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J.K. Rowling releases another short "Harry Potter" story

After last month's update on the lives on adult Harry, Ron, and Hermione, J.K. Rowling has provided "Harry Potter" fans with another short story--this time centered around minor character Celestina Warbeck.

While Warbeck was a character fans only heard through the Weasleys' radio and knew nothing about, the new story provides information on her Hogwarts house, family, and talents. The story also includes a jazzy recording from Warbeck's album, "You Stole My Cauldron But You Can’t Have My Heart," heard at Universal Studios' Diagon Alley in her live show with backing band the Banshees.

Rowling explained the story, saying, "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 in London; ‘Celestina’ was simply begging to be scooped up and attached to a glamorous witch."

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