7 thoughts on “Wizard Stamps

  1. OK, how do you get Nanny Ogg and Rincewind and Morgan LeFay but leave out Gandalf? And how does Aslan – whom even the text describes as a Christ figure – even get included in this company?

    Go out into the street, stop a hundred people and ask them to name a witch or a wizard, who do you think they’d name? Harry Potter, that’s who. And also Samantha Stephens from Bewitched. And maybe Alex Russo from Wizards of Waverly Place. Meybe the 3 witches from Macbeth and Prospero from the Tempest. Glinda and the Wicked Witch of the West.

    I think what happened is out of a misguided need for symmetry (or, heaven forbid, gender equity) the stamp makers picked a female and a male representative from four famous fictional works. And Gandalf didn’t get picked because Tolkien didn’t give him a female counterpart.


  2. OK, OK. Before anyone else points it out: Voldemort and Dumbledore don’t represent a male and a female figure respectively. And if Aslan could sub as a wizard, then Galadriel could have subbed as Gandalf’s female counterpart. So the logic doesn’t totally hold.

    Still disrespectful though.

  3. Poo!
    Dumbledore looks suspiciously like Michael Gambon. And, Voldemort looks like Finnes with prosthetics.

    I wish they could have come up with their own images.
    Which is probably why Gandalf isn’t there. Ian McKellen as Gandalf was probably the image they would have shoved in there and New Line may have wanted too much denari.

  4. I think the contrast they were going for is more Good Witch/Bad Witch rather than anything strictly gender-based. That doesn’t really account for the Discworld pair. (Unless you take “bad” in a somewhat different sense: isn’t Rincewind pretty incompetent?)

    Another source of irritation: Except for the first pair, all of these Witches/Wizards are 20th century creations. Literary myopia at its best! Everything interesting has happened in our own lifetime.

    Not that a “20th Century Wizards” theme would be inherently a bad idea, but then the absence of Gandalf becomes even more problematic.

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