Podcast Question of the Week – Episode 160

We get the How – but what about the Why?

The story of how Regulus got the locket, and how Kreacher failed to destroy it, is revealed to all in this chapter. What is not revealed is what made Regulus change his tune and defy Lord Voldemort. There are a lot of theories as to this – there is implied evidence in this chapter that the treatment of Kreacher plays a part in his decision – but as far as we can remember, it has never been elaborated on or confirmed by Rowling. What event do you think pushed Regulus over to the “light side”?

Let us know what you think in the comments below or by sending us an Audioboom!

  • Well, people forget how nasty and horrible Malfoy was before he started to question his own ways. Why does Regulus have to be any different? Regulus was 16 years old when he left to join the Death Eaters! Same age as Malfoy. The ways of the Dark Lord must not be all it is hyped up to be, and Regulus saw the light. He was raised by the Blacks, just as Draco was raised by Narcissa, a Black herself. Although we see evidence of Regulus basically worshiping Voldee and the dark arts in his room, things must not be what he was expecting once he got into the group.

    (This may have been addressed in the podcast, but it’s not out yet, so I don’t know!)

    • I definitely compare Regulus’s change of heart to Draco’s. I think they both had subscribed to their parents’ views and ideals for so long that they took it as fact. But when they actually saw these ideologies put to practice, they realized how brutal and wrong it was.

      The difference is that Regulus actually crossed the line of taking action, whereas Draco did everything he could to blend in and just survive. Though two very different approaches to dealing Voldemort, but they were both very Slytherin responses. One of the most defining characteristics of a Slytherin is “resourcefulness,” and I think Regulus took the steps to defy Voldemort purely due to his knowledge the Horcruxes; he knew a surefire way to kill Voldemort. Slytherins are very calculating in their decisions, and I don’t think Regulus would have taken the steps to defy Voldemort had he not known about the Horcruxes, just as Draco didn’t do anything even though he knew Voldemort was in the wrong. Draco saw no hope that a solution to killing Voldemort was possible, so he defaulted to survival mode because of his affinity for self-preservation. Regulus did see a solution, however, and his used his cunning and calculated planning to save those around him, Kreacher included. So I think the discovery of the Horcruxes, and therefore the discovery of a plan to destroy Voldemort, was the defining event that pushed Regulus to action.

      Now the real question, in my eyes, is how did Regulus find out about the Horcruxes? Would Voldemort have openly shared that information with him—or anyone, really?

      • I don’t think Regulus ever did find out about the Horcruxes. He about just the one and his letter makes it sound like he believes destroying just this one will destroy Voldee.

        What’s also interesting is that you point out how Draco doesn’t take any action to defy Voldee, yet his mother, another Black, does!

        • Well, he definitely found out about at least one—the locket—which is evidenced by his note in the faux locket left in the cave. But I think even if he thought there were only one Horcrux, it was still enough to push him to action because he still saw a solution to defeating Voldemort.

          As for Narcissa, she saw a short-term solution to save her family and GTFO by lying to Voldemort about Harry’s state of death. I don’t think she lied purely for the fact to defy Voldemort—it was for the sake of her family. However, I also don’t think this makes her any less brave than anyone else who stood up to him because it was a very risky thing to do. But I don’t think she would have done this if she hadn’t seen a way that it would benefit herself or her family. If Harry hadn’t let her know that Draco was safe, she probably would have told Voldemort he was still alive because it would have been the best option to keep her and her family safe, in her eyes.

  • Silverus Snape

    What do bug me, is what Kreacher tells the trio “…Master Regulus was strange, not as he usually was, disturbed in his mind, Kreacher could tell…”. This makes me think that maybe Regulus was under the Imperius Curse. But who put it on him? At first I thought that maybe it had been Voldemort himself. That Voldermort somehow found out that Kreacher had gotten away from the cave, and told Regulus what had happened. Voldemort would have made sure that Regulus had died in the cave, and of course Kreacher would not be able to open the locket, or tell anyone about what had happened. And now the locket would be in some random house that no-one would think of if they ever searched for his horcruxes. But, then why would Voldemort later in the book go look in the cave to see if Harry had gotten to that horcrux? Maybe the fact that Regulus acted “disturbed in his mind”, was just due to the fact that he had made up his mind, that he was resolute, and knew that he was about to die. But I find the idea that he was under the Imperius Curse more intriguing 😉

    • Felix Scamander

      If I was going to do something like that, I’d be shaky as hell. Yup, he was probably just and determined that he was going to sacrifice himself.

  • WizardorWhat

    I had always thought that the reason for Regulus’ version was quite simple – Horcruxes are unusually evil, even for dark wizards. This is why ordinary Dark Arts books refuse to give instructions on them, and why making multiple Horcruxes is completely unprecedented despite millenia of wizarding history. I think that Regulus was shocked to discover that Voldemort was evil enough to make a Horcrux, and decided to thwart him (hence the contents of his note). I was fortified in this conclusion by Regulus’ note ‘to the Dark Lord’ in the locket – if he had some other reason, I would have expected him to include it so that Voldemort would know why he had been betrayed.

    As with most racists, however unpleasant they are, I don’t think that ‘Dark’ wizards truly, properly, regard themselves as evil. I think that they see themselves as superior, and entitled to rule inferior beings, but not as malevolent. Making a Horcrux, however, is clearly, uncompromisingly evil, and I can see this as lifting the scales from Regulus’ eyes. But I can imagine Kreacher’s treatment as helping with this – unpleasant things happening to someone Regulus loved might have helped convert Regulus’ shock at Voldemort’s depravity into something more like hatred and a desire for revenge.

    • Eileen_Prince/Jones

      reading your comment made me think of something…so as you say, making a horcrux is uncompromisingly evil even for other dark wizards…I guess I was just thinking…not sure how to explain my line of thought….so murder is ok, which is actually what rips your soul making it possible to make a horcrux, but the act of taking your ripped soul and using it to become immortal is where you cross the line? I guess I’m trying to understand the thought process behind these people’s brains, which is probably useless because most dark people probably have something wrong with them that makes them think its ok to do what they do….? anyways, just an interesting thought I had while reading your comment :o)

      • HowAmIGoingToTranslateThis

        why is murdering a person to make a horcrux worse than murdering a person for another reason? I believe it has to do with the exact process of making a horcrux, which is said to be very disturbing. And there are persons who may say that in some cases killing a person can be justified – I am not one of them – but killing for the purpose of making oneself immortal seems like a very selfish thing to do.

        • Felix Scamander

          Also, you have to proud at what you’ve done. Isn’t that steadily hinted at?

  • Gryffindork

    Kreacher tells the Trio “Master Regulus always liked Kreacher.” I think Regulus and Kreacher had a very close relationship. It must have been exceedingly lonely for Regulus growing up, abandoned by his brother. His room contained no letters or pictures from friends, just signs of personal accomplishment like his Quidditch position. It’s easy to imagine him befriending Kreacher. There is even evidence that this genuine friendship was two sided. Regulus’ room was locked after it had been searched. Who would lock only that room? Kreacher would, wanting to protect the memory of his friend.

    Regulus tells Kreacher serving the Dark Lord will honor the house elf, not just the family, specifically Kreacher. Instead Regulus learns Voldemort would casually discard the life of his best friend. I don’t think Regulus saw the light and decided to turn away from dark magic, I think he wanted revenge on Voldemort for attempting to murder Kreacher.

    • grangerdanger

      Very good point!! I agree with you.

  • George’s Holey Ear

    Regulus’ change of heart towards Voldemort, always struck me as rather odd. Kreacher describes Regulus as being “very worried” and “disturbed in mind”, he joined Voldemort at an age when he would have been most impressionable and i’m guessing Voldemort, in order to recruit such young people, would have given a very straightforward but appealing outline of what his objectives were. With that being said I think it’s very important to think about Voldemort’s ambitions before he learned of the prophecy.

    I imagine that before his sights were solely set on Harry, which, despite causing the deaths of many people, remained fairly confined in terms of global impact. His initial grand plan and its outcomes which Regulus somehow discovered, must have been so heinous to the point, where he believed that neither he or anyone he cared about would, in the long run end up benefiting. I always assumed that what we end up reading about in Deathly Hallows literally only scratched the surface on the terrible things that Voldemort would have eventually ended up doing.

    Lastly, i can’t imagine Regulus being the only follower to question or turn against Voldemort (or evil) once they realized the magnitude of their obligations: for example, there’s Draco, Snape, even Dumbledore during his time with Grindelwald, arguably even Pettigrew and his silver hand. Which ultimately brings me to this quote ‘It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.’ …and Regulus when push came to shove, made his choice.

  • Nina

    I think Regulus identified with Voldemort’s ideology, but then became disillusioned after witnessing his methods. That’s not so unusual – many who end up opposing regimes or groups are previous supporters. Take for instance members of the White Rose, who were executed in Nazi Germany for their campaign against Hitler. Some of them had been previously excited about the regime and group leaders in Hitler’s Youth. I think Regulus was an immature boy who probably read about blood purity, ethnic cleansing, collateral damage etc. and didn’t realize the full implication of these terms. It’s strangely topical, I’m sure many of the people in America and Europe who leave their safe homes to fight in Syria will suffer a similar fate as Regulus right now.

  • Eileen_Prince/Jones

    I remember that Sirius said that his parents were Voldemort supporters, that they liked what he was about, but they weren’t actual Death Eaters. So, Regulus grew up hearing about how great Voldemort is, how he has the right ideas. He probably didn’t hear all of the gruesome details of exactly what Voldee was doing, his parents might not even had known, the prophet might have been keeping things from the public even back then. Its like they only read the top of the resume, the part that states what their goals and ideals are, but they didn’t read the bottom part of the resume, where it shows the job history, and voldemorts would have a lot of murders, tortures and more.
    Regulus wanted to impress his parents so he joined up. He was basically joining his idol’s club. When he got there he saw how self involved Voldee was and that he would do anything to further himself, but that he didn’t care about his followers. He is willing to send people on suicide missions, and Voldee doesn’t even try to say its for honor, or for furthering their ways. For voldee it’s you’re going to do this because I want you to, and if you don’t I’m going to kill you anyways. You can share the same ideals as someone but just not like how they operate.

    And actually rereading the note that Regulus left in the locket it doesn’t say that he disagrees with Voldees ideals…it says he found out his secret and he wants to destroy it so that when he meets his match hopefully they will be able to destroy Voldee….maybe Regulus had in mind another ‘dark lord’ that maybe was a more ‘compassionate’ (using that word even though how can you be compassionate when you are so hateful to majority, idk) leader to their followers. and someone mentions in another post that even other evil people think that making horcruxes is going too far, so maybe Regulus finding out about horcrux made him think that Voldemort was an unfit leader for their cause.

    So I guess what I’m saying after all of that rambling is that maybe Regulus didn’t go over to the ‘light’ side, that maybe he was thinking of improving the situation of the ‘dark’ side.

    • Casey L.

      Fascinating idea!

    • Felix Scamander

      And what would have happened if Voldemort was a sugar-coating leader, who did try on say things were for honour, and smothered his followers with praise? All great (that is, good great and Ollivander great) leaders did this sort of thing, and it led to a lot fewer uprisings/betrayals/coups, etc. Voldemort’s bluntness may have, in the long term, come back to bite him.

  • Jaye Dozier

    One thing that I always found especially interesting is the way Sirius described his family, and his brother in relation to them: “I hated the lot of them: my parents with their pure-blood mania, convinced that to be a Black made you practically royal… my idiot brother, soft enough to believe them..” Sirius calls his brother “soft” – which suggests to me that he was impressionable and over-eager to please. It seems that Regulus felt things deeply, which explains his dramatic actions in both signing up to be a Death Eater and sacrificing himself in order to pave the way for Voldemort’s death. Regulus was basically raised in the mindset of a royal, bred to believe his bloodline was more “elite” and “pure”, and by signing up as a Death Eater, he believes he is basically inheriting his birthright to rule over others. It isn’t until he actually escapes the brainwashing of his family and sees the “cause” firsthand that he realizes what horrors he has signed up for. I think Regulus probably had been doubting his decision to join Voldemort for a while, but the treatment Voldemort put Kreacher through was icing on his fed-up cake. We know he genuinely cared for the elf, and perhaps Kreacher and Regulus bonded so much because in a way, they were both brainwashed by the same family. One could also make the comparison to Snape – both bravely defied the cause they originally signed up for once they realized on a personal level what following Voldemort actually meant (in their case, losing the ones you love or watching them suffer), and worked to defy that cause from within enemy lines. I wish Sirius could’ve known just how much he and his brother really had in common in the end.

  • DeathEaterInTraining

    I think Regulus must of thought the Dark Lord was in the right when he first joined and the closer he got to the Dark Lord, he must of got scared of the length the Death Eaters would go through to please the Dark Lord. Regulus was also only 16 when he joined, and being raised by his mother (Walburga Black) and the rest of his family (Except Sirius), that must of pushed him to join the Dark Lord. When the Dark Lord told Regulus to find him a House Elf and saw what the Dark Lord made Kreacher do(drink the poison in the Basin), Regulus had a change of heart and wanted to try and destroy the Dark Lord to stop him from gaining anymore power.

  • HowAmIGoingToTranslateThis

    When Kreacher returned to Grimmauld Place after Voldemort had forced him to drink the potion in the cave, he was weak, suffering, scared. He had escaped death, but not by far. Regulus must have met him upon his return, and was shocked by the pitiable state of the elf. This is not something he is used to seeing. The chopped off heads of the house-elves he walks by on a daily basis have always been there, he has never really recognized them as proofs of cruelty. But now his idolized Dark Master has inflicted pain on his friend, and nearly killed him. Regulus can’t believe it at first, so he sets out to learn what is going on, and the truth hits him hard.
    He has been loyal to a tyrant who will stop at nothing to pursue his personal goals. It’s not about heritage or about peace, not for the greater good. And at this point it becomes personal for Regulus, too.

  • RoseLumos

    On the chapter discussion I was talking to someone about Sirius’s “breaking point,” as in the day he decided that he didn’t agree with his family’s pure-blood mania. I said that it must have happened when Sirius was young because even on the first train to Hogwarts he seems to already broken off in some way. Someone else suggested that it could have been something as simple as Sirius playing outside with a Muggle child and realizing how similar they were and how his parents were wrong. I wouldn’t be surprised if Regulus had a similar epiphany, just much later in life. Perhaps he feel in love with a Muggle or was helped in a time of need by a kind stranger. Or, maybe, he had a “Dudley moment” and saw himself for what he really was. Maybe he saw all the death and destruction around him and realized that he was responsible for harming fellow human beings, whether they were magical or not. Whatever the cause, it’s interesting to see that Sirius and Regulus didn’t appear to be as different as they appear. On another note, too many people have a lot of Slytherin hate and state that “there is no good Slytherins.” We know that isn’t true and we often list good people like Slughorn, but I think more people need to recognize Regulus and his heroic act.

    • Felix Scamander

      “I sometimes think we sort too soon”

  • FwooperTunes

    I’ve always had a fascination with Regulus since his personality was not fully developed in the series, which is completely understandable in terms of plot and importance. I like to imagine Regulus who did admire and value Voldemort, eventually leading to his induction as a Death Eater, but who also had a secret that changed his perspective. What has the ability to turn someone’s life upside down? Love. Maybe Regulus had gone to Hogwarts and met a wonderful girl whose alternate views on life led to a change of heart and values. Regulus dismisses her when he devotes himself to the darkside. Afterwards, he is joining the cause but his heart is never completely in it– because part of his heart still lies with the girl. He realizes that he needs this woman in his life and cares for her, more than he needs Voldemort and a anarchical wizarding war. She tells Regulus of why the Dark Lord’s plans are wrong and unjust; and he realizes she is right. It is interesting to tag Sirius as the jokester and Regulus as a lover. (you can be both bad ass and a romantic at the same time!). My theory is almost similar to James Potter’s transformation that Lily inspired. Maybe the whole “power of love” dynamic would be overplayed in the series, but I can’t resist romantic storylines.

  • hermyweasley

    During this reread, I have started noticing comparisons between Regulus and both Draco and Percy. Draco of course was attempting to live out a future that had been built for him since he was a boy. Seeing as his parents (mostly Lucius) were such strong influences on Draco’s decision making during his time at Hogwarts, he took the path that was easy. Regulus certainly could have been in a similar situation considering the Black family ancestry and all that it stood for. There is no doubt in my mind that Regulus was taught the same values that Voldemort believed, making it an easy decision to become a Death Eater. What better way to make his family proud? Draco and Regulus both “saw the light” once they realized just how far Voldemort was willing to go in order to stay in power. .

    As for the Regulus/Percy connection, they had a similar level of ambition albeit for differing sides. Percy wanted recognition and influence regardless of the level of danger his family was in toward the end of the series. Regulus sent his house elf to do Voldemort’s bidding without a second thought, I can only imagine this act was designed to raise himself up as a loyal follower in Voldemort’s eyes. Eventually, both Percy and Regulus wise up and realize that some things are more important than power such as family or a chance to undo a terrible choice you made.

  • Casey L.

    It seems possible we’ve already read the answer to this question. In the first chapter of this book, Voldemort tells Bellatrix (Regulus’ cousin, incidentally), “Many of our oldest family trees become a little diseased over time. You must prune yours, must you not, to keep it healthy? Cut away those parts that threaten the health of the rest.” Bellatrix answers yes, at the first opportunity, but maybe a 16 or 17-year-old Regulus though of his brother or maybe even cousin Andromeda, heard Voldemort say something like that and thought, “WHAT?!” After all, as much as he might not agree with their opinions, they are still his brother and his cousin. Add that to the incident involving Kreacher, who he obviously cared very much for, and his eventual realization that Voldemort had made at least one Horcrux, and you’ve got a recipe for a young, possibly soft-hearted person to turn away from the Death Eaters.

  • TheAmazingBouncingFerret

    I think Regulus had similar ideas to Dumbledore´s in his Grindelwald days. That purebloods were actually superior to other people and creatures and that it was their duty to take over and run the world to make it better somehow. He bought the “greater good” concept, basically, and not surprisingly, since, unlike Dumbledore, he had that drilled into his brain since birth. What happened to Kreacher was not just close to home, because I believe that if that’s all it was, he would have gotten scared and tried to get out, but instead he sacrificed himself to stop Voldemort. His treatment of Kreacher shattered any naive and romanticized thoughts he might have had about the new regime, and opened his eyes to the fact that this was not about the greater good and the stronger people ruling over the weak for their own benefit, but Voldemort’s personal power, and that he saw everybody else as disposable to achieve that. Then his own guilt made him do what he could to fix it. I know it seems far-fetched that anyone would ever think Voldemort cared about anything other than himself, but this happened in the early days, so his reputation probably wasn’t as terrible as later, and it seems a likely story that he might have told his first followers.

  • Yo Rufus On Fire

    I’ve got to bring up Hitler.

    The connection between Hitler and Voldemort is well know, but how they are connected goes so much deeper then Hitler persecuting Jews and Voldemort persecuting Muggleborns. Like Voldemort Hitler also had people in his rankings that turned sides and tried to kill him. Operation Valkyrie comes to mind, but there is another assassination attempt that I think falls closer to Regulus.

    There was a man named Axel von dem Bussche who was a Captain in the Germany army under Hitler. He had witnessed a Schutzsaffel planned massacre of more than 3,000 Jewish Civilians. This experience traumatized him so much that it actually turned him against Hitler. he joined a resistance group and decided that he could justify killing Hitler because he ordered massacres like the one he had witnessed and many others.

    von dem Bussche planned a suicide mission to assassinate Hitler. Hitler was ready to inspect the new winter uniforms for his Army and since von dem Bussche had the ideal “nordic” look to him that Hitler liked, he would be an ideal model for the inspection. His plan was hide a landmine deep in his trousers and when he went to embrace Hitler it was detonate killing Hitler and himself. he had signed up to be a volunteer so he could carry out him mission, however Hitler postponed the event several times and in ended up canceling the even all together so von den Bussche could not carry out his mission.

    How does this relate to Regulus Black? Regulus joined Voldemort when he was young and was a faithful servant. But when Kreacher came back and told Regulus what he went through and explained what Voldemort was doing, Regulus switch sides. But Regulus knew that the only way out was death. But he would not go down without a fight. He hatched a plan that take down Voldemort, or at least injure him enough for someone else to come in and defeat him. I do not think that Regulus knew about all of the horcruxes, I believe he only knew about the locket. It states in his note that he has stolen the locket, and plans to destroy it so that the next time he meet someone (in this case Harry) that Voldemort will be able to be defeated.

    I think these two people are very similar because they both served under a leader whose punishment is death. They both witnessed (or heard) of the terrible things that their leader was doing which changed their beliefs and in turn they decided that it was time to kill their leader. Both of them devised a plan to sacrifice themselves to save the rest of the world. von dem Bussche was ready to commit suicide to kill Hitler and Regulus went steal the locket knowing that he would not survive his trip. Both men where never found out. None of von dem Bussche’s officers that knew of the plan betrayed him and told Hitler. And Kreacher was the only one who knew the real story about Regulus and he never came clean to Voldemort the act by his master.

    I find this connection very interesting and it just shows how deeply Voldemort is connected to Hitler.

  • ChocolateFrogRavenclaw

    ​I don’t think one event could persuade someone like Regulus to alter his entire life path. Ultimately, I think it was the fact that his parents were not death eaters and while they supported the idea behind what Voldemort was doing, they may or may not have explicitly told Regulus all the details. A young person with big dreams, Regulus probably thought joining the movement right at its center would not only make his parents proud, but would give him purpose and direction. Something we can’t forget is that even though Sirius was incredibly different from his family, he and Regulus were raised in the same house. This brings up the issue of nature versus nurture and while I believe that the reason Sirius was on the “good” side has a lot to do with his nature, I think Regulus had some of the same traits. He wasn’t as brave or as outspoken as Sirius, but deep down, I don’t think he ever truly agreed with murdering people. His ability to be easily influenced led him on the path to becoming a death eater, but his core, at the very end, with an unfortunate and horrific reminder int he way Voldemort treated Kreacher, he knew that the movement was not a positive one. In his actions to defy Voldemort, we see how Regulus and Sirius are related and the basic traits that make them brothers. While Sirius seems to hate his family, this makes me want more information on how he and Regulus were raised because for both of them to end up defying Voldemort, there must have been at least one or two redeeming qualities in their childhood and how they were parented.​

  • ILoveLunaLoveGood

    This question is definitely intriguing. Kreacher’s telling of it gives us hints and clues. Perhaps it was simply a Malfoy-type conversion, along with the mistreatment of Kreacher and the worry/anxiety that brought.
    However, there is a stark contrast between the tone of Kreacher’s retelling of a worried, anxious, pacing Regulus and the more Gryffinpuff-Regulus that we get from the Message in the Locket itself.

    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.

    That is Bad Ass. That is cocky, committed, determined, confident and selfless.

    We are fairly sure that Lucius, Bellatrix and Regulus werent told that the items were Horcruxes. Regulus, presumably, had to go out of his way to find this information out. He also had to get through the cave, where, granted he had the information Kreacher could give him but still…

    This is not a message or an act Malfoy would have written or done. This sounds more like Sirius than Malfoy. Which begs much wider questions regarding their particular relationship and how he viewed his older brother.

    Id say his change of heart was slow, Kreacher’s treatment helped but im convinced that something else must have happened to push him over the edge into outright rebellion, defiance and sabotage.

    We know the Potters barely escaped Voldy 3 times, perhaps at least one of those times involved Sirius, perhaps he kept an ear out for stories of Sirius’ escapades and was able to view Sirius’ bravery in a positive light.
    Im sure there is decent fan fiction out there of Sirius bravely fighting off Death Eaters to save some innocent bystander or victim (or the Potters), Regulus may have got wind not only of the heinous act(s) Death Eaters were committing but the Brave acts of his brother and his friends giving him inspiration for his own ultimately braver act (I feel that Regulus’ bravery is often the most under appreciated of all). Here there is indeed another comparison to Malfoy who also was jealous and envious of Harry and his Goodness which helped in softening him.

    We also dont know how he really died, since his Horcrux switcheroo wasnt found out. He seems certain its coming though, perhaps he ran or some other hesitation and/or brave act lead to Voldy or whoever killing him.

  • skgai

    In this chapter Rowling compared Regulus to Percy Weasley. RAB’s door is “a pompous little sign, neatly lettered by hand, the sort of thing Percy Weasley might have stuck on his bedroom door.” I think this is Rowling given us some explanation as to why Regulus switched sides in the end. Percy picks a job that society says is high, ambitious and noble. He blindly follows orders by people that society has chosen to lead. He lacks individualism in the face of generalization. Regulus appears to do the same, only his society happens to be the Death Eaters. He has grown up with everyone around him believing in a cause and he dedicated himself to impress the people around him by following Lord Voldemort. But in the end, like Percy, he finally finds his individuality. With that epiphany he unshackles himself from people’s perception of himself and seeks to correct the error of his ways. Perhaps that’s what Rowling was hinting at.

  • MartinMiggs

    This is just my 2 cents but I always thought (after finishing the book) Voldemort didn’t ask Snape to check Grimmauld Place because it didn’t even matter to him. Dumbledore is dead and the Order is finished so what purpose would it serve to go there when you believe you have Snape on your side who has fed you plenty of information.

    • MartinMiggs

      whoops didn’t mean to post it here

  • UnspeakableGryffindor

    I think Regulus really believed in Voldemort, not only because of his power but because of his influence. His fascination with Voldemort did not change even in his Hogwarts days. He was sorted into Slytherin and became a death eater at a young age. But I believe Regulus got more than he asked for when Voldemort decided to use Kreacher as a pawn in his horcrux making games. Leaving Kreacher to die wasn’t something that Regulus could deal with. This changed his mind about Voldemort, who he previously really admired and believed was the most powerful wizard. Once he realized that Kreacher was expendable, he realized he was as well. He then probably figured out that this isn’t what he wanted to do with his life. He probably wanted to take action but didn’t know what to do. But he figured he needed to do something to stop Voldemort. Regulus was brave to do what he could even though he lost his life in the process. Sirius his older brother probably had much influence on his younger sibling. Since Sirius was anti-Voldemort and his crew, Regulus probably listened to him. It may not have changed Regulus mind right away, but after Voldemort went after Kreacher and leaving him for dead, it probably was something he thought about in the end.