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==Powers==
 
==Powers==
The Elixir grants the drinker an indefinitely extended life, for as long as they keep drinking it. If a person has extended their lifespan by consuming the Elixir, they are then completely dependent on it, and ceasing its consumption will lead to [[death]].<ref name=":0" /><ref name="HBP23">{{HBP|B|23}}</ref>
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The Elixir makes the drinker [[Immortality|immortal]], as long as they keep drinking it habitually. If a person has extended their lifespan by consuming the Elixir, they are then completely dependent on it, and ceasing its consumption will lead to [[death]].<ref name=":0" /><ref name="HBP23">{{HBP|B|23}}</ref>
   
The Elixir is also able to restore a disembodied yet earthbound [[soul]] to full life, creating a body. Indeed, [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], surviving through his [[Horcrux]]es, planned to steal the [[Philosopher's Stone]] to use the power of the Elixir for that purpose, but he was thwarted by [[Harry Potter]] in [[1992]].<ref name=":0" />
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The Elixir is also able to restore a disembodied but earthbound [[soul]] to full life, creating a body. Indeed, [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], surviving through his [[Horcrux]]es, planned to steal the [[Philosopher's Stone]] to use the power of the Elixir for that purpose, but he was thwarted by [[Harry Potter]] in [[1992]].<ref name=":0" />
   
 
===Limitations===
 
===Limitations===
The Elixir makes the drinker [[Immortality|immortal]], but upon reaching an exceptionally advanced age, cessation of consumption will result in [[death]]. For example, [[Nicolas Flamel]] (who created the [[Philosopher's Stone]]) and his wife [[Perenelle Flamel|Perenelle]] lived for little over six-hundred and sixty years because of the Elixir, but eventually died when the Stone was destroyed (with their blessing) and their supply of Elixir subsequently depleted.<ref name=":0" />
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The Elixir of Life is not infallible. If a person uses the Elixir to age beyond their natural lifespan, they become completely dependent on drinking it, and ceasing its consumption will lead to [[death]].<ref name=":0" /><ref name="HBP23">{{HBP|B|23}}</ref> Furthermore, using the Elixir to reach an exceptionally advanced age will not rejuvenate the drinker's appearance, leaving them in a decrepit state.<ref>{{COG}}</ref> For example, [[Nicolas Flamel]], who created the [[Philosopher's Stone]], lived for a little over six-hundred and sixty years along with wife [[Perenelle Flamel|Perenelle]], but took on a senile and ancient appearance, dying when he and his wife decided to have the Stone destroyed, which subsequently depleted their supply of Elixir.<ref name=":0" />
   
It is noted that the elixir can be contaminated, which may either annul the drinker's immortality or outright become [[poison]].<ref name="HBP23"/>
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In addition, the supply of Elixir can become contaminated, which may either annul the drinker's immortality or outright become [[poison]].<ref name="HBP23" />
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
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* In the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|first film]], [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] claims that unlike [[Unicorn blood|Unicorn Blood]] or the living off [[Quirinus Quirrell|another]], the Elixir of Life can give him a body; however, in the movie, it is not made clear that the Elixir can supply one with a spare body.
 
* In the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|first film]], [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] claims that unlike [[Unicorn blood|Unicorn Blood]] or the living off [[Quirinus Quirrell|another]], the Elixir of Life can give him a body; however, in the movie, it is not made clear that the Elixir can supply one with a spare body.
 
* On {{PM}}, the image used to illustrate the Elixir of Life for the "Favourites" screen is the same used for [[Infusion of Wormwood]]. Whether this is merely a placeholder image or is meant to imply the two are somehow related is unclear.
 
* On {{PM}}, the image used to illustrate the Elixir of Life for the "Favourites" screen is the same used for [[Infusion of Wormwood]]. Whether this is merely a placeholder image or is meant to imply the two are somehow related is unclear.
* Voldemort refused to rely on the Elixir of Life for his immortality, as he would be required to drink it for eternity, and the possibility of contamination or the stone's loss would result in his death. His streak of independence made it intolerable for him to rely on the Elixir to survive, and only desired it to recreate his body.<ref name="HBP23"/>
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* Voldemort refused to rely on the Elixir of Life for his immortality, as he would be required to drink it for eternity, and the possibility of contamination or the stone's loss would result in his death. His streak of independence made it intolerable for him to rely on the Elixir to survive, and only desired it to recreate his body.<ref name="HBP23" />
 
* One of the three main goals of [[alchemy]] was to create [[panacea]], a remedy that would cure all diseases and prolong life indefinitely. The creation of the Elixir of Life can be considered to be the success of this goal, as the potion extends life if drunk for eternity, and can bring a disembodied soul back to a physical form.
 
* One of the three main goals of [[alchemy]] was to create [[panacea]], a remedy that would cure all diseases and prolong life indefinitely. The creation of the Elixir of Life can be considered to be the success of this goal, as the potion extends life if drunk for eternity, and can bring a disembodied soul back to a physical form.
 
* In the Muggle world, many past Muggles, believing themselves to be true alchemists, attempted to create what they believed to be an Elixir of Life. Many of these substances, far from contributing to longevity, were actively toxic, one such that [[Wikipedia:Qin Shi Huang|Qin Shi Huang]] of [[China]] died from a large dosage of [[mercury]] that he believed to be elixir.
 
* In the Muggle world, many past Muggles, believing themselves to be true alchemists, attempted to create what they believed to be an Elixir of Life. Many of these substances, far from contributing to longevity, were actively toxic, one such that [[Wikipedia:Qin Shi Huang|Qin Shi Huang]] of [[China]] died from a large dosage of [[mercury]] that he believed to be elixir.

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"The Philosopher's Stone is a legendary substance with astonishing powers. It will transform any metal into pure gold and produces the Elixir of Life, which will make the drinker immortal."
—A Hogwarts library book[src]
The Elixir of Life is a potion produced from the Philosopher's Stone that will make the drinker immortal, so long as they consume the potion on a regular basis.[1]

Powers

The Elixir makes the drinker immortal, as long as they keep drinking it habitually. If a person has extended their lifespan by consuming the Elixir, they are then completely dependent on it, and ceasing its consumption will lead to death.[1][2]

The Elixir is also able to restore a disembodied but earthbound soul to full life, creating a body. Indeed, Lord Voldemort, surviving through his Horcruxes, planned to steal the Philosopher's Stone to use the power of the Elixir for that purpose, but he was thwarted by Harry Potter in 1992.[1]

Limitations

The Elixir of Life is not infallible. If a person uses the Elixir to age beyond their natural lifespan, they become completely dependent on drinking it, and ceasing its consumption will lead to death.[1][2] Furthermore, using the Elixir to reach an exceptionally advanced age will not rejuvenate the drinker's appearance, leaving them in a decrepit state.[3] For example, Nicolas Flamel, who created the Philosopher's Stone, lived for a little over six-hundred and sixty years along with wife Perenelle, but took on a senile and ancient appearance, dying when he and his wife decided to have the Stone destroyed, which subsequently depleted their supply of Elixir.[1]

In addition, the supply of Elixir can become contaminated, which may either annul the drinker's immortality or outright become poison.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • It is not unknown if the Elixir grants complete immortality or only extends the natural lifespan. However, the phrasing in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone implies a drinker can never die as long as they drink it continually.
  • In the first film, Lord Voldemort claims that unlike Unicorn Blood or the living off another, the Elixir of Life can give him a body; however, in the movie, it is not made clear that the Elixir can supply one with a spare body.
  • On Pottermore, the image used to illustrate the Elixir of Life for the "Favourites" screen is the same used for Infusion of Wormwood. Whether this is merely a placeholder image or is meant to imply the two are somehow related is unclear.
  • Voldemort refused to rely on the Elixir of Life for his immortality, as he would be required to drink it for eternity, and the possibility of contamination or the stone's loss would result in his death. His streak of independence made it intolerable for him to rely on the Elixir to survive, and only desired it to recreate his body.[2]
  • One of the three main goals of alchemy was to create panacea, a remedy that would cure all diseases and prolong life indefinitely. The creation of the Elixir of Life can be considered to be the success of this goal, as the potion extends life if drunk for eternity, and can bring a disembodied soul back to a physical form.
  • In the Muggle world, many past Muggles, believing themselves to be true alchemists, attempted to create what they believed to be an Elixir of Life. Many of these substances, far from contributing to longevity, were actively toxic, one such that Qin Shi Huang of China died from a large dosage of mercury that he believed to be elixir.

See also

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 23 (Horcruxes)
  3. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
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