“Harry Potter” fans, here’s some music for your ears: J.K. Rowling has released yet another new tale set in the Wizarding World.
As with Rowling’s recent update on the lives of Harry, Ron and Hermione, the acclaimed “Potter” author has dipped back into the magical well to tell the tale of singer and sorceress Celestina Warbeck. The Pottermore story, released via Today.com, is a quick biography chronicling the life and times of Ms. Warbeck, someone who Rowling describes as one of her “favorite ‘off-stage’ characters in the Harry Potter series.”
According to the story, Warbeck is a Hogwarts graduate (Gryffindor for the win) who only attended the famous School of Witchcraft and Wizardry because there are no “wizarding stage schools” in this magical world. Celestina’s mother consistently “bombarded the school with letters urging the creation of a choir, theatre club and dancing class to showcase her daughter’s talents.”
The work paid off, as Celestina grew up to become one of the most famous performers in the Wizarding World. Sometimes referred to as “the Singing Sorceress,” Celestina went on to much fame, fortune and fanfare, releasing and performing record-setting songs like “You Stole My Cauldron, But You Can’t Have My Heart.” Watch the video below to see her perform that song alongside her backing group, The Banshees:
“Although we never lay eyes on Celestina during the whole seven volumes of the Potter books, I always imagined her to resemble Shirley Bassey in both looks and style,” Rowling describes of the character. “I stole her first name from a friend with whom I worked, years ago, at Amnesty International’s Headquarters in London; ‘Celestina’ was simply begging to be scooped up and attached to a glamorous witch.”
According to Rowling, Celestina, despite never appearing in the books, has been a “part of the Potter world ever since its inception, making an early appearance in the short-lived ‘Daily Prophet’ series I produced for members of the equally short-lived fan club run by my British publisher, Bloomsbury.” Perhaps she’ll resurface in a future story, or in the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” films that are coming down the pipeline.