The Philosopher's Stone

For the book of the same name: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

For the moment of the same name: The Philosopher's Stone.

The Philosopher's Stone is a legendary substance made with alchemy. It supposedly turns lead to gold and is used to create the Elixir of Life, which gives the drinker eternal life. In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Voldemort attempts to acquire the Stone through Professor Quirrell.

From the Story

"The Philosopher's Stone can turn metal to gold and produce the Elixir of Life, which makes the drinker immortal. The only known Stone in existence during Harry's first year belongs to Nicolas Flamel."

"Voldemort spends most of Harry's first year trying to get the Stone: he forces Professor Quirrell to try to steal it from Gringotts, and, on failing, attempts to steal it from Hogwarts. Harry, however, obtains the Stone first and refuses to hand it over, even when Professor Quirrell attacks him. After Voldemort flees the school, Professor Dumbledore arranges for the Stone to be destroyed."

J. K. Rowling's Thoughts

I did not invent the concept of the Philosopher's Stone, which is a legendary substance that was once believed to be real, and the true goal of alchemy.

The properties of 'my' Philosopher's Stone conform to most of the attributes the ancients ascribed to it. The Stone was believed to turn base metals into gold, and also to produce the Elixir of Life, which could make you immortal. 'Genuine' alchemists - the forerunners of chemists and physicists - such as Sir Isaac Newton and (the real) Nicolas Flamel, sought, sometimes over lifetimes, to discover the secret of its creation.

The Stone is variously described as red and white in the many old texts in which it appears. These colours are important in most accounts of alchemy, and are often interpreted as having symbolic meaning.

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