Nicolas Flamel Explained: Who Is the Ancient Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Character?

With the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald happening this week, a character known to fans of the books has now made his live-action debut after showing up in the trailer for the film this past summer. While the trailer mostly focused on characters like Newt Scamander, Dumbledore and Grindelwald, it also offered a glimpse of this fellow who’s been referenced several times in Harry Potter lore – Nicolas Flamel.

Assuming you’re not a hardcore Potter fanatic, you might not understand the significance of Flamel’s cinematic debut. Here’s everything you need to know about this supporting character and why he matters so much to the Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts mythos.

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