Since the birth of Pottermore, J.K. Rowling has been able to expand the magical universe that she created in her acclaimed and beloved ‘Harry Potter’ franchise. Besides reliving all the cherished moments with Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the interactive e-books, fans can delve deeper into the mythology of the wizarding world thanks to new material constantly being created by the author exclusively for the site. For example, through her work with The Daily Prophet, we learned that Ginny Potter (formerly Weasley) is the senior Quidditch correspondent for the publication. Also, thanks to the gossipy Rita Skeeter, we’re able to catch up with Dumbledore’s Army during their adult years. Now, Rowling is at it again, except this time we’re properly introduced to a character that was merely mentioned in passing in the books, but has since found new life at a newly-christened theme park attraction.
When the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley theme park expansion opened earlier this summer, witches and wizards visiting Universal Studios Florida had the opportunity to explore even more of Harry Potter’s world live and in person. Besides new attractions such as ‘Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts’, Knockturn Alley, and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, guests can take in a few different stage shows, including a concert from Molly Weasley’s favorite singing group Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. But before you head deep into London to hear hit songs such as “A Cauldron Full Of Hot, Strong Love” and “You Stole My Cauldron But You Can’t Have My Heart”, you can learn more about the Singing Sorceress over on Pottermore:
In a guest post on Today, Rowling unveiled the short story featuring Warbeck, an “off-stage” character from the Potterverse that is said to resemble popular Welsh singer Shirley Bassey “in both looks and style”. In this brief 500-word biography, we learn about the international sensation’s humble beginnings with a wizard father and muggle mother, as well as various other facts about her personal and professional life. You can click the link or log onto Pottermore to get the whole thing, but here’s an excerpt from the passage:
“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).”
What do you think about J.K. Rowling’s latest Pottermore offering featuring Celestina Warbeck? Are you more inclined to see her perform in person at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida after reading her bio? Let us know in the comments below.