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Phillipus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim (1493—1541), more commonly known as Paracelsus, was a wizard and alchemist about whom very little is known. In addition to his work on alchemy, he made significant contributions to the field of medicine, having been a notable physician. Paracelsus's bold theories challenged medieval thought. Paracelsus was credited with the discovery of Parseltongue.
For his contributions to multiple magical fields, he was featured on a Chocolate Frog Card. Harry Potter received this card from a Chocolate Frog on his first ride aboard the Hogwarts Express in 1991.
There was a bust of Paracelsus in a corridor at Hogwarts. In 1995, while on his way to the Owlery, Harry Potter ran into Nearly Headless Nick, who warned him that Peeves was planning to drop the bust on the head of the next person who walked down the corridor. Harry thus chose to take an alternate route to the Owlery.
Behind the scenes
- The real life Paracelsus was born Phillip Von Hohenheim, in 1493 in Switzerland. He later changed his name to Philippus Theophrastus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim, then to Paracelsus. He has made many contributions to medicine. He believed every human needed a balance of minerals and metals in their body and he was the first to use minerals and metals as medicine. Paracelsus also studied psychotherapy, and was the first to understand the subconscious.
- Although he made several important contributions to the sciences of medicine and chemistry, he also wrote several treatises in Astrology and Divination, which has led to him being portrayed as a magician, or a "pseudo-scientist" in later popular culture, in several works besides the Harry Potter universe.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First mentioned) (Appears on a Famous Wizard Card)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) (Appears on a Famous Wizard Card)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) (Appears on a Famous Wizard Card)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Appears as statue)
- Pottermore (Appears on a Famous Wizard Card)
Notes and references
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) - Console version
- Glossary at harrypotter.scholastic.com
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) - PC version
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 6 (The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 14 (Percy and Padfoot)
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