There may someday come a time when a new J.K. Rowling story from the Harry Potter universe no longer inspires widespread excitement, but fortunately that time is not today. So go ahead and freak out, Potter fans, because Rowling has just released a new piece about Celestina Warbeck on the fan site Pottermore.com. And even though it's short, do we care?
Celestina Warbeck, the "internationally known singing sensation," never appears "on screen" in the series, but can often be heard whenever there's a radio playing. Rowling's new 500-word snapshot of Warbeck reveals that the singer was gifted from a young age, so much so that her muggle mother only reluctantly sent her to Hogwarts after discovering to her dismay that there are no performing arts schools in the wizarding world.
After rising to fame, her biggest hits include "You Charmed the Heart Right Out of Me" and "A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love," and her personal life, including three marriages, was often featured in gossip columns. Over the course of her career she's also raised money for St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries and controversially "sought to impose restrictions on how the wizarding community was allowed to celebrate Halloween."
This isn't the first time Rowling has released informational tidbits via Pottermore — earlier this year she released a history of the wizarding sport Quidditch via the site, and just last moth she published a story from the point of view of infamous reporter Rita Skeeter — and presumably more new writings about the Harry Potter universe will keep coming. Which for most (though not all) fans, is music to our ears. May Harry Potter live forever!
To find out more about Celestina Warbeck, including the reason Molly Weasley has yet to see her favorite singer in concert, check out the full profile on Pottermore.