Leading budget supermarket Aldi is bringing back its hugely-popular Harry Potter ‘Specialbuy’ range and it’s hitting supermarket shelves today.
The Harry Potter-themed range – which is chocked-full of magical merchandise inspired by J.K. Rowling’s iconic literary and film franchise about the wizarding world – went down a treat with shoppers when it first launched around this time last year, and now it’s returned, with prices starting from as little as £1.99.
With a collection of items available to get your hands either exclusively online, or from the ever-popular ‘middle aisle’, if you’re lucky, the retailer is predicting stock to be snapped up.
An eagle-eyed shopper has already spotted some of the items on sale at her local Aldi branch and shared a sneak peak with members in the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Group on Facebook yesterday ahead of the range’s re-launch.
The post proved extremely popular, going on to amass hundreds of interactions and over 2.3K comments.
According to Aldi, the range sees the return of the popular Invisibility Cloak (£27.99, online only) – which lets you use the Wow! Stuff app on your smartphone to watch yourself magically “disappear” on camera – as well as the epic LEGO® range, where fans can choose from a range of designs including, Hogwarts Castle (£24.99, online only), Hogwarts Express (18.99, online only) and Diagon Alley (£9.99).
Fans can even live out their Quidditch dreams with the brand new Harry Potter Mystery Flying Snitch (£11.99), which comes complete with fast-flapping wings to replicate the look and sound of the real deal in full flight.
There’s also a selection of Harry Potter Hoodies and Pyjama sets on sale, which are all perfect for an epic movie marathon with the Harry Potter 8 Film Collection for £27.99.
It looks like a selection of colouring books, activity books, and more are all knocking around too.
Most items in the extensive Harry Potter range are on sale from today, with additional stock said to be coming in June. ‘Specialbuy’ offers are expected to be available for a limited time only, and some stock only available online.
You can check out the full Harry Potter range on the Aldi website here.
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Question Time audience stunned as first-time buyer says mortgage quote DOUBLED
Thursday night’s Question Time audience could be heard audibly gasping after a fellow crowd member revealed that her mortgage quote had doubled followed the recent mini-budget.
Taping in Manchester on 29 September, the current events and politics programme was discussing property when would-be first-time buyer Rabia revealed that her mortgage offer had jumped from an initial amount of 4.5% interest to a shocking 10.5% in just a matter of days.
As you can see in the incredible clip, both the audience and the panel are taken aback at the revelation.
The Greater Manchester resident said she is desperate to know what the government’s plan for mortgages is as following the latest revision, she says she simply cannot afford to put the money down on her first home.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer weighed in on the social media reaction, quote tweeting the clip from his party’s own account and stating that “the Tories must get back to Parliament and reverse their kamikaze budget” as the current economic mess is being “paid for by working people”.
To make matters worse, Rabia was given no clarification from her lenders, only that they were pulling her offers. Conservative MP and Minister for Local Government, Faith and Communities, Paul Scully had little information to offer her either, simply stating it is a short-term effect and that the market will stabilise.
Scully was subject to an entirely different reaction from the audience as well after his blind attempts to defend Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng were met with laughter. Conversely, Richard Bacon was met with applause after he labelled the mini-budget “absurd”.
As if the anti-Tory sentiment wasn’t already at a high, the chancellor’s mini-budget – which saw the corporations, bankers and the generally wealthy benefit ahead of the working class – has seen fresh calls for a general election to be held as soon as possible.
Beyond declaring a so-called £2,500 limit on energy bills (which many have warned isn’t a guaranteed cap), there was seemingly very little in the way of policy that
For those still unclear as to what was announced in the divisive mini-budget, here is a quick summary:
Speaking in a speech at the Labour conference in Liverpool on Tuesday, Starmer said that the government “haven’t just failed to fix the roof, they’ve ripped out the foundations, smashed the windows and now they’ve blown the doors off for good measure.