Perenelle Flamel (pre 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 eighty three years old at the time of her death.[1]

She may have had a friendship with Albus Dumbledore like her husband. Having lived for so long, both Perenelle and her husband were glad to finally embrace death, which to them was like "going to bed after a very long day".


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".

Petro-, of both Latin and Greek origin, is a prefix meaning "of or pertaining to stone."

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 are in fact older.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rowling stated on her website shortly before the publication of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that Nicolas had died by the start of the book, which makes their date of deaths between 1992 when the stone was destroyed and 1996 which is when the sixth book starts.
  3. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Beauxbatons Academy of Magic" at Pottermore
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