Royal Mail Releases Lord Voldemort and Albus Dumbledore 1st Class Stamps Today (Updated)

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Mar 08, 2011

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The Royal Mail have issued their range of “Magical Realms” stamps today, Tuesday 8th March, including two 1st Class stamps featuring Michael Gambon and Ralph Fiennes as Albus Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort respectively. Update: You can now find images of the stamps right here in our galleries. In a press release, the Royal Mail wrote:

Magical Realms (…) features some of the world famous wizards and enchanters who have brought a touch of magic to millions of people, from the legendary tales of King Arthur to the million-selling books of C.S. Lewis, Sir Terry Pratchett and J.K. Rowling.

The set of eight stamps use a combination of film imagery and newly commissioned images. The set of stamps includes the myths and legends of King Arthur through two 60p stamps of Merlin and Morgan le Fay, while two 97p stamps reveal images of Aslan and the White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia. The set is completed by four 1st Class stamps portraying Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and Rincewind and Nanny Ogg from Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.

Renowned author Sir Terry Pratchett is quoted as saying:

Throughout history wizards and magicians have always held a beguiling place in the British psyche. In legends, poems, books and films, they have been a constant source of inspiration for generations.

Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, said:

People across the UK have always enjoyed an epic tale of magical adventure, so we decided to bring together these classic stories, both ancient and modern, in one set of stamps.

Many of these tales involve more than one magical character, so we selected four different sets of stories, choosing two characters from each. The result is a beautiful set of stamps and a fitting tribute to these legends of literature.

Stamps and stamp products are available at all Post Offices, or online at this link and from Royal Mail Tallents House (tel. 08457 641 641), 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9PB.

Pictures of the stamps can be seen at this link in our galleries from here.





41 Responses to Royal Mail Releases Lord Voldemort and Albus Dumbledore 1st Class Stamps Today (Updated)

Avatar ImageVictory-Starr says: Awww. I want some!Avatar Imagegexpert says: Wonder what people would think when they see the stamp while receiving the mail.Avatar ImageCDR says: Nice stamps!!!Avatar ImageHarrypotterultrafan says: Great stamps I wanna send two letters to myself with those stamps on lmao!! :P Is that sad :PAvatar Imagenellythemarrow says: Nanny Ogg and Rincewind stamps! Awesome! Brilliant about Voldy and Dumblydorr as well, of course, but I really like the Discworld ones. The Merlin and Morgan ones are great, too. Methinks I shall see if I can get these.Avatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: This is so cool!Avatar ImageMiss.Weasley says: Bilmey, how cool! ...and it promotes us, fans sending real letters, something that wizards have to do :]Avatar ImageDrakitha says: They need to come out with US stamps. D:Avatar ImageJessicaLyn108 says: I think I need to buy some of these to put on the postcards that I send from the Owlry at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, cuz that would make them even more epic.Avatar ImageIceholic says: Poor Gandalf... Avatar ImageChaseT says: This is amazing. I want someAvatar ImageHogwartsHP says: I want some !§!Avatar ImageEmmaline10248 says: so cool i wish the US had someAvatar Imageladydars says: Oh I'd like to see the Dumbledore one... Hopefully they still have them when I'm in the UK and I can excite my HP friends by sending them letters with HP stamps!Avatar ImageCristalShandaLear says: Isn't putting Voldemort on a postage stamp kind of like putting Hitler on a postage stamp? I know it's fiction and all, but geesh....how about Dumbledore and uh....Potter maybe?Avatar Imageogdensnut says: I'm going to buy several packs then send myself a letter covered in them (with my address barely visible) just like Molly Weasley, lol. Can't wait for these!!Avatar Imagebellatrix15101 says: I want these. Badly. Yet another reason for me to wish I lived in England.Avatar ImageFawkes1706 says: These are the coolest stamps ever! All my favourite characters in a collection! Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: I would love to get one of those on a letter!!!!Avatar Imagejhlovesmusic says: THAT IS SO COOL!!! :D Love it!!! :D I also have to agree, the U.S needs some cool stamps like that... :)Avatar ImageHBPFan says: I'd love to have those stamps, always a reminder of some of the world's best books ever written! Maybe one day..Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: coolAvatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: @Iceholic, Tolkien's work has been well represented on UK stamps before now. @CristalShandaLear, I agree, the 2nd one should have been Minerva McG (if they were keeping to the male-female pattern of the other stamps) or Snape (if they were just going for the most interesting characters). I assume they were keeping it to adult magic-users, hence not Potter. I imagine if you're outside the UK you can order sets via the Royal Mail website. I bought mine yesterday morning from the local post office, hahaha!Avatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: They seem to be available for online purchase here: http://www.norvic-philatelics.co.uk/2011/03a-magical_realms.htmAvatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: And this is the official site. (You can buy postcards of the designs too.) http://www.royalmail.com/portal/rm/shop?catId=9300091&pageId=shp_prdlist&category=cat99040025&RMGRMPPC_=_magical_realms_+stampsAvatar ImageFresca says: The Royal Post produces beautiful stamps and these are going to be both fun and beautiful. If you can get your hands on a year book of British stamps from Canada Post, you can order from there too.Avatar ImageXyra44 says: This is really interesting. I love how they chose a positive and negative force from the series thus depicting the struggle of good and evil. Avatar ImageMySongIsLaughter says: now... can I justify buying a load of stamps tomorrow? might encourage me to actually send off all the stuff I've been meaning to...Avatar ImageIceholic says: @Valeria-Johanna, oh yeah, it didn't occur to me (I only knew of the Kiwi ones, which I have, btw hehe)Avatar Imagelunalovewentz says: Glad to see that the UK takes Harry Potter so seriously. They embrace these characters like mascotts. Don't get me wrong, it's a wonderful thing. The US has put Elvis on a stamp, so it is fitting that they are putting Dumbledore and he who must be named on their stamps. It's a great idea! Good Job! Avatar Imagespelljinxcursehexcharm says: Awesome! JKR has books, movies, merchandise, clothing, amusement park, and now postage stamps. HARRY POTTER IS TAKING OVER THE WORLD!!!! But, why Voldemort? Why Dumbledore? I wish they picked someone, like, not ugly.Avatar ImageChocolatefrog 95 says: Hahaha! How cool! Great idea, really!^^Avatar Imageykaitot says: I want some *puppydog pout*Avatar ImageFiniteincantatum says: I WANT SOME THEY'RE AMAZINGAvatar Imagegarfiun says: Ive got all the rest so I think ill be picking these up for the collection.Avatar ImagegeorgeROCKS says: They are awesome. I bought some today and am putting one on an envelope because i am writing to the phelps twinsAvatar ImageFelixMarauder says: Just ordered mine! They look amazing and I'm actually glad they're including not just HP but also Discworld, Merlin and Morgan de Fey. Couldn't really care less about Aslan and the White Witch but I like having the whole set. It's really not all that expensive, even shipping to the USA was only £2.45. Can't wait to get them in!! Squee!Avatar Imagekiwimci says: @CristalShandaLear, gimmie a break it's fiction! I love totally buying them I adored the all 7 Bloomsbury books they did on stamps way back in 2007. I still have them in their little display packet as well as the bonus stamps of the Hogwarts crest and the four houses, I loved those, so have to get these to add to the collectionAvatar Imagefrodobagginssp says: now that is called mail with STYLE!Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: That's amazing! I bet, when J.K.Rowling looks at this, she'll be all like, "Whoa. I didn't know my imagination made that big of an impact!" lOl. Right? Still, it's really cool and I sort of want some now!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: I give my stamp of approval...

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