Some Collectors Peeved At USPS’ Decision To Feature Harry Potter On Stamps

The boy who lived is a Brit.

The boy who lived is a Brit.

Not everyone is in love with the boy wizard: After the United States Postal Service unveiled its newest collection of stamps featuring characters from the Harry Potter movies, some collectors are ticked off. “Harry Potter is not American. It’s foreign, and it’s so blatantly commercial it’s off the charts,” said one. “The Postal Service knows what will sell, but that’s not what stamps ought to be about. Things that don’t sell so well are part of the American story.” [via the Washington Post]

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  1. petepuma03 says:

    How about we let the Post Office do whatever it can (within legal and ethical bounds, as well as its primary mission) to make some money?

    • DyinMyelin says:

      I often wonder how “open when the vast majority of people aren’t at work” would perform as a business model.

  2. Kakolukia says:

    Anyone who uses a word like philatelist doesn’t also get to use the word, and therefore the views behind the word, xenophobe as well. In terms of it being commercial, I believe The Simpson have had stamps and Snoopy has had a stamp so their argument has come and gone.

  3. C0Y0TY says:

    Yeah, the post office should stick with subjects that aren’t so blatantly commercial, like Disney’s characters, or Warner’s, or Peanuts, or the Olympics…

  4. BikerGeek79 says:

    I don’t care much about the commercial aspect of it. Almost every pop-culture stamp they’ve ever done has had commercial roots.

    What bugs me is that it’s a wholly British franchise. Nowhere in the books or the movies do they even admit that the western hemisphere even exists. It would be like the Royal Mail having stamps of Baseball or American football. It just wouldn’t happen.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the HP franchise. But US stamps are an inappropriate place for it.