For those who loved J. K. Rowling’s series of seven books about the world’s favorite wizard, Harry Potter, it is quite exciting to know Rowling is working on a new Harry Potter book that introduces a new character. Monday, Rowling revealed her beloved new character, a fashionista songstress, who just happens to be Ron Weasley’s mother’s favorite singer. The story comes from Pottermore, the online site for die hard hard fans to keep up with exclusive writings by Rowling herself.
First featured in a short-lived Daily Prophet series for the fan club created by Rowling’s British publisher, Bloomsbury, Celestina Warbeck is the author’s favorite off-stage character. Although she has not appeared in any of the seven books within the Harry Potter series, she is mentioned in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince when Molly Weasley blasts her song, Hot, Strong Love. The character resembles singer, Shirley Bassey, in both looks and style, according to Rowling herself. The name, Celestina, was taken from a friend that worked with Rowling years ago at Amnesty International’s Headquarters in London.
In a recent interview, Rowling stated, “Celestina was simply begging to be scooped up and attached to a glamorous witch.” Along with the character, Celestina, Rowling has introduced great detail about her physical appearance, style, abilities and personality. Her birthday is August 8, the wand she uses is flexible, about 10 ½ inches long and is made with larch and phoenix feather.
Much like the world’s favorite wizard, Harry Potter, Celestina is also a “half blood,” who comes from a wizard father and muggle mother. She has been married three times in her life, though only has one son. She also has many hobbies that she enjoys along with her fabulous lifestyle, such as relaxing in any of her eight different homes, traveling in the most lavish and chic style as well as breeding “rough-coated Crups.”
A Wales native, Celestina is an internationally acclaimed singer, also known as the “Singing Sorceress.” Her mother, a failed actress, met her father when she was attacked by a “Lethifold” disguised as a stage curtain. Celestina’s father was a minor functionary in the “Muggle Liaison Office.” Celestina has the ability to “drown out” a chorus of banshees, tap dance and create desserts with “fancy baking.”
Rowling created Celestina to be a talented singer who frequently performs with a chorus of banshees and is famous among the characters of the much loved series. Rowling even added the event of a “three-broom pileup,” which occurred when devoted fans were trying desperately to reach the venue for the last night of her Flighty Aphrodite tour. Tickets to see her shows are sold on the book series’ black market, at highly inflated prices, making it impossible for Ron Weasley’s mother, Molly Weasley, to see her live.
Rowling has also created a charitable side to character, Celestina Warbeck, by lending her name and talents to good causes. Celestina has raised money for “St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries,” with recordings of many of her famous songs. Despite the charitable and giving nature Rowling has created, Celestina is also a hot topic for gossip within the series’ Daily Prophet, the newspaper covering all events of the magic world featuring printed pictures that move.
Rowling cannot hide her excitement for the new character she has introduced. She has already written up Celestina’s biography and produced her hit song, You Stole My Cauldron, But You Can’t Have My Heart. For die-hard Harry Potter fans, Rowling has made the song available on the Pottermore website, though a membership is needed and the song must be unlocked in order to listen to it. The user must play in the Pottermore universe before Celestina’s hit single can be unlocked and played.
By Monica de Lartigue