The Scotland resident was not asked about J.K. Rowling's series, it seems, but rather about her own upbringing and role as a mother of two; she only dragged Potter into the interview to challenge its romanticizing of boarding schools like Hogwarts.Swinton told the magazine parenthood has made her "more disciplined and less lazy and irresponsible," adding, "I can't just take off and do anything I want to anymore which is a good and a bad thing, I suppose!"In terms of her own upbringing, the London-born Swinton went to swanky West Heath's Girls's School (fun fact: Princess Diana was a classmate and friend) and then Fettes College boarding school. She has spoken before about hating her boarding school experience, telling Scots it was "hell" and "a very lonely and isolating environment."
Here's where Harry Potter comes in:
"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. Children need their parents and the love parents can provide."
From that perspective, fair enough, although Hogwarts was the only place an orphan like Harry Potter felt real love. It was home for him. But, yeah, those of us who longed to get an owl-delivered letter from Hogwarts at age 11 would do well to remember that real boarding schools are often less than magical. But still. It would be fun to join a Quidditch team.
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