You probably know Flamel as the alchemist who created the philosophers stone from from the harry potter series, however he wasn't actually just a fictional character, Nicolas Flamel really existed. He was made famous in the 17th century for being the alchemist to succeed, in creating the philosophers stone, and the elixir of life. Flamel worked in a book shop where he learnt to read and write, eventually a man came and sold a mysterious book to Flamel, which he had seen in his dreams the night before. A mysterious language he couldn't understand is all he found inside the book, but after taking it to a sage, he and his wife eventually managed to decipher it, and inside he found the secret to the Philosophers Stone and the Elixir of Life. After finding this book people noted that Flamel mysteriously became very rich very quickly.