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People across the UK have always enjoyed an epic tale of magical adventure – now Royal Mail is bringing together some classic stories, both ancient and modern.

Magical Realms, issued on 8 March, features eight stamps (four 1st Class, two 60p and two 97p) which explore some of the world famous wizards and enchanters who have brought a touch of magic to millions of lives.

From the legendary tales of King Arthur to the million-selling books of Sir Terry Pratchett and J.K. Rowling, characters from myth, legend and literature are to take their place on this issue.

Many of these tales, whether ancient or modern, involved more than one magical character, so Royal Mail selected four different sets of stories, choosing two characters from each.

       The result is a combination of film imagery and newly commissioned work featuring the  myths and legends of King Arthur (Merlin and Morgan le Fay), the Narnia stories of CS Lewis (Aslan and The White Witch), J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series (Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort) and two characters from Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld  (Rincewind and Nanny Ogg).

 

Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, said: "For almost 1000 years wizards and magicians have been central characters to the British psyche. They appear in legends, poems, books and films, and are re-interpreted for each generation.

 

"In many of our great stories, wizards and witches have played a significant mystical role alongside kings and queens, for instance Merlin is inextricably linked to King Arthur; the Weird Sisters to Macbeth."

Magical Realms Stamps

 

Value

 

Description

1st - First Class inland letter rate

Rincewind

1st - First Class inland letter rate

Nanny Ogg

1st - First Class inland letter rate

Dumbledore

1st - First Class inland letter rate

Lord Voldemort

60p – European Basic Rate

Merlin

60p – European Basic Rate

Morgan le Fay

97p – Rest of World airmail up to 20gm

Aslan

97p – Rest of World airmail up to 20gm

The White Witch 

 

1st ClassRincewind

 

Rincewind was the first protagonist of Discworld; a wizard with no skill, no wizardly qualifications and no interest in heroics. He is the archetypal coward, but is constantly thrust into extremely dangerous adventures and not only manages to stay alive, but also saves Discworld on several occasions, and has an instrumental role in the emergence of life on Roundworld (Science of Discworld) and Discworld itself (Eric).

 

1st ClassNanny Ogg

Gytha Ogg is a witch from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. She is a member of the Lancre coven. Her singing voice, when echoed by a half filled bathtub, causes birds to fall from the sky and goat milk to turn into yoghurt while still in the goat.

1st ClassDumbledore

Dumbledore is the Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Sir Michael Gambon features on the stamp in character as Dumbledore, with imagery used from the film adaptation.

1st ClassLord Voldemort

A Dark wizard, Lord Voldemort and his followers are feared throughout the wizarding world. Ralph Fiennes features on the stamp in character as Lord Voldemort, with imagery used from the film adaptation.

 

 

 

60pMerlin

Merlin is a legendary wizard featured in the Arthurian legend. The standard depiction of the character first appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae, written c. 1136, and is based on an amalgamation of previous historical and legendary figures.

60p Morgan le Fay

 

Morgan le Fay, alternatively known as Morgane, Morgaine, Morgana and other variants, is a powerful sorceress in the Arthurian legend. Early works featuring Morgan do not elaborate her character beyond her role as a fay or magician. She became much more prominent in the later cyclical prose works as an antagonist to King Arthur and Queen Guinevere.

 

97p Aslan

 

Aslan, the "Great Lion", is the central character in The Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis. He is the eponymous lion of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and his role in Narnia is developed throughout the remaining books. He is the only character to appear in all seven books of the series.

 

97p The White Witch

Jadis, commonly known during her rule of Narnia as the White Witch, is the main villain of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first published book in C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia series. She is the Witch who froze Narnia in the Hundred Years Winter. Tilda Swinton features on the stamp in character as the White Witch, with imagery used from the film adaptation.

 

Feature

 

Type/Detail

Number of stamps

Eight

Design

So Design Consultants

Acknowledgements

Rincewind and Nanny Ogg illustrations by Howard Swindell; Discworld® characters © Terry Pratchett. Harry Potter characters ™ & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.  Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s10). Merlin and Morgan le Fay illustrations by Howard Swindell. Narnia characters © DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. and WALDEN MEDIA, LLC. All rights reserved. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, NARNIA, and all book titles, characters and locales original thereto are trademarks of C.S. Lewis Pte Ltd. and are used with permission

Stamp Format

Square

Stamp Size

35mm x 35mm

Printer

De La Rue Security Print

Print Process

Gravure

Number per Sheet

30/60

Perforations

14.5  x 14.5

Phosphor

All over

Gum

PVA

Miniature Sheet Technical Details:

 

Product Portfolio:

 

Presentation Pack No 453 – Magical Realms

Price: £6.21

 

The fully illustrated presentation pack contains the eight Magical Realms stamps. Inside cultural historian, novelist and film critic Kim Newman takes a look at the evolution of British fantasy from the tales of King Arthur to Harry Potter. The pack was designed by So Design Consultants and printed by Walsall Security Printers.

 

First Day Envelope

Price: 30p

 

First Day Cover

Mail Order Price: £5.41

 

The First Day Cover Envelope and filler card were designed by So Design Consultants with additional information about British fantasy by cultural historian, novelist and film critic Kim Newman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stamp Cards

Price £3.60 the set

 

Eight postcards bearing enlarged images of each of the Magical Realms stamps go on sale about a week before the stamp issue date. Printed by Fulmar Colour Printing Company Ltd

 

Postmarks

 

Two different pictorial 'first day of issue postmarks' are available for every new stamp issue:

Unstamped Royal Mail First Day Cover envelopes (price 30p) will be available from Post Officeâ branches and philatelic outlets approximately one week before issue. Collectors who hand in or post covers at main Post Officeâ branches will receive the pictorial MERLINS BRIDGE, HAVERFORDWEST first day postmark.

 

Alternatively, collectors may send stamped covers for the first day of issue to Royal Mail, Tallents House, 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9PB, quoting reference FD11 09 (Tallents House) or to any Special Handstamp Centre quoting reference FD11 10 (MERLINS BRIDGE, HAVERFORDWEST pictorial postmark) FD11 10NP (non-pictorial.

 

Thanks to:
Sent: Sat, January 8, 2011 4:30:13 AM
Subject: Royal Mail Stamp issue Magical Realms 8 March 2011

CORDIALES SALUDOS / GOOD LUCK /

JUAN FRANCO CRESPO STAMP JOURNALIST (AIPET)

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