Harry Potter may now be playing at the movies, but Dumbledore and other characters from the J.K. Rowling series may also be seen in a postal stamp exhibit at the Spellman Museum in Weston from Sept. 17 to Oct. 5.
According to a press release, the award-winning travelling exhibit will feature real postage stamps from numerous countries including France, Great Britain, the Republic of Taiwan, and the Isle of Man, all of which feature images from the Harry Potter books and movies.
In addition, the exhibit includes stamps related to various themes and objects in the seven book series such as the types of trees used by Mr. Olivander to make his wands, pictures of dragons and images of flowers related to many of the names of female characters and dragons.
Other postal items related to the books' plots include canceled envelopes from Charring Cross Station, home of the Leaky Cauldron Pub, and the town of Dudley in England.
The exhibit, which includes over 750 stamps and other forms of postal material, will be in the museum's main gallery. The museum will provide games and puzzles related to the stamps and the Potter books for all Potter fans to complete and win stamp prizes.
The exhibit was prepared by Evan Siegling, a collector and a member of numerous stamp organizations including the American Topical Association, the American Philatelic Society and the Germany Philatelic Society. Over the last two years Siegling has exhibited these Potter stamps in California, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.
The exhibit will include the following events:
OPENING RECEPTION: Members and friends are invited to the opening evening reception on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. Exhibitor Siegling will give a brief talk about his exhibit. Refreshments will be served and tickets are $15 per person.
FAMILY DAY: Special Events Coordinator Mary Gorman has organized a unique Family Day for Sunday, Sept. 18 from noon to 4 p.m. with special stamp activities related to Harry Potter as well as various arts and crafts. Mr. Siegling will also be present to talk about his exhibit.
BOOK SIGNING: Siegling has recently published a book which includes images of many of the stamps and other objects in the exhibit. The book will be on sale in the Museum's gift shop and Siegling will be signing his books on Saturday and Sunday,
LIVE OWL PROGRAM: Since packages and messages were delivered in the Potter stories by several owls who served as mailmen, the Museum will sponsor two one-hour programs on Sunday, Oct. 2 entitled "Eyes on Owls." Naturalists Marcia and Mark Wilson will bring six live owls to demonstrate the many interesting traits about these natural birds.
BANNED BOOK EXHIBIT AND PANEL: Many books, including the Harry Potter series, have been considered controversial in some communities and even banned by a few schools, libraries and religious groups. A companion stamp exhibit highlighting banned literature prepared by Museum curator George S. Norton will also be shown in the main gallery along with the Potter show and a four person panel discussion on banned books will be held on Wednesday, October. 5 at 7:30 p.m.