May 28, 2012

POTTERthon! Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Welcome to Potterthon! Potterthon is seven different days, featuring a manicure for the 7 Harry Potter books/movies by 7 different ladies. This is my manicure for the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I choose to do one scene across my four main finger bits. I really liked the manis during the LOSTathon that were all across, so I'm planning to try and challenge myself to do them as much as possible in this series. It's hard for me to explain my undying love for Harry Potter; it was such an important part of my literary life growing up, and the subject of many important papers in middle school (like debating the good and evil of the book for my religious junior high). My favorite book is the fourth one and my least favorite is maybe the third? But I'll try and talk about them more as I go instead of unloading all my Harry Potter feelings on you now! It's especially funny to note that America is the only country that uses the title 'Sorcerer's Stone', and every other country in the world uses 'Philosopher's Stone' for the first book/movie.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone nails vertical

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone nails horizontal

This is my interpretation of the scene in Olivander's Wand Shop when Harry finds the wand that picks him. My pointer and pinkie are boxes of wands on the shelves (here's a visual if you're curious), and my middle and ring are 'magic' and the wand (ps. it is *sooooper* hard to do a wand that doesn't look phallic...). I picked this scene because it really stood out to me in the book and in the movie, and because the wands seem to be such an important theme throughout the stories. The first book is obviously the introduction to the 'wizarding world', both for the audience and Harry Potter, and there are so many wonderful details included in the first book (owl post, Diagon Alley, wizard's chess, chocolate frogs, Quidditch, giants, trolls, the list goes on and on). Harry's life is turned upside down when he receives many mysterious, magical letters and a curiously large visitor that explain to him that he is a wizard, a vast departure from his boring, dreadful life with his Aunt, Uncle, and cousin Dudley as a 'normal' boy in England. Even in the first book at the ripe age of 11, Harry and his two best friends face down the very evil He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named!

Don't miss the other ladies participating in Potterthon! Some of them might be familiar from the LOSTathon series, but there are three newcomers

Bee at Bee Polished 
Debbie at The Crumpet 
Sam at Legiolinde 
Emma (meee! *waves*) right here at Manicurity 
Julie at Of Knit and Nails 
Kerrie at Pish Posh and Polish 


Technical Details by finger
pointer and pinkie: base color is Essie Case Study, mint is Wet n Wild Refresh-mint, lavender is Catrice Hey, Dirty-Lilah with China Glaze Dress Me Up for the pink label details
middle and ring: Pure Ice French Kiss, N.Y.C. Skin Tight Denim, Color Club Sky High, with white and black details

14 comments:

  1. Whoa girl! This is FABULOUS!

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  2. These are amazing Emma! The two middle ones look so pretty. I also really like the wand choosing scenes, though Olivander in the films always seems to creep me out a bit!

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    1. Thanks! And yes, he was sooper creepy in the movies!

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  3. this is too awesome! I too grew up with these books, waited in line in wal mart at midnight, I chatted in freaking hp chat rooms. and as an added bonus the books/movies normally came out right before or on my birthday.

    fantastic job, i'm gonna love this series even more than the lostathon=]

    ...i love book three though. just sayin'
    tugs at my heart strings and such..

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    1. Woo! Thanks! I never went to any of the midnight book events, but my Mom would always reserve the books for me to pick up :D In sixth grade we went on a cruise to Alaska, and all I did was read Harry Potter the whole time...whoops!

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  4. These are amazing, love them!

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  5. yeh, we're gonna fall out if you hate book 3 ! great stuff, as ever, and i laughed when i saw yo'd changed the font of your watermark to match !! xxxxx

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    1. LOL. I don't *hate* it, I just don't like it as much. I am shocked to read everyone's book 2 post today and see the distaste for Chamber of Secrets?!? WHAT. And yes, I do like changing my watermark :) Thanks for noticing!

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  6. Wow these are great!Have you been on pottermore and got your own wand yet? I think it would be great to actually be able to!

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    1. No, not yet!! I really need to explore Pottermore. I only recently got into it.

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