c. 1992 (aged c. 666)
Perenelle Flamel (wife) †
Nicolas Flamel (c. 1326 - c. 1992) was a well-known alchemist and only known maker of the Philosopher's Stone, a legendary substance with incredible powers. He was a close friend and partner with former Hogwarts School Headmaster Albus Dumbledore. He owed his considerable age to the Elixir of Life which he and his wife, Perenelle, created using the Stone. They were aged six hundred sixty-six and six hundred fifty-eight, respectively, at their time of deaths.
Flamel is noted as an alchemist of considerable talent and as an opera-lover. It is said he enjoyed his later years living a quiet life in Devon. Although it is clear that he used the Elixir to greatly extend his life, it is not specified whether he used the Stone's powers to make himself greatly wealthy, as the Stone is also capable of turning metal into gold.
The danger of the Stone's existence was brought to light when Voldemort, with the help of Hogwarts Professor Quirinus Quirrell, was nearly successful in stealing it for the purpose of restoring Voldemort to physical form. However, his plan was thwarted by the efforts of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley. Flamel agreed, along with Dumbledore, that the stone should be destroyed. With enough Elixir to set his affairs in order, it was expected that Flamel and his wife would die shortly thereafter.
Flamel is briefly mentioned on Albus Dumbledore's Chocolate Frog Card.
Magical skills and abilities
Alchemy: Nicolas Flamel was a very accomplished alchemist, as he had created the Philosopher's Stone making him immortal until he chose to destroy the stone in 1992.
Perenelle Flamel was the wife of Nicolas Flamel. Nicolas Flamel shared the Philosopher's Stone with his wife Perenelle Flamel making her immortal along with her husband until the Philosopher's Stone was destroyed in 1992 when she died along with her husband.
Albus Dumbledore was close friend to Nicolas Flamel. Albus Dumbledore was the one who gave the advice to Nicolas Flamel to put the Philosopher's Stone in Gringott's Wizarding Bank in 1991. It was also Albus Dumbledore who moved the Philosopher's Stone to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for more protection later that year (1991).
Behind the scenes
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Flamel's first name is spelt as Nicholas, adding an h in the subtitles.
- Also on the film, Harry, Ron, and Hermione discover the link to Nicolas Flamel and the stone through a book, rather then Albus Dumbledore's Chocolate Frog Card. (In a deleted scene you see them discovering the connection through a chocolate frog card, but it was switched when edited).
- Nicolas Flamel was a real French Alchemist believed to have created the Philosopher's Stone. He was born in 1330 and died in 1418. There is no proof that he achieved immortality with his wife Perenelle, but a few have claimed to have seen him throughout the centuries. Some treasure-hunters accidentally dug up his grave and discovered that his tomb was empty. Another goal of Nicolas Flamel was to turn ordinary lead into pure gold. The reference to Flamel marks one of the few occasions in which a real person has been referenced as a character in the Potter books.
- In a deleted first draft of Philosophers Stone, Hermione reveals that Nicholas Flamel was spotted at the opera in Paris in 1762.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Mentioned only)