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Perenelle Flamel (c. 1334 - between 1992 and 1996[2]) was the wife of famous philosopher and alchemist, Nicolas Flamel, who was known for his works on the Philosopher's Stone. She and her husband met at Beauxbatons Academy of Magic in their youth.[3] Perenelle and her husband drank the Elixir of Life produced by the stone, and were immortal, until the stone was destroyed in 1992, after which she and Nicolas would later die. She was at least six hundred and fifty-eight years at the time of her death.[1] She may have had a friendship with Albus Dumbledore like her husband.


Nicolas Flamel

Perenelle Flamel was the wife of Nicolas Flamel. She, along with her husband, drank the Elixir of Life created by the Philosopher's Stone making her immortal. Nicolas Flamel and herself happily lived together, until the Philosopher's Stone was destroyed and they both died thereafter.


Perenelle is the Old French form on the name Petronilla, a diminutive of the name Petronia, which is the feminine form of Petronius - a Roman family name which is possibly derived from Latin petro, petronis "yokel".

The name Flamel means in Old French "flame". Such meaning can be associated to Flamel's work as an alchemist.


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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 13 (Nicolas Flamel) - "Mr. Flamel, who celebrated his six hundred and sixty-fifth birthday last year, enjoys a quiet life in Devon with his wife, Perenelle (six hundred and fifty-eight)." Note the book being quoted is described to be old in 1992, so she and her husband may in fact be older.
  2. 2.0 2.1 While the Philosopher's Stone was destroyed in 1992, it's unclear how long Nicolas and his wife could live thereafter. However, before Horace Slughorn returned to Hogwarts in the Fall of 1996, JKR debunked a rumour that Nicolas would come to Hogwarts to teach potions, as he had already died. If he died from a lack of the Elixir of Life, then it is likely Perenelle died around the same time. - JK Rumours
  3. Pottermore - Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Beauxbatons Academy of Magic"

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