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Magical Realms - 8 March 2011

From the legendary tales of King Arthur and his court magician Merlin to the million selling books of Sir Terry Pratchett and JK Rowling the British have always enjoyed an epic tale of magical adventure. This issue salutes some of the heroes and villains that have enchanted generations of readers.

Rincewind the Wizard Discworld Stamp.Nanny Ogg the Witch, Discworld Stamp Dumbledore Harry Potter Stamp.Voldemort Harry Potter Stamp.Merlin stamp: King Arthur's tales.Morgan Le Fey or Morgana stamp: KIng Arthur.Aslan - CS Lewis Narnia Stamp.The White Witch, CS Lewis Narnia Stamp.
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1st class:
Rincewind & Nanny Ogg (Terry Pratchett's Discworld)
Dumbledore & Lord Voldemort (JK Rowling's Harry Potter)

Merlin & Morgan Le Fay (Arthurian Legend)

Aslan & The White Witch (C S Lewis's Narnia)

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Magical realms set of 8 stamps. Actual stamps.
These are printed in vertical se-tenant pairs, as shown.

The stamps in detail

1st Class – Rincewind
Rincewind is the central character in many of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. A failed student at the Unseen University for wizards in Ankh-Morpork, he is reputed for being able to solve minor problems by turning them into major disasters, usually by running away.

1st Class – Nanny 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 Class – Dumbledore
Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is the headmaster of the Wizarding school Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is the founder and leader of the ‘Order of the Phoenix’, an organisation dedicated to fighting Lord Voldemort.

1st Class – Voldemort
Lord Voldemort is the main antagonist in the Harry Potter novel series written by JK Rowling.  Voldemort first appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which was released in 1997 and then either in person or in flashbacks in each book in the series, except the third, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, where he was only mentioned.

60p – Merlin
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 Queen
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.
Technical details:
The 35 x 35mm stamps are designed by So Design Consultants and printed in gravure by De La Rue Security Print, perf 14.5 x 14.5, with all over phosphor in sheets of 30/60.  Unusually, these are vertical se-tenant pairs.
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.  All images copyright Royal Mail ©2011.

Products issued

Set of 8 stamps mint
Presentation Pack 
Set of 8 stamp cards
First Day Cover

Special first day of issue postmarks are shown here. These cannot be obtained the date of issue; more may be added. Not to scale.

official first day postmark showing spider's web. official first day postmark showing Rincewind (Discworld wizard's) hat. official non-pictorial Merlin's Bridge, postmark. Postmark showing locked book. Postmark showing hooded figure.
Ref FD1109
Philatelic Bureau Official First Day postmark.
Ref FD1110
Official Merlin's Bridge, Haverfordwest First Day postmark.
Ref FD1110N
Merlin's Bridge, Haverfordwest non-pictorial FD postmark
Ref L12067
Magical Realms Bishop's Stortford
Ref L12068
Magical Realms, Amesbury, Salisbury
postmark showing merlin. Postmark showing Glastonbury Tor. Postmark showing a wizard. Postmark showing a Welsh Dragon.
Ref M12069 Magical Realms, Arthur Road, Birmingham Ref W12071 Magical Heroes & Villains (!) Glastonbury, Somerset Ref L12076 Heroes & Villains, Farnborough, Hants. Ref L12077 Magical Realms, Merlin Street, London WC1X

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