JK Rowling is at it again – that is, writing little nuggets about characters in the Harry Potter universe and leaving fans clamoring for more.
This morning on the Today show and later re-published on Pottermore, Rowling revealed more about the life of Celestina Warbeck, a singing witch who happens to be Molly Weasley’s favorite artist.
Rowling went into detail about Warbeck’s past, including her hobbies, what house she belonged to at Hogwarts, and her love life.
Like Harry Potter himself, Warbeck was a Gryffindor. Unlike Harry, though, her romantic relationships were turbulent – she was married three times and had one son.
Warbeck also loved to travel (but only in fabulous style), bake, and was a gifted tap dancer. But her true talent was singing, and possessed the “ability to drown out a chorus of banshees.” As such, she was also sometime referred to as “The Singing Sorceress.”
Although Rowling never described the character in detail in the books, her new post divulged that she always imagined Warbeck “to resemble Shirley Bassey in both looks and style.” She said she stole the character’s name from a person she worked with at Amnesty International in London. “’Celestina’ was simply begging to be scooped up and attached to a glamorous witch,” she noted.
Warbeck’s best-known songs include “You Charmed the Heart Right Out of Me” and “A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love.” Her album You Stole My Cauldron But You Can’t Have My Heart was a huge success. In fact, her songs were the first to ever be released on Pottermore and “Warbeck” even performs at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida.