Grab your wand (and tongs!) and head to the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History in Massachusetts for a view of the young wizard Harry Potter and friends on stamps. Philatelist Van Siegling is exhibiting his collection, consisting of stamps and postal items from around the world related to J.K. Rowling's fictional creation.
It may be hard to believe that in the 21st century there are those who would ban books, but it so happens the young wizard is one of many who would fall victim to craven censorship. If not for the basic freedoms of speech and expression that we have in America -- and that no special interest group can abridge -- who knows what books would not be available for us to mine the ideas within. From the works of Twain to religious texts to "Godless" science fiction to evolutionary textbooks; though some object to their content, they are on library shelves for all to peruse.
The Spellman Museum is featuring a philatelic presentation on banned books, presented by Museum Curator George S. Norton, that will be featured with other events and programs related to banned books in October. Both the Harry Potter exhibit and the banned books exhibit are currently running. Click here for times and dates of all current and upcoming and upcoming events and exhibits at the Spellman Museum.