Harry Potter

Guess Whose Gravestone J. K. Rowling Just Tweeted!

Everybody’s favorite British novelist, J. K. Rowling, has taken to Twitter to show us an interesting piece being shown on the Potter exhibition at the British Library. It took no time at all for Catherine Massey to guess correctly that it was Nicolas Flamel’s real gravestone! 




Potter-ites know Nicolas Flamel as the man who sacrificed his life in the first Harry Potter book to make sure that Voldemort did not get his hands on the Philosopher’s Stone. The Philosopher’s Stone was created as an elixir of life in order to live an immortal life with his wife, ultimately dying at roughly 690-years-old.


J. K. Rowling based this character on the real Nicolas Flamel, who was a French scribe living from 1340-1418. Flamel became known as an alchemist posthumously as people began speculating about his creation of the Philosopher’s Stone in the 17th century. Rowling took creative license with this storyline and created a relationship between Dumbledore and the very much alive Flamel. 


Flamel’s tombstone, which he is said to have created, is usually on display at the Musee de Cluny in Paris. For a limited time it is on display now at the Potter exhibition at the British Library! 


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