How Alexander Hamilton from the Musical “Hamilton” Is Really Harry Potter in Disguise

So the musical Hamilton is taking the Broadway world by storm. You may have heard of it; it’s everywhere and is currently booked until next summer. It was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and is based off the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The musical tells the story of one of the founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton was chief aide to George Washington, Secretary of the Treasury, and the founder of the nation’s financial system. Anyway, you’re not here to read a summary on Alexander Hamilton. You’re here to read about how it all connects to the Boy Who Lived.




Like Harry, Hamilton is an orphan who is also looking to prove himself. He was born in the Caribbean and immigrated to the colonies as a teen.


Orphan like Harry


Trio of Best Friends



Ron and Hermione have Harry’s back, and Hamilton has got John Laurens and Hercules Mulligan.

Awesome Women Surrounding Him



Let’s face it, Harry would be dead without Hermione around. Plus, there’s Luna and Ginny. Alexander Hamilton, in the play, always has the guidance of his wife Eliza and her sister Angelica to keep him (mostly) in line.


Ginny's like Eliza


Mortal Enemy from a Similar Background



Ah, Aaron Burr (sir). He may have had the best of intentions, but he was done in by ambition and pride. He’ll forever be known only as the man who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Harry’s enemy is Voldemort (silent “T”), and while he may never have had good motivations for the things he did, like Harry, Mr. Burr, and Mr. Hamilton, he grew up an orphan.

Elderly Mentor Who Takes Him Under His Wing Yet Surprisingly Turns on Him



Alex becomes George Washington’s right-hand man, and the same could be said for Harry and Dumbledore.

Final Battle in Which He May Not Survive



The Burr/Hamilton duel is infamous… not unlike the final battle between Harry Potter and Tom Riddle.


Burr/Hamilton or Harry/Tom


Do you see any other similar threads between Hamilton and Harry Potter? Are you like me and are obsessively playing the Hamilton soundtrack on repeat while wishing you could fork up the cash to see the play? Let me know in the comments below!