20 Harry Potter Nail Designs To Inspire Your Next Manicure
It’s been over 20 years since the release of the “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, and the hysteria surrounding this page-turning fantasy series isn’t even close to dying down.
Indeed, there’s a collection of Potter-heads out there who will spare no expense for the chance at adding the perfect piece to their memorabilia collection. And with the 2016 advent of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Universal Studios Hollywood, there’s no limit to the amount of money this franchise can potentially milk from its fans.
But more impressive than the cash that Potterheads spend on proving their fandom is the creative way in which the fans pay homage to the series through their art. Of course, there’s the usual suspects of fan-art and Cosplay, but some Potterheads take their fandom to new levels. A little-known fact is that there is an entire community on Instagram devoted to Harry Potter-themed nail art. And some of the designs are downright magical. We’ve compiled a list of the most eye-catching Harry Potter-themed nail art on Instagram.
1. The Hogwarts Skyline
Nothing takes you straight into the world of Harry Potter more than a great landscape portrait of the Hogwarts grounds. This nail look truly takes our breath away.
2. Wear-able Harry
A quick search of “Harry Potter nails” on Instagram can turn up quite a few results of elaborate nail designs that look better online than they would on your hands. That’s why looks like the one above are perfect for Potter-head who prefers a more toned-down look.
3. Minimalist Hallows
Another minimalist design, we love how unusual this Harry Potter nail look is. While many HP enthusiasts commit to intricate nail-bed paintings, this person opted for a simple gold french tip paired with a matching Deathly Hallows symbol.
4. The Three Amigos
Sure, the Deathly Hallows symbol is cute and all, but the real star of the magical book series is the friendship between Harry, Ron, and Hermione. If it were on our hands, we know we wouldn’t be able to keep our eyes off a design like this
5. Adorably Harry
As much as we love the later installments of the series, we can’t help but hold a special place in our hearts for “The Sorcerer’s Stone”. We love this delightful design that includes the legendary line, “You’re a wizard, Harry”.
6. Dobby Love
Up there with Hagrid, Dobby is one of the most beloved supporting characters in the Potter-Universe. He deserves his own Dobby-themed nail art like the delightful designs above.
7. Hogwarts Houses
Contrary to popular belief, no one can force you to choose between Hogwarts houses. They all have their qualities! That’s why we love this nail look that reps all of the houses equally.
8. Painted Patronus
We stan Harry Potter nail designs that think outside of the box. We love that this nail artist included Harry’s noble stag patronus. In these striking designs, it’s as if each nail tells a separate story.
9. Simply Slytherin
Slytherins get a bad rep. While practically all of the series’ villains hail from this serpentine house, even J.K. Rowling herself has gone on record to state that Slytherins are “sleek, powerful, and frequently misunderstood”. What’s more sleek than this stunning emerald-green look with a lone snake on the ring finger?
10. Fantastic Beasts
The red-headed step child (no shade to the Weasleys) of the Potter Universe , the “Fantastic Beasts” spin-off doesn’t get as much love as the main attraction. But the prequel series definitely has a beautiful asthetic, as is evidenced by this navy and perriwinkle creation that features a gorgeous Thunderbird.
11. The Tale of Three Brothers
Written by Beedle the Bard, “The Tale of the Three Brothers” is the fable of three wizarding brothers who were gifted the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Invisibility Cloak by Death himself. This artist truly out-did herself with such a loving (and accurate) depiction of the story on her nails.
12. The Flying Ford
Who could forget the historic scene of Harry and Ron escaping Number 4 Privet driving in a Flying Ford Anglia? This is one of the most creative Harry Potter nail themes we’ve ever come across!
13. The Nail Synopsis
If you can’t make up your mind about your favorite aspect of the Harry Potter series, do like the person above and create a nail design sampler, so to speak. This Potter-themed look has everything from Hedwig, to Platform 9 and Three-Quarters to the elusive Snitch. Why choose one design when you can have them all?
Updated May 21, 2020.