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[[File:UnicornTailHair.png|right|thumb|A bag of unicorn tail hairs.]]
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{{Quote|But my dear chap, do you know how much that's worth?|[[Horace Slughorn]] commented to [[Rubeus Hagrid|Hagrid]] upon seeing bunches of Unicorn hair hanging around [[Rubeus Hagrid's cabin|Hagrid's cabin]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
 
   
The '''hair''' from a [[unicorn]] can be used to comprise the [[wand core|core]] of a [[wand]]. It is also very strong and useful. [[Rubeus Hagrid]] collected it from the forest where it got caught up in trees and bushes and used it to bind bandages. As of early 1997, Unicorn hair was worth 10 [[Galleons]] a hair, according to [[Horace Slughorn]].
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{{Dialogue a-b|Firenze|Harry Potter, do you know what unicorn blood is used for?|Harry|No. We've only used the horn and tail hair in Potions.|Firenze asks Harry Potter a very serious question.|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
   
==Wandlore==
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'''Unicorn hair''' was a magical substance with a variety of uses, originating on the body of a [[unicorn]] but frequently being shedded.
Unicorn hair generally produces the most consistent magic, and is least subject to fluctuations and blockages. Wands with unicorn cores are generally the most difficult to turn to the Dark Arts. They are the most faithful of all wands, and usually remain strongly attached to their first owner, irrespective of whether he or she was an accomplished witch or wizard.<ref name="Pottermore">[http://lady-slytherin-forever.tumblr.com/post/8977640199/wand-cores-off-of-pottermore New Wandcore information from pottermore]</ref>
 
 
Minor disadvantages of unicorn hair are that they do not make the most powerful wands (although a wand wood like [[Cherry (tree)|Cherry]] may compensate) and that they are prone to melancholy if seriously mishandled, meaning that the hair may ‘die’ and need replacing.<ref name="Pottermore"/>
 
   
 
==Known uses==
 
==Known uses==
*In [[Garrick Ollivander]]'s [[Ollivanders Wand Shop|Wand Shop]], the owner [[Garrick Ollivander|Mr. Ollivander]] was known to use unicorn hairs as one of his three cores; the others being [[dragon]] [[Dragon heartstring|heartstring]] and [[phoenix]] [[Phoenix feather|feather]].
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*Unicorn tail hairs are used in [[potion]]s, though their exact uses and properties are unknown<ref name="PS15">{{PS}} - Chapter 15 (''The Forbidden Forest'')</ref>. This was commented on by [[Harry Potter]] during conversation with [[Firenze]]<ref name="PS15" />.
*Hagrid collected stray hairs from the forest for use in bandaging magical creatures, due to its strength.
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*[[Rubeus Hagrid]] found that unicorn hairs could be used to bind bandages.
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*Unicorn hair can be used in wandmaking; they produce the most consistent magic, least subject to fluctuations and blockages, most difficult to turn to the Dark Arts and the most faithful of wands<ref name="PM">[http://lady-slytherin-forever.tumblr.com/post/8977640199/wand-cores-off-of-pottermore New Wandcore information from pottermore]</ref>. However, they do not make the most powerful of wands and are prone to melancholy if mishandled<ref name="PM" />. [[Garrick Ollivander]] made wands with unicorn hairs.
==Known wands==
 
The following wands have a unicorn hair core:
 
   
*[[Mary Cattermole]]'s [[Mary Cattermole's wand|wand]]
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==Behind the scenes==
*[[Cedric Diggory]]'s [[Cedric Diggory's wand|wand]]
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*Unicorn hair is worth ten [[Galleon]]s for each hair, according to [[Horace Slughorn]].
*[[Neville Longbottom]]'s [[Neville Longbottom's second wand|second wand]]
 
*[[Draco Malfoy]]'s [[Draco Malfoy's wand|wand]]
 
*[[Quirinus Quirrell]]'s [[Quirinus Quirrell's wand|wand]]
 
*[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]]'s [[Ronald Weasley's first wand|first]] and [[Ronald Weasley's second wand|second wand]]
 
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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A bag of unicorn hairs

Firenze: "Harry Potter, do you know what unicorn blood is used for?"
Harry: "No. We've only used the horn and tail hair in Potions."
— Firenze asks Harry Potter a very serious question.[src]

Unicorn hair was a magical substance with a variety of uses, originating on the body of a unicorn but frequently being shedded.

Known usesEdit

  • Unicorn tail hairs are used in potions, though their exact uses and properties are unknown[1]. This was commented on by Harry Potter during conversation with Firenze[1].
  • Rubeus Hagrid found that unicorn hairs could be used to bind bandages.
  • Unicorn hair can be used in wandmaking; they produce the most consistent magic, least subject to fluctuations and blockages, most difficult to turn to the Dark Arts and the most faithful of wands[2]. However, they do not make the most powerful of wands and are prone to melancholy if mishandled[2]. Garrick Ollivander made wands with unicorn hairs.

Behind the scenesEdit

See alsoEdit

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