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When it comes to that Fantastic beasts Franchise, some of the most exciting moments come from connections to Harry Potter Books. Fortunately for us diehard fans, The crimes of Grindelwald delivers a powerful dose of nostalgia. This film has it all: we have Voldemorts love Nagini, a young Professor McGonagall and even a vaguely gay Dumbledore. But that's not all! There is another character in the film that goes back to the first book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. It's Nicolas Flamel.
If you don't fully remember the meaning of the character, it is because Nicolas Flamel is only mentioned in passing in the book. During a scene, Hermione points out Harry and Ron a passage in the book that they can read:
"The old study of alchemy dealt with the making of the Philosopher's Stone, a legendary substance with amazing powers. The stone turns every metal into pure gold. It also produces the elixir of life that makes the drinker immortal.
There have been many reports of the Philosopher's Stone over the centuries, but the only stone that currently exists belongs to Mr. Nicolas Flamel, the well-known alchemist and opera lover. Mr. Flamel, who celebrated his six hundred and sixty-fifth birthday last year, enjoys a quiet life in Devon with his wife Perenelle (six hundred and fifty-eight). "
As you may recall, Hogwarts keeps the stone in the first book, which is hidden behind a series of puzzles. With the help of Professor Quirrell, Voldemort tries to get his hands on the stone. He obviously hopes for an eternal life. As we all know by now, Harry and Co. have nipped that plan in the bud. Although Flamel lives in the year the book is published, we never see him in the flesh. That's where Fantastic beasts come inside.
At the very beginning of the film, Dumbledore Newt tells of a safe house in Paris. It turns out that this is Flamel's actual house! We discover this when Jacob has a fun encounter with the alchemist, who reveals that he is quite old and frail. Nicolas is quite instrumental even in his little role. He helps Jacob find out where to find Queenie and even takes part in this epic final spell that defeats Grindelwald's fire dragon. We even catch a glimpse of the stone itself, which is safely hidden in Flamel's safe. Talk about a funny cameo.
As I mentioned before, Flamel lived his very long life until the end of the first book. After the stone is completely destroyed, he and his wife are finally put to rest. "They have enough elixir stored to put their affairs in order and then they will die," Dumbledore says to Harry. "It's incredible for a boy like you, but for Nicolas and Perenelle it's really like going to bed after a very, very long day." Then he says, "You know, the stone really wasn't a wonderful thing. As much money and life as you want! The two things most people would choose above all – the problem is that people have a knack for the choices are exactly the things that are worst for them. "Ugh, his mind!
– Additional reporting from Lauren Harano