All Crops: 618399780 Tilda Swinton Hogwarts Split
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While Tilda Swinton has stepped into magical roles in the past, she isn’t always enamored with every setting in the fantasy genre, including Harry Potter’s iconic school grounds.

The Doctor Strange actress recently revealed her skeptical feelings toward Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which sends would-be spell casters to its halls, free of close ties with family. Swinton attended the West Heath boarding school in London in her early years, citing it as a “a very lonely and isolating environment” in the December issue of Scots Magazine.

“That’s why I dislike films like Harry Potter which tend to romanticize such places. 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,” she said. “Children need their parents and the love parents can provide.”

As for her latest genre fare, Marvel’s Doctor Strange, the setting moves through time and space, and even allowed the opportunity for her kids to work on the film. “My son was with the art department, and my daughter was in the costume department, and they loved it,” said Swinton in a Jimmy Kimmel interview.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

  • Movie
  • 152 minutes
  • Chris Columbus