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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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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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Ever since Hollywood took a perhaps.. fanatical interest in the weird and wonderful work of superheroes and the butt-kicking movies from DC and Marvel start to really stream out of the studios (10 superhero films planned between 2016 and 2020 alone!), the world has been crying out for our beloved heroine Wonder Woman to get the screen time she truly deserves. When we first heard the new back in late 2014, we knew our pleas had been heard. We knew this would quickly become something of a big deal and it’s not safe to say it truly has!

Taking on this movie was we’re sure no easy task with fans all over the world craving some serious Wonder Woman action and nothing but the very best would do.

With so much hype surrounding this latest dive into the superhero world already and the UK release just a few hours away (1st June 2017), we thought we would take some time to give you our personal Top 5 Reasons We’re Expecting Wonder Woman To Rock! Enjoy…

The Action…

Any superhero films these days needs a pretty decent amount of action and drama right? We’re expecting nothing less than all out war sprinkled with slow-motion shots, strong posses and a splash of Lasso of Truth action.

Directed by Patty Jenkins who is previously know for here film ‘Monster’, we don’t think that any action will become all encompassing though. Potentially making a nice chance form recent releases, we’re expecting any action to be carefully considered and choreographed without the usual sniff of 20minute fight scenes which would have really been just 5. Not action for action sake but only adding to the excitement levels and showcasing the characters strength and power.

The Wardrobe…

We’re sure you’ve seen the posters and clips by now revealing here stunning look for this picture. It’s a killer right?! Strong and true to the original, this outfit shows that you can be hard as nails, take on the best and win and look seriously glam doing it!

With a lot of her and other cast members styles taking on their warrior looks, they really looked to have nailed the fierce yet sophisticated image with lots of golds, and earth tones. Take a peep at some other snaps..

The Cast…

No superhero film would truly be complete without a star-studded line up right?! Wonder Woman is certainly sure not to disappoint on this front!

Wonder Woman – Gal Gadot
Israeli actress and model (and former Miss Israel!) best known for her work in the Fast and Furious films and later as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). Gal can bring a high level of class, sophistication and can sure pack a punch.

Stebe Trevor – Chris Pine
LA born Chris cut his teach in the world of TV acting. He quickly rose to movie fame in 2004 ‘s Princess Diaries 2 and later in 2009 hit Star Trek. Since then he has continued his movie success being a part of Unstoppable (2010), This Means War (2012), People Like Us (2012), and the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). Often mischievous but charming, we’re hoping to see him bring out some of Princess Diana’s fin side.

General Antiope – Robin Wright
You might recognise her from 1987′s classic The Princess Bride where she played… The Princess Bride. Since then she has landed a number of roles in films including The Playboys (1992), Toys (1992), Forrest Gump (1994) and later a lead role in top TV hit House of Cards. Incredibly talented and a sure to bring some warrior attitude to the role.

Sir Patrick – David Thewlis
Professor Remus John Lupin! Sorry… be cool. Blackpool born actor, David made his way into the movie biz with roles in titles including Naked (1993), DragonHeart (1996), Restoration (1995), Black Beauty (1994) and later Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). Looking forward to hee his next role in Wonder Woman for sure!

The Cinematography…

From the tailor and screen shots alone, we can see that the locations, landscapes and camera work is likely to bring something really special to the franchise. Superhero films have always been a good opportunity to get creative given their other worldly nature and bigger budgets, Matthew Jensen seems to have captured our imaginations to a tee with fantastic visuals and scenes.

Epic landscapes, amazing action close-ups and awe-inspiring wise shots with so much to breathe in really look to give this some depth and a mix of focus. Moody, colourful and grand… it’s got the lot!

We get to wear our Wonder Woman TShirts to the cinema…

Of course we love rocking our tees all year round, rain or shine, movie release or not, however getting to wear something from our childhood while supporting a modern adaptation really keep our fandom alive and well and is sure to raise a smile or two in the process. WIN WIN! Take a peep…

It’s not only clothing though! We’ve had sooo much buzz surrounding some of our Wonder Woman accessories it’s unreal! This Wonder Woman Bag has taken the site by storm and is such a great way to show your love in funky style. Our Wonder Woman notebooks are sure to let people know who’s boss either at school, college, uni or the boardroom. Take your pick!

So enough about us! What are you most looking forward too? Or perhaps you’ve already seen it! What did you most like and why? Let us know with a comment below.
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This is the TruffleShuffle blog, quiet, peaceful, serene… that is until our new The Raccoons TShirts and COMPETITION wakes up! Yaaaahoooooo!

Luckily, we have a good friend to help us out in the form of The Raccoons creator Kevin Gillis!

Like busy little Raccoons ourselves, we’ve been hard at work with Kevin to create some all new and exclusive Raccoons T-Shirts which are now on the site! We have one new design which has been lovingly screen printed onto four styles and colours including grey & white tees, blue vest and a grey baseball raglan TShirt!

To celebrate our latest arrivals in style and give you guys a little glimpse into the world behind The Raccoons, we stole Kevin away and threw some questions at him (don’t worry we were gentle). Take a look below to see what we found out from the man himself….

Hi Kevin, thanks for taking to time to chat with us! So… we hear you’re currently working on a reboot of The Raccoons which we’re very excited about! What made you decide to do this and how will it differ to the classic 1980s series?

A lot of the Raccoons fans are now having kids of their own. Many of them were reaching out and suggesting that we should think about doing a re-launch and aim it towards them and their new families – sort of a co-viewing opportunity. It was a very difficult process trying to decide which direction to go. Do you keep the ‘classic’ animation style – updating it from the original, or do you create a brand new modern approach to the characters’ style? Further, do you stay 2D as the original was – or do you go CGI – which many of the pre-school shows are produced in? We have opted to update the original designs but kept much of the traditional classic tone and look that The Raccoons were known for.
Stay tuned – as the jury is still out!

Not that we’re biased, but the 80s and 90s produced some of the best cartoons ever, of course including The Raccoons. What do you think made this such a special and iconic time for the entertainment biz?

Up to this time, most of the animation we had known came from large US animation studios who had created their own iconic styles: Hanna-Barbera; Disney; Warner Bros; etc. Suddenly there was an appetite – mostly driven by broadcasters and young upstart studios and producers, to reach beyond the US fare and create new characters and styles of their own. It was a time when promoting independent creativity was cultivated. It was before the accountants ran the broadcasting systems – and original untested ideas from young writers, producers and directors had an opportunity to reach an audience.

Although we’re sure there are many, if there was just one lesson you would like us 80s kids to have taken away from the years growing up with The Raccoons, what would it be?

Hah! Well, seeding an interest in our fragile environment would have to be near the top of my list. That — and enjoying the characters and their stories.

Which other classic cartoon show would you most have liked to have been a part of and why?

I’ve always been a fan of The Simpsons. I guess I like dysfunctional family comedies. They seem so real!  And The Simpsons was ground-breaking, giving rise to a burgeoning field of adult animation. And let’s not forget some of the great pioneer shows of animated comedy: The Flintstones, The Bugs Bunny Hour!

Who were your favourite characters from the series and why?

Writing for a villain is always fun. Cyril Sneer was no cookie-cutter villain. He was much more grey than black-hearted. He had a very soft spot for his son Cedric and was vulnerable to early childhood emotional scars – his obsessive need to constantly prove himself to Mr. Knox and Mr. Mammoth come to mind, as does his all-encompassing distaste for anything that the Raccoons were up to – especially Bert!
I think Cyril’s complexity made him a favourite of mine. Can’t decide between the Pigs or Bert after that. They were both fun. Interestingly, the actor who played both Bert and Pig #2 (the “sycophantic, slow” one) brought both characters to life and made my job worth getting up for every single day. He was Bert Raccoon incarnate! Sadly, Len Carlson has moved on to the Evergreen Forest in the sky, where I am sure he is dreaming up new-fangled adventures just as Bert Raccoon would!

If you could go back and do it all over again, what one thing would you most like to change about The Raccoons? Perhaps a character trait? Storyline? Or maybe something about how it was made?

That’s easy: in hindsight, I would not have had Cyril with a cigar. We of course wanted to make Cyril the anti-hero and gave him character traits that you would not aspire to emulate as a child: how he treated his underlings (employees), his rants, his paranoia, his unending quest for wealth over anything else, his destruction of the environment, even his control over his son’s friends. We thought a cigar would just add to the persona. Regrettably, it has become a bit of an albatross as today’s broadcasters are concerned that it is politically incorrect and are reluctant to broadcast the series.

We’ve always imagined working on one of our childhood favourite shows to be an absolute dream job (apart from creating amazing tees with them on that is!). Were there any funny stories or goings on in the making of The Raccoons you can share?

I’m afraid if I did my life would be in danger.

Did you ever slip any ‘Easter eggs’ or hidden gems into any of the episodes? We’d love to look out for them if so!

We did our best to seek them out and destroy them. The animators, being the “paragons of virtue” that they are, would occasionally try to create, shall we say, visual “double-entendres”. I will leave it to your imagination what we were able to find. I’m sure we didn’t get them all – so if you find one, keep it to yourself. Check the Pigs scenes – they were notoriously risqué. Also the backgrounds in Cyril’s mansion – you never know what you are going to find in those dark recesses.

With huge changes in how shows are made these days, how do you feel kid’s cartoons have changed since The Raccoons first came out? Are there any new series that you’ve seen and are a fan of?

I am fortunate to have worked on a number of animated shows since The Raccoons with many talented young writers, animators, directors, actors, designers, etc. I have always been a fan of original designs and unique story-telling that pushes the accepted boundaries. I think what we did on Atomic Betty set game rules.  Computer assisted animation has made a huge difference. In many cases you don’t even have to know how to draw to work as an animator on a series. Creating and colouring fabulous backgrounds has become quicker and easier. The time to deliver a series is much faster – so the relevancy of subject matter can be a very powerful tool in the hands of writers.

I think the biggest change for young demos is the ubiquitous focus on 2 eleven minute episodes instead of a 22 minute “half-hour”. The format change has created quicker pacing, gag-oriented stories as opposed to more character based animated drama. Granted, we still have 22 minute stories for prime-time (The Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy, etc.), but I think we have created an audience that demands instant-plotlines with a preference for gags over depth of character.

Animating back in the 80s and 90s was such an intensive and manual process, do you think modern methods can still offer the same magic?

Absolutely! If anything, the ability to instantaneously see your work as opposed to waiting for the film “dailies” to come back from the lab gives the creative team a multitude of options to pivot, polish, re-work, fine-tune — and still deliver on time. Control over your work has improved immeasurably. The digitization of the creative realm has offered all of the creative team the ability to react, reflect and make choices in real time.

What do you think the animation industry will look like in ten years’ time? Do you think we’re likely to see more retro classics make a comeback?

I think that low cost animation tools will be ubiquitous – anyone that wants to create a professional product will have the technical ability to do so. We will still be interested in great stories and characters that we care for but the distribution channels will be full of UGC – User Generated Content. Having a network determine whether your creativity is seen or not will no longer be relevant – if it is today. Retro versions of today’s hits will undoubtedly be part of the creative landscape – it’s the stories and characters that make your memories happy and worth revisiting.   Regardless of method of delivery and/or technological advances, great content will always prevail.

We would like to say a huuuuge thank you to Kevin Gillis for taking the time to talk with us and providing us with some amazing signed goodies which you can now win below. Such an honour.

WIN! WIN! WIN!

That’s right folks! Celebrating the release of our exclusive new The Raccoons Clothing which is now available to buy (go take a look!), we’ve managed to get our hands on some simply amazing The Raccoons goodies which have been signed by creator Kevin Gillis himself! A true treat for any fan of this hit retro show for sure. Let’s take a look…

The Prize

Up for grabs we have have a signed exclusive The Raccoons TShirt, a signed copy of season one and two of the Raccoons on DVD and a handful of The Raccoons badges to sweeten the collection!

How To Enter

To keep things as easy, fair and as accessible as possible, we’re running the comp through our usual little system called Gleam. This will allow you to enter a number of times and in a number of different ways via Twitter, our blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and more. The more ways you enter, the more chances you have of winning. Nice n’ easy!

Just follow the directions below after securely logging in via one of the options to begin completing your entries.

WIN Signed The Racoons Goodies

How Long Do I Have?

The competition will close at 11:59pm on Monday 29th May (29/05/17). Entries made any time before then will be counted. After this time the system will not accept any further entries.

How Will The Winner Be Chosen?

In the interest of fun and fairness… totally at random! The nifty Gleam system will hop, skip and jump into all your entries and pick out our lucky winner at random. Don’t forget! The more ways you enter, the more chance the plucky Gleam bots will pick you.

Good luck!

Ts&Cs
Only one winner will be chosen at random
There will be no cash alternative of prizes offered
If we do not hear back from the winner within one week, another will be chosen at random and contacted
We reserve the right to cancel the competition at any time without warning
Questions? Email competitions@truffleshuffle.co.uk and we’ll get back to you pronto!

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Swimsuits at the ready! The new Baywatch movie hits our screens at the end of the month and we actually.can’t.wait. Starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Zac Efron, it’s sure to be hilarious, tongue-in-cheek and slightly ridiculous (obvs).

In the meantime, we thought we’d take a look at what made the oh-so-cheesy 80′s mega-hit show so darn great – from the running scenes to the one-liners, along with a few fab facts even the biggest fan might not know…

ALL the Slow Mo Running

Ah, that famous running along the beach, as slow as their legs could carry them! This iconic calling card of the show has inspired a thousand parodies, sketches the world over – from Friends to The Muppets – and even a ‘slow-motion’ marathon, happening to celebrate the new film (in case you’re wondering how it works – people have to reach the finish line of the .2k race in the ‘slowest and sexiest’ fashion, to win!

But why the slow motion running on Baywatch in the first place, we hear you ask? Whatever the unintended consequences, it was apparently inspired by one of the producers shooting sprinters in a similar way at the 1988 Olympic Games. David Hasselhoff also claimed recently that is helped to paid out the 50-minute running slot on their super-low budget.

Whatever the reasons, we love it and are totally working on our own runs this summer – iPhones at the ready…

The total legend that is the Hoff…

Whether he was swimming speedboat-style or judging bikini contests, David Hasselhoff aka Mitch Buchannon was head and shoulders the best, most dedicated lifeguard with his action-packed and always totally believable, not at ALL far-fetched *ahem* plots (delivering a baby on the beach, anyone?) In fact, the Hoff himself pretty much saved Baywatch from tanking – in the US, people weren’t big fans it at first (we know, right?!) and David voluntarily took a pay cut to help fund an overseas revival, where people had been loving it. A hero on the beach and off – what a legend!

…Who may have starred alongside Leo!

In another life, Leonardo DiCaprio might have been playing Mitch’s son Hobie! As unlikely as it sounds, producers auditioned the 15-year-old but they felt he was slightly too old for the part so cast actor Jeremy Jackson, four years younger than Leo, instead. David Hasselhoff now jokes that it was the best thing that ever happened to Leo as we wouldn’t have had him in Titanic, Romeo and Juliet and countless other 90s and beyond roles. Thanks, Baywatch!

Michael Newman was a real lifeguard called…Michael Newman

For all the show’s over the top drama, they did bring some touches of authenticity – namely Michael Newman, who played a supporting role doing stunts, helping cast members on rescue protocol and sharing real rescue stories as inspo for story plots (maybe those crazy storylines weren’t so crazy after all!) Pro-surfer Kelly Slater also starred as Jimmy Slade, but later got tired of the show interfering with his surfing and the far-fetched plots: “ I’d be like, ‘What!? There’s an octopus that’s stealing surfboards and hiding them in a secret cove and I’m going to fight him in the next show? Who writes this sh-t?’” Slater told GQ. He says that like it’s a bad thing!

A Baywatch Musical is set to hit the capital!

Okay, whilst not strictly a fact about the series, there is a BAYWATCH MUSICAL HEADING TO LONDON. *klaxon* Which we feel is worthy of its own mention. Hoping to debut this year, show producers Schwartz and Berk have promised that a water tank will be on stage. We’ve got our fingers crossed for some huge 80s and 90s-style tunes and a celeb star turn or two (don’t let us down, Pammie!)

Now we’ve reminded you why this show is worthy of some mega appreciation (but you knew that already, right?!), show the world you’re a fan in our wicked Baywatch T-Shirts!

Fancy making waves at your next bash or just re-enacting that famous beachfront walk? Look no further than our Baywatch Costumes!

Or check out the whole collection right here!

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