Tilda Swinton Criticizes ‘Harry Potter’ For Romanticizing Boarding Schools


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.

Source: Scots Magazine (via Yahoo UK)

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    Did this broad really condemn boarding schools, while creating an artsy-fartsy version her own?? LMAO.
    And oh my heavens, did she have the unfortunate karma to be born into privilege? Oh, the agony. ?

    • Axxell

      No and no.

  • bbock

    I’m not sure many people watched Harry Potter movies and thought, my kid should go to a school where they might get killed.

  • Talk about hypocritical. She says that Harry Potter “romanticized” boarding schools, then in the same piece she promoted her own. I think Tilda is a wonderful actor, but this is complete garbage.

    • Axxell

      She didn’t promote a boarding school.

      • She promoted the school she started which if you do your research is a … wait for it… Boarding School.

        • Axxell

          You must have a different definition of “boarding school”…

          • According to me, and the dictionary, “boarding school” is defined as … and I quote “a school which provides accommodation and meals for the pupils during term time”. So I repeat what I said, if you research the school, they do provide boarding and meals for their students. Therefore, by the very definition of boarding school, it is a boarding school. In fact, straight the schools “About” section on the website “Classes are taught by Steiner Waldorf trained teachers and the emphasis is on meeting the developmental needs of the growing child in a healthy, balanced and creative way. Academic study is balanced by movement, music and artistic work, with crafts, gardening and outdoor activities as part of the weekly timetable. Boarding is available for older pupils.” Note the final statement. Yeah… boarding school… but hey, maybe I misread that line.


    Wow, every time a Marvel actor opens their mouth, something idiotic falls out. Wonder if there is a connection? ?

    • Napi

      Something idiotic against DC/WB, specifically…

      • SAMURAI36

        Precisely. Anybody can see the passive-aggressive snipes that get thrown out.