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Harry Potter Magical Creature Stamps

Harry Potter, a magical concoction of the English writer J. K. Rowling, deeply loved by young folk around the world, Harry Potter has become an immensely popular figure of children's folklore and literature. Through these novels and movies, Harry Potter has been successfully marketed worldwide. To encourage younger generations to collect stamps, Chunghwa Post is issuing two souvenir sheets entitled "Magical Creatures" and "Hogwarts".

They are being timed to come out simultaneously with the release of the third Harry Potter movie "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" on June 4, 2004. Each of these sheets consists of six stamps. The stamps have been designed by Double Impact Licensing and Marketing Inc. and printed by China Color Printing Co., Ltd. in deep-etch offset.

The design of the "Magical Creature" stamps follows:

1. Owl Post (Upper Left):
Harry's messenger owl, Hedwig, brings Harry a parcel containing a card and a present from Hermione on his 13th birthday.

2. Close-up of Hedwig (Upper Right):
By delivering messages and thus facilitating communication, Harry's pet Hedwig plays an important role.

3. Riding a Hippogriff for the First Time (Middle Left):
As the new Care-of-Magical-Creatures teacher at Hogwarts, Hagrid gives Harry guidance as to how to ride a Hippogriff.

4. Close-up of a Hippogriff (Middle Right):
Hippogriffs have the bodies, hind legs, and tails of horses, but the front legs, wings and heads of what seem to be giant eagles, with cruel, steel-colored beaks and large, brilliant orange eyes.

5. The Monster Book of Monsters (Lower Left):
present from Hagrid on Harry 13th birthday. A required book for the Care-of-Magical-Creatures class, this book can bite and flip onto its edge and scuttle sideways on its covers like some weird crab.

6. Close-up of Crookshanks (Lower Right):
Crookshanks is a huge, slightly bow-legged ginger cat with thick, fluffy fur.