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Tilda Swinton Gets Candid About Why She Doesn't Like 'Harry Potter'

by Latifah Muhammad 9:58 PM PST, November 30, 2016
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The Harry Potter film franchise brought in billions at the box office, but the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry doesn't appeal to everyone.

Actress Tilda Swinton recently shared her distaste for all things Potter while shedding light on her experience as a student at London's West Heath boarding school, which she described as "hell" and "a very lonely and isolating environment."

"That's why I dislike films like Harry Potter, which tend to romanticize such places," the Doctor Strange star candidly explained to the 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," continued the mother of two who founded an "art-based" school, 2013. "Children need their parents and the love parents can provide."

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Education wasn't the only focus of Swinton's interview. The 56-year-old actress also spoke on having "artistic freedom" and living an "independent life."

"I like being able to wander in life," shared the U.K. native. "I like making it up as I go along, I cherish having a certain amount of artistic freedom and embracing the idea that I am living a creative and independent life."

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Speaking of her work resume, ET caught up with Swinton's Dr. Strange co-star Benedict Cumberbatch last month, where he dished on Marvel's latest blockbuster.

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