J.K. Rowling Writes New HARRY POTTER Tale About Singing Sorceress
Best-selling author J.K. Rowling has shared a new tale from the world of HARRY POTTER in the form of a biography of one of the lesser-known characters from the fictional franchise. The author shared the new story, which comes from the Pottermore.com site, exclusively with TODAY.com:
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. 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.
Below, check out an exclusive listen to a song by one of Rowling's favorite "off-stage" characters, Celestina Warbeck, as the fictitious sorceress and her backing group "The Banshees" perform "You Stole My Cauldron, but You can't Have My Heart."
About Celestina Warbeck:
Birthday: August 18
Wand: Larch and phoenix feather, 10 1/2 inches long, flexible
Hogwarts House: Gryffindor
December 1962: Popular Welsh singer Shirley Bassey tries on another dress during her quest for what to wear to the White House, where she has been as...
Popular Welsh singer Shirley Bassey in 1962. J.K. Rowling said she has always imagined Celestina resembles Bassey in both looks and style. (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone Features/Getty Images)
Special abilities: Ability to drown out a chorus of banshees, tap-dancing, fancy baking
Parentage: Wizard father, Muggle mother
Family: Has married three times; one son
Hobbies: Travelling in fabulous style, breeding rough-coated Crups, relaxing in any of her eight homes
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