A range of magical characters including the likes of Professor Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series, are appearing on the Royal Mail's latest stamp collection from today.
Magical Realms - which includes eight stamps using a combination of film imagery and newly commissioned images - includes characters from the tales of King Arthur, through to those created by CS Lewis, Sir Terry Pratchett and JK Rowling.
For example, King Arthur's Merlin and Morgan le Fay are featured on two 60 pence stamps; the 97 pence stamps show Aslan and the White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia; while four first class stamps show Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort, plus Rincewind and Nanny Ogg from the Discworld series.
"People across the UK have always enjoyed an epic tale of magical adventure, so we decided to bring together these classic stories, both ancient and modern, in one set of stamps," said Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, Philip Parker. "Many of these tales involve more than one magical character, so we selected four different sets of stories, choosing two characters from each.
"The result is a beautiful set of stamps and a fitting tribute to these legends of literature."