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Hamilton Hogwarts Houses and Why

Alexander Hamilton: Ravenclaw

Okay, so the reason I put him in Ravenclaw is kind of obvious. He genuinely values intelligence and how can you forget the ever-amazing line: “He looked at me like I was stupid, I’m not stupid.” People have gone at this man time and time again, but he loses his cool when his intelligence is questioned. He enjoys being able to banter with people, you can see this constantly throughout the musical, especially in the cabinet battles and at the beginning of “The Room Where It Happens” when he’s talking with Aaron Burr. His entire relationship with Angelica is based on banter, honestly. I struggled with puting him in either Slytherin or Ravenclaw.

John Laurens: Gryffindor

This guy. I have seen him put in Hufflepuff so many times and while I can see it, it doesn’t suit him as well as Gryffindor. He did so much in history and people keep forgetting that he was described to be more reckless on the battlefield than both Alexander and Lafayette (who were kinda known for going in with a smidge of a plan and just shooting whatever was wearing a red coat). He’d be a very arrogant Gryffindor as well (also see: James Potter and Sirius Black).

Lafayette: Slytherin

“My practical tactical brilliance.” Set aside the fact that I just described him as reckless, because he was, but he was also an amazing strategist. He was an amazing general during the American and French Revolution. Not to mention how ambitious he was to not only fight for one country’s freedom, but two countries.

Hercules Mulligan: Gryffindor

I was either gonna put him here or in Slytherin. I went with Gryffindor because of the amount of bravery it took to actually go across enemy lines and collect information and then smuggle it back to your allies. Getting caught with that could have meant his life and it takes a good deal of bravery to risk his life for something. I also almost put him in Hufflepuff because of the loyalty to the country that it would take to put his life on the line like that.

Eliza Schuyler: Hufflepuff

Precious Hufflepuff bab. She’s so loyal to Alexander and it breaks my heart because she loves him and that’s to go without mentioning her loyalty to her sisters and father as well. She’s to pure and wonderful.

Angelica Schuyler: Ravenclaw

“I’ve been reading Common Sense by Thomas Payne. Some men say that I’m intense or that I’m insane. You want a revolution, I want a revaluation. So, listen to my declaration.” This woman was a fucking genius. She fell for Alexander because he was smart and witty, not just because he was hot. “I’m looking for a mind at work.” She literally had a two-minute conversation with him and then broke him down piece by piece. I also almost put her in Hufflepuff because of her loyalty to her family, especially Eliza. She gave away the man of her dreams because she took one look at her sister and saw that she had fallen for the same man and she broke down every reason she couldn’t have him so she could easily pass him off to Eliza without putting up a fight. I love her so much and I’m angry that she’s underappreciated (because all the attention goes to Peggy, which I don’t understand because she only acts as a comic relief and because they need Jasmine’s voice).

Peggy Schuyler: Gryffindor

This is one that’s gonna spark arguments, but all I can think during ‘The Schuyler Sisters” during the whole “Daddy said to be home by sundown” bit is Neville. She is the Neville Longbottom of the group and the way Dumbledore describes it is how it takes a lot of bravery to stand up to your friends and fight for what’s right. She argued to her sisters about how their father didn’t want them out after sundown, which took bravery.

Aaron Burr: Slytherin

He played people so well, honestly. I had him in Ravenclaw up until “The Room Where It Happens” because it was at that point his ambition because clear. In the election of 1800 (historic event, not the song) he was backed by two political parties and you can’t just do something like that if you’re not the least bit cunning. Though, I kinda did wanna put him in Ravenclaw because I find that people don’t give him enough credit for being as brilliant as he is.

George Washington: Gryffindor

I almost put him in Slytherin because he was such a tactful general, but I felt that Gryffindor was much more fitting for him because of a few things he says during the “One Last Time”. Especially when he states that he led his men straight into a massacre (a reference to the Battle of Jumonville Glen) and the bravery it would take to continue military service after experiencing something so brutal.  

King George the Third: Hufflepuff

Okay, so whenever we see this guy for the first time, he’s talking about the colonies betraying him. Any ill feelings he has with them is the fact that they aren’t loyal.

Samuel Seabury: Hufflepuff

“Free Thoughts on the Proceedings of the Continental Congress” is literally about loyalty. He’s talking about how the colonies should be loyal to the king and how it’s wrong for them to go against the king. I also almost put him in Ravenclaw because he did get in a wit battle with Hamilton after he wrote “Farmer Refuted.” The man was actually very smart. Not to mention that he eventually turned against the monarch after the war and stayed in the US where was loyal to a new form of government- yet he was loyal to it nonetheless.

George Eacker: Gryffindor

I know someone read this and nearly had a heart attack. Yes, he killed Philip, but look at their interactions before that. Philip confronts him and when he’s presented by someone who’s obviously mad at him and while it would be a smarter idea to back off and apologize, he sticks to his word. He basically says “Look, I said it and I’m not taking it back because it pissed you off. If you wanna duel, we’ll duel.” Standing by his word like that is very… Gryffindor.

Maria Reynolds: Slytherin

So, something that’s often forgotten or ignored is the fact that she had an affair just as much as Alexander did. People constantly shit on him for cheating, but ignore the fact that she did the same thing. I’ve seen her put in Hufflepuff a few times because I have that fact in mind and she doesn’t show any qualities of being a Hufflepuff. She was cunning enough to find Alexander and bring him to her house and then turn around and keep the affair secret for some time. That’s to go without the fact that it’s been speculated that she deceived Alexander and was just out to get money out of him with her husband.

James Reynolds: Slytherin

He got so much money out of Alexander during the Reynold’s affair. He was an ass, but he was a smart asshole and I’m the kind of person that gives credit where credit is due. He was cunning and ambitious with the way he handled the situation.

Thomas Jefferson: Slytherin

I was stuck between putting him in Slytherin and Ravenclaw for a bit because I was on the fence considering some of the people I had placed in both houses and he really does fit both. I decided to go with Slytherin in the end because he’s been shown to be ambitious throughout the musical and history itself. Plus, while he is very intelligent, he doesn’t necessarily value said intelligence and it becomes more of a tool for him to get what he wants.

James Madison: Ravenclaw

Okay, but I really just couldn’t see him in any other house besides Ravenclaw. Especially seeing as it can be seen a few times that he really does value intelligence and he is a problem-solver. I also could have put him in Slytherin because you can take the line “Maybe we can solve one problem with another. And win a victory for the southerners.” That line itself can been seen as cunning, tactful, or just a smart move in all. I choose to see it as him being a problem-solving maneuver because that’s what it was.

Charles Lee: Slytherin

I literally can’t put him in any other house.

Philip Hamilton: Hufflepuff

This boy died because someone talked bad about his father and he wasn’t putting up with it. I was also considering sorting him into Gryffindor because he’s short-tempered, but Hufflepuff is cute. He’s a little Hufflepuff like his mom and it working out like that is just adorable.

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Today in History, May 28th, 1754 — The Battle of Jumonville Glen, the First Battle of the French and Indian War.

In the 1750’s French traders and colonists began to move from Canada and the Great Lakes region to settle in the Ohio River Valley.  This caused escalating tensions with the rival British, who also claimed the territory.  In 1754 Virginia Royal Governor Robert Dinwiddie sent a detachment of Virginia Militia into the Ohio Valley to investigate the situation and tell the French to leave.  The expedition was led by a young  22 year old officer named Major George Washington.

As Washington and his men marched north, they were met by a Seneca chief known as “Half King” who informed him that a large group of French soldiers were exploring the area under the command of a French officer named de Jumonville. The French camp was located in what is now Fayette County in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  Washington gave orders not to fire unless fired upon.  It was his goal to peacefully capture the French then escort them out of the territory.  On the night of May 28th, Washington and his men, which included 40 militia and 12 Seneca warriors, surrounded and crept up on the French camp.  When they reached the camp, Washington demanded their surrender, and to know why they were encroaching upon the area.  De Jumonville claimed that the party was nothing more than a diplomatic mission.  In the midst of the situation, one of the soldiers discharged a musket, sparking an all out firefight between the two groups.

The battle only lasted 15 minutes and the Virginians with their Seneca allies quickly defeated the French.  De Jumonville surrendered, but after the battle Half King drew a tomahawk and slew the French officer in cold blood.  The story of the massacre spread all over the Ohio Valley, summoning French forces to the area.  Washington order the construction of a large fort, called Fort Necessity to defend the area.  Despite building formidable defenses, the French were able to capture the fort and force Washington to surrender.  The terms of surrender were presented to Washington written in French.  Not wanting anyone to know that he could not speak French, Washington unwisely signed the surrender papers.  Little did he know, the papers contained a clause in which Washington claimed all responsibility for the murder of de Jumonville.  

The massacre at Jumonville Glen was used as propaganda against the British, leading to war between the two colonial empires.  The proceeding French and Indian War would last nine years, and would lead to a greater war called the Seven Years War, which would be fought all over the world.  More importantly, the French and Indian War would decide who would be the colonial master of North America.