As a longtime fan of books, I was dying to do some Harry Potter nail art and incorporate the magical world into a manicure. From Deathly Hallows designs to Patronus nail art, these ideas are sure to make your fingers look fit for a wizard. Whether you’re a Gryffindor or Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw, these enchanting designs will have you looking like a total wizarding pro in no time.
We’ve gone through
thousands of Harry Potter nail designs (and I loved every moment of it) to try and find you our favorites. Whether you want a simple look to DIY yourself or some inspiration to show your nail tech these are sure to cast a spell on you.
“ I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” Are your nails ready for this Marauder’s Map design? Oh, I bet it’s going to feel amazing to wear them while doing a Fred and George trip. Don’t forget the magic words when you’re done. Mischief managed!
Hedwig is one of my favorite characters. Well, I think he is everyone’s favorite. We’ve seen this design before on owl nail art but it looks so perfect next to the Golden Snitch.
Slytherin is frankly the best house, in my opinion. Why, you ask? Hello, they have the best students… Voldemort, Snape? Harry could have been great there just the same. Don’t mob me, Gryffindors!
Ooh, I’m loving that white marble design. But is their color white? No matter. Whatever the color is, these nails can surely prove your sense of loyalty and justice. Just like the Hufflepuffs!
Cute Hedwig got me there. But my favorite among these collections would be the golden snitch. After all, it is what led Harry to make the right decisions.
Ah, these nails are so classy! I am so much obsessed with the matte polish and gold foil HP scars! Can I wear these in Hogwarts?!
When Dumbledore asked, “Lily? After all this time?” Snape answered, “Always.” I bet you cried a lot because I know I did. Alan Rickman truly immortalized that word. Snape became everybody’s favorite character.
Freehand drawings, everybody. Wow, right? Harry, Hedwig, and the Sorting Hat all look like printed stickers.
I’m not quite sure of the color’s name, but I love how it blended so well with black. I’m absolutely certain that you’re going to feel magical once you get these nails.
Ravenclaw nails for the intelligent, creative, and wise! Can I still wear these nails even if I am not a Ravenclaw? I love them!
Didn’t know that Harry Potter in rose gold motif would look so dashing. I especially love the Whomping Willow’s branches sprinkled with gold glitters on her ring fingernail.
These nails are perfect and strikingly beautiful. However, I would have liked them even more if the other hand had a “Prongs” print on it.
Some HP elements for those with short nails. I love the bricks paint on the index finger as well as the nude white and yellow surface on the others. But I think it is more impressive that these nail arts are actually hand-drawn!
Red for Gryffindor. Green for Slytherin. Blue for Ravenclaw. Yellow for Hufflepuff. In which house do you belong?
Do you know what your Patronus is? If only we had a Hogwarts in real life, I would paint my Patronus animal on my nails instead.
It’s funny how the name of the polish used for this set is “Always.” If it is really meant to be, it will find its own way. Oh, I miss Dobby so much, it hurts.
Here are the nails for the Slytherin girls! Ooh, that snake looks dangerous. Bring out the cleverness and resourcefulness in you. Strike for the goal!
I hate to admit it but I actually love Bellatrix Lestrange. And, that’s simply because her character belongs to none other than the greatest, the coolest, and the brightest Hollywood actress. I love you, Helena Bonham Carter!
Blimey! These nails are so cute! I’m not quite sure if they are handpainted or not. If they are, I wonder what spell did the artist use to be so talented!
Our favorite trio in one single nail art set. I am so glad that I became a part of the generation that grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Best friendship ever!
I fancy the meaning behind the Deathly Hollows. Don’t you, too? I mean, it’s just so clever and mysterious. J.K. Rowling is a genius!
“You might belong in Gryffindor, where dwell the brave at heart. Their daring, nerve, and chivalry, set Gryffindors apart.” Are you as daring and courageous as these nails? If so, it’s time to get those nail arts done.
I included this set because you might like your nails colorful but still with the HP theme. I wonder if the animals are stickers or freehand drawings. Platform 9 3/4 and the Deathly Hollows symbol are definitely hand-drawn, though.
Whoever thought of this concept is undoubtedly witty. Putting “Lumos” on one hand and “Nox” on the other. For the record, these spells counter each other. Lumos calls for light while Nox extinguishes the light.
I’m sorry. Is it too obvious that I am obsessed with Snape’s most painful line? That aside, I am loving the black, white, gray, and gold combination on these nails.
Another set of nails for our mischievous Slytherin darlings out there. The snake nail design looks great against the green and black.
Harry’s stag Patronus is definitely a star wherever you go. In the wizarding world, a stag symbolizes protection and leadership. It means that the caster (in this case, Harry), is a strong leader.
Ah, HP-themed marble nails! That mixture of black and yellow is too grandiose for me to handle.
Is there a white version of the Marauder’s map? I wish I could have it on my nails like this one. The footstep paints are so adorable.
Here’s something for our DIY girls. If you have no time to go to the salon, you can simply imitate these nails in the comfort of your home!
Ok. So, obviously, what caught my attention here are the wings that seem to fly any minute now, the black middle fingernail being the body. Ah, and of course, I like the gold glitter highlights that were neatly made.
Are you willing to spend three hours just to have these nails? Well, I definitely am! I can do anything for Dobby, the free elf!
The four houses and their colors in the palm of your hands… oh, I mean on the surface of your fingers! I am captivated by the way the black polish fades like smoke and turns into red, green, yellow, and blue.
I like the artist’s caption for this image… “The foulest creatures that walk this earth.” But why do they look so mysteriously beautiful in these nails?!
My favorite black glitter polish in combination with one of my favorite books/movies. These nails are heavenly.
Get these stamping plates of the four houses and diligently design your own nails. Polishing is easy as long as you have all the colors in your collection.
I am so, really, absolutely, definitely adding this design to my list! You know how I don’t like stiletto nails, but if they are designed like this, who am I to refuse?!
Quidditch time, ladies and gents! What team are you?
These nails are technically just like the previous ones. But I love purple! So, of course, I’ll include it in this list.
Snake-like abstract nail arts for the best house, Slytherin! Don’t get me wrong, Gryffindor’s still my favorite. That doesn’t mean it’s the best, nonetheless. Oops.
Funny caption by the artist: “Harry Christmas, everyone!” Save these nails for the most wonderful time of the year. Happy Christmas in advance, everyone!
Remember that scene when Ron and Harry stole Mr. Weasley’s flying car? That’s one of the most hilarious moments in the history of HP. I might get these nails so I can remember that scene and be happy whenever I look at them.
Sunset nails and magical creatures silhouettes? Perfect combo! If these nails are freehand, I swear I’m going to spend all the money I have left just to have these.
The three brothers and their encounter with Death. I said this already but don’t you find that myth quite fascinating? If it were you, what gift will you choose? I am choosing the cloak, for sure!
Why do they keep making insanely wonderful dementor designs? It’s so difficult to hate them when they look like this. You can’t just ignore and refuse that beautiful shadow art.
Simple and sassy, but still HP. I got you covered, girl.
Need some luck? Get this nail art and make sure to tell the artist to carefully copy everything from left to right. You might just get all the luck you need after!
Another nail art that is specifically dedicated to our most loved pet of all time, Hedwig. But here’s the catch: this awesome painting was handpainted. How cool is that?!
I am getting Hogwarts madness because of these sunset nail arts. I think I have a new dream, and that is to be able to watch the sunset while embracing the wind on the tallest building in Hogwarts.
Here’s a nail art that is mainly focused on Platform 9 3/4. Where do you think I can find stamps of the Hogwarts Express? I feel like it will be a good addition to this set.
“Hogwarts is my home!” I feel you, Harry. I mean if I was a wizard, I’d definitely call Hogwarts my home, too. Who wouldn’t want to live in a magical palace?
Some cute chibi versions of your favorite Harry Potter characters are ready to get on your nails.
I do hope this has given you some ideas for Harry Potter nails If you give this a go – I want to see it! Send me a photo of your wizardly nails and we’ll feature them here.
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