Harry Potter fans got a pleasant surprise on Monday when J.K Rowling released another original tale set in the Wizarding World — this time introducing an entirely brand-new character.
Earlier this summer, Rowling thrilled longtime readers of the beloved series by penning a brief update on the lives on Harry, Ron, and Hermoine. Now she’s back to tell the story of singing sorceress Celestina Warbeck. The Pottermore tale, written in the form of a biography, was released via Today.com and chronicles the life of Celestina, who Rowling describes as one of her “favorite ‘off-stage’ characters in the Harry Potter series.” Though Celestina never made an appearance in any of the seven Potter books, the author reveals that the character has been a “part of the Potter world since its inception,” and was once included in the Daily Prophet series she wrote for a “short-lived fan club.”
So what’s the background on this new character? According to the story, Celestina was born to a Wizard father and a Muggle mother. From an early age, she showed exceptional vocal talent. Unfortunately, there was no school available for both magic and stage. After enrolling in Hogwarts (as part of the Gryffindor house), Celestina’s mother lobbied the school to create a choir, theater club, and dancing class to cultivate and “showcase her daughter’s talents.”
Apparently, all that dedication paid off. In present day Harry Potter world, Celestina is a world famous sensation known as “the Singing Sorceress.” She appears most often with a “chorus of backing banshees,” performing her famous songs like “You Charmed the Heart Right Out of Me,” “A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love” and her biggest hit yet, “You Stole My Cauldron but You Can’t Have My Heart” (which you can listen to above).