With Hogwarts castle as the backdrop, the U.S. Postal Service 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 on Nov. 19. The stamps are on sale online at: usps.com/stamps, at the Postal Store on eBay at: ebay.com/stamps, by calling (800) STAMP24 (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," Brad Globe, president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, said.
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: facebook.com/USPSStamps, on Twitter@USPSstamps or on the Web site: USPSstamps.com.
Kathleen Swanson is a spokeswoman for U.S. Postal Service.