Isaac Newton (4 January 164331 March 1727) was an English Muggle physicist and mathematician, famous for his formulation of the three laws of motion, and for discovering gravity.[1]

The work of Newton was among the subject matter covered in the book A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • In real life, Isaac Newton spent a great deal of time studying alchemy, writing and transcribing around a million words on the subject over the course of his lifetime.[3] J. K. Rowling briefly mentioned him on Pottermore as one of the real historical figures who sought to make a Philosopher's Stone.[4]


Notes and references

  1. "Isaac Newton" on Wikipedia
  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) - Chapter 4 (The Leaky Cauldron) (see this image and this image)
  3. "Why did Isaac Newton Believe in Alchemy?" from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
  4. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "The Philosopher's Stone" at Pottermore