IQ: When Harry met Santa 

The holiday season always gives rise to a slew of new movies. The most eagerly anticipated blockbuster of this season appears to be one that comes out on Friday — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

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Savanna Harden Denver

College student

How excited are you about the new Harry Potter movie? I've read and love all the books. I almost have a brain aneurysm every time I see the previews. I already have my ticket.

What's so compelling about the series? I started reading the books when I was a little kid. It feels like I grew up with Harry Potter. You get sucked into that magic world.

Name the best-ever holiday movie. Miracle on 34th Street. It's about Christmas in New York, which I think is cool — the big tree in Rockefeller Plaza, skating in Central Park.

If a movie were made of your life, what would it be called? Young, Drunk and Horny.

Name a movie you wish you'd been in. I'd be Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

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Leslie Wolken Cheyenne Cañon

Middle school teacher

How psyched are you about the upcoming Harry Potter movie? Almost not at all, except as a teacher. These movies are a way to get kids reading the books.

Why is this series so captivating to young people? They see themselves in Harry's shoes — being strong and effective, wielding magic, fighting bad guys, having amazing adventures, living in a castle, experiencing the mystical aspect of things.

Have you ever had a brush with Hollywood? Back in my 20s, I naively sent some scripts to Saturday Night Live. NBC sent them back, but Al Franken wrote a personal letter urging me to keep writing and explaining that union regulations preclude freelance submissions.

What movie do you wish you'd starred in? There's Something About Mary, my all-time favorite comedy. I'd be Mary, of course.

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Mike Kenny Central


On a scale of 1 to 10, rate your excitement about the new Harry Potter movie. A solid nine. I love the characters and the magical quality of the series: the wizardry, the fantasy, the departure from the mundane.

What's your favorite-ever holiday movie? It's a tie between It's a Wonderful Life because of its classic theme, and The Polar Express because of its fantasy and incredible animation.

Describe your closest brush with Hollywood. I once flew over it. That's plenty close enough.

Name a movie you wish you'd starred in. Indiana Jones, because of the fantastic spirit of adventure running through it.

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