Monday, 18 August 2014

Discover brand new writing by J.K. Rowling on singing sensation Celestina Warbeck and listen to her single on pottermore.com!


"They were all supposed to be listening to a Christmas broadcast by Mrs Weasley’s favourite singer, Celestina Warbeck, whose voice was warbling out of the large wooden wireless. Fleur, who seemed to find Celestina very dull, was talking so loudly in the corner that a scowling Mrs Weasley kept pointing her wand at the volume control, so that Celestina grew louder and louder. [...]

HeartHawthorn5902's depiction of Mrs. Weasley
listening to a Celestina Warbeck song
‘Oh, come and stir my cauldron,
And if you do it right
I’ll boil you up some hot, strong love
To keep you warm tonight.’

‘We danced to this when we were eighteen!’ said Mrs Weasley, wiping her eyes on her knitting. ‘Do you remember, Arthur?’ 
‘Mphf?’ said Mr Weasley, whose head had been nodding over the satsuma he was peeling. ‘Oh yes … marvelous tune …’ "

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter Sixteen, ‘A Very Frosty Christmas’.



Today on pottermore.com we revealed for the first time that it is Celestina Warbeck’s birthday. To celebrate, you can now find out even more about the talented singer in exclusive new writing by J.K. Rowling!

Get the scoop on one of J.K. Rowling’s ‘favourite “off-stage” characters in the whole series’, from her early years to her career highlights, the ups and downs of her personal life and her selfless work as a philanthropist.

Here’s a sneak peek at the singing sorceress’s biography stats – is anyone else intrigued by her ability to drown out a chorus of banshees?!

Birthday: 18th August 
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: Travelling in fabulous style, breeding rough-coated Crups, relaxing in any of her eight homes


We don't want to give it all away, so be sure to head to the Moment ‘Floo Powder’ in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on pottermore.com to read this exciting new writing.

Did you know that guests visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida can see Celestina Warbeck perform live every day with her backing singers, the Banshees? As an extra gift for Celestina’s birthday, you can now listen to a recording of one of her hit songs on pottermore.com, to give you a taster of what you can enjoy in the live performance, should you get to visit the newly opened Diagon Alley.

We hope you enjoy the title track from her global bestselling album You Stole My Cauldron But You Can’t Have My Heart as much as we did – we've been tapping our toes along to it all day!

Share your favourite facts from the new J.K. Rowling writing on Celestina with us, or wish her a Happy Birthday, on Facebook and Twitter using #CelestinaWarbeck.

If you would like more information on visiting Universal Orlando Resort to see Celestina Warbeck perform live, click here.