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" ...no wonder we couldn't find Flamel in that Study of Recent Developments in Wizardry ...He's not exactly recent if he's six hundred and sixty-five, is he?"
-- Ron Weasley (PS13)


Nicolas Flamel

Flamel is a celebrated alchemist (DH2) who is famous for creating the only known Philosopher’s Stone in existence. As a result, Flamel and his wife Perenelle (b. circa 1333) lived for over 600 years (PS17, JKR). Dumbledore did some alchemical work with him in the 1900s (PS17). Flamel met his wife Perenelle while the two of them were students at Beauxbatons, and they contributed a great deal of alchemist’s gold to the school over the centuries (Pm).


Created the Philosopher's Stone and the Elixer of Life.

Other canon notes and references

JKR on Flamel: Nicolas Flamel is an historical character. Flamel lived in France in the fourteenth century and is supposed to have discovered how to make a philosopher's stone. There are mentions of sightings of him through the centuries because he was supposed to have gained immortality. There are still streets named after Flamel and his wife Perenelle in Paris. (JKR)

The author also had a dream once about visiting Flamel in his alchemy laboratory:

 "I remember having a higly detailed and exceptionally vivid dream . . .  which was like a renaissance painting come to life. Flamel was leading me around his cluttered laboratory, which was bathed in golden light, and showing me exactly how to make the Stone (I wish I could remember how to do it) (Pm).



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