Today's post is for The Half Blood Prince. I was so excited for this book to come out. See, when I got through The Goblet of Fire there wasn't much time in between to wait because The Order of the Phoenix was nearly out already. But after that one, it felt like ages before this one hit stores. Perhaps that contributed to my disappointment with it. It's not that there wasn't a TON of information in this book; there was. I'd wager almost all of it is vital to the storyline as well. It's just that in the wake of two action packed, intense, excitement laden novels...it almost felt dull. There is certainly a lot to take in; Snape's revelation that he is the Half Blood Prince (not Potter himself as many suspected pre-book release), and that he is, in fact, in love with Harry's mother. The back story of Tom Riddle and his rise to power as Lord Voldemort (anyone pick up a little Anakin Skywalker syndrome on that one?). And of course, the beginning of the role of the Horcrux. However, save for setting up the next book there is no real movement in this novel at all...well...until the famous page 596! The death of Professor Dumbledore. The epic motion that singlehandedly divided the Potterheads; trust Snape or don't. Myself I was on the trust Snape side of the fence. My husband was not. Nor was a majority of my family and they made that very clear anytime they had the chance. But look who's laughing now? :P There was also that group of people who somehow believed Dumbledore's death was a clever ruse and that he would be back--which in some ways was true, but sadly, as Dumbledore himself once said, "There is no spell which can awaken the dead." So what's on my nails? For the thumb I did a night sky. I used a black polish with colored glitter which looked much cooler in real life but didn't pick up well on camera unfortunately. It was meant to represent the Astronomy Tower where Dumbledore falls to his death. The index is a page from the potions book which Harry borrows and which is embellished with the writing of the half blood prince. The middle is meant to be a bow tie to represent Slughorn and his Slug Club. The ring is, fittingly, the ring Dumbledore wears which turns out to be a horcrux. And on my pinky, the gold locket and the letters R.A.B.
Don't forget to check my fellow mischief makers, Kerrie, Emma, Abby, Julie, Debbie, and Sam's pages to see their art for this series!!
Don't miss out on the final post tomorrow! The Deathly Hallows
Or visit the previous day's post: The Order of The Phoenix
Thumb: Barry M Black Multi Gliter, Color Club Worth the Risque
Index: Essie Sand Tropez, Revlon Black Lingerie
Middle: Revlon Black Lingerie, Deborah Lippmann Almost Paradise, Orly Wandering Vine
Ring: Revlon Black Lingerie, Color Club Disco Nap, Deborah Lippmann Dancing in the Sheets
Pinky: Color Club Disco Nap, Revlon Black Lingerie