According to an e-mail announcement sent out by the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History in Weston, Massachusetts, The Magical World of Harry Potter exhibit opens on Saturday, Sept. 17.
It will feature 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 .
The exhibit, which contains 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 gallery will be open until 8:00 pm on Sept. 29 and 30 for additional viewing.
Van Siegling, a distinguished collector and a member of numerous professional stamp organizations prepared the exhibit which has been displayed in many state and also voted the "Most Popular" at three World Series of Philately shows. It has also been displayed at libraries and even movie theatres.
Mr. Siegling has recently published a book which includes color 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 both Saturday and Sunday.
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. In addition, a special exhibit of Owls on Stamps will be on display.
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