Celaeno Bristwick
Portrayed By Lesley-Anne Down
House Hufflepuff
Year Graduated 1961
Position Shopkeeper
Sex Female
Race Half-blood
Age 51
Place of Birth Ottery St. Catchpole, England
Date of Birth 24 Oct 1943
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Character History:

Celaeno was born in Ottery St. Catchpole, to a mother who was full of regret- Amalthea Waldon, once a promising Quidditch player, a Chaser whose career was cut short first by an unfortunate injury in a broom crash, then by war and (Grindelwald's) revolution which suddenly made Quidditch seem a lot less important, then simply by age. So she saw it as her mission to have her oldest daughter Celaeno become a great Quidditch player (a mission delivered to her in her name- Celaeno was one of the harpies). Even as a child she was brought up with Quidditch, being bought toy brooms and picture books with exciting images of matches. She knew all the rules by the time she was 7 years old.
At Hogwarts, she was sorted into Hufflepuff thanks to her diligent work ethic, and easily made it onto the Quidditch team (like her mother, as a Chaser) in her third year. She performed well, but the team's Seeker didn't, which made it hard for the Hufflepuff team to win. In addition, she followed her mother in crashing her broom in her fifth year at Hogwarts, but thankfully her crash was not as severe and she returned to playing a few weeks later. As for her studies, they suffered little with her concentration on athletics, as she excelled in Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts. Her worst subject however was Transfiguration, which she considered fairly useless. She didn't cause trouble, not wanting to jeopardize her future pro career.
Upon graduating in 1961, she moved to London and covered Quidditch for the Daily Prophet while waiting for a team to recruit her. In 1963 she landed a spot on the Wimbourne Wasps, where she played for seven years until she was traded (appropriately enough) to the Holyhead Harpies. She played for the Harpies for three years, even as Voldemort was gaining his power, before finally retiring from the sport satisfied, particularly with her one championship victory, for the Harpies in 1971.
She returned to her old home in London where she kept a low profile through the war, marrying Bartholomew Bristwick, who had replaced Celaeno as Quidditch reporter when she went to play. Together, in 1982, they bought a Quidditch supplies shop in Diagon Alley (at the opposite end from their biggest competitor, Quality Quidditch Supplies). This also happened to be the year their daughter Bridget was born, and Celaeno hoped that she would also play, though she was never as pushy about it as her mother had been. The Bristwicks have run the shop for twelve years, and Bridget is now a second-year student at Hogwarts, hoping to play for Hufflepuff's Quidditch team. Celaeno still occasionally writes guest columns on Quidditch for the Prophet, and roots for the Harpies, though she does still have a soft spot for the Wasps.


Generally calm and soft-spoken, but can get absorbed in Quidditch match broadcasts due to her experience. Despite her work involving herself heavily with the magical world, she is still somewhat comfortable among Muggles (she tells any who care to ask about her job that she is a reporter, which isn't exactly a lie per se.)


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