In the Harry Potter books and movies, delivery of letters was literally for the birds. Figuratively, the U.S. Postal Service wants to keep that from being the case with a five-page collector booklet of 20 different Harry Potter stamps, to be released this coming Tuesday. Each page of four stamps has a theme: primary heroes, creatures, Hogwarts teachers, supporting characters and villains.
Not being a specific collector of stamps, I’ve always wondered what the appeal is beyond that niche. Do we think that the people who receive my water and power bills in the mail – about the only thing I use actual stamps for these days – particularly care if Voldemort is on the envelope they’re about to tear open and process?