Issue Date: 16/10/2018
Issue Name: Harry Potter Magical Methods Barcode Miniature Sheet 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 Methods Barcode miniature sheet cover. It features the Harry Potter stamps in the Barcoded miniature sheet - Pomona Sprout, Horace Slughorn, Sybill Trelawney, Rebus Lupin, Severus Snape and the Marauders Map, along with our Wizard Way 'potion bottle' postmark. It is available signed by Gemma Jones (who played Madam Pomfrey in the Harry Potter films).
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The image of witches around a cauldron, a gifted diviner able to predict the future or an alchemist turning lead into gold is a familiar theme in stories and legends throughout history. From Shakespeare’s three witches in the play Macbeth, in fairy tales - Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty, the evil Queen in Snow White, and the fairy godmother in Cinderella through to more modern stories such as Ursula K Le Guin’s Earthsea series, the wizards at the Unseen University in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, David Edding’s Belgariad and J K Rowling’s famous Harry Potter series to name only a few. Tales of magic and magicians, whether good or evil have enchanted readers for centuries.
Medicine, potions and magic have always been closely linked, the idea that a potion can make a person fall in love, turn invisible, be miraculously cured or be put into an eternal sleep is one that is frequently in many tales; for example, Sleeping Beauty is placed into an eternal slumber which can only be broken by true love’s kiss. Miraculous cures and poisons can be made from the most unusual ingredients (eye of newt and toe of frog from Macbeth), but many of these connotations actually have basis in scientific herbology. Certain plants such as St John’s Wort have properties known throughout history that, when used in the proper amounts, can have health benefits but can be dangerous if too much is used. Rosemary, for example, is known to aid digestion and have anti-inflammatory properties. Arrowroot has been used for hundreds of years, it is said that the name ‘Arrowroot’ comes from its use at drawing out poison from a poisoned arrow wound.
The desire to know what will happen in the future has given rise to many different beliefs and methods of ‘divining’ the future, from palm reading to staring into a Crystal Ball. For hundreds of years people have been trying to see the future by reading tea leaves. It is known as Tasseography; shapes made by the tea leaves are interpreted to mean that certain things will happen to the person that has consumed the tea. Reading the stars and movements of the celestial bodies in the sky, known as Astrology, are believed to reveal information about human affairs and events.
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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.