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Nicolas Flamel Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

Nicolas Flamel Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

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Nicolas Flamel was a French wizard famed for being the only known maker of the Philosopher’s Stone. This alchemical stone produces the Elixir of Life to bestow immortality. A close friend of Albus Dumbledore, he agreed to destroy the stone when Lord Voldemort was after it.

About Nicolas Flamel

Born1326-1992
Blood StatusPure-Blood or Half-Blood
OccupationAlchemist
PatronusUnknown
HouseNA
WandUnknown
Zodiac SignAquarius (speculative)

Nicolas Flamel is a French wizard who was born near the start of the 14th century. He attended Beauxbatons Academy of Magic in the Pyrenees Mountains in France. This is where he met his future wife Perenelle. He continued to be a benefactor of the academy after graduating. A fountain on the grounds is named after the couple.

Nicolas Flamel and the Philosopher’s Stone

Flamel went on to dedicate his life to the study of alchemy. At some point, during a normal wizard lifespan, he discovered how to make the Philosopher’s Stone.

This is a powerful magical object that can be used to make the Elixir of Life, a potion that makes the drinker immortal as long as they drink it regularly. Nicolas and Perenelle started drinking the potion to extend their lives.

The stone is also capable of turning any metal into gold. This may be how he funded his philanthropic activities.

Nicolas Flamel and Albus Dumbledore

When the brilliant young British wizard Albus Dumbledore was at school, he began a personal correspondence with Nicolas Flamel. It is unclear how Dumbledore came to his attention, but as a student he did have some papers published in journals such as Transfiguration Today.

Shortly after finishing at Hogwarts, and in an attempt to get away from the drama following the deaths of his mother and sister, Albus Dumbledore travelled to France and spent some time studying with Flamel.

When Dumbledore returned to England and took up a teaching job at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the two wizards maintained their correspondence.

Nicolas Flamel and the War with Grindelwald

When Dumbledore was working to bring down Gellert Grindelwald and bring an end to his quest to wizarding dominion, Flamel helped. He let Dumbledore use his home in France as a safehouse for allies. Newt Scamander, Tina Goldstein, Jacob Kowalski, and Yusuf Kama took advantage of this hospitality while trying to track down Credence Barbone in Paris.

Kowalski, a no-mag, while there asked Flamel if he was a ghost because he seemed old and insubstantial. Flamel replied that he was an alchemist, and therefore immortal, but it seems that the Elixir of Life did not give him youth.

Flamel also used his crystal ball to divine where Gellert Grindelwald was gathering his followers, and that not only Credence Barebone was headed there, but also Queenie Goldstein. Jacob was compelled to make his way to the rally.

Of course, Jacob’s knowledge and actions would change the future, and a new vision of the rally appeared in the crystal ball that promised tragic events. Flamel tried to warn Dumbledore by writing in an enchanted book. The words would appear in a partner book in Dumbledore’s possession.

When Dumbledore did not reply promptly, Flamel sought advice through the book from another friend Eulalie Hicks. She advised Flamel to go himself. He was reluctant since he had not been involved in any kind of conflict for two hundred years, but eventually went.

When Flamel arrived, Grindelwald had already unleashed Protego Diabolica, which threatened to destroy the entire city. Flamel encouraged the wizards present to make a circle, plant their wands n the ground, and collectively cast a General Counter Spell. Flamel then non-verbally directed the power created to eliminate Grindelwald’s spell.

Flamel communicating with Dumbledore via enchanted book

Nicolas Flamel Death

In the early 1990s, Flamel and his wife moved to Britain for a kind of retirement. He was worried about the safety of the Philosopher’s Stone in his new home and asked Dumbledore to keep it safe in the Hogwart’s safe at Gringotts.

For some reason, Dumbledore suspected that the stone was not safe at Gringotts, and so had Hagrid move it to Hogwarts on 31 July 1991. That same day, someone broke into the Hogwarts volt at Gringotts.

Dumbledore set up elaborate protection for the stone at Hogwarts. It turns out that Lord Voldemort, working through Professor Quirrell, who had been bewitched by the surviving portion of the dark wizard’s soul, was attempting to get the stone. Fortunately, Harry, with the help of Ron and Hermione, and later Dumbledore, was able to prevent this.

After these events, Dumbledore and Flamel agreed that the stone was too risky to keep around with the whereabouts of Lord Voldemort unknown. They agreed to destroy it. Flamel produced enough potion for him and his wife to finalize their affairs. Considering their extreme age, the couple probably died shortly after they stopped taking the potion.

To one as young as you, I’m sure it seems incredible, but to Nicolas and Perenelle, it really is like going to bed after a very, very long day. After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Nicolas Flamel Personality Type & Traits

Nicolas Flamel was clearly a brilliant mind, able to accomplish feats in alchemy that others only dreamed of. He must have been dedicated, creative, and confident in his own abilities. While he worried about his ability to face Grindelwald, this was due to his extreme age which seems to have robbed him of some confidence, but not talent.

Flamel was generous, taking in Dumbledore as a sort of apprentice, and letting wizards working against Grindelwald use his home. He also put the needs of the many ahead of his own life when he agreed to destroy the Philosopher’s Stone.

Nicolas Flamel Zodiac Sign & Birthday

We know that Nicolas Flamel was born in the 14th century, but the exact year is speculative. Some fans suggest that his zodiac sign may be Aquarius. People born under this air sign are incredibly intelligent and tend to become obsessively interested in their passions.

Aquarians dance to the beat of their own drum and don’t worry what other people think. They tend to be confident, but not in the same extroverted way as Leos. They want to impress themselves, not anyone else.

Nicolas Flamel the historical figure

Was Nicolas Flamel based on a Real Person?

J.K. Rowling based Nicolas Flamel on a historical character of the same name who lived in France in the 14th century. He is believed to have discovered the Philosopher’s Stone and gained immortality. There have been several sightings of Flamel over the centuries.

According to text credited to Flamel, but which appear to have been written 200 years after he was born, he learned alchemy from a Jew who had converted to Catholicism.