Study Guide

The Golden Compass Characters

By Philip Pullman

Lyra Belacqua

Lyra (pronounced LIE-RUH) Belacqua is the lead protagonist of the His Dark Materials trilogy and...

Pantalaimon

Pantalaimon is Lyra's shape-shifting daemon. What's a "daemon," you ask? Well, the word "daemon"...

Lord Asriel

Dark, dashing, and thirsty for power, Lord Asriel is The Golden Compass's anti-hero in chief....

Mrs. Coulter

Underneath Mrs. Marissa Coulter's glitzy, glamorous surface is a whole lot of nastiness. Her...

Farder Coram

Farder Coram is a gyptian elder notable for his "bright flickering intelligence" (7.113). His...

Iofur Raknison

Iofur Raknison is the bad bear king that banished Iorek from Svalbard. Iofur has a weird...

Iorek Byrnison

Iorek Byrnison is one of the panserbjørne – a race of armored polar bears that live...

John Faa

John Faa is the leader of the gyptian people; he's officially known as the "lord of the western...

Lee Scoresby

Lee Scoresby is an aeronaut from the country of Texas. He's a bit of a cowboy, with a "thin black...

Ma Costa

Ma Costa is a gyptian and the mother of Billy Costa. While Mrs. Coulter may be Lyra's biological...

Roger

Roger, Lyra's constant companion in Oxford, is a young kitchen boy who's kidnapped by the...

Serafina Pekkala

Serafina Pekkala is the queen of the witch clan. She's hundreds of years old, but like a Twilight...