Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks

Harry Potter - 17 July 2007: BUY NOW FOR CHRISTMAS!

The publication of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows marks the completion of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter saga and Royal Mail is marking this with the issue of a set of 7 stamps featuring the book covers. A miniature sheet of 5 stamps depicting the Hogwarts School Crest and the crest of the 4 houses was also issued.

Harry Potter stamps showing volumes 1-4 of the stories.
Harry Potter stamps showing volumes 5-7 of the stories.

The set of 7 stamps will have designs based on the book covers:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The stamps will be issued in a strip of 7 and are split here only for display purposes.

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Royal Mail Miniature sheet of 5 x 1st class Harry Potter stamps showing the Hogwarts crest and the crests of the 4 school houses Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Gryffindor.

Miniature sheet of 5 x 1st class stamps showing the Hogwarts crest and the crests of the 4 school houses Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Gryffindor.

Julietta Edgar, head of special stamps at the Royal Mail, said: "There's no doubt that JK Rowling's Harry Potter novels, published in dozens of languages worldwide, have made a phenomenal impact on our reading habits."


Smilers Sheet

Royal Mail will also issue a Smilers Sheet containing the crest stamps in the miniature sheet. These will be self-adhesive and printed by Cartor in lithography using thermachromic ink. First sight of the Harry Potter Generic sheet is shown here: design of this product is still subject to change. The first picture shows the 'cold' sheet with the names of the spells. The second picture shows the spells, as revealed when the thermachromic ink is warmed. There will be 20 different label/stamp combinations, requiring 4 FDCs. Click on the sheets for larger views.

Harry Potter Smilers Sheet, view of thermachromic ink.
Harry Potter Smilers Sheet, view under thermachromic ink.


Technical details:

The stamps and miniature sheet were designed by True North, and are printed by Walsall Security Printers. The normal sheet stamps are a maximum of 27 x 37mm and are printed in lithography. The miniature sheet (123x70mm) is printed by lithography with stamps 20 x 24mm.
Copyright: All stamp and stamp product images except Norvic FDCs are copyright Royal Mail 2007. Norvic FDCs are copyright Norvic Philatelics 2007.
The images on the stamps are TM & Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights J. K. Rowling.
Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone, Cover illustrations 1997 Thomas Taylor; Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets, Cover illustrations 1998 Cliff Wright; Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban, Cover illustrations 1999 Cliff Wright; Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, Cover illustrations by Giles Greenfield 2000 Bloomsbury Publishing plc; Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Cover illustrations by Jason Cockcroft 2003 Bloomsbury Publishing plc; Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, Cover illustrations by Jason Cockcroft 2005 Bloomsbury Publishing plc; Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Cover illustrations by Jason Cockcroft 2007 Bloomsbury Publishing plc.


Royal Mail presentation pack for Harry Potter stamps.

Other products:

Set of 7 stamps
Miniature sheet 
Presentation Pack (contains 7 stamps plus MS)  shown at right -->
Smilers Sheet -
Set of 7 on Royal Mail FDC
Miniature sheet on Royal Mail FDC
Set of 13 stamp cards unused -  (see below).

Royal Mail first day cover for Harry Potter stamps miniature sheet.Royal Mail first day cover for Harry Potter stamps miniature sheet.
Set of 13 Harry Potter stamp cards issued 17 July 2007.



Special Postmarks
Postmarks available for the day of issue are shown below - these may not be to scale.

postmark illustrated with owls. Broom, Alcester postmark illustrated with boy on broomstick. Non-illustrated Broom first day postmark. Postmark showing a barn owl. Postmark showing front of steam locomotive (Hogwarts Express?).
Ref FD740
Philatelic Bureau Official Postmark
Ref FD741
Broom, Alcester, Official Postmark
Ref FD741NP
Broom, Alcester, Official non-pictorial Postmark
Ref N10589
Alnwick, Northumberland
Ref N10590
Goathland, North Yorkshire
postmark illustrated with an owl. postmark illustrated entrance to platform 9 3/4.

CANCELLED

Postmark showing a wand and stars. Postmark showing a broomstick.
Ref L10582
Leading the Way, Flights of Fancy, Owl Close, South Croydon
Ref L10581
King's Cross Station, London N1
The postmark Harry Potter, Snape, Suffolk has been cancelled Ref L10663
School of Wizardry, Potter's Bar
Ref L10664
School of Flying, Broome, Bungay
postmark showing badge of Hogwarts Gryffindor House for Harry Potter stamps. postmark showing badge of Hogwarts Hufflepuff House for Harry Potter stamps. postmark showing badge of Hogwarts School for Harry Potter stamps. postmark showing badge of Hogwarts Ravenclaw House for Harry Potter stamps. postmark showing badge of Hogwarts Slytherin House for Harry Potter stamps.
Ref L10650
Harry Potter TM {Gryffindor Crest} Bracknell
Ref L10647
Harry Potter TM (Hufflepuff Crest) London W1
Ref N10656
(Hogwarts Crest) Alnwick Harry Potter TM
Ref L10648 Harry Potter TM {Ravenclaw crest) London N1 Ref W10657 Harry Potter TM {Slytherin Crest) Chipping Sodbury, Bristol
postmark illustrated with a wizard . postmark showing Potter coat of arms. Postmark illustrated with 'flying' books. Postmark illustrated with Hogwarts Express steam train.
Ref M10634
Phoneix Rise, Birmingham
Ref N10636
The Potter Magic, Potter Street, Radcliffe
Ref N10637
The Magic of Books, Potter Street, Radcliffe
Ref L10649
Hogwarts' Express, King's Cross, London N1
postmark showing Hogwarts School.
postmark showing the Golden Snitch.
postmark showing a pair of spectacles.
postmark showing Harry Potter on a Broomstick.
postmark showing a dragon.
Ref L10662
Spellbrook, Herts
Ref L10661
Quidditch Lane, Cambourne
Ref N10676
Muggleswick, Co. Durham
Ref M10673
Nimbus, Dosthill, Tamworth
Ref L10665
Wizards and Dragons, Bloomsbury, London WC1


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