Issue Date: 16/10/2018
Issue Name: Harry Potter - Magical Tree 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 Magical Tree cover. It features 5 of the Harry Potter stamps - Neville Longbottom, Ginny Weasley, Hagrid's Motorbike, the Knight Bus and the Triwizard Cup, along with our London NI 'suitcases' postmark, and is available signed by Joshua Herdman (who played Gregory Goyle in the Harry Potter films), or James Payton (who features as Frank Longbottom, father of Neville Longbottom).
When walking through an ancient forest or gazing up at a tree which is hundreds of years old, imagining the history which these trees have lived through, it is easy to see why so many myths and legends have been based on the magic properties of trees or of the story taking place in a magical forest. Worship of nature and the elements is shown in many stories and also as part of a wide range of religions throughout civilizations all over the world, with many trees and sacred groves still being worshipped and revered to this day. Certain types of tree have, over the years, gained their own meanings and folklore. For example, the Elder tree is said in some myths to ward off evil and give protection from witches. In Viking mythology, there is a tree called Yggrasil which connects nine worlds together which was thought at one time to have been an Ash tree. Oak trees symbolise strength and endurance; it is said that Robin Hood took shelter in the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest. Gog and Magog are Oaks in Glastonbury which have been called the Trees of Avalon, according to legend they formed part of an avenue which led to Glastonbury Tor, traditionally identified as the legendary island of Avalon which is where King Arthur and Guinevere are believed to be buried.
Carvings and images of a man made of leaves or a face appearing from the foliage exist in architecture and in paintings all over the world, the ‘Green Man’ appears to be representative of rebirth and spring.
Many forests and woods are also believed to have mystical and legendary properties. Sherwood Forest is thought to be where Robin Hood and his outlaws lived, mentioned in a song as early as 1420. Many references to magical woods and trees appear in Literature and Film. Fairy tales such as Hansel and Gretel, Beauty and the Beast and Little Red Riding Hood take place in the woods. J R R Tolkien mentions the White Tree of Gondor in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ which stands as a symbol of the city of Gondor in Minas Tirith, along with other forests such as Mirkwood, Fangorn Forest and Lothlórien, where the elves live. In George R R Martin’s Game of Thrones series, one of the main religions reveres ‘the old gods’, groves of trees called a Godswood where prayers are said before a Heart Tree. The Forbidden Forest in J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series is dangerous and vast, with many unicorns, centaurs and giant spiders (and giants!) living in the depths of the forest. The Whomping Willow is another magical tree in Rowling’s books which is a tree that attacks anyone that goes near.
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