Alchemy is the ancient study of transforming common metal into gold. Eventually led to the creation of the Philospher’s Stone which could grant the owner eternal life.
Alchemy has been studied since antiquity. As time passed, early alchemists used terms and symbols from other fields including biblical and pagan myths, as well as astrology and kabbalah. This made it easier to communicate with other alchemists without Muggle-kind persecution. Alchemists are most widely known for transforming common metals into gold, and creating an elixir to cure all disease, and allow for everlasting life. One of the most famous alchemists, Nicolas Flamel, created the Philosopher’s Stone sometime in the 14th century, with which he obtained two of alchemy’s goals, turning metal into gold, and creating the Elixir of Life. The Elixir of Life is produced by the Philosopher’s Stone, and so long as the drinker continues drinking the Elixir, they will be immortal. Nicolas Flamel extended his own life to be over six centuries old, dying sometime in the 1990s after he and his partner Albus Dumbledore made the decision to destroy the Philosopher’s Stone after He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named very nearly obtained it.
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Do they teach alchemy at Hogwarts?
Yes, alchemy is taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry ruing the 6th and 7th years for students that elect to study the subject. In these classes students focus on the study of natures four basic elements, which include fire, earth, air and water, and the transmutation of substances, like turning base metals into gold.
Who is the alchemist in Harry Potter?
The most famous alchemist in Harry Potter is Nicolas Flamel who is most known for making the Philosopher’s Stone and the Elixir of Life that is produced from the stone, enabling him to live to be over six hundred years old.