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Harry Potter and Thunderbirds Stamps are Go !

March 20, 2011

The Royal Mail has launched eight stamps celebrating British magical figures,

including Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter books.

Joining JK Rowling’s creations on first class stamps in the series are failed student

Rincewind and witch Nanny Ogg, from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books.

Aslan the Lion and the White Witch, from CS Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia,

feature on other stamps in the series.

The Arthurian figures of wizard Merlin and Morgan le Fay make up the set.

Sir Michael Gambon and Ralph Fiennes appear in character on the Potter stamps

in images taken from the successful movie franchise.The Narnia stamps also use images

from the recent film versions, with Tilda Swinton pictured as the White Witch.

According to its website, Royal Mail commissioned research from experts in British folklore

and cultural history to determine the most appropriate characters.

“It soon became obvious that most of these tales, whether ancient or modern, involved more

than one magical character,” a posting reads.”It was decided to look at four different sets

of stories and extract two characters from each.”

The work of Gerry Anderson who made all those fab childrens classics like Joe 90, Thunderbirds,

Stingray, Fireball XL5 and Captain Scarlett is also featured on a range of stamps.

There’s even a set of four that have been printed using microlenticular technology

so that when tilted the stamps show each vehicle’s launch sequence ! how fab is that ?

Get to your writing desks everyone !!!  More info and fascinating stamps to buy here.

Why not get some of my own Fishink stickers to put on the back of your letters ?

Available with many other products on the Fishink Site.

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