UPDATE: You can now pre-order your Harry Potter USPS stamp booklets RIGHT HERE!
The pre-order page also includes some detailed new information on the design of the stamp booklets and their contents:
The folded booklet has five pages. 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 covers two pages on the back, and selvage text appears on the last page. Inside there are five groupings of four stamps, each grouping set on its own page. Each set of four stamps, featuring stills from the Warner Bros. movies, surrounds the red wax seal of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Best friends since first meeting on the Hogwarts Express, Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger face new challenges each year they attend Hogwarts. The first set of stamps shows the friends in action.
The second stamp set includes photos of four of the amazing creatures that will one day come to Harry's aid-Hedwig, Harry's pet owl; Fawkes the phoenix; Dobby the house-elf; and Buckbeak the Hippogriff.
At Hogwarts, the friends receive support and guidance from many of their professors, among them the four depicted on the third set of stamps-Rubeus Hagrid, Professor Minerva McGonagall, Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, and Professor Severus Snape.
Their fellow students-including Fred and George Weasley, Luna Lovegood, and Ginny Weasley, featured on the fourth group of stamps-fight bravely alongside Harry, Hermione, and Ron in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Harry and friends encounter frightening villains, none more terrifying than Lord Voldemort, considered to be the most evil wizard of all time. He is featured alongside two of his fanatic followers-the sinister Bellatrix Lestrange and devious Draco Malfoy-on the fifth set of stamps, which also includes a photo of Harry during his final, epic battle with Voldemort.
The art directors for the Harry Potter Stamp Collection were William J. Gicker and Greg Breeding. Breeding designed the souvenir booklet using images from the Warner Bros. Harry Potter movies.
Will you be ordering a set of these new stamps? Is there anything you wish they'd included on them instead?
The image above is one of twenty designs that will be featured on the new set of Harry Potter-themed postage stamps being released in the US next week, according to a new USA Today article.
Some other intriguing tidbits about the new stamp were also released, including the fact that there will be five million booklets of stamps produced and that the stamps should be available for pre-sale TODAY at the official USPS site, although at the time of this posting they have yet to appear.
Brad Globe, the president of Warner Bors. Consumer Products, says of this special Harry Potter tribute:
In the books and films, Harry Potter's life changed with a letter, so we couldn't envision a more fitting tribute to commemorate the world created by J.K. Rowling and brought to life in the Warner Bros. films. We think fans around the world will share our excitement in seeing the films take their place alongside the most significant figures and events in history as part of the U.S. stamp program.
More information about the stamps will be released over the US Postal Service Twitter feed with the hashtag #HPstamps.
In case you missed it, we posted last week about how you can obtain your first-day issue of these collectable stamps. Keep an eye on MuggleNet as we learn more about this new stamp series!
Posted by Jessica
11-12-2013 at 11:40 AM