In an interview with Scots Magazine (via Yahoo UK) , Doctor Strange star Tilda Swinton said the Harry Potter franchise was to blame for gussying up the boarding school life, with its depiction of the whimsical Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Swinton went to a boarding school in Britain but criticized it as unbeneficial and “cruel.”
“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. That’s why I dislike films like Harry Potter, which tend to romanticise such places.”
Her educational experience inspired her to open her own school, the Drumduan Upper School, located in Nairn, Scotland. Both of Swinton’s sons, 19, attended the school, which focuses on art-based practical learning and an outdoor education, governed by a curriculum based the work of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner.
“I grew up under privileged circumstances and was expected to marry a duke. I spent a lot of time and energy making certain that I would not find myself living a life that had been preordained for me.”
If there’s one thing no one can accuse Swinton of, it’s being conventional. The actress, known for her incredibly physical and emotional range, can currently be seen in theaters in Doctor Strange as the Ancient One, a gender and race-swapped version of the titular hero’s mentor. It’s just the latest invention by chameleon-like actress and, unsurprisingly, she’s one of the best parts of the film.