Isn't it Unicorn tail hair that is used in wands, as opposed to from anywhere on the body? Given they are like horses, no one hair would be long enough to comprise a wand core unless from the tail, surely? I don't have my books on me at the moment, but if someone would be kind enough to look it up I'd appreciate the help x The General 18:06, May 23, 2011 (UTC)
- Answer 1: The wizarding world, much like the Muggle world, undergoes inflation. This is confirmed in Quidditch Through the Ages. Therefore, it is possible that while a wand only costs 7 Galleons in 1991, by the time of 1996-1997, they've increased in price enough so that even the unicorn hair costs 10. For this to be true, though, one must ignore Pottermore.
- Answer 2: It would be rather unfair of Ollivander to not charge a flat fee for wands, not matter what they are made of. After all, is it your fault if you're chosen by a wand more expensive than you can afford? I can imagine Ollivander to be the kind of person to take that sort of personal loss for the sake of matching up wand and wizard.
- Answer 3: Horace was drunk and couldn't accurately remember what the price of unicorn hair was.