Alchemy and Science: Fantastic Beasts’ real-life connection to a 14th century Parisian scribe

With the new Fantastic Beasts film — the second in the franchise, J.K. Rowling takes audiences deeper into the world that pre-dated Harry Potter and his friends. Newt Scamander’s 1920s New York and Europe is alive with wizardry, magic and…alchemy. Rowling has often drawn from mythology and folklore to create the Potter universe, with key elements like the philosopher’s stone and the real life alchemist who discovered it having a place in true history…. We interviewed historian Brian Regal about the place of alchemy in the history of science.