Tilda Swinton played a witch in The Chronicles of Narnia series, but you won’t catch her hanging out with the sorcerers at Hogwarts any time soon. In a recent interview with the Scots Magazine, the stranger-than-Doctor Strange actress said she dislikes the Harry Potter films because, as a former-boarding school student, she feels they glorify children moving away from home in favor of a “very lonely and isolating environment.” Swinton described boarding school — especially her alma mater, the West Heath Girls’ School in Kent — as “Hell,” and now I want to see a movie where she plays Satan herself.
“That’s why I dislike films like Harry Potter which tend to romanticize such places,” Swinton said. “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.” To protect students from enduring a miserable boarding school experience like the one she had, Swinton co-founded Scotland’s Drumduan Upper School, where, according to the Guardian, there are “no exams, no tests, no hierarchies, no sitting at desks whenever possible.” She’s like an extraterrestrial Alice Cooper.
Of course, Swinton might have other issues with Harry Potter and the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. No matter how many times she applies, she can’t land the Defense Against the Dark Arts teaching gig.
(Via the Scots Magazine)