Published on September 27th, 2018 | by Sam Rose
Return to Hogwarts with Harry Potter Special Stamps!
It’s time to enter back into the spellbinding world of Harry Potter with the Royal Mail’s newest special stamp release!
On the 26th of June 1997, British author J.K Rowling produced the first in a long series of fantasy novels that would revolutionize the genre and become one of the most beloved and popular chronicles to be brought to life on cinema screens around the world for years to come. Eventually evolving into a deep, engaging and sometimes gritty story arch centered around the ‘Boy Who Lived’ Harry Potter and his close friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, the Harry Potter franchise has become unmistakably iconic and a cornerstone in literature and film. Royal Mail’s newest special stamp release celebrates the meteoric rise of the Harry Potter universe, depicting several memorable moments from the film series and shines a spotlight on its most prominent characters.
Harry Potter Special Stamps
Featured in a spellbinding Presentation Pack and as a series of refined Stamp Cards, the Harry Potter Special Stamps highlight the most story-defining and character shaping moments throughout the franchise’s films. The imagery featured within the background of each stamps serves as a special nod to emotional triumphs, hardships and revelations experienced by the franchise’s main characters. Each stamp design is carefully detailed with the intricate artwork of each character’s portrait, along with objects and items of subtle significance featured within . And if you dig deep enough, you may just uncover some special ‘illuminating’ secrets hidden in each design with the use of some UV light…
Please note, this article contains several spoilers related to the Harry Potter films.
1st Class – Hermione Granger
With her loyalty and bravery, Hermione Jean Granger is an important supporting character in the Harry Potter universe. Becoming best friends with both Harry and Ron after being saved from a mountain troll attack at Hogwarts by the pair, Hermione has several character defining moments in the series including the use of the ‘Time-Turner’. The significance of this possession comes to the forefront during ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’, when Hermione and Harry must use the device to help rescue Sirius Black and Buckbeak the Hippogriff from the menacing ‘Dementors’. By turning back time with the device, both Hermione and Harry are able to ward off the horrifying creatures and travel back by a few hours to resolve the timeline gap.
1st Class – Hogwarts Express
Representing the wonder and enchantment of Hogwarts, the ‘Hogwarts Express’ is the mystical train which forms as the main vehicle of travel for students of Hogwarts every school term. The train is first introduced during ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, where Harry is taken to King’s Cross station by Hagrid to board a train to reach the school of witchcraft and wizardry. Though on first glance, the platform for which the Hogwarts Express is based at is nowhere to be seen, Harry meets the Weasley Family, who advise him that to get on the train, he needs to reach ‘Platform Nine and Three Quarters’. To reach the platform, Molly Weasley instructs Harry that he must run at speed at one of the walls of the station, which to Harry’s amazement, reveals the platform and the ‘Hogwarts Express’ rolling into the station.
1st Class – Harry Potter
Harry Potter serves as the lead protagonist and main character in the Harry Potter universe. An orphan from the age of one after the death of his parents by the sinister Lord Voldemort, he learns only of his wizard abilities on his 11th birthday. After escaping from his remaining family, the nasty ‘Dursleys’, Harry embarks on his destiny to harness his powers and attends Hogwarts, the school for young witches and wizards. Whilst at the school, Harry becomes involved in the sport of Quidditch and is the driving force behind his school house, Gryffindor, capturing the ‘House Cup’ in ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’. Taking the most important position in the team, the ‘Seeker’, Harry achieves one of his first greatest feats in the franchise when he captures the ‘Golden Snitch’.
1st Class – Flying Ford Anglia
Forming an important part of the second film in the franchise, ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’, the ‘Flying Ford Anglia’ proves to be the only gateway to Hogwarts for both Harry and Ron after being both blocked from the magical ‘Platform Nine and Three Quarters’. To reach the school of witchcraft and wizardry in time for the beginning of the new term, Harry and Ron steal a ‘Flying Ford Anglia’ from outside of King’s Cross Station but crash into the ‘Whomping Willow’, a large and vicious tree which thrashes it’s branches at those who approach it. After escaping its clutches, Harry and Ron soon arrive at the school, before being handed a detention by an onlooking Professor Snape.
1st Class – Ron Weasley
Often referred to as the ‘sidekick’ of the long-running franchise, Ronald Bilius Weasley still has great importance in the Harry Potter films and novels. After first meeting Harry at King’s Cross Station, Ron strikes up a strong friendship with Harry after being fascinated by the fame that surrounds him. The two friends are both assigned to the Gryffindor house at Hogwarts along with Hermione, which signifies the start of the three heroes’ epic adventures. Initially lacking in confidence, Ron’s most heroic moment arises during ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, in which Ron must conquer a game of chess to save the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ falling into the evil hands of Professor Quirrell. By sacrificing himself during the climax of the giant chess piece battle, Ron’s ability to prove himself awards Gryffindor with some last-minute points to win the house of Gryffindor the House Cup during the first term of Hogwarts.
1st Class – Hagrid’s Motorbike
Harry’s association with Rubeus Hagrid, Hogwarts’ ‘Keeper of Keys and Grounds’, first begins during ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’. After Harry continues to ignore letters sent by owls telling him of his acceptance into Hogwarts, Hagrid appears to reveal to Harry that he is a wizard and has been accepted into the school of wizardry and witchcraft against the ‘Dursleys’’ wishes. Hagrid is regularly featured throughout the rest of the franchise as a friend to Harry, Ron and Hermione but has his most crucial involvement during ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’. In a race against time to reach the ‘Order of the Phoenix’, Harry and Hagrid embark on a perilous journey using Hagrid’s Motorbike, whilst attempting to outrun the frightening ‘Death Eaters’ and Lord Voldemort himself.
1st Class – Ginny Weasley
Younger sister to the six brothers within the Weasley family, Ginny Weasley becomes a first-year student at Hogwarts during ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’. In a pivotal point of the film of the same name, Ginny is revealed to have in avertedly opened the ‘Chamber of Secrets’ by writing in Tom Riddle’s old school diary, which possesses her into attacking Muggle-born students at the school. After her initial wrong-doing, Ginny’s importance in the franchise continues to grow later in the franchise, as she works with both Neville and Luna to reunite ‘Dumbledore’s Army’ to fight against the nefarious Lord Voldemort and the ‘Death Eaters’. Ginny also becomes a romantic interest to Harry, with their relationship taking several twists and turns throughout.
1st Class – Triwizard Cup
The ‘Triwizard Cup’ and the ‘Triwizard Tournament’ are prominent throughout the course of ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’. After Dumbledore announces that Hogwarts will be hosting the Triwizard Tournament, the ‘Goblet of Fire’ is used to pick out the participants. With candidates from other wizarding schools eligible to take part, the Goblet picks out Fleur Delacour from Beauxbatons Academy, Viktor Krum from Durmstrang Institute, Cedric Diggory from Hogwarts and mysteriously, Harry Potter also from Hogwarts. The culmination of the tournament sees the winner earn one thousand ‘Galleons’ along with the prestigious ‘Triwizard Cup’. The dangerous tasks throughout the course of the tournament tie heavily into the main plot of the novel and film, with the cup being revealed as a ‘Portkey’ which transports both Harry and Cedric to a graveyard during one of the films many storyline twists.
1st Class – Neville Longbottom
On first impressions, Neville Longbottom is portrayed as a disorganised character, often being mediocre in his overall skills and confidence during his first few years of his time at Hogwarts. Whilst he has a minor role in the first few films, Neville reaches a turning point in both ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’. During the latter novel and film, Neville spends much of his year at Hogwarts helping to lead a resistance against Lord Voldemort and re-forms ‘Dumbledore’s Army’. Neville’s more daring and heroic moment arises when he pulls Godric Gryffindor’s sword from the ‘Sorting Hat’ and uses it to behead the sixth of Lord Voldemort’s seven ‘Horcruxes’, ‘Nagani’. Neville also assists Ron in defeating a vicious werewolf known as Fenrir Greyback with their magic during the ‘Death Eaters’ last stand.
1st Class – Knight Bus
Regarded as the main transport for witches and wizards wishing to travel discreetly, the ‘Knight Bus’ first appears in ‘Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban’. After unintentionally hailing the bus by holding his wand outwards into the street, Harry uses the bus to travel from Little Whinging (the fictional town where the Dursley’s live) to The Leaky Cauldron (a pub located on Charing Cross Road and gateway between the non-magical world and ‘Diagon Alley’). With the unique ability to appear invisible to ‘Muggles’ throughout the world, the ‘Knight Bus’ is able to drive at hundred-mile leaps on long journeys, with its interior dynamically changing during the day and in the night time. Harry has his final ride on the bus during ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’, accompanied by some of his friends.
Harry Potter Collectibles
Alongside this rich collection of stamps based on the Harry Potter™ universe, we have a wide range of other collectibles perfect for those interested in the world of witchcraft and wizardry, such as Framed Stamps, Miniature Sheets, Retail Stamp Books and Generic Sheets. All of these are available from the Post Office Shop, so why not cast your mouse over to our website today?
Our Giveaway Winners
A big congratulations to our recent giveaway winners listed below who will receive a Harry Potter Special Stamps Presentation Pack!
We hope that you enjoy your prize!
Shruti from Edgware
Carol from Wembley
Lisa from Dorset
Kate from Swindon
Jo from West Sussex
Helen from Sunderland
Keith from Newhaven
Samantha from Merseyside
Scott from Kettering
Sarah from Belbroughton
Acknowledgments: HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s18). Anglia is a trademark owned and licensed by Ford Motor Company. Words: HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. WB SHIELD © & ™ WBEI WIZARDING WORLD trademark and logo © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing rights © JKR. (s18). Anglia is a trademark owned and licensed by Ford Motor Company. Acknowledgements: HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. WB SHIELD: © & ™ WBEI. WIZARDING WORLD trademark and logo © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing rights © JKR. (s18). Anglia is a trademark owned and licensed by Ford Motor Company.