J.K. Rowling speaks of new story of "off-stage" Harry Potter character Celestina Warbeck

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

London, England, United Kingdom (4E) – J.K. Rowling is at it again.

The famed Harry Potter creator is “serving up” a new story for her legion of fans about one of her lesser-known characters, the Singing Sorceress Celestina Warbeck, she shared on Monday, exclusively via Today.

“Celestina Warbeck is one of my favourite ‘off-stage’ characters in the Harry Potter series,” Rowling shared, “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.”

She went on, “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. 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.”

Rowling says Warbeck is imagined after the ’60s Welsh singer Shirley Bassey.

According to her biography, Warbeck, an international singing sensation from Wales, was born on August 18 from a wizard father and a muggle mother. She belonged to Hogwarts’ Gryffindor house and owns a larch and phoenix feather wand.

Aside from singing—she can drown out a chorus of banshees—and tap-dancing, Warbeck’s other special ability is fancy baking, and takes delight in “travelling in fabulous style, breeding rough-coated Crups, relaxing in any of her eight homes.” She was married thrice and has one son.

In addition to that, Rowling also shared a music video of Warbeck and her group The Banshees performing her “massive global hit” “You Stole My Cauldron, but You can’t Have My Heart.”

Warbeck’s other hits include “You Charmed the Heart Right Out of Me” and “A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love.”

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