The myths and folktales behind Harry Potter Nicolas Flamel was a real person, and many of Rowling’s fantastic beasts she borrowed from elsewhere – including from the ancient world, writes Natalie Haynes.
Nicholas Flamel is one of the most mysterious and legendary Alchemists in the World. Like many other Alchemists he started out being relatively unknown. But now his name has been immortalized in books and films. He even gets a mention in Harry Potter. #HappyHubDay
one of the classic symbols of alchemy - the green lion devouring the sun. As with most of the striking, and to the modern mind, somewhat 'surreal' images which populate these works, they have a bewildering range of possible meanings.