J.K. Rowling has written a new entry for Pottermore on one of her “favorite ‘off-stage’ characters in the whole series,” Celestina Warbeck.
The 500-word biography shares never-before-known facts about the “the Singing Sorceress,” including details on “Celestina’s early years, career highlights and tumultuous personal life.” Though we never actually “meet” Celestina in the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling says that the singer has been part of Harry’s world “since its inception.” Celestina’s namesake, Rowling reveals, was one of her own colleague’s at Amnesty International. “‘Celestina’ was simply begging to be scooped up and attached to a glamorous witch,” the author writes.
With the entry comes an audio recording of one of Celestina’s hit songs, “You Stole My Cauldron But You Can’t Have My Heart,” which is performed daily in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort. If you’re interested in seeing Celestina perform live at Universal Orlando, click here.
Click here to read the new Celestina Warbeck biography and listen to her hit single, only at Pottermore.com. New users will have to register for the site first to read the new entry, which can be unlocked by clicking the wireless radio to the left of the fireplace.
Last year, after the release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on Pottermore.com, we published a review of the book. This year, we’re continuing that tradition with a review of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Pottermore released the book in three installments. The first installment was released on the first of October 2013, and the second installment came a few months later, in January of this year. Finally, six months later, the concluding chapters were released, on July 31. The six-month wait between the second and third installment was long, but in the mean time, Pottermore added new J.K. Rowling entries on Gilderoy Lockhart and Scottish Rugby, and the 2014 Quidditch World Cup occurred. So, it was a busy six months.
The Pottermore Insider announced today that the last installment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be released this Thursday, July 31, from 12.00pm BST.
While the new installment will be available to everyone from July 31, members of Ravenclaw will receive 24 hours of early access to the new chapters, beginning Wednesday at 12.00pm BST, their prize for winning the fifth Pottermore House Cup.
Today’s announcement was hinted at last week after Pottermore turned its social media pictures upside down, alluding to the third task of the Triwizard tournament in Goblet of Fire.
July 31 also marks the birthday of Harry Potter himself, along with his creator, J. K. Rowling. Pottermore also released the last chapters of Prisoner of Azkaban on this date, last year.
As promised, Pottermore is keeping the community updated with their progress on solving problems that users have been experiencing on the site.
On Wednesday, Pottermore provided another update on the Story Navigator.
Further to the post we made on July 3 about the issues associated with the story navigator, this week we have made a technical update to Pottermore.com which should now resolve the issue for the majority of our users, where the story navigator disappeared at certain points of progression throughout Moments.
We also hope you will be pleased to learn this week’s update included some stability upgrades to Duelling Club.
More to follow soon.
For users who are still experiencing issues, they direct them to their customer service page. (Click “What’s Next? and then “Need More Help?”)
In their previous update, Pottermore said they were working on implicating other suggestions made by Pottermore members, “including improvements to games, the ability to delete Owl Notifications once they’ve been read, and reviewing our customer service process.”
In related news, now that the Quidditch World Cup is over, the final installment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be released “shortly” on Pottermore.com. Judging by the past, we would not be surprised if they released it this month. Either way, it is something to look forward to.
The following post will be updated live as the 2014 Quidditch World Cup Final between Bulgaria and Brazil takes place. As a reminder, the game is being reported by J.K. Rowling in the voice of Quidditch correspondent Ginny Potter and infamous journalist Rita Skeeter for the Daily Prophet on Pottermore.com. Follow the official live blog on the Pottermore Insider here.
Sketer and Potter will provide live commentary on the Bulgaria vs. Brazil final from 2:00pm Patagonian time (6:00pm BST, 1:00pm EST, 10:00am PST). Fans will be able to follow the event on the Pottermore Insider as well as the Daily Prophet offices on Pottermore as the game happens. Keep an out for the #QuidditchWorldCup hashtag on Pottemore’s Twitter to find out when a new update has arrived.
Ahead of the game, Pottermore’s published an infographic with 10 facts every Quidditch fan should know about the Quidditch World Cup. Be sure to check it out at the Pottermore Insider. You can catch up on all the action from the 2014 Quidditch World Cup so far by visiting the Daily Prophet offices in Diagon Alley on pottermore.com.
J.K. Rowling has been writing the Quidditch reports in the voice of Ginny Potter on Pottermore since March. On Wednesday, Rowling made international headlines when she released a new column from Rita Skeeter, highlighting the life of post-Hogwarts Harry Potter and his friends, who are in Patagonia for the final. In addition, Rowling wrote the final match reports, which will be released in real time.
Ginny Potter reported on the match in today’s Daily Prophet: “It was brief, it was bloody and few will disagree that it was brutal,” she writes. The game ended as one team’s Seeker made a spectacular dive to capture the Snitch.
Visit pottermore.com to read Ginny’s full match report in the Daily Prophet, and prepare yourselves for the much anticipated 2014 Quidditch World Cup final between Bulgaria and Brazil, which is being played this Friday, July 11. Fans can follow the Bulgaria-Brazil game as-it-happens on the Pottermore Insider and Facebook. You can even subscribe to Pottermore’s Facebook event for the final match.
Who do you think will win: Bulgaria or Brazil? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and join in on the conversation by using the hashtag #QuidditchWorldCup on social media.