Alchemy is the magical discipline concerned with the transmutation and manipulation of matter. It is remembered for its role in Enlightenment-era science, in which it gained a large following of scholars who sought to turn common metals into gold, to convert ordinary materials into gemstones, and to create the Philosopher's Stone.
Uses of Alchemy
There are several occurrences in the series and in history when Alchemy has been used. Here are some of the things it can do:
- Transmutation: Changing a solid to a liquid or a liquid to a solid, and changing them back again.
- Philosopher's Stone: A material of incredible power which can facilitate alchemical practice and temporarily grant immortality. The recipe for the Stone - which can be found on the seventh page of the Codex - changes every month; attempting to use the same recipe twice can have disastrous effects.
- Attraction: Leygates can be redirected using some principle of mutual attraction.
- DNA Manipulation: Alchemists can manipulate or activate sections of DNA; this is exemplified by Nicholas Flamel growing a small forest from a hardwood floor in The Alchemyst.