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JK Rowling Unveils New Harry Potter Story and Song by Little-Known Sorceress Celestina Warbeck

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    "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling shared a short story and song with NBC's "Today" Monday. The tale and track are also available on Pottermore.com, the online home for the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

    "Celestina Warbeck is one of my favorite '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 in London," Rowling, 49, said. "'Celestina' was simply begging to be scooped up and attached to a glamorous witch."

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    Like the series' titular hero, Celestina was in Gryffindor House when she was a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She possesses the "ability to drown out a chorus of banshees." In addition to being a talented tap dancer and baker, Celestina has been married thrice and has one son.

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    Celestina is sometimes known as "the Singing Sorceress," according to Rowling.

    Her best-known songs include "You Charmed the Heart Right Out of Me" and "A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love." The album You Stole My Cauldron But You Can't Have My Heart was a massive success.

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