J.K. Rowling Profiles Singing Sensation Celestina Warbeck on Pottermore
By Rachael Berkey on August 18, 2014
Never fear, Potterheads. It seems your queen won’t let you go too long without an update from the wizarding world. This morning, J.K. Rowling released a new profile of one of her favorite “off-stage” characters from the world we all love. The short biography of Celestina Warbeck can be read on Pottermore if you know how to find it. The song, “You Stole My Cauldron But You Can’t Have My Heart,” is a recording from Universal Orlando Resort’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. We hear that Celestina and the Banshees perform there daily.
If you haven’t been sorted yet, or aren’t sure how to navigate the twists and turns to locate this newest addition to the game (there are least two methods of unlocking Warbeck’s profile that this Gryffindor found), we’ve included the text here for you:
Internationally-acclaimed singing sensation Celestina Warbeck (sometimes known as ‘the Singing Sorceress’) hails from Wales. Her father, a minor functionary in the Muggle Liaison Office, met her Muggle mother (a failed actress) when the latter was attacked by a Lethifold disguised as a stage curtain.
Celestina’s extraordinary voice was apparent from an early age. 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.
Frequently appearing with a chorus of backing banshees, Celestina’s concerts are justly famous. Three devoted fans were involved in a nasty three-broom pile up over Liverpool while trying to reach the last night of her ‘Flighty Aphrodite’tour, and her tickets often appear on the black market at vastly inflated prices (one reason why Molly Weasley has never yet seen her favourite singer live).
Celestina has sometimes lent her name and talents to good causes, such as raising funds for St Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries with a recording of Puddlemere United’s anthem ‘Beat Back Those Bludgers, Boys, and Chuck That Quaffle Here’. More controversially, Celestina was vocal in her disagreement when the Ministry of Magic sought to impose restrictions on how the wizarding community was allowed to celebrate Hallowe’en.
Some of Celestina’s best-known songs include You Charmed the Heart Right Out of Me and A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love. Her fans are usually older people who love her grandstanding style and powerful voice. The late 20th-century album You Stole My Cauldron but You Can’t Have My Heart was a massive global hit.
Celestina’s personal life has provided much fodder for the gossip columns of the Daily Prophet. An early marriage to a backing dancer lasted only a year; Celestina then married her manager, with whom she had a son, only to leave him for the composer Irving Warble ten years later.
Rowling also shares that today is Warbeck’s birthday but wisely doesn’t reveal the superstar’s age. Her 10.5 inch wand is made up of larch and phoenix feather and is flexible. She is half wizard (her father) and half human. She has also, scandalously, been married three times and has one son from her second marriage. She loves to travel in style, breed rough-coated Crups, and is a talented tap-dancer and fancy baker in addition to her singing prowess.
At the bottom of the profile, Rowling included this personal note for her readers about the origin of this much mentioned but never seen character.
Here’s video of Celestina and the Banshee’s for your listening pleasure.