Due to the commercialization of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, most people would assume Nicolas Flamel to be a fictional character. Flamel was in fact an actual historical entity who lived from 1330 to1418. History tells us that Flamel was a French scrivener and manuscript seller before becoming an acclaimed alchemist. The French National library, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris is said to contain original works written and hand copied by Flamel himself. Also, official documents pertaining to the life to the life of Flamel (marriage contract, will etc) are also kept in the French National library.

It is pretty evident that Flamel’s work has been a looked at with fascination. Creative writers such as JK Rowling, Michael Roberts, Dan Brown, Max McCoy and Michael Scott have all used Flamel as subjects in their creative writing

The interest in Flamel’s work in alchemy has resulted in the extra attention… Continue reading →