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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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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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Guess what…. Father’s Day 2017 edition is right around the corner and we’re here to make sure it rocks!

Never ones to miss out on a good time and getting the chance to spoil someone special, we’ve been busy collecting some of our favourite Father’s Day Gift ideas together in our nifty little Father’s Day Gift Guide on our site.
Chock full of clothing and goodies we’re sure he’ll love and with FREE next day UK delivery when you spend £30 and use code FDNEXT, there’s still time to grab something that really make his day.

So, we’ve got you covered with the goodies, now let’s really up your Father’s Day game! We’ve been busy creating what we think is THE Ultimate Father’s Day Playlist on Spotify (unofficial title) and we’re handing it over to you guys.
Share this with your old man to play, blast these out at home to really complete the afternoon or perhaps just enjoy yourself because… well there are some real classics in here, it’s up to you! Air guitars are compulsory though…

Taking inspiration from our very own range of classic Band TShirts, we’ve loved revisiting these absolute gems… as well as checking out their music! Take a peep below at some of the designs that have inspired the playlist and maybe pick out something special for your old man.

Guns N Roses Logo TShirt

Amplified Vintage have partnered with some of the worlds most iconic bands to create this classic range of official music clothing and this one stars the bad boys of Rock N Roll, Guns N Roses on a premium tee.

Rolling Stones Tongue Logo T-Shirt

The famous tongue, created by designer John Pasche, looks great on this classic Rolling Stones tee! Perfect for showing off your rock star credentials, obviously.

Led Zeppelin USA 1977 T-Shirt from Amplified

This iconic Led Zeppelin T-shirt from Amplified Vintage is a nod to the band’s world famous 1977 tour of USA and is a replica of the t-shirt which was actually sold at the gig.

David Bowie TShirts

We’re loving the contrast of this neon ‘Bowie’ against the cool charcoal tee. Pay homage to one of Britain’s greatest musicians ever in this classic electric tee featuring the original 1973 Aladdin Sane artwork.

Johnny Cash T-Shirt

Regardless of musical preference, Johnny Cash unites all genres with his endless list of incredible songs. From ‘I Walk the Line’ to his unbelievable cover of Hurt, Johnny Cash can only be described as a musical legend. Pay homage with this awesome ‘eagle’ t-shirt.

Whatever you get up to this Father’s Day, from all the TruffleShuffle team we hope you have a fab day and get up to all kinds of mischief.

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With time rapidly running out, be sure to make his day with one of our great gift ideas. We have the quirkiest of gadgets, mugs, accessories, and tons of fun-filled, thoughtful little treats too. One-of-a-kind presents for a one-of-a-kind Dad!
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With Father’s Day juuuust around the corner (June 18th… have we mentioned our Father’s Day Gift guide yet??), we’ve been chatting, shopping, writing and all other things Dad lately!

One thing we’ve been picking up on a lot lately as a result is that, as kids, maybe even as adults, many children believe their own dads are the real superheroes of the world. They are the strongest, fastest, best at everything and no one else will convince you otherwise. Right? We think all good dads are real superheroes, and to show this we’ve compiled some of our favourite real-life superhero moments from some amazing Dads. Enjoy!

Spidey senses are tingling…

Legends has it, some dads were raised in the wild in the snowy mountains and left to fend for themselves. This man of nature has developed a sharp eye with reactions to rival a racing snake…


Father’s Day gift? As you can see, this Dads Spidey senses are as fine-tuned as a string quartet giving him the ability to sense danger and react in the nick of time. Surely our Spider-Man merchandise is the ONLY gift for this dad.

The RC Save…

With years of toy and other vehicle experience, their sense of danger and alertness has been sharper than a brand new pencil. They have seen the worst that messing around with toys can do and therefore only act to prevent similar scenes of doom…


Father’s Day gift? The force is strong in this one. Spotting the danger and using pure focus to protect the princess at all costs. Our Mr Strong Mug and Star Wars TShirt would do nicely.

Zooooooooom…

As the title would suggest, not all superheroes wear capes… but if they did the Dad’s cape would have been flapping in the wind more than Batman’s while out taking the Batbike for a spin!

Father’s Day gift? Quick as a flash! Our hero here used to super-fast speed to save the day like The Flash himself. True superhero gifts for this superhero would be our Flash Logo TShirt and Flash socks. A fitting uniform.

Presentation is everything…

If you’re a classic dad, chances are you’ve made a few mistakes, right? It’s a little-known fact that some dads have developed superhero level powers of saving face and looking good…all the time…


Father’s Day gift? For the man who knows how important always looking good is, we have our AWESOME range from Opposuits and of course a classic Casio watch.

Keep it cool…

One of the very key things about being a super-dad, is not bringing too much attention to yourself. Turns out these Dads is nailing this…


Father’s Day gift? What two things does every cool dad need? Black Wayfarer Sunglasses and a Mr Cool Mug. Done!

Action man…

As Dads, it’s their responsibility to show their offspring the ways of the world. Connecting with nature and experiencing all the activities that there is on offer. But don’t worry, as superheroes that have got your back!


Father’s Day gift? We’re pretty sure this superhero Dad with moves like this needs some Baywatch TShirt action in his life! What else do you get Mr Action Man himself? Our hand Mr Happy Lunchbox of course! Perfect for taking some much needed snacks on his adventures.

So there you have them folks! Sure fire proof that not all superheroes wear capes. There are many who love quietly among us each day, going about their business safe in the knowledge of their own superhero abilities might be called upon at any moment.

Many of us are lucky enough to call these heroes Dad which is why we take one special day each year to show them how much they mean to us.
If you’re looking to spoil your very own superhero this year, we’ve got you totally sorted with our huge range of Father’s Day gifts including Movie TShirts, Band TShirts, Superhero merchandise and so much more. Enjoy!

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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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