Hedwig, we've got a stack of letters to send.
Cue the theme song and your favourite film, the Royal Mail are feeding our decades long obsession with Harry Potter. If you still haven’t given up hope that an owl from Hogwarts is coming with your letter, you’ll now be able to send a very angry letter of complaint – stamped with one of your favourite Potter characters. The Royal Mail are releasing fifteen new magical stamps and we’re totally obsessed.
The selection of stamps are available for pre-order now and they’re covered in characters from the films, including Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Severus Snape, Remus Lupin and – your least favourite characters – Ginny Weasley and Horace Slughorn. They’ve also opted for some nicher characters like Pomona Sprout and Professor Trelawney which is was a welcome surprise.
In the corner of the main characters’ stamps, there’s also a number of fun little details that throw back to some of their most significant moments in the books. For instance, Harry’s stamp has a small golden snitch in the corner, Hermione’s has a time turner, Neville’s has the sword of Godric Gryffindor and Ron has a gigantic chess piece – a reference to his escapade with wizarding chess in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Other characters like Remus Lupin and Severus Snape are set against a backdrop right from out of the Marauders Map, complete with fading footsteps.
According to The Mirror, if you shine an ultraviolet light on each of the Potter stamps then it reveals a number of ‘hidden details’ you’’ll just have to find out for yourself.
The one in in the top left corner is also a reference to Harry’s scar as well as the iconic Harry Potter font, which transforms the length of the number into a lightning bolt.
Royal Mail’s Philip Parker said, ‘The Harry Potter movies continue to thrill and delight audiences of all ages. The goal with our stamps is to capture the excitement of the Wizarding World and the heroism of the students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.’
And we know what you’re thinking. Where are my favourite characters, namely, all the vehicles from the series? Well, Royal Mail has you sorted as well as there’s also a collection of stamps featuring the Hogwarts Express, the Night Bus, Hagrid’s Motorbike and the Weasley’s enchanted Ford Anglia. Don’t say that Royal Mail never did anything for you.
The stamps will be released on October 16, but you can pre-order the stamps now if you’re a keen bean.
(We’re expecting to them to go fast.)