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Celestina Warbeck
Biographical information
Born

18 August,[1] 1917[2]
Wales[1]

Blood status

Half-blood[1]

Marital status

Married[1]

Also known as

The Singing Sorceress

Title(s)

Madam

Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Female

Hair colour

Black[2]

Skin colour

Brown[2]

Family information
Family members
Magical characteristics
Wand

Larch and phoenix feather, 10½ inches long, flexible[1]

Affiliation
Occupation

Singer

House

Gryffindor[1]

Loyalty
"And now, a live performance direct from Diagon Alley, featuring that musical marvel, that delectable diva, the spectacular Singing Sorceress herself: Celestina Warbeck!"
—A Wizarding Wireless Network broadcaster announcing one of Celestina Warbeck's performances.[src]

Celestina Warbeck (b. 18 August,[1] 1917[2]) was a popular singer known as "The Singing Sorceress". She is often featured on the Wizarding Wireless Network, at the show Witching Hour.[3]

Biography

Early life

Celestina Warbeck was born on 18 August,[1] 1917[2] in Wales to a wizard father and a Muggle mother[1]. Her father, a minor functionary in the Muggle Liaison Office, met her mother, a failed actress, when the latter was attacked by a Lethifold disguised as a stage curtain[1].

Celestina's musical talent was apparent even at an early age; disappointed to learn that there was no such thing as a wizarding stage school, Mrs Warbeck reluctantly let her daughter go to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (which she attended from 1928 to 1936 in Gryffindor), but frequently bombarded the school with letters to form a theatre club, choir and dancing class to showcase her daughter's innumerable talents[1].

Career as a singer

Warbeck became justly famous as a singer; three devoted fans were involved in a three-broom pile-up over Liverpool on the last night of her 'Flighty Aphrodite' tour[1]. Her tickets often go on sale in the black market for vastly inflated prices (one reason why Molly Weasley, who listened to her songs every Christmas[4], could never see her favourite singer live).[1]

Warbeck became romantically involved with one of her backing dancers early in her career. They married, but ended up divorcing after only a year. Some time later, she married her manager, and they had a son together. However, after ten years of marriage, Warbeck left him in order to marry Irving Warble, a music composer.[1]

Warbeck often lent her considerable name and talents to good cause, such as protesting against the Ministry of Magic's decision to restrict Hallowe'en celebrations[5][1] and raising funds for St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries with a recording of Beat Back Those Bludgers, Boys, and Chuck That Quaffle Here, the anthem of the Puddlemere United Quidditch team.[6][1]

She also featured heavily on shows at the Wizarding Wireless Network, one such being the Witching Hour hosted by Glenda Chittock[3]. Most of Warbeck's fans were older people who enjoyed her grandstand style and powerful voice[1]

In 2003 she allowed a Muggle dog-walker who accidentally took a Portkey to one of her concerts to join her on the stage for a duet of A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love; while the Memory Charm cast on him by a harassed Ministry official appeared at first to have erased his memory of the incident, he since has written a popular song that greatly resembles Warbeck's hit, something she was not amused about.[7]


Magical abilities and skills


Known songs

CelestinaWarbeckAndTheBanshees

A Celestina Warbeck performance at Diagon Alley.

Etymology

Celestina possibly comes from the word celestial, meaning "pertaining to the sky or visible heaven." Warbeck may come from warbler, which is a singing bird.

Behind the scenes

Celestina Warbeck poster

A poster for a Celestina Warbeck show.

  • Madam Warbeck usually performs with a chorus of banshees.[5]
  • Celestina's latest album was entitled You Stole My Cauldron But You Can't Have My Heart. The promotional tour included a show in Liverpool; fans desperate to arrive at this concert were involved in a three-broom crash.[5][1]
  • Warbeck scheduled concerts in Exmoor, sponsored by The Sorcerer's Saucepot. Tickets were on sale for five Galleons each, and fans had to book their Portkeys early.[8]
  • A Celestina Warbeck concert is featured at Carkitt Market, in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. She sings her never-before-heard songs. The lyrics also contain never-before-revealed information about Celestina's wand, written by J. K. Rowling.[9]
  • In The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley, the character of Celestina Warbeck is played by Shaullanda Lacombe.
  • Warbeck is Rowling's favourite off-stage character; the author imagined her to look and act like Shirley Bassey.[1] Rowling took the name "Celestina" from a friend with whom she had worked at Amnesty International in London many years, stating that the name was simply begging to be attached to a glamorous witch.[1]
  • On Pottermore, new information about Celestina was revealed on 18th August 2014, Celestina's 97th birthday.

Appearances

Notes and references

 

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