expect an Inferius has to be bewitched in some way, so no.

8. Did he truly believe the Slytherin mentality?
I think he did but did not truly believe the Death Eater mentality.

9. Do you think that his change of mind was affected by Sirius being a Gryffindor?
No, I think his change of heart was to do with not really having the Death Eater mentality and specifically seeing how Voldemort was really using that cause for his own gain at the expense of innocent house-elves.


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Here's a very important excerpt from JKR's recent webchat!

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Hayleyhaha: Why did regulus have a change of heart

J.K. Rowling: He was not prepared for the reality of life as a Death Eater. It was Voldemort's attempted murder of Kreacher that really turned him.
Out of the entire chat, this is the one answer that startled me. Regulus left the Death Eaters because Voldemort nearly killed Kreacher. That seems to imply a high respect for house elves and a close friendship with Kreacher. This seems odd in a Death Eater, and it's the first thing I've heard about Regulus which makes me interested in him.


Oh, and JKR answered how Regulus learned about the Horcruxes: Voldemort couldn't resist bragging about his 'life ensurance' and Regulus figured out the method for himself.


EDIT: Judging from the posts, most of you won't be surprised about the Voldemort/Kreacher thing. I must reread, I think--I didn't get that the first time around...



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