“Hamilton” Songs for Each Hogwarts House – Part 1
It’s no mystery why many Harry Potter fans also love Hamilton, the award-winning musical phenomenon that premiered on Broadway in July 2015. Both Harry and Alexander are young, scrappy, and hungry; these underdogs fight for their ideals to make their society a better place with courage, wit, and daring, each leaving behind a legacy to inspire a generation.
The highly anticipated movie recording of Hamilton is coming to Disney+ one week from today on July 3, and theater geeks like myself are helpless with excitement. The movie will feature the original Broadway cast, including as the title character the mastermind and Harry Potter fan Lin Manuel Miranda. Wizarding world actors have expressed admiration for the musical, including Tom Felton, who recently took to Twitter to celebrate the upcoming streaming debut. Felton and Miranda also had an exchange on Twitter last autumn in which the founding father of the production revealed that Potter inspired certain scenes in the play.
Okay but but did you REALIZE when you watching it that the scene where Hamilton meets Burr and then SUBSEQUENTLY meets Laurens/Lafayette/Mulligan is modeled after Harry meeting Draco BEFORE he meets Ron & Hermione or
(shut up Lin)
So glad you liked it Tom I am cool. https://t.co/ce1gQ2Ra5a
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) September 13, 2019
Now is the time to get acquainted or reacquainted with the smash hit. Whether you’re new to the show and asking, “What did I miss?” or have been a Hamilfan for years, we recommend listening to the soundtrack nonstop. I’ve developed a little playlist of Hamilton songs for Potter fans, selecting songs from the musical for each Hogwarts House. Read below to find out which songs are best suited for Gryffindor and Ravenclaw, and be sure to keep an eye out for the other Houses’ playlists, coming soon.
1. “The Story of Tonight”
I may not live to see our glory / But I will gladly join the fight”
Early in the play, Alexander and his friends decide to join the revolution, knowing full well that there’s a chance they won’t survive. They are brave and daring, willing to risk it all for their dream of an independent nation. Hoping to be remembered for their daring deeds is very Gryffindor.
2. “Right Hand Man”
We are outgunned / Outmanned / Outnumbered / Outplanned / We gotta make an all out stand”
General and soon-to-be President George Washington rallies his troops in the face of the British. Despite being up against a behemoth, the patriots won’t give up, showcasing their incredible fearlessness and setting an example for Gryffindors everywhere.
3. “Ten Duel Commandments”
Look ’em in the eye, aim no higher / Summon all the courage you require / Then count / One two three four / Five six seven eight nine / Number ten paces / Fire”
If Gilderoy Lockhart’s dueling club had endured, I would expect Gryffindors to turn out to meetings in high numbers. While members of other Houses might see dueling as a petty, unjust, or illogical way to settle a score, we know that Gryffindors aren’t quick to back down from a fight.
Laurens is in South Carolina, redefining bravery. / We’ll never be free until we end slavery!”
Much like several songs in Act 1, “Yorktown” could be an anthem for Gryffindor House. The underdog revolutionaries prevail against the Goliath-like British forces. All the while, abolitionists like John Laurens redefine bravery in a very Hermione Granger-like way, practicing chivalry by fighting to bring an end to slavery.
1. “The Schuyler Sisters”
‘We hold these truths to be self-evident / That all men are created equal’ / And when I meet Thomas Jefferson, / I’m ‘a compel him to include women in the sequel! / Work!”
The women in Hamilton find strength in their hearts and in their intellect. In a time when women are seen as the inferior sex, Angelica Schuyler is intelligent, well-read, and interested in politics. It’s also very Ravenclaw of her to value cleverness so highly that she’s seeking out a man with a keen mind.
2. “History Has Its Eyes on You”
Let me tell you what I wish I’d known / When I was young and dreamed of glory / You have no control / Who lives, who dies, who tells your story”
George Washington is one of the more rational and discerning characters in Hamilton. He wants to impart wisdom and help his soldiers see past their delusions of grandeur. Logically speaking, these men might not get to experience “glory,” but he still wants them to contemplate their impact on history nonetheless.
3. “Cabinet Battle #1”
These are wise words, enterprising men quote ’em / Don’t act surprised, you guys, ’cause I wrote ’em”
Unlike “Ten Duel Commandments,” this debate between Alexander and Thomas Jefferson is a duel of wits. The two geniuses are pitted against each other, armed with Ravenclaw-like cleverness. Each must use their brains to one-up the other in a masterfully written song honoring both historical fact and famous rap battles.
Hamilton comes to Disney+ in seven days, which is perfect timing for staying in and social distancing. Until then, be sure to check back on MuggleNet in the coming days to see “what comes next.” We’ll be back with a playlist for Hufflepuff and Slytherin soon.