Royal Mail Stamp Guide 2018, Harry Potter, 16 October 2018

Royal Mail have issued a second set of Harry Potter stamps, this time celebrating the success of the film franchise which starred a host of British actors and was based on the books by British author JK Rowling

Royal Mail have issued a previously unannounced set of fifteen Harry Potter stamps, said to be issued to ‘celebrate the series of eight Harry Potter films’.

The new stamps, which go on sale from 16 October, feature characters:

  • Harry Potter
  • Hermione Granger
  • Ron Weasley
  • Ginny Weasley
  • Neville Longbottom

Further values show modes of transport from the films, namely:

  • the Hogwarts Express
  • Hagrid’s enchanted motorbike
  • the flying Ford Anglia
  • the Knight Bus
  • The Triwizard Cup also makes an appearance

If that wasn’t enough, a miniature sheet of five stamps has also been issued featuring professors from the films:

  • Pomona Sprout
  • Remus Lupin
  • Horace Slughorn
  • Sybill Trelawney
  • Severus Snape

…with the stamps set against a background of the Marauder’s Map from the films. 

Royal Mail has also revealed that the stamps include hidden details that are only visible under ultraviolet light, whilst the style of the ‘1’ depicting the value on each of the stamps is in the special font used for the films.

QUICK LINK: See the secrets hidden within the stamps and mini-sheet.

As many collectors will know, this is the second set of stamps dedicated to author JK Rowling’s characters, with twelve stamps issued in July 2007 to celebrate the popular books.

In addition to the stamps, a range of products are available including a prestige stamp book and medal covers.

Technical details - stamps

Number of stamps: Ten
Value of Stamps: 1st Class
Design: True North; digital image enhancement: Smoke & Mirrors London
Acknowledgements: HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s18)
Stamp Format: Landscape
Stamp Size: 37mm x 35mm
Number per sheet: 25/50
Printer: International Security Printers
Print Process: Lithography
Perforations: 14 x 14.5
Phosphor: Bars as appropriate
Gum: PVA

Technical details - mini-sheet

Number of stamps: Five
Design: The Chase
Miniature sheet size: 192mm x 74mm
Stamp Format: Portrait
Stamp Size: 27mm x 37mm
Acknowledgments: HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
WB SHIELD: © & ™ WBEI. WIZARDING WORLD trademark and logo © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing rights © JKR. (s18).
Printer: International Security Printers    
Perforations: 14 x 14
Phosphor: Bars as appropriate
Gum: Self Adhesive

The full Harry Potter product range is as follows:

• Set of ten Special Stamps             AS4123    £6.70        16th October
• Full sheet of 50 x 1st Class Stamps                £33.50        16th October
• Full sheet of 50 x 1st Class Stamps                £33.50        16th October
• Full sheet of 25 x 1st Class Stamps                £16.75        16th October
• Full sheet of 25 x 1st Class Stamps                £16.75        16th October
• Miniature Sheet                MZ134        £3.35        16th October
• Special Stamps First Day Cover        AF439        £8.60        16th October
• Miniature Sheet First Day Cover        MF132        £4.60        16th October
• Prestige Stamp Book First Day Cover        HF084        £5.12        4th December
• Special Stamps First Day Envelope        AE394        £0.30        16th October
• Miniature Sheet First Day Envelope        ME129        £0.30        16th October
• Prestige Stamp Book First Day Envelope    HE076        £0.30        16th October
• Stamp Souvenir                AW085        £8.60        16th October
• Stamp Sheet Souvenir            AW086        £4.60        16th October
• Presentation Pack                AP452        £10.75        16th October
• Press Sheet (limited edition of 300)        PZ036        £44.49        16th October    
• Limited Edition Prestige Stamp Book         YB080        £75.00        4th December
• Character Set    
• Prestige Stamp Book                 YB079        £15.50        4th December
• Set of sixteen Postcards            AQ269        £7.20        16th October
• Retail Stamp Book                UB418        £4.02        16th October
• Collector Sheet                AT104        £7.70        16th October
• Hogwarts Medal Cover            AM058        £19.95        4th December
• Diagon Alley Medal Cover            AM060        £19.95        4th December
• Silver Proof Hogwarts Medal Cover        AM061        £99.99        4th December 
• Silver Proof Diagon Alley Medal Cover    AM059        £99.99        4th December
• Framed Stamp Set                N3153        £39.99        16th October
• Framed Collector Sheet            N3154        £39.99        16th October    
• Framed Miniature Sheet            N3155        £39.99        16th October
• Souvenir Art Folder                        £24.99        16th October    
• Stamp Mount                                    16th October
• Bundle                                     16th October
 

The stamps and souvenir products can be pre-ordered now from www.royalmail.com/harrypotter