It’s official peeps! The Harry Potter first entered our lives a whopping 20 years ago today!

Yep, the very first book in the series and the one that had us all hooked, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ was first published today back in 1997. Don’t worry we’ve checked the dates and despite only feeling like a few years ago, 1997 is now in fact 20 years ago. Let that settle in for a moment…

To honour the beginning of Harry’s magical journey, we’re now giving you guys 20% off ALL Harry Potter Merchandise on our site using code ‘HARRY20′. Limited time only peeps! Yep this code will stop working at midnight Tuesday 27th June so be quick!

Celebrating this spellbinding occasion, we thought we would take a little walk through the magical world of Harry Potter and pluck out our favourite 20 facts about the Harry Potter book series you might not have heard before. Enjoy!

1. There are only 500 first-edition copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in existence: around 350 hardback copies, and 150 proof copies.

2. The conductor and driver of the Knight Bus – Stan Shunpike and Ernie Prang – are named after Rowling’s grandfathers.

3. Dumbledore is an old English word meaning “bumblebee”. Rowling said she named the character that because she “always imagined him as sort of humming to himself a lot”.

4. Harry and Ginny named their children after Harry’s parents, Lily and James, as well as Albus Dumbledore, Sirius Black, Severus Snape, and Luna Lovegood.

5. When he-who-must-not-be-named dies in the Battle of Hogwarts, he was 71 years old.

6. Drawing the cover art for the British edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was illustrator Thomas Taylor’s first ever professional commission. The illustration took two days to complete, and Taylor never got a hardback copy of the book.

7. The Harry Potter book series has a page count of 4,224 pages.

8. J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter share the same birthday (July 31).

9. Professor McGonagall was once a talented Quidditch player herself. She was the one who discovered Harry’s Quidditch talents and cheered on the Gryffindor team at every game. Turns out, McGonagall played on the Gryffindor team during her years at Hogwarts, but stopped after an ugly fall during a Quidditch Cup finals game between Slytherin and Gryffindor.

10. The Dementors became unemployed. When Kingsley Shacklebolt was made the permanent head of the Minstery of Magic, he banned the use of Dementors to guard Azkaban, and everywhere else in the wizarding world.

11. According to Rowling, the death of Hedwig in the final book symbolises the loss of Harry’s innocence.

12. J.K. Rowling created Quidditch down the pub after an argument with her then-boyfriend.

13. A propose title for the American version of the Philosopher’s Stone was ‘Harry Potter and the School of Magic’.

14. J.K. Rowling had to learn a lot about alchemy and folklore while writing the Harry Potter books. The Hand of Glory, for example, is inspired by folklore dating back hundreds of years.

15. Ron Weasley’s character originally swore a lot, but Rowling’s publisher wouldn’t let her use that sort of language because it would’ve been inappropriate for young readers.

16. Contrary to popular belief, the ‘t’ at the end of … he-who-must-not-be-named‘s name is silent. The name comes from the French words meaning “flight of death.”

17. Probably the most impressive of Harry Potter facts is that J.K. Rowling is the first person to become a billionaire (U.S. dollars) by writing books.

18. People had trouble pronouncing Hermione’s name, so Rowling had her sound it out for Viktor Krum in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

19. When “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” was released in Great Britain, the publisher asked stores not to sell the book until schools were closed for the day to prevent truancy.

20. J.K. Rowling has admitted that she regrets the relationship between Ron and Hermione.

So there you have them folks! Hopefully you’ve learnt some cool new Harry Potter trivia to bust out down the pub perhaps… or maybe wow someone on the train who’s reading one of the books.

Don’t forget to snap up a bargain with 20% off official Harry Potter TShirts, Harry Potter Gifts and more with code HARRY20.

Know any more cool facts? Let us know by posting below in the comments box.

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Day 1

My first day at Truffle Shuffle was fun. First, I went through my induction and health and safety briefing with Amy. After that I worked in the warehouse all day picking out orders for t-shirts and then taking them down stairs to the packing team so they could pack them and send them out to all the customers… it was fun. Then at 3pm I went down stairs to supervise Royal Mail’s daily collection and help prepare the warehouse for Tuesday morning.

Day 2

On my second day, I spent two hours browsing the website and familiarizing myself with the products, then I had a good read of the blog and all social media, then Pat gave me a gift voucher so I could get my own t-shirt. After I did all that I created a report highlighting at least five areas that I think they can improve the website and checkout process. Then I help Ron in the warehouse restock the shelves for the rest of the day.

Day 3

My third day was a really fun day. I got to come up with my own ideas for new t-shirts. I had to choose categories from when I was five to twelve years old like games, TV, moves and bands and I think I did a really good job at that I got it all ready to present in the board room next day to Pat and Iain. Another thing I did on Wednesday was looking for 20 did you know facts relevant to our target audience.

Day 4

On my fourth day, I decided which new products need photographing and I needed to set up and perform a photo shoot. Then I spent the afternoon making some adjustments to my presentation, then after I did that I presented my ideas to Pat and Iain and they were really impressed on some of the ideas I came up with then I had to cut out and laminate recent press features from magazines and newspapers. Then to keep the front page of each publication with corresponding articles.

Day 5

My final day Friday today I have been writing this blog post and I can say that I have really enjoyed my work experience this week it was very fun for me and it has been amazing so thank you to Pat and all the Truffle Shuffle team for this week

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Great pit of fire! A retro movie weekend is here and ready to rock our world!

Firing up the trusty BBQ for another adventure into culinary excellence, we find ourselves in charge of the heat and fury of a few hundred hot and angry coals. Releasing their built up energy in one almighty session, we’ll throw on what can only be described as a tasty plethora of food goodness and watch it spit, sizzle and crisp up in front of our eyes.  Flipping and spinning our way to cooked perfection, we’ll serve up our final work to the hungry mouths that have been patently waiting.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 24th June

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Clueless
(1995) Film4 11:00am-1:00pm (2 hours)
A rich high-school student uses all her charm and financial clout to boost an awkward new pupil’s image, but soon finds she has created a monster – while her own popularity suffers in the process. Comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma, starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy and Paul Rudd.

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Splash (1984) BBC2 1:00pm-2:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A lonely New Yorker is rescued from drowning by a mermaid, who falls in love with him and assumes human form so she can seek him out in Manhattan. He is soon equally smitten, and she resolves to keep her true nature a secret from him. However, an obsessive scientist suspects the truth and plans to prove it. Romantic fantasy comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah and John Candy.

Fun Fact: The scene at the racquetball court, where John Candy serves and the ball hits him in the head, was done in one take.

The Great Outdoors (1988) ITV4 1:45pm-3:30pm
Easy-going family man Chet Ripley takes his wife and two sons to a lakeside cabin in the wilderness to enjoy a peaceful holiday. However, his plans to relax are ruined by the unwelcome and unannounced arrival of his obnoxious brother-in-law – as well as unexpected intrusions by the local wildlife. Comedy, starring John Candy, Dan Aykroyd and Annette Bening.

Jaws 2 (1978) ITV4 9:05pm-11:25pm
The seaside resort of Amity is terrorised once again by a man-eating great white shark. While police chief Brody struggles to alert the townsfolk to the magnitude of the danger, a group of teenagers – including Brody’s two sons – is adrift at sea in waters hunted by the shark. Thriller sequel, starring Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary and Murray Hamilton.

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Pulp Fiction (1994) Spike 10:00pm-1:00am (3 hours)
A series of interlinked stories about the Los Angeles underworld. A hitman plays minder to his boss’s wife, and he and his partner deal with a dead body following a mishap with a gun. Meanwhile, a washed-up boxer goes on the run after refusing to throw a fight, and two lovers plot a hold-up in a diner. Quentin Tarantino’s crime drama, starring John Travolta, Samuel L Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer.

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Jaws 3 (1983) ITV4 11:25pm-1:30am
A shark is captured by divers and put on display in a Florida marine centre, where it ultimately dies. However, examination of the body reveals the seemingly fully-grown shark was actually a baby – and its enormous, ferocious mother soon comes looking for it. Thriller sequel, originally released in cinemas in 3D, starring Dennis Quaid, Simon MacCorkindale, Louis Gossett Jr and Bess Armstrong.

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SUNDAY 25th June

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Street Fighter
(1994) Sony Channel 11:00am-1:15pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A military officer goes in search of a power-mad general who is holding several hostages in a secret location. He soon finds he is not the only one on the maniac’s trail, and joins forced with a mismatched band of martial artists to save the captives. Action adventure based on the video game, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia, Kylie Minogue and Ming-Na Wen.

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Beethoven’s 2nd (1993) ITV2 1:25pm-3:10pm
The slobbering St Bernard is now grown up and in love with his beautiful sweetheart Missy. Together they bring a litter of puppies into the world – but have to go on the defensive when Missy’s owner, the evil Regina, sets out to steal them for herself. Comedy sequel, starring Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Chris Penn, Nicholle Tom and Christopher Castle.

Look Who’s Talking Too (1990) Sony Channel 3:30pm-5:15pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Wisecracking toddler Mikey is joined by mischievous baby sister Julie and sibling rivalry inevitably erupts – while their parents have problems of their own to deal with, in the shape of the kids’ good-for-nothing uncle. Comedy sequel, starring John Travolta and Kirstie Alley, with the voices of Bruce Willis and Rosanne Barr.

Fun Fact: The Learjet featured in the movie, was owned by John Travolta at the time the movie was made. Tail number N254JT. JT = John Travolta.

Mrs Doubtfire (1993) Film4 4:25pm-6:50pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
A struggling actor’s ambitious, no-nonsense wife throws him out and demands a divorce. Desperate to spend time with his children, he puts his talents to good use by donning drag and posing as a Scottish housekeeper to get a job looking after them. Comedy, starring Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein and Mara Wilson.

Flubber (1997) ITV2 5:00pm-6:50pm
A scatty professor is in financial trouble, and his only hope of avoiding disaster is to market his latest invention – a strange rubbery substance with a life of its own. However, a criminal gang is determined to get hold of his creation. Remake of 1961 Disney comedy The Absent-Minded Professor, with Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Christopher McDonald and Wil Wheaton.

The Full Monty (1997) GOLD 11:00pm-12:50am (1 hour 50 minutes)
Six unemployed men from Sheffield decide to become strippers for one night only in a bid to raise extra money. However, with no dancing experience and far from perfect physiques, the men rely on the unique selling point of complete nudity to impress the punters. Comedy, starring Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, Tom Wilkinson, Hugo Speer and Paul Barber.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, don’t forget the sugar and always keep a napkin handy.

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STOP THE PRESS!!! Polly Pocket has arrived at TruffleShuffle.com!!!

This wonderfully nostalgic bag has caused quite the stir, in fact you could justifiably refer to it as a media sensation! Yes, of course I’m talking about THE POLLY POCKET BAG!

The heart shaped accessory has been designed to look like the original mini toy we loved in our nineties youth. It even opens up to reveal a lining which replicates the inside of the original toy too. Someone give the designer a medal.

Millennials cannot get enough of this amazing creation which can now be yours for £37.99. Find it here.

If all that excitement was not enough! We also have some fantastic, official Polly Pocket tees too!

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Transformers fans rejoice!  This week sees the release of the long awaited new film Transformers: The Last Knight and expectations are suitably high!

Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Now, it’s up to the unlikely alliance of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an English lord (Anthony Hopkins) and an Oxford professor (Laura Haddock) to save the world.

Any other plot details are being kept under lock and key but trailers of Optimus Prime fighting Bumblebee has got everyone talking, why are they at war with each other? Could the leader of the Autobots have turned to the dark side?  There have been multiple tag lines used on various promotional material for this new film such as ‘Rethink your heroes’, ‘Every legend hides a secret’ and ‘For One World To Live, The Other Must Die’.  These cryptic clues have got us very excited and we can’t wait to find out the true story!

It’s been reported that this is the last Transformers film that Michael Bay will direct and also rumoured to be following him out the door is Mark Wahlberg, so will the next film follow a new direction?  Either way, Transformers and Michael Bay go hand in hand so enjoy his last film in the franchise while you can!  He recently said in an interview “I’ve done it enough, and I’ve had a great time doing it. I’m going out with a bang on this one, and I feel like you gotta go out while you’re ahead, you know.” which all sounds positive for an action packed film!

You can show your appreciation for Transformers with some of the amazing Transformers TShirts and Cartoon TShirts on our site!  Perfect for rocking up the cinema in!

If you’re off to see the film this weekend we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you thought!

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Great white Shark! Another retro movie weekend has appeared and we’re here to take it on like a monster from the depths!

Like one of the biggest, oldest and battle-scared Sharks roaming the deep blue, we find ourselves yet again on the hunt for the best and most rewarding retro movies. Sensing even the smallest of action, movement and drama, we’ll begin to home in on our next VHS victim (showing our age) as we brace to take them on in style with a leap and a splash. Bellies full of retro awesomeness, we will return to the depths until next time.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 17th June

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Spies Like Us (1985) 5STAR 8:00am-9:50am
Two incompetent US State Department officials are unwittingly used as decoys on a deadly mission to thwart Soviet activity in Pakistan. Unfortunately, their involvement in such a delicate operation brings the world to the brink of nuclear war. Comedy, starring Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Forrest, Bruce Davison and Donna Dixon.

Vice Versa (1988) Film4 11:00am-1:00pm (2 hours)
A department store executive returns from a trip to Thailand in possession of a mysterious artefact that causes him to change places with his 11-year-old son. While the horrified father struggles to cope with a world of teachers and school bullies, the youngster is revelling in the perks of being a grown-up. Fantasy comedy, starring Judge Reinhold, Fred Savage, Swoosie Kurtz and Corinne Bohrer.

Fun Fact: The movie was made and released around 106 years after it source novel “Vice Versa: A Lesson to Fathers” by F. Anstey had been first published in 1882.

Gandhi (1982) 11:30am-3:20pm (3 hours 50 minutes)
Richard Attenborough’s Oscar-winning biopic of Mohandas K Gandhi, who rose from unlikely beginnings as a small-time lawyer to become the inspirational leader of India’s struggle for independence and a worldwide ambassador for peace thanks to his philosophy of non-violent protest. Starring Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Edward Fox, Candice Bergen, Martin Sheen, Richard Griffiths, Saeed Jaffrey, Om Puri and Geraldine James, with Daniel Day-Lewis in an early role.

Three Men and a Baby (1987) 1:30pm-3:30pm (2 hours)
The lives of three flat-sharing bachelors are turned upside down when they discover a baby left on their doorstep. Unfortunately, while trying to get to grips with the necessary parenting skills, they find themselves menaced by criminals searching for missing drugs. Comedy, directed by Leonard Nimoy, starring Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg and Nancy Travis.

Iron Man 2 (2010) Channel 4 8:00pm-10:25pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
Tycoon-turned-superhero Tony Stark confronts a fearsome new foe in a Russian scientist using his own deadly hi-tech weapons to seek revenge. He also faces a struggle to keep his secrets out of the hands of both the government and an amoral rival, and discovers the armour he developed to fight evil is slowly killing him. Action adventure sequel, with Robert Downey Jr, Mickey Rourke and Don Cheadle.

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Jaws: The Revenge (1987) ITV4 8:10pm-10:00pm
Ellen Brody, the widow of heroic police chief Martin Brody, travels to the Bahamas after her youngest son is killed by a great white shark. But as she is reunited with her surviving son, the predatory fish sets off in pursuit to wipe out the entire family. Thriller sequel, starring Michael Caine, Lorraine Gary, Lance Guest and Mario Van Peebles.

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Commando (1985) Film4 9:00pm-10:50pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
The daughter of retired special forces officer John Matrix is kidnapped by an old comrade-in-arms, now in league with a deposed former dictator. The tyrant plans to use the girl to force Matrix into assassinating the head of the country he once ruled, but is unprepared for the lengths to which the veteran soldier will go to rescue his child. Action adventure, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rae Dawn Chong.

Reservoir Dogs (1992) ITV4 10:00pm-12:05am
Criminals are employed by a crime boss to carry out a diamond robbery that goes disastrously wrong. In the bloody aftermath of the heist, they try to establish what happened and how the police were aware of their plans all along – leading to the hardening suspicion that one of them betrayed the gang. Quentin Tarantino’s thriller, starring Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn and Steve Buscemi.

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Shanghai Knights (2003) 10:40pm-12:30am (1 hour 50 minutes)
Chinese sheriff Chon Wang and reformed bandit Roy O’Bannon head for Victorian London on the trail of a murderer. Their investigation leads them to a nefarious Englishman plotting to kill the royal family – but fortunately Chon’s talented sister comes to their aid. Martial arts comedy sequel, with Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Aidan Gillen and Fann Wong.

Conan the Barbarian (1982) Film4 10:50pm-1:25am (2 hours 35 minutes)
A child who grows up in slavery becomes a formidable warrior and a cunning thief. Taken prisoner by a victorious king, he is sent out to destroy the leader of the barbaric cult that destroyed his village and slaughtered his family. Fantasy adventure, based on the stories by author Robert E Howard, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Max von Sydow, James Earl Jones and Sandahl Bergman.

Fun Fact: Arnold Schwarzenegger is not wearing a wig. That is his own natural hair. In 1979, Schwarzenegger began growing his hair long for the film.

SUNDAY 18th June

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The Mask of Zorro (1998) Sony Movie Channel 1:15pm-4:10pm (2 hours 55 minutes)
The sword-wielding saviour of Spanish California returns after 20 years in prison, tutoring a thief to take over his heroic role and tackle corrupt government officials, who are using slave labour to mine gold illegally. Both mentor and pupil have personal scores to settle with their enemies, led by a ruthless governor and a psychotic military officer. Swashbuckling adventure, with Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Footloose (1984) Channel 5 1:30pm-3:35pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A rebellious, hip-swinging student from the city moves to a small religious community, where he instantly clashes with an old-school fire-and-brimstone preacher – who has banned dancing and rock ‘n’ roll because he considers them immoral. Drama, starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Chris Penn, Dianne Wiest and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Street Fighter (1994) Sony Movie Channel 6:50pm-9:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A military officer goes in search of a power-mad general who is holding several hostages in a secret location. He soon finds he is not the only one on the maniac’s trail, and joins forced with a mismatched band of martial artists to save the captives. Action adventure based on the video game, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia, Kylie Minogue and Ming-Na Wen.

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Hard to Kill (1990) ITV4 9:20pm-11:25pm
A gang of drug dealers attacks the home of a Los Angeles cop, leaving him in a coma and his wife dead. Seven years later, he regains consciousness and gets ready to exact a grisly payback on the murderers. As he embarks on his deadly mission of vengeance, he learns his son also survived the attack, but was told he is dead. Thriller, with Steven Seagal, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Sadler and Frederick Coffin.

Out for Justice (1991) ITV4 11:25pm-1:15am
A tough Brooklyn cop learns that his partner and best friend has been murdered in front of his family by a vicious drug dealer, the pair’s lifelong enemy and the scourge of the neighbourhood. The detective heads into the underworld on a one-man vengeance mission, but finds the killer’s criminal bosses are also hunting for him. Action thriller, with Steven Seagal, William Forsythe and Jerry Orbach.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, don’t forget your sunglasses…. both leaving and coming home!

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