How often do you send letters in the regular mail? Would you mail more with Harry Potter stamps? That's what the U.S. Postal Service is hoping. In November, the U.S. Postal Service released 20 Harry Potter-themed stamps, with images from the movies that show Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Voldemort.
The Postal Service has been struggling financially over the past decade. It lost $5 billion in 2013, which was the seventh year in a row the agency has lost money. One of the reasons is that people use the Internet to communicate and pay bills instead of the mail. Patrick R. Donahoe, the Postmaster General, thinks the new stamps could get young people excited about collecting stamps.
However, not everyone likes the idea of the new stamps. Some people think only images that reflect U.S. heritage should appear on U.S. stamps (Harry Potter is British). Also, U.S. stamps typically feature illustrations rather than movie stills.
The Postal Service will print 5 million of the 20-stamp booklets. A U.S. stamp for first-class mail weighing one ounce or less costs $0.46. How much does one 20-stamp booklet of Harry Potter stamps cost?