The Existence of the Philosophers’ Stone

I’m sure everyone has heard of the Philosophers’ Stone, courtesy of J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter. Of course, the book mentions that it has the power to turn anyone immortal, and it is apparently exactly what Voldemort was looking for. But the book doesn’t give much information about the stone. In fact, many people believe that Rowling created a magical object just for her book. However, that is not the case.

The Philosophers’ Stone was very much a real thing for alchemists and some still believe in its existence. The stone is supposedly capable of turning any base metals into gold or silver, and it is also called the elixir of life. It was the most sought after-goal in alchemy. The stone was the central symbol of the mystical terminology of alchemy, symbolising perfection at its finest, enlightenment, and heavenly bliss. Efforts to discover the stone were called Magnum Opus or Great Work.

Many have tried looking for the stone; the quests began as early as the Middle Ages or even earlier, but no one has had concrete proof of its existence. Is it really possible to turn any metal into silver or gold? Can immortality really be achieved? All these questions have yet to be answered, but, one can always imagine right?

Author: Anika Garg

Editor: Charmee Purohit

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