Mail Baldy Voldy to Your Friends for Laughs (and Shrieks)

March 13th, 2011 by

Imagine that you are eagerly waiting for the mailman to deliver today’s post, and you receive a crisp white envelope, slightly bent from its travels. You flip it over to see which lovely friend has sent you this correspondence… and then… THE TERRIFYING FACE OF LORD VOLDEMORT!!! *gasps*faints*!

Voldy gazes not-lovingly up at Queen Elizabeth's silhouette. Photograph: Royal Mail/PA

Okay, let’s back up. You see the terrifying face of Lord Voldemort on the postage stamp. Clearly your lovely friend is playing a nasty joke on you, because she or he could have mailed you the calming presence of Albus Dumbledore instead.

Also, you are probably in the United Kingdom (in this imaginary scenario). That’s because the Royal Mail has just released a special set of stamps featuring not just contemporary wizards like Dumbledore and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (even though I’ve already called him by name), but also other magical beings from beloved book series, such as the Chronicles of Narnia (will you affix your letter with furry Aslan, or the striking White Witch?). Not to mention the first great wizard, Merlin!

Check out the Guardian’s website to see all eight stamps and let us know — what favorite book character would YOU like featured on a stamp?

— Nancy

Nancy never thought about it until now, but the White Witch and Voldemort would make a great super-evil couple. With really pale, evil children.

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