June 2, 2012

POTTERthon! Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Let's get this out of the way first - I don't usually do my nail art for series like these well in advance; I often do them same-day and sort of spur of the moment inspiration. So when I get extra busy at work and run out of time, awesome nail art series like this one suffer. It embarrasses me and I always feel guilty about not being able to stay on top of it. I'm sorry.

Anyway, here is my Goblet of Fire mani! Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is my favorite book. I love it because it introduces other magical schools and new characters that are the same age as Harry, Ron, and Hermione. I LOVE the Quidditch World Cup and the magical tents and the portkey. I love all the mysterious twists and turns and the challenges of the Tri-Wizard Tournament (except it's four students...Quad-Wizard Tournament?!). And the end is scary and unsettling and wonderful because the bad guy we've been sort of hearing about returns!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire nails 1

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire nails 2

It was hard for me to find things that the other ladies hadn't already done for this one, but that's okay. I still enjoyed painting these. From l-r: the Hungarian Horntail from the first task Harry has to complete, the golden egg he obtains from the first task that's a clue to the second task, a hand underwater to symbolize what the Merpeople have taken that the champions would "sorely miss", and finally the last task - the maze in which Harry has to find the Tri-Wizard cup (which is a portkey to a graveyard...*ominous music*)

The blue 'underwater' nail looks lumpy because I put down a flakie first, hoping it would look like bubbles, and then the jelly was thicker than I thought it would be. I also wasn't thrilled with the egg details - I was trying to do shadows and highlights, but I think it looks weird. I included a bonus picture at the very end because I just love how pretty and glowy my pinkie looks in it :D I did the hand horizontally so it would look good either way I took the picture, but the egg is the right way up in the first picture

Don't forget to check out the other ladies doing this *~magical~* challenge with me!
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 

Favourite? I am awful at this game, so this is more like "my two favorites are..."
Female character 
Hermione - she made me so proud to be a smart girl in junior high! I also love Molly Weasley
Male character?
Fred & George (yes, as one) or Hagrid
Remus Lupin. I like Professor McGonagall, too, but she's also the Gryffindor Head of House so that seems biased somehow...
Death Eater?
Bartie Crouch Jr. because he plays such an important role in the return of the Dark Lord (in Goblet of Fire). But I also love how totally evil Bellatrix Lestrange is
Magical creature? 
"Petrificus Totalus" always seemed helpful

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire nails 3
bonus! So glowy! Way to go, pinkie ;-)


  1. The hand underwater is great. :)

  2. These are neat! I like the inspiration!

  3. I love the colors you chose! They are perfect for the images!


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