Harry Potter nail art

Today I’m going to be showing you the most challenging nail art I’ve ever attempted. The Polish Addicts of New Zealand group/blog has run a nail art contest named ‘It’s a Kind of Magic’. You had to choose good magic, or dark magic, and doΒ nail art to go with that theme. When I think of magic, my first thought is Harry Potter, so I’ve entered under the good magic category.

Challenge Background W Font - It's A Kind Of Magic - Square

I spent a long time trying to think of different designs, and had several failed attempts at some free hand nail art. So, I decided to bust out my new striping tape and do a design featuring the four Hogwarts houses. It was my first attempt at striping, and it wasn’t easy that’s for sure. My technique did improve as time went on, so I have some hope for future attempts. Here’s the final result:

Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Gryffindor Hogwarts manicure

Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Gryffindor, and then Harry’s scar. My brother suggested I do the Hogwarts Crest on my thumb nail but my skills are soooo not that advanced!

From left to right, the polishes used were:
Essie – 725 Pretty Edgy
OPI – Yoga-ta Get This Blue!
OPI – Need Sunglasses?
Jordana – 089 Black
OPI – Oy Another Polish Joke
Essie – 729 Limited Addiction
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear – White On.

OPI, Essie, Jordana, Sally Hansen polishes

The silver stripes on the Slytherin and Racvenclaw nails are the striping tape that I used, and it’s from Kmart and cost about $3. I didn’t have the right polish for this so I just decided to use the tape and go over it with a top coat. It has not lasted very well but that’s okay. The freehand stripes on the Hufflepuff nails didn’t look amazing, but I just couldn’t figure out a better way to get black stripes on yellow. There are some incredibly talented people in the PANZ group, so I’m not feeling terribly confident that I’ll win, but I am really proud of my effort.

Entries close on Tuesday night, so fingers crossed for me! I’ll update this post with the results when they’re up. Have a look over at the PANZ blog, there is some awesome nail art on there –Β www.panz-blog.com

Lena x



  • Good effort Lena! I bought some tape off ebay last weekend. Sad to hear its not that easy to use! Nevere mind..I’m going to five it a shot soon!

    • Once I started to get used to it it wasn’t that bad, everything takes practice after all!

  • Federica

    Well done Lena, I wish I was as good as you with nail art! Xx


  • So simple yet so fun πŸ™‚ I love it!
    (huge potterhead here)

    • Potterheads unite!! I tried to do the deathly hallows symbol but I just don’t have a brush fine enough for it to work.

  • This will have likely sound weird but they look tasty! Like lollies you would find in a The Twins store! Lol awesome post!

    • hahah that’s a comment I didn’t expect to get, but thanks!!

      • I mean it in a good way! They definitely have the Harry Potter theme! πŸ˜€

  • Lovely NOTD post πŸ™‚

    Pink Frenzy

    • Thanks Laura!

  • Im loving the blue and silver combination x

    • It’s lovely πŸ™‚ I wasn’t sure whether it should be blue and yellow but I’m glad I chose that.

  • I love this! I did some Harry Potter nail art a while back, I think I did the Deathly Hallows symbol on the thumb nails πŸ™‚

    Jess xo

    • Oh awesome! I tried to do that but couldn’t quite do it. Do you have any pics? I’d love to see.

  • Kel

    These look great – the Ravenclaw ones especially, what a gorgeous blue!

    • It’s so stunning, I’m going to paint all of my nails with the blue once I take this off! Thanks

  • What a fantastic theme! Good luck with the competition! x

    • They do some really cool themes, this is the first time I’ve attempted one of them!