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    Regulus Black

    I'm working on a fic centering around my OC, who is dating Regulus Black in their seventh year at Hogwarts. However, I need some help with developing his character:

    - By his seventh year, was he a Death Eater? Or was he just planning to join them?

    - Did he ever wonder if maybe, just maybe, Voldemort could be wrong about wanting Muggleborns/Muggles dead?

    - When was his birthday? (Odd, I know. But I need it, if anyone has it.)

    I think that's about all the questions I've got...

    Free Chocolate Frogs to all who help!

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    I read a fic on this site that had Regulus in it, and I think they said that he joined the Death Eaters when he was 16. I'm just guessing that it is correct, seeing as how it is in the story, and was accepted.
    That's the only thing I can help with though. Sorry. Hope that helps though!

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    According to the Black Family Tree, Regulus was born in 1961 and died in 1979. In the chapter, "Kreacher's Tale" of DH, Kreacher says that Regulus joined Voldemort when he was sixteen, though he had talked about it for awhile. So, yes, in his seventh year, he would already be a Death Eater.

    A specific month and day aren't known for his birthday, so anywhere in 1961 is available, really.

    As for him becoming disillusioned with Voldemort and Muggle-born killing, etc. It's possible; there's nothing in canon that contradicts it, though some things might support it. HOWEVER, I don't think he'd go completely into a Gryffindor-type mindset, just that he might have started to feel the Dark Lord's methods were a bit extreme.

    I think Regulus would still hold to a pureblood supremacy outlook, but start to feel that perhaps exterminating all the Muggles and Muggle-borns was a bit much.

    ~Megan

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    Thank you, TCole and megan_lupin, for your help!

    *tosses each a few Chocolate Frogs*

    If anyone else has anything about Regulus to ask about/add here, feel free.

    - Katie

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    Well it looks like you have the birthday and age of death eater, but as far as his feeling towards Voldemort's ways, I think that in the back of his mind he knew it was extreme. He did end up trying to stop him, so it must have rooted back somewhere. He shows a concern for Kreacher, so it shows that he does not feel total superiority towards other magical creatures. This would probably mean that he was not totally pure-blood centered, but he did grow up with this notion planted in him. So basically I think that he definitely questioned Voldemort's ways in his time of being a Death Eater, he probably became one just to follow the family and to gain some power. I don't think that his heart was in it. I guess that's what I think, I hope that helps rather than make it more complicated!

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    does anyone know who Regulus' friends would have been in his 6th year at Hogwarts, like specific names? or if he had any? Any help would be amazing, loves, thanks in advance!

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    I had a thread done in the Character exploration class about Regulus Black and there's a point I want to ask about.

    With regards to previous topics and debates, I posted the following about Regulus:

    I don't think Regulus fully understood how deep the hatred of muggles was, and I have a feeling that that's how he became a Death Eater in the first place. I don't think he was much of a fan, although we do know that he had talked about becoming a Death Eater for quite a while. I think he just thought that not having to hide from muggles would be better for them wizards, or he had believed what his parents had probably told him over and over about the disgrace of non-magical people. After all, children think that their parents are perfect (at least at an early age) and that all they say is correct. Even further in life, when not properly an adult, the parent's influence would leave its mark. I imagine Regulus was what we'd call 'naive' when he joined Voldemort. I think he joined for a number of reasons, though namely because he wanted to show his parents that he was a proper son and that he wanted to do something beneficial for the cause of wizards and the purity of blood. However, he didn't know the implications of what he was really doing, and that, as he later found out, Voldemort's method's and actions were a little too extreme.

    Now, I'd like to know whether you think that he would have been a good Death Eater. I think he would have been, though possibly out of fear. But I think he was very smart too, like Sirius being good at whatever he did. However, I also think that at a certain point he was naive enough to think that what he was doing was for the greater good.

    I would like some opinions on this, please.

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    I definitely agree that Regulus was naive when he joined the Death Eaters; I'm sure he had no idea what he was really getting into and, as you said, how deep it was. I do think he was a fan of Voldemort and what he was trying to do - as you said, because of family influence, as I'm sure he believed part of it, and also because we know he had all those clippings about Voldemort on his bedroom walls. I think he admired the Dark Lord at first, to a certain degree and, liek I said, because he was naive and probably thought it was 'for the greater good', so to speak.

    I don't, however, think he was a good Death Eater, out of fear or otherwise. My personal opinion is that his first assignment would have really been what turned him - and by that I mean the first time he was asked to go out with the other Death Eater and really saw what they did and how bad it was, it was a huge fall to reality for him, and from then on he wouldn't have been as willing.

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    I agree that Regulus probably didn't know what it all was really about when he joined the Death Eaters and Voldemort. He was blinded by all the lessons his parents beat into him his whole life, his friends all were probably joining, and wanted to be the "perfect son" after Sirius ran away.

    Over time, I think, he would have seen what everything was really about. Another theory I have is that perhaps he first wanted to please his parents after Sirius ran away, but after time, he wondered why Sirius did it (to some extent). Or maybe Sirius and him still were speaking and Sirius talked him and convinced him of something? I think that Sirius running away must have had some impression on him. There is so little said about this time and the characters that you could make up an event that really turned Regulus to good.

    I think that he would have been a good Death Eater, though, just to be smart about. He wanted to find out as much as he could about Voldermort, and so would want to be on his good side. He would kind of like Snape, I guess. But all that time, he would be observing and planning and would find about the Horcruxes. Not totally, though.

    In the end, he knew that he probably was going to die, and that takes a lot of bravery. A quality of Gryffindor, so perhaps it was in him the whole time, and he was just blinded by glory, his parents and so-called-friends, and it finally was forced out when he saw that what they were doing was actually very wrong.

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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.
    And in case that's interesting for your fic:

    James Farrell: Voldemort never told anyone about his horcruxes, so how on earth did regulus black discover his secret
    J.K. Rowling: Horcrux magic was not Voldemort's own invention; as is established in the story, other wizards had done it, though never gone as far as to make six.
    J.K. Rowling: Voldemort dropped oblique hints; in his arrogance, he did not believe anybody would be clever enough to understand them.
    J.K. Rowling: (He does so in the graveyard of Little Hangleton, in front of Harry). He did this before Regulus and Regulus guessed, correctly, what it was that made Voldemort so convinced he could not die.
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