Celebrate Harry Potter's Return to the Silver Screen With Fantastic Beasts...and a Manicure
"Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one area where I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter, and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life." —J. K. Rowling
Today we celebrate not only the rebirth of our little muggles’ favorite franchise, but one of the most inspirational single moms of our times donning yet another badge. This one reads neither "12th-richest woman in the United Kingdom," nor "Robert Galbraith," nor "Support Cedric Diggory," nor even "Potter Stinks," but instead "screenwriter." Unsurprisingly, Rowling is just as attached to the wizarding world as we are. Which is why, when Warner Bros. approached this rags-to-riches, modern Andrew Carnegie with the suggestion of fleshing out one of Harry’s schoolbooks, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Rowling could not bear the thought of another writer bringing the textbook's author, Newt Scamander, to life.
"Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favorite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.”
Rowling has already penned the textbook itself, in addition to an historical account of Quidditch Through the Ages, both as asides to the Harry Potter series. However, the film, from which we expect some seriously wild encounters with hippogriffs, grindylows, unicorns, and yetis (though thankfully no blast-ended screwts, as Hagrid won’t invent those for another 70+ years hence…seriously nerding out here), promises to explore the man behind the otherworldly encyclopedia. Not only that, we have it on good authority this will be the first of a series of cinematic forays into the larger wizarding world: "Fantastic Beasts is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world...Newt's story will start in New York.” We wonder if Grand Central has a platform 9 ¾…
As with any momentous occasion such as this (take Sesame Street’s makeover, for example) we’re celebrating this exploration of magizoology with a little Harry-themed cosmetology. Like Ms. Rowling, you’re probably going to need to direct all your energy to finishing this work in order to actually succeed, but once you do, the look on your daughter’s face will be totally worth it. Then, tonight at bedtime, transport your little witch back to her favorite year at Hogwarts with a re-reading of everyone’s (over 400 million copies sold, so we do mean everyone's) beloved tome. And don’t forget to Instagram her wand hand (and tag @ElizabethStMom, hashtag #minimanimonday)!
Hogwarts Houses Mani
1 small dotting pen tool
1 tiny paintbrush
1 bottle of Piggy Paint Basecoat Nail Polish
1 bottle of each: green, red, gold, silver, black, yellow and white nail polish. (Brand of your choosing—some great non-toxic options are Piggy Paint, Hopscotch Kids, and Eco-Princess.)
1 bottle of Piggy Paint Non-Toxic Topcoat
Check out the video tutorial below for design directions, courtesy of YouTuber Robin Moses.
Want to see more nail magic? Click through the slideshow above for more adorable kids' nail designs from Pinterest and YouTube.
By Cordelia Tai
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