Harry Potter

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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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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We hate to disappoint – we really do…but Summer’s gone! It pains us as much as it pains you – the lack of sunshine, the need for 17 layers and the dark nights. If we have to wear long sleeves, then at least we have an amazing selection of cool sweaters and hoodies to choose from. From Barbie to Harry Potter, Batman to The Goonies – we’ll have you thinking ‘who needs summer’ quicker than you can say ‘hot chocolate season ready’. Pinky promise.

Step into the wizarding world of Harry Potter, TruffleShuffle-style! It’s been almost 20 years since the magic of Harry Potter captured the hearts of adults and children across the globe, with J.K Rowling’s first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! Flaunt some serious appreciation while keeping warm with the help of these seriously cool hoodies and sweaters!

Show the world you’re out there fighting off more than just the cold weather in one of our awesome superhero tops!



It may not be the season for Coke floats, but that’s not stopping us from making a right splash with these awesome exclusive Coca-Cola hoodies!

To conclude our run down – giving a nod to the 80s, we love these great childhood classics!

Looking to grab a bargain? Enter THUNDER10 on our cool Thundercats hoodie, result!
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Get cosy and cool with our cult collection of officially licensed hoodies and jumpers! Enjoy!

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In the words of Noddy Holder from Slade….it’s CHRIIIIIIISTMAAAAAAAAS! Well… almost.

With the shopping done (at last!), the family all organised and the tree nicely glistening in the corner, it seems Christmas is here again for another year. What joy! With nothing to do but eat, drink and be merry (what washing up?), we’ll spread our Christmas cheer for all to see as we welcome one and all to tuck into our festive feast. With a clinking of glass, a scraping or knife and the snap of a cracker, another year will float past into the night as we ready ourselves for another year ahead. Merry Christmas!

Have a happy retro weekend!

Christmas Eve

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
(1971) ITV3 9:50am-11:55am
An eccentric confectionery king announces that five children will be given a tour of his wondrous factory. The winners turn out to be a kind-hearted boy from a penniless family and four obnoxious brats, who face a terrible fate when they misbehave. Musical fantasy, based on Roald Dahl’s classic book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum and Roy Kinnear.

Roald Dahl Clothing

Miracle on 34th Street (1994) Film4 11:00am-1:15pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A woman raises her six-year-old daughter to believe that Santa Claus does not exist, but they both have a change of heart after meeting a department store Father Christmas who claims to be the man himself. When the kindly fellow is accused of being a charlatan, his new friends engage a lawyer to prove his true identity. Remake of the 1947 family drama, with Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Mara Wilson and Dylan McDermott.

Despicable Me (2010) ITV 11:20am-1:20pm (2 hours)
A criminal mastermind hopes to seal his reputation as the greatest villain of them all by stealing the moon. First he needs to get his hands on a shrinking ray owned by a rival evil genius, and adopts three orphan girls to help him – but finds that fatherhood brings out his long-buried caring side. Animated comedy, with the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand and Julie Andrews.

Minion Merchandise

A Christmas Carol (2009) BBC1 11:30am-1:00pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
A foul-tempered Victorian miser who hates the festive season is visited on Christmas Eve by a series of ghosts. The spirits intend to make him mend his wicked ways by showing him visions of the past, the present and what the future will hold for him if he does not change for the better. Animated fantasy based on Charles Dickens’ novel, featuring motion-captured performances by Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman.

Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever (2014) 5STAR 1:00pm-2:50pm
A bad-tempered cat in a pet shop grows more and more cynical as customers refuse to buy her. Over the course of a busy Christmas shopping day, she befriends a cheerful 12-year-old girl and reluctantly rescues a dog whom she hates from kidnappers. Comedy, starring Megan Charpentier and Daniel Roebuck, with the voice of Aubrey Plaza.

Grumpy Cat Merchandise

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) ITV 1:30pm-4:20pm (2 hours 50 minutes)
An orphaned boy endures a miserable childhood, until he discovers he has magical powers and enrols at a special school for young wizards. However, his suspicions are aroused by a sinister teacher who seems to be up to no good. Fantasy adventure, adapted from the first of JK Rowling’s books, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman and Richard Harris.

Harry Potter Merchandise

Scrooged (1988) Channel 4 2:45pm-4:40pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A heartless TV executive is cruel to his employees and just sees the festive season as an opportunity to make money. However, on Christmas Eve, three ghosts arrive in the night and challenge him to change his cynical ways by showing him his past, present and future. Comedy based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, David Johansen and Carol Kane.

One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) ITV 4:20pm-6:00pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
A fashion-mad woman longs to make a coat out of dalmatian skin, and resorts to kidnapping her friend’s litter of puppies, along with several other dogs. However, the captive pups’ devoted parents come to the rescue, aided by an assortment of other animals. Disney animated adventure based on Dodie Smith’s novel, with the voices of Betty Lou Gerson and Rod Taylor.

Disney Merchandise

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) Channel 4 5:50pm-7:30pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
An embittered Victorian miser hates the festive season and people in general, but on Christmas Eve, the ghosts of his former business partners, the Marley brothers, visit him in the night. They warn him three spirits are coming to make him change his ways by showing him visions of the past, the present and what the future may hold. Comedy, with Michael Caine and Steven Mackintosh alongside the puppet characters.

The Muppets Merchandise

Christmas Day!

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Santa Claus: The Movie
(1985) 9:15am-11:30am
An impulsive elf walks out on Father Christmas during the hectic preparations for the festive season, and heads for New York determined to make a name for himself. However, he falls into the clutches of an evil toy manufacturer, who has a devilish money-making plan up his sleeve. Family fantasy adventure, starring Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, David Huddleston, Burgess Meredith and Judy Cornwell.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) ITV 11:55am-3:00pm
The young wizard and his friends return for their second term at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to discover a strange serpentine power is petrifying the other students. Meanwhile, Harry is haunted by a sinister voice in his head urging him to uncover the dark force that is stalking the corridors of the school. Fantasy adventure sequel, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Kenneth Branagh.

Harry Potter Gifts

Scrooge (1970) Channel 5 11:55am-2:10pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Hard-hearted Victorian miser Ebenezer Scrooge refuses to join in with the spirit of the festive season – until a succession of spectral visitors turn up to teach him the error of his ways. Musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, starring Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Kenneth More, Edith Evans and Paddy Stone.

The Wizard of Oz (1939) Channel 5 2:10pm-4:15pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Youngster Dorothy Gale is whisked over the rainbow by a tornado into the magical land of Oz, where she inadvertently kills a wicked witch – incurring the wrath of another. Setting out to find the wizard who can show her a way home, she is joined on her journey by a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion, who all hope their own wishes will be granted. Musical fantasy, with Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr and Frank Morgan.

The Lion King (1994) ITV 3:10pm-4:55pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A lion prince blames himself for his father’s death and flees into the wilderness, leaving his wicked uncle to take over. As the cub grows to adulthood, he receives a vision of the dead king, who inspires him to seek revenge and reclaim his rightful throne. Disney animated musical, featuring the voices of Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg and James Earl Jones.

Lion King Merchandise

Home Alone (1990) Channel 4 6:00pm-8:00pm (2 hours)
A boy has to fend for himself when he is accidentally left behind after his family jets off to Paris for Christmas. The youngster initially enjoys his freedom, but is soon forced to resort to ingenious booby traps to defend the family home from two dim-witted burglars. Comedy, starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O’Hara and John Candy.

Home Alone Merchandise

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) 6:10pm-8:00pm
The eccentric pet detective is coaxed out of self-imposed exile in a Buddhist monastery to visit Africa and help search for a sacred white bat. However, his unique investigative talents are tested to the limits as he faces a race against time to find the missing creature and prevent a tribal war. Comedy sequel, starring Jim Carrey, Simon Callow and Bob Gunton.

Mr Bean’s Holiday (2007) ITV2 7:15pm-9:00pm
The bumbling fool wins first prize in the church raffle – a trip to France and a video camera. His travels cause chaos as he disrupts a film shoot in Cannes, to the fury of its megalomaniac director, and is then accused of kidnapping a youngster. Comedy, starring Rowan Atkinson, Willem Dafoe, Emma de Caunes and Max Baldry.

Love Actually (2003) ITV 11:00pm-1:30am (2 hours 30 minutes)
Ten interlinked stories of people searching for and finding love. While the newly elected, bachelor British prime minister is smitten by a junior staff member at 10 Downing Street, a heartbroken writer heads for France to get over a failed relationship, and a faded rock star aims to reinvent himself in time for Christmas. Richard Curtis’s romantic comedy, with Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy and Liam Neeson.

Whatever you’re up this this Christmas weekend, keep it festive, keep it jolly and don’t forget to check the microwave.

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Wall art is a really simple and easy way to spruce up any room and we’ve got a very cool selection that can give your home a stylish and retro touch, you’ll be the envy of every visitor!

Whether you’re a movie buff, retro gamer or music lover we’ve got all bases covered with fab original art for such retro icons as Labyrinth, Back to the Future, Marvel Comics, Sega, David Bowie, Roald Dahl, Coca-Cola and sooooo much more! Whatever your taste, there’s definitely something for everyone at a range of prices that really won’t break the bank! Let’s take a look…

We’re particularly proud of our Harry Potter art collection with a range of magical framed prints featuring the likes of Sirius Black, Bellatrix, Lucius and of course Harry himself.  We also have a Hogwarts crest for those of you wishing to be a wizard in training!

And below are a few of my favourite movie prints that I’m planning to adorn my walls with, let us know which prints would look perfect in your home!

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It’s true folks! Winter Wedding season is coming! A wonderful time full of fantastic venues, food, friends, family, partying and the odd sore head (you know who you are), the beginning of Summer sees the arrival of many long-awaited events which have taken more time and planning than most full scale military operations.

Of course part of celebrating with your nearest and dearest on their special day is getting to dress up and look your very best. Something which we’re always more than happy to help you with in our own little way.

So! Giving you beautiful guys and gals out there a little sneak peek at some of our favourite items which we think just could complete your look, check out Our Top 10 Goodies You Need To Smash This Year’s Wedding Season

Retro Gamer Cufflinks

It’s all fun and games at your next wedding reception with this totally cool pair of gamer cufflinks! Featuring an iconic gaming design, these are bound to get a smile from your fellow gamer lovers!

Pac-Man Suit with Tie….

What an a-MAZE-ing suit! Featuring the most cult and classic of all arcade games, Pac-Man in a jazzy statement design, this is sure to earn you some cool points on the dance floor and will sure be something people won’t forget on a special day.

DC Comics Photobooth Set

This DC Comics Photobooth Set is SUPER fun! Perfect for adding some extra POW to any Superhero lovers special day.

Retro Gaming Pixels Characters Belt

Up your ‘game’ in this awesome retro, gaming characters belt. A real gamers choice, this beauty will leave you and fellow guests totally pix-elated!

Star Wars Light Saber Tie Slide

This is a subtle yet VERY cool way to show their appreciation for once of the worlds greatest sci-fi phenomenon’s ever, Star Wars! The silver metal tie slide, comes in the form of the weapon of choice, the Light Saber and is presented in a funky box, making it the perfect addition to your wedding get up for sure.

Platinum Plated Simba Outline Lion King Necklace

A childhood classic for many of us, this super simple but super iconic Lion King Simba design is such a great way to keep it classy and keep it retro!

DC Comics Batman Logo Suit With Tie…

Just like Ross in friends, you too can wear Batman’s suit….just perhaps in a slightly more ‘out there’ different way. Covered in the iconic logo, this amazing suit comes with matching tie to really complete the look.

White Gold Plated Small Mickey Mouse Silhouette Stud Earrings

This super cute pair of White Gold Plated Mickey Mouse stud earrings are the perfect accessory for any Disney fan! Simple yet classy don’t you think?

Harry Potter Dobby The House Elf Watch

Let Dobby The House Elf assist you in your timekeeping on the big day with this delightful, official Harry Potter watch! Always good to know just how late the Bride really was huh!

Red And Gold Harry Potter Clutch Bag With Chain…

Add some wizardy glam to your special look with this magnificent clutch bag featuring the Gryffindor logo!

So! Whatever you wear and whatever embarrassing things go down on the big day, we all hope you have a blast and don’t forget to grab some cake!

For all these goodies and so much more, pop on over to TruffleShuffle.com to check out our huge range of Jewellery, Funky Suits, accessories and so much more. See you there!

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