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YOU may know Draco from Dumbledore, muggles from merpeople and kappas from kelpies.

But that doesn't mean you are an expert about JK Rowling's brilliant young wizard Harry Potter.

With just four days to go to the hugely anticipated opening of blockbuster movie Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, we cast a know-it-all spell to discover 50 fascinating and little-known facts about the wizarding world.

But be warned - if you've not read all six of JK Rowling's record-breaking books a few of our revelations may spoil the story for you.

1, WHEN Arthur Weasley takes Harry and his pals to the Ministry of Magic they must first dial a secret code into a telephone keypad. He enters the number 62442. The letters underneath those numbers on a standard mobile phone spell out the word "magic".

2, IF a muggle spotted Hogwarts, they would just see an old ruin with a sign "Keep out, dangerous building".

3, NATALIE McDonald, who appears on page 159 of Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, was a real person.

She was a nine-year-old girl from Toronto, Canada, who was dying of leukaemia. She wrote to JK Rowling asking what was going to happen in the next Harry Potter book as she would not live long enough to read it.

The kindly author emailed back, but Natalie had died a day earlier. In tribute, she became a first-year student at Hogwarts named by the Sorting Hat in Gryffindor - the house for the brave at heart - in the fourth book. When Rowling was later in Canada for a promotional tour she visited the McDonald family.

4, LORD Voldemort is definitely NOT Harry's dad. Rowling has a retort for anyone who develops this theory: "You lot have been watching much too much Star Wars."

5, HERMIONE'S Patronus is an otter because JK Rowling likes otters and sees herself in Hermione.

6, ROWLING named the driver and conductor of the Knight Bus after her grandfathers, Ernie and Stanley.

7, WIZARDS find garden gnomes a pest because they eat the roots of plants, and, like moles, make little piles of earth.

8, QUIDDITCH started in the 11th century at a place called Queerditch Marsh, which is not marked on muggle maps because wizards have made the place unplottable. Originally it was quite a crude game played on broomsticks with just the quaffle.

9, TWIN jokers Fred and George, the owners of Diagon Alley's new Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, celebrate their birthday on the stupidest day of the year, April Fool's Day.

10, SIRIUS Black is named after the brightest star in the night's sky, also known as the Dog Star. This is very apt since when Sirius used his skills as an animagus he turns into a big black dog.

11, LILY Evans was the name of Harry's mum, before she married James Potter. She's no relative of minor character Mark Evans.

12, PEEVES was never a living person. He is not a ghost but an indestructible spirit of chaos, who can unscrew chandeliers, throw walking sticks and generally cause mayhem.

13, DEMENTORS don't breed but grow, like fungus, where there's decay.

14, DUMBLEDORE is an old English word for a bumble-bee. JK Rowling says she believes this suits the Hogwarts head because "one of his passions is music and I imagined him walking around humming to himself."

15, THE most Ordinary Wizarding Levels a witch or wizard can receive is 12.

16, USUALLY, wizard children are educated at home before attending Hogwarts at 11, because they cannot be trusted to keep their magical abilities hidden from muggle schoolmates. For example, the Weasleys were taught at The Burrow by Mrs Weasley.

17, THERE are about 3,000 wizards in Britain.

18, THE four houses at Hogwarts correspond to the four elements. Gryffindor is fire, Ravenclaw is air, Hufflepuff is earth and Slytherin is water.

19, MEMBERS of the Order of the Phoenix communicate using their patronuses. They are the only wizards who know how to use their spirit guardians in this way and were taught to do so by Dumbledore, who invented this method of communication. The patronus is an efficient messenger because it is effective against the dark arts, not hindered by physical barriers, and each is unique - so there's never any doubt as to who sent it. Dumbledore's patronus was a phoenix.

20, PROFESSOR Flitwick is so short because he has goblin ancestry, probably through his great-great-great-grandfather.

21, DEAN Thomas always thought he was a muggle after being raised by his mother and his stepfather when his father walked out on the family when Dean was very young.

What he doesn't know is that his wizard father never told his wife what he was because he wanted to protect her. He was killed by Death Eaters when he refused to join them.

22, IN the world of wizard wonga there are 29 bronze knuts to a silver sickle and 17 sickles to a gold galleon. In muggle money a galleon is worth about £5. But exchange rates can vary.

23, HARRY could not see the thestrals until his fifth year because it was only then he really appreciates what deaths mean. He was in his cot, so he never saw his parents die - just flashes of green light. He didn't see Professor Quirrell die. Only when he witnessed Cedric Diggory's death, and it had sunk in over the summer, could he see the thestrals.

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