After the immensely huge success of the Harry Potter franchise spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Potterheads are keeping a close watch on news about the highly anticipated sequel.
A recent Twitter post by the official Fantastic Beasts (@FantasticBeasts) page from Warner Brothers has quickly gained the attention of Potter fans everywhere. A picture was posted with the initials “N.F.” on a large locked case.
To many Potterheads, the reference is very obvious, but to people who haven’t read or seen the franchise, the reference may not be as evident. The first spinoff of the Harry Potter series gave a jumpstart to a new era of Pottermania, as the screenplay was written by J.K. Rowling herself.
Of course, “N.F.” is a reference to famed wizard Nicolas Flamel who was the creator of the famous Philosopher’s Stone mentioned in the first book of the Harry Potter series. The Fantastic Beasts (@FantasticBeasts) Twitter page posted the photo on October 18th, teasing fans by saying, “The only known maker of the Philosopher’s Stone. What mysteries may be locked away?”
The Philosopher’s Stone was a magical stone created by process of alchemy in the Harry Potter series, which is a key ingredient in making the Elixir of Life which grants its user eternal life. The stone was highly coveted by Harry Potter’s foe Lord Voldemort. The stone is also famed for turning metal into gold, but it isn’t clear whether or not Nicolas Flamel used it for this purpose.
Voldemort was made weak in his failed attempt to kill Harry thanks to the protection of his Mother, Lily Potter. In the books, Voldemort clings to a sort-of half-life, and his attempts to seize the Philosopher’s Stone were foiled by the boy Wizard in the first book.
Now, Nicolas Flamel is making a second appearance in the Fantastic Beasts Sequel. Little is known about the wizard other than his friendship with Albus Dumbledore. Flamel was actually based on a real-life person, a French Scientist by the same name. After his death, he became widely known as an Alchemist, which inspired J.K. Rowling’s writings. The Nicolas Flamel in the Harry Potter series used the philosopher’s stone to prolong his life and was reported to live up to 692 years old by the time of the first Harry Potter book, which places his date of birth around the year 1327 in the franchise.
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