Harry Potter month

Nail Colours Inspired by HP & the Philosopher’s Stone

HP month badgeLast year, as part of Harry Potter Month, I shared something totally different on the blog – A Harry Potter inspired franken polish (a nail polish made from mixing others), and it seemed to go down pretty well.  Today, I’m following that up with four from-scratch nail polishes I’ve made, inspired by Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.  Feel free to let me know whether you love it, hate it, like it or couldn’t care less – and also whether you prefer the custom polish posts like this, or the franken polish post like last year! Also, fair warning, I am absolutely NOT a nail blogger, so apologies for the photo quality!


He was tall, thin, and very old, judging by the silver of his hair and beard, which were both long enough to tuck into his belt. He was wearing long robes, a purple cloak that swept the ground, and high-heeled, buckled boots. His blue eyes were light, bright, and sparkling behind half-moon spectacles and his nose was very long and crooked, as though it had been broken at least twice.

The first time we meet Dumbledore is definitely a significant moment, and although this description is brief, it stuck with me.  My default mental image of Dumbledore has always been him wearing purple as a result of this description, so the creation of a purple Dumbledore’s Robes polish was too good to pass up.  Obviously, there’s not a huge amount to go on in terms of colour inspiration, it’s basically just a combination of a couple of different purples, some purple glitter, and a dash of blue glitter for his ‘sparkling’ eyes!


a walnut-sized gold-coloured sphere with silver wings

The Golden Snitch goes on to play a huge role in the rest of the series, and it’s role in the Philosopher’s Stone isn’t exactly trivial, so it’s inclusion in my Philosopher’s Stone polish was an obvious choice.  I know in the films it’s got gold wings, but I wanted to stick with the books, so we’ve got a primarily gold polish with a little silver glitter for the silver wings, and a bit of holographic glitter because I wanted the colour flashes to represent it darting around the pitch.




Something fluid and silvery grey went slithering to the floor, where it lay in gleaming folds. … It was strange to the touch, like water woven into material.

Let’s be honest, The Invisibility Cloak is pretty much the best Christmas present ever, and Harry would have been doomed without it! It’s such a key item, and the magic and novelty of the cloak makes me jealous every time I re-read it!






The ancient study of alchemy is concerned with making the Philosopher’s Stone, a legendary substance with astonishing powers. The Stone will transform any metal into pure gold. It also produces the Elixir of Life, which will make the drinker immortal.

And of course, a collection of nail colours inspired by Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone wouldn’t be complete without a Philosopher’s Stone inspired colour! The picture below doesn’t really do it justice – it’s a red/gold duochrome, which I added a little more red and a dash of purple too since I had virtually free reign.  No glitter in this one since it is, after all, a stone.

All together!

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You might be wondering why The Marauder’s Map features in these pictures – fair question, silly answer…I had planned to use the first book, but left it at home when I was re-reading! The plain colours on my Marauder’s Map phone case mean the nail colours show up better probably anyway though.  Also, sorry again for the photo quality – definitely not a nail blogger!

Love, hate, vaguely interesting, totally boring? [I hope not hate because I do have a few more of these planned for Harry Potter month, but they probably won’t be a regular thing past that (unless you guys like them)]

5 thoughts on “Nail Colours Inspired by HP & the Philosopher’s Stone

  1. Oh, all of these colors are so pretty, and they look amazing together! Purple is my favorite color, so I’m rather partial to the polish inspired by Dumbledore’s robes, lol. And I love your Marauder’s Map phone case, too! 😀

  2. Ok so, this post is AWESOME!! I LOVE how you have the quotes that describe the colour of the items you’re basing your nail colours on. I’ve always remembered Dumbledore in that purple cloak too and I love purple. A lot. That shade you picked is perfection to me ♥ The Snitch one is excellent too, gold but with sparkle and silver to show it shimmering about! The Invisibility cloak one is my other favorite because I have SO MUCH LOVE for the item as is, but I’m quite partial to silver, especially when it has sparkles in it 😀 And the Philosopher’s Stone one is wonderful as well. They look amazing all together and I love them with your Marauder’s Map Phone Case 😀 Thanks for sharing this Faith^^
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  3. This is such an original ideal! I just LOVE it. I’m very partial to purple and and silver so my favorites are Dumbledore’s robes (which I’ve always imagined as purple too) and the invisibility cloak. I really like the snitch one too though I don’t normally go for gold. The combination of them all is brilliant. Thanks so much for sharing 😀
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  4. Okay this might sound a little bit dumb, but I had no clue you could actually make nail polish. It never crossed my mind that you could combine colors and add this or that to them. That being said, this is so cool! I love the descriptions behind each color and I would wear them all! I had a friend that once painted my nails with a different house crest on each nail and HP on the thumbs. It was probably the most impressive thing I’ve ever seen. This post just reminds me of that so much. Thank you for sharing this!
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