Issue Date: 16/10/2018
Issue Name: Harry Potter - Mystical Stag Stamp Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The critically acclaimed Harry Potter films have attracted huge audiences worldwide, with the popularity still prevailing even though it is seven years since the last film was released. Harry Potter remains one of the most popular and enduring themes worldwide.
If you never got your acceptance letter to Hogwarts (we all know it’s just lost in the mail), you can still own your own piece of magic with this stunning Mystical Stag cover. It features 5 of the Harry Potter stamps - Harry Potter, Hermoine Granger, Ron Weasley, Hogwarts Express and the flying Ford Anglia, along with our Privet Drive, Bristol postmark.
It is available double signed by Adrian Rawlins (who features as Harry's father James Potter) and Chris Rankin (who plays Percy Weasley), or signed by Gemma Jones (who played Madam Pomfrey in the Harry Potter film series).
The White Stag
The white stag has played a prominent role in cultural mythology and it has often been synonymous with the Unicorn that appears in folklore and mythology all around the world.
In the past the white stag has been invoked for its symbolism. The colour white has long been associated with purity; and in Celtic culture, the colour also represented the otherworld. In modern society, people have acted to protect the white stag as a vestige of beauty, and the hunting of the white stag has often met with anger, because of it’s rare and elusive nature.
The White Hart was the badge of King Richard II of England, who may have obtained it from the arms of his mother, Joan “The Fair Maid of Kent”, heiress of Edmund of Woodstock. It may also have been a pun on his name, “Rich-hart”. Richard’s White Hart is lying down and wears a gold crown as a collar, attached to a long gold chain, symbolising both the suffering of Christ and Richard’s burden of kingship, both noble and enslaved. It associated Richard’s rule with piety and asserted his divine authority.
There are many white stags in fiction: Guigemar, one of the twelve Lais of Marie de France, The White Stag of Hungarian mythology was the subject of a children’s book of the same name and fairy tales such as The White Doe by Madame d’Aulnoy and William Wordsworth’s The White Doe of Rylstone. In C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe novel, the Pevensie children (now grown-up kings and queens) hunt a white Stag, hoping to gain wishes for catching it. It is in their pursuit of the Stag that they stumble back through the wardrobe and into their own world, returned to childhood. The Myth of the White Stag is a theme in the Black Butler anime. The White Stag makes an appearance in Harry Potter as a Patronus Charm (form of protection) used by Harry Potter’s future self to guide him. Harry’s father is also known to use the same Patronus. Films such as Snow White and the Huntsman and The Hobbit trilogy also prominently feature white stags.
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Adrian Justin Rawlins is an English actor who is probably best known for playing Arthur Kidd in The Woman in Black and James Potter in the Harry Potter films.
Christopher William "Chris" Rankin is a New Zealand-born British actor who is best known for playing Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter film franchise.
Jennifer Gemma Jones is an English character actress on both stage and screen. Her film appearances include Sense and Sensibility, Bridget Jones's Diary and Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.