Issue Date: 16/10/2018
Issue Name: Harry Potter Pair of Smilers Covers
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 pair of Owl covers. Each cover features 5 stamps and labels from Royal Mail's Harry Potter collector sheet along with a first day of issue postmark (to be confirmed). This cover is also available as a single cover featuring one smilers stamp and label (our choice of stamp and label).
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Animals have always been revered and respected throughout many cultures in history, for example the Ancient Egyptians, whose many animal headed gods were at the head of their religious civilization. Many animals hold great significance in mythology and magic.
The lion has been an important symbol to humans for tens of thousands of years and appears as a theme in cultures across Europe, Asia, and Africa. Initially, they were depicted accurately in the earliest of graphic representations by humans as organized hunters with great strength, strategies, and skills. As depictions of human cultural ceremonies appeared, lions were often used symbolically and may have played significant roles in magic as, or with close association with deities, and served as intermediaries and clan identities. Aker is one of the oldest Egyptian lion gods. He guarded the gate of the dawn through which the sun god emerged everyday. He is also thought to cure snake bites and he opened the doors to the underworld for deceased pharaohs.
The Eagle is also placed in legend, an old story exists that the eagle among animals can look into the sun. As stated by the translation of St Augustine ‘The sun invigorates the eyes of eagles, but ignores our own.’ The symbol of the eagle often means that they see more than we can and so are considered to have great insight and understanding.
The Badger can be traced to Folklore of Europe and Asia as a character in fiction where their nocturnal habits have given them an air of mystery. The badger character is a shapeshifter in Chinese and Japanese folklore. Older versions of these stories regard the Badger as having similar powers to the bear, but as bear populations dwindled, the folklore shifted to use the badger (in Germany and England), and the groundhog (in the United States). In England, the badger character has been adopted in many quarters as a mascot, a symbol of hard work and protectiveness - an evolution from the historic practice of using the badger in heraldic design.
Snakes are probably one of the most popular and associated icons in mythology. Regularly regarded as guardians of the Underworld or messengers between the Upper and Lower worlds because they lived in cracks and holes in the ground. The Gorgons of Greek myth were snake-women (a common hybrid) whose gaze would turn flesh into stone, the most famous of them being Medusa.
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