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Don’t Expect to See Tilda Swinton at Hogwarts Anytime Soon

Tilda Swinton
Photography by Solve Sundsbo

The Dr. Strange actress is no fan of boarding schools—Sorting Hat or no.

The ethereal Tilda Swinton would make an excellent addition to the Harry Potter franchise, but the actress revealed in a recent interview that the films have done nothing to enchant her.

Swinton is no stranger to magical roles, appearing as the mystical Ancient One in this summer's Marvel blockbuster Dr. Strange. However, she takes issue with the films because of how they idealize boarding schools, like the magical Hogwarts where most of the franchise's adventures take place.

"That's why I dislike films like Harry Potter which tend to romanticize such places," she told Scots magazine. "I think they are a very cruel setting in which to grow up and I don't feel children benefit from that type of education. Children need their parents and the love parents can provide."

Swinton attended a London boarding school as a student and called the environment "hell." But she's not only speaking as a former student. The actress has co-founded a school herself, Drumduan Upper School, in Scotland, where her children attend.

In a recent interview with Out, she called the school's development "the thing I'm most proud of."

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