Alexander Hamilton gets sorted into a Hogwarts house


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Caroline Monaghan

The Broadway hit “Hamilton” is a historic show that has developed a devoted fanbase composed of theatergoers, historians and nerds alike. Besides these fans’ shared love for “Hamilton,” the love for J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series is also a common trend. Some fans, myself included, wonder which house Hamilton would belong to at Hogwarts.

There have been reasons provided for each house —Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin — as to why Alexander Hamilton, the musical’s protagonist, belongs there. But Hamilton truly fits into one House, and the fact that it is not official yet on Pottermore is a wonder.

Now, few would sort Hamilton into Hufflepuff. He is too much of a risk-taking, fame-seeking individual. As a poor orphan needing to build a legacy, the sacrifice of loyalty and patience is sometimes one needed to make. This side of him is heavily shown through the Reynolds Pamphlet, his relationship with Aaron Burr.

Neither is he the Ravenclaw, that the actor of Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, believes he is. It is hard to deny Hamilton of his intellectual achievements. But Hamilton’s brains simply cannot combat his impulsivity, such as the Hamilton-Reynolds sex scandal.

That leaves “the issue on the table” between Slytherin and Gryffindor. Deciding between these two houses for Hamilton is hard because so many aspects of his personality fit in both. Alexander is brave, courageous and most definitely determined.

But the motives behind this bravery are not like that of a Gryffindor. Hamilton works for his own personal gain more so than anyone else’s. He’s obsessed with protecting his legacy and name, while rising to the top.

We all know Alexander is “young, scrappy, and hungry,” but he also is a Slytherin.