Tuesday, June 7, 2016

If the Founding Fathers Went to Hogwarts

Because it's important to mix and match your fandoms! (Disclaimer: some of the people mentioned are classified as "founding fathers," but I'm more inclusive than that, so have added some important people who, for certain reasons (biological or otherwise), will never had that elite classification.)


Traits: Energetic, determined, mischievous, intelligent, deeply sympathetic, self-sacrificial, sincere

Is remembered for: Advocating for public education for girls

Memorable Quote: "I've always felt that a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic."

House: Hufflepuff


Traits: Private, quiet, disliked by many for his views, feared unrest and destabilization, argumentative, strove for black and white justice

Is remembered for: Blaming fasting for the reason he didn't get reelected

Memorable Quote: "The happiness of society is the end of government."

House: Slytherin


Traits: Political, leader, well-respected, decisive, agitator, influential, worked for the greater good

Is remembered for: His namesake beer

Memorable Quote: “It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

House: Gryffindor

Traits: Outdoorsy, leader, ambitious, protective of his group of people, confrontational

Is remembered for: "His" furniture and leading the Green Mountain Boys (shout out to the 802!)

Memorable Quote: "It is bad policy to fear the resentment of an enemy."

House: Slytherin


Traits: Strives for personal glory, perseverance, ambition, being flip-floppity, brilliant, epicurian

Is remembered for: Killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel

Memorable Quote: "Law is whatever is boldly asserted and plausibly maintained."

House: Slytherin


Traits: Honest, humorous, faithful, eccentric, creative, intellectual

Is remembered for: Electrical experiments

Memorable Quote: "Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn."

House: Ravenclaw


Traits: Brave, works for the common good, likes action and adventure, seeks glory

Is remembered for: Being hanged as a rebel spy

Memorable Quote: "I regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." 

House: Gryffindor


Traits: Ambitious, cunning, unafraid of conflict, concerned with his reputation, polymath, vain, arrogant, prideful, uncompromising, protective of people in his corner

Is remembered for: Founding America's first national bank

Memorable Quote:  “A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one.”

House: Slytherin


Traits: Ambitious, political, highly efficient, devoted, family-oriented

Is remembered for: Starting the first public orphanage in NY

House: Hufflepuff


Traits: Integrity, consistency, bravery, popular, outgoing, showy, friendly, influential

Is remembered for: His comically enormous signature

Memorable Quote: "There! I guess King George will be able to read that without his spectacles!"

House: Gryffindor

Traits: Private, deep thinker, stoic, creative, ambitious, polymath, quill skill

Is remembered for: Writing the Declaration of Independence

Memorable Quote: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

House: Ravenclaw


Traits: Sagacious, able to see practical application of theories, works for the common good, unafraid of conflict, fearful of power

Is remembered for: Being a staunch advocate for the Bill of Rights

Memorable Quote: "The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse."

House: Hufflepuff

Traits: Passionate, persuasive, fiery, devoted to his cause, quill skill, agitator

Is remembered for: "Common Sense" and "The Rights of Man"

Memorable Quote: "These are the times that try men's souls."

House: Gryffindor


Traits: Honest, virtuous, wise, dislikes philosophical discussion, self-sacrificial, works for the common good, traditional

Is remembered for: His honesty, his virtuosity as the first president of the USA, resigning from power to show America's strength

Memorable Quote: Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.

House: Hufflepuff


Traits: happy, kind, helpful, gregarious, trustworthy, strong convictions, private

Is remembered for: Refusing to attend her husband's inauguration because she opposed his being president

Memorable Quote: The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not our circumstances.

House: Hufflepuff


Traits: persuasive, pedagogical, values education, quill skill, organization, ambition, likes order and rules

Is remembered for: Being America's greatest lexicographer

Memorable Quote: “The foundation of all free government and all social order must be laid in families and in the discipline of youth."

House: Ravenclaw

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