If Hamilton had gone to Hogwarts…

So you may have picked up from my last blog that this week, there have been two things that have consumed my hours that don’t involve work and sleeping.
1. Hamilton: An American Musical – The Original Broadway Cast Recording
2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Special Rehearsal Edition Script

I’ve now listened to Hamilton close to 100 times since getting the CD and free download that accompanied it a few days before Surf Camp, and read The Cursed Child script twice.

Ages ago, I watched this incredible interview that was made for International Women’s Day. Emma Watson interviewing creator and star of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda. And in it, she sorted the main cast characters into Hogwarts houses.

And yes, it’s been well documented that I’m a fully fledged Harry Potter nerd. And having now listened and looked into the story of Hamilton and the Schuyler sisters…I have to say I love you Emma, you are AWESOME, but…we don’t fully agree on which houses they should be on. Alexander we are in total agreement…but the others, not totally. You aren’t likely going to read this, and let’s face it we are not the sorting hat (and I fully respect the sorting hat who originally gave me a choice between Gryffindor and Ravenclaw, but in new Pottermore placed me in Hufflepuff). This is simply my own take on where I think Burr, Hamilton, Eliza and Angelica would have ended up had they gone to Hogwarts. 🙂

What are the traits that characterise the members of the Hogwarts houses?

Gryffindor – courage, bravery and determination

Slytherin – Proud, ambitious, cunning

Ravenclaw – wit, wisdom, learning.

Hufflepuff – Loyal, patient, fair, hard-working, true

So where do I think the Sorting Hat would place each of them?

Alexander Hamilton – definitely Gryffindor. For all the reasons that you and Lin-Manuel mention here. He is brave, courageous and wants to be the hero. Definitely qualities of a Gryffindor. However, I do see why Dan Radcliffe suggested Ravenclaw – I suspect that his reading, writing and thirst for knowledge may have influenced that decision of Dan’s. However, we know not just Ravenclaws study. Hermione is an excellent example, and I seem to remember a certain Hufflepuff by the name of Ernie Macmillan being very studious as well. However, if we are going from the Hamilton in the musical, who cannot hold himself back from losing his temper at Aaron Burr, Samuel Seabury, Thomas Jefferson…and gets annoyed at George Washington for not letting him fight, and who was determined to do anything to get himself out of poverty and make something of himself – I think that the sorting hat would have yelled out ‘Gryffindor’ pretty darned quickly.

Aaron Burr – definitely a Slytherin. I don’t think there is any case for Hufflepuff at all. Hufflepuffs have pretty much always been willing to stand up for what they believe in, they’ve always been loyal. I think Aaron’s ambition and reluctance to take a stand – he seems to be a follower but one that wants to be at the forefront make him a Slytherin. He’s also pretty cunning in the way he gets elected as Vice-President. There might have been a case for Ravenclaw because I don’t think he is stupid. In fact, I’d even say that there are a few shades of Helena Ravenclaw (daughter of Rowena Ravenclaw) about him…well known parent who was the president of a college?

Elizabeth Schuyler-Hamilton – I think is a tricky one. I would say Gryffindor, because she too is brave and courageous. But I’d also say a potential case for Hufflepuff – she works hard, is fiercely loyal to Alexander (even when he gives her reasons not to be) and stands up for what is right but doesn’t ask for the limelight. And Hufflepuffs pretty much always rose quickly to join the fight for what is right as I said before – and don’t often get the credit for it.

Angelica Schuyler-Church – I think would be a Ravenclaw. She is highly intelligent, smart and thinks with her head over her heart. Also the fact that people seem to rely on her for help, advice and wisdom. She seems to value intelligence above most characteristics herself too.

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Some words about hate, politics and love…

I’ve started writing several blogs this week. Each of them deleted before publication, because they were written in anger.

I’m genuinely scared we are going backwards in this world.

After decades of making progress towards equality for people regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion…things are taking a turn.

At the weekend, 49 people were killed in a hate crime towards the LGBTQ community. I have many friends in that community. Friends that worried when I started going to church that I’d be banned from being friends with them. And then today, a terrific MP – one of the good ones who has stood for immigration, stood up for vulnerable children fleeing war, who has stood for peace, justice and diversity at home and abroad was brutally murdered – possibly for her beliefs – by a right wing nationalist while she was in her community doing her job, ready to listen to the concerns of her constituents.

And so this week, families and friends are mourning. Families and friends of people who welcome others. Families and friends of peacemakers. Families and friends of people who see what unites us rather than what divides us.

There are politicians and groups with extreme views. Yelling. Shouting. Spreading lies. Spreading fear. Taking exceptions and making them generalisations. To the point where the other week someone asked me advice because a woman was contacting everyone in her old church to try and get a pastor sacked because he was reaching out to a family of refugees who did not share their faith. According to this lady, this equated to supporting terrorism.

If all your friends look like you, think like you, follow the same religious/non religious belief as you…take a beat and reflect on that. It’s not good if that’s the case. Your mind will be narrower as a result. You will be more susceptible for believing propaganda and media nonsense branded as truth.

I’m not a sonnet writer, and I know Lin Manuel Miranda wrote this with Orlando in mind. It also fits today’s tragedy in Yorkshire too. To the families of those who were at Pulse on Saturday night. To the Cox family. I can’t speak for everyone else in the world, I can only speak for myself, but I stand for love. And hope with all my heart that love will always win over evil in the end. I’m angry for your loss, I’m sad about your loss, I wish with all my heart that you weren’t going through this pain.

Let’s stand up for love, peace and embrace our ability to create together a diverse world that has room for all of us, and our stories.

 

BK’s YouTube Picks: Carpool Karaoke

Yes. I’m a HUGE musical theatre fan. Plus I’ve loved Jane Krakowski since there were 3 shoes I HATED to miss on telly as a teen: Friends, Dawson’s Creek and….ALLY McBEAL!

I absolutely love James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke. And this has been the best since the Adele one. 🙂