Thursday, December 12, 2013

Postal Service Celebrates the Adventures of Harry Potter with Issuance of Limited-Edition Stamp Collection

 With Hogwarts castle as the backdrop, the U.S. Postal Service today dedicated 20 new Forever stamps featuring images of Harry Potter, the extraordinary boy wizard, and the adventures he encounters with the friends, heroes, villains and creatures that make up his world.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort was the location for the historic stamp unveiling ceremony.  The stamps go on sale today online at, at the Postal Store on eBay at, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) or at select Post Offices.
“The magical world created by J.K. Rowling and brought to life over the course of eight films continues to captivate audiences around the world. We are proud to partner with the U.S. Postal Service to offer fans such a unique and historic way to engage with the beloved characters, creatures and adventures in the series,” said Brad Globe, president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products.
“The U.S. Postal Service is proud to issue the Harry Potter limited-edition Forever stamp collection,” said Postal Service Board of Governors Chairman Mickey Barnett. “From improbable heroes and magical creatures to schoolroom antics and daring battles, the majestic Harry Potterstamps will inspire fans of all ages.”
“We are delighted to work with Warner Bros. on the release of these stamps,” said Postal Service Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Nagisa Manabe. “This has been an excellent partnership as we celebrate this fantastic movie franchise.”
Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter films brought author J.K. Rowling’s magical world to the screen, giving physical shape to the characters, creatures and places that had lived in readers’ imaginations since publication of the first book. Today, the Postal Service delivers 20 new stamps as a souvenir booklet to celebrate this exceptional boy wizard.
The folded 20-stamp booklet has five pages. When folded, the front cover features the title Harry Potter, with an image of Harry playing Quidditch, the beloved wizarding sport. The back cover has a picture of a young Harry in class, taking notes with his quill; the title Harry Potter is centered under the picture. When the booklet is opened, an illustration of Hogwarts castle covers two pages on the back, with text that reads, "Just before his eleventh birthday, a boy received a letter that would change his life...and captivate the imagination of fans for generations." Selvage text appears on the fifth page.
Inside are five groupings of four stamps, each grouping set on its own page. Each set of four stamps surrounds the red wax seal of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The stamps feature scenes of some of the brave heroes, fearsome villains and extraordinary creatures that inhabit Harry’s world in the Warner Bros. films.
Customers may view the Harry Potter limited-edition Forever stamp collection, as well as many of this year’s other stamps, on Facebook at, on Twitter@USPSstampsor on the website 

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