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J.K. Rowling Writes Another Harry Potter Short Story


For someone who has said she is done writing the “Harry Potter” world, she sure seems to keep returning to it often. J.K. Rowling has yet again written another short story set in the wizarding world.

Posted on her website, Rowling released a story about a character called Celestina Warbeck, a little known side character mentioned a few time within the saga.

Rowling told NBC’s Today Show that Warbeck was a singer who is similar to the 1950’s singer Shirley Bassey. She said,

“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 inLondon; ‘Celestina’ was simply begging to be scooped up and attached to a glamorous witch.”

Here are some of the details of the character:

Birthday: Aug. 18

Wand: Larch and phoenix feather, 10 1/2 inches long, flexible

Hogwarts House: Gryffindor

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: Traveling in fabulous style, breeding rough-coated Crups, relaxing in any of her eight homes

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