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Nicolas Flamel

July 25, 2011 - Jodelle Greiner
Remember when I blogged about “Sturm und Drang” and how J.K. Rowling used it in the Harry Potter series? I found another one.

All Harry Potter fans remember Albus Dumbledore’s friend Nicolas Flamel from the first book “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”. Bet you thought Rowling made that all up, right? Wrong.

Flamel made the recent Time Magazine’s Top 10 Most Beloved Wizards list. True, the list has some fictional wizards on it, but Flamel was a real person and he is linked with the Philosopher’s Stone, which reportedly could make the elixir of life.

Flamel was born Sept. 28, 1330, and was a scrivener and manuscript seller who dabbled in alchemy, according to Wikipedia.

Flamel reportedly died in 1418. I say reportedly because there are some people, to this day, who believe Flamel and his wife, Perenelle, are still alive, having found a way to manufacture the elixir of life, just as Rowling wrote in her novel.

I love finding how Rowling took bits and pieces of fantasy, myth and legend and worked them into her storyline of the Harry Potter series. It gives the novels depth and gives us fans ways to keep ourselves entertained since she completed the series. It means the world of Harry Potter never really ends, as long as you keep looking. And we all need some magic in our lives.


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