J.K. Rowling brings singing sorceress to life in new 'Harry Potter' story
Meet Celestina Warbeck -- a singer from the "Harry Potter" books who now has her own story on the Pottermore website.
Thanks to Pottermore, "Harry Potter" fans have been treated to regular installments of author J.K. Rowling's ramblings and writings of lesser-known characters from the popular book series.
"Celestina Warbeck is one of my favourite 'off-stage' characters in the Harry Potter series, and has been 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," Rowling shared on the Today.com.
"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 wrote. "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."
Celestina Warbeck hails from the Hogwarts House of Gryffindor. She can sing, tap dance, bake and most importantly, drown out a chorus of banshees. Her wizard father and Muggle mother met when her mom, also a failed actress, was "attacked by a Lethifold disguised as a stage curtain."
"Celestina's extraordinary voice was apparent from an early age," Rowling wrote. "Disappointed to learn that there was no such thing as a wizarding stage school, Mrs. Warbeck reluctantly consented to her daughter's enrollment at Hogwarts, but subsequently bombarded the school with letters urging the creation of a choir, theatre club and dancing class to showcase her daughter's talents."
Warbeck's most famous song is "You Stole My Cauldron but You Can't Have My Heart," which she performs with a chorus of backing banshees. Fans may have already caught her act in Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.