eleven-year old girl from Oxford, England, who is destined to be
the new Eve. She is the protagonist of the trilogy. Lyra is the
daughter of Mrs. Coulter and Lord Asriel, and her daemon is Pantalaimon.
She is also called Lyra Silvertongue.
in-depth analysis of Lyra Belacqua.
twelve-year-old boy and Lyra’s companion for the second two books
in the series. Will possesses the subtle knife, which can cut through
the fabric of the universe to other worlds. He is not from Lyra’s
world. Will eventually discovers that he has a daemon named Kirjava.
in-depth analysis of Will Parry.
- A young
girl. Ama brings Lyra food in the cave where Mrs. Coulter has hidden
Lyra. Ama also leads Will to the cave. Her daemon is Kulang, who
hasn’t taken a shape yet.
vicious little red-headed girl from Ci’gazze. She is the sister
of Tullio and Paolo. Angelica leads a mob of angry children in an
attack on Will and Lyra.
father. Lord Asriel had an affair with Mrs. Coulter, Lyra’s mother,
and killed Mr. Coulter. Lord Asriel masquerades as Lyra’s uncle
early on in the trilogy. Lord Asriel kills Roger Parslow and leads
the army of rebels against God. His daemon is Stelmaria, a snow
in-depth analysis of Lord Asriel.
of the mulefa, a tribe of strange creatures who travel on wheels.
Atal is the friend of Mary Malone.
angel of the lower orders. Balthamos, along with his lover Baruch,
is sent to lead Will to Lord Asriel at the end of The Subtle
. After Baruch is killed, Balthamos stays with Will.
Balthamos kills Father Gomez and saves Lyra’s life.
angel of the lower orders who accompanies his lover, Balthamos,
on the mission to bring Will to Lord Asriel. Baruch is killed by
Lord Carlo Boreal (Sir Charles Latrom)
- A power-hungry nobleman. Boreal passes between Will
and Lyra’s worlds with ease. Mrs. Coulter is Boreal’s lover, and
a snake is his daemon. He steals Lyra’s alethiometer and tries to
force Will to trade the subtle knife for it.
friend and the rightful king of the armored bears. Iorek rescues
Lyra from Bolvanger and fights Iofur Raknison for the right to rule
former piano teacher. Will brings his mother to Mrs. Cooper’s house
in the beginning of The Subtle Knife
. Mrs. Parry
stays with Mrs. Cooper for the duration of the second two books,
until Will returns to his own world to get her.
old and wise Gyptian man from Lyra’s world who has been crippled
by disease. Coram’s daemon is a cat. Coram was once in love with
Gyptian boy from Lyra’s world. The Gobblers steal Billy and take
him to Bolvanger.
Gyptian woman from Lyra’s world. Ma Costa was the woman who cared
for Lyra when she was a baby and protected her from Mr. Coulter.
She is the mother of Billy and Tony Costa.
young Gyptian man who accompanies the tribe of Gyptians north to
rescue the kidnapped children from the clutches of the Gobblers.
Tony is Billy Costa’s brother.
mother. Mrs. Coulter is the head of the General Oblation Board (Gobblers),
the former lover of Lord Asriel, Lyra’s father, and the current
lover of Lord Boreal. She is a nasty woman with a sinister golden
monkey as a daemon.
king of the Gyptians. Lord Faa leads the expedition to rescue the
stolen children from Bolvanger.
assassin sent by the Consistorial Court to kill Lyra. Father Gomez
has done preemptive penance for most of his life so that one day
he can kill someone without being damned.
Scoresby’s daemon. She is a weathered-looking hare.
young witch who was once in love with John Parry. Because he spurned
her, Juta hates him and ultimately kills him
Pekkala’s daemon. Kaisa is a snow goose.
name that Pantalaimon gives Will’s daemon when she takes a cat form
at the end of The Amber Spyglass
Parry’s daemon. Sayan, who is also known as Stanislaus Grumman,
is an osprey.
witch consul. Dr. Lanselius represents the witches to the outside
world. He tests Lyra to see if she is truly the object of the witches’
prophecies. He assists Lyra and Farder Coram in their search for
Sir Charles Latrom
- See Lord Boreal
- The President of the Consistorial Court. In order to
prevent the second Fall, Father MacPhail sends Father Gomez to assassinate
of the children stolen by the Gobblers. Lyra finds Tony in a town
outside of Bolvanger without his daemon, Ratter.
Dr. Mary Malone
- A nun-turned-scientist who works in Will’s Oxford,
where she studies dark matter. Mary helps Lyra escape from the men
who are chasing Will. Mary then escapes to another world, where
she meets the mulefa. It is Mary’s job to bring Will and Lyra together.
Master of Jordan College in Oxford, where Lyra has spent most of
her life. The Master tries to poison Lord Asriel and gives Lyra
the alethiometer. His daemon is a raven.
angel of the highest order. Metatron was a powerful human being
before he became Lord Regent of “the Authority” (God). Lord Asriel
and Mrs. Coulter give their own lives to destroy him.
African king from Lyra’s world who is working with Lord Asriel to
- The Gallivespian who becomes the leader of the Gallivespian
spies after Lord Roke is killed.
daemon. Pantalaimon (also called Pan) can only speak to Lyra. In
the beginning, he takes thousands of different shapes, but when
Lyra’s character is fully formed, Pantalaimon takes the fixed shape
of a pine marten.
little boy from Ci’gazze. Paolo is Angelica’s brother.
- A scholar from Ci’gazze and the former bearer of the
mother and John Parry’s wife.
father, an arctic explorer who inadvertently wandered into Lyra's
universe when Will was just a baby. In Lyra's world, he is known
as “Stanislas Grumman,” and “Jopari.” Away from his own world, he
became a famous explorer and a powerful shaman.
best friend from Oxford. Roger is kidnapped by the Gobblers and
killed by Lord Asriel. When Lyra and Will go to the world of the
dead, Lyra is looking for Roger. Roger’s daemon is Salcilia.
priest who can also read the alethiometer even though he works for
the Church. Fra Pavel is very slow.
Dr. Oliver Payne
- Mary Malone’s colleague in the Dark Matter Research
Unit. Dr. Payne wants to take Charles Latrom’s money for their project,
but Mary does not.
- A witch. Serafina is the head of her clan. She once loved
Farder Coram, whose child she bore. Her daemon is Kaisa, a snow
pretender to the throne of the bears. Iofur Raknison tricked Iorek
Byrnison into killing another bear so that Iorek would be exiled.
Iofur wants to be human, but he is ultimately killed by Iorek.
Gallivespian spy who accompanies Lyra and Will to the world of the
wisest and eldest of the mulefa. Sattamax asks for Mary’s help in
figuring out what is happening to the sraf in the world of the mulefa.
Texan aeronaut from a place called New Denmark in Lyra’s world.
Lee Scoresby has a balloon and is friends with Iorek. Lee gives
his life to save John Parry and help Lyra.
Skadi’s daemon, a bluethroat bird.
queen of the Latvian witches. Skadi is a former lover of Lord Asriel’s.
Her daemon is Sergi, a bluethroat bird.
Asriel’s daemon, a snow leopard.
Asriel’s old servant. Thorold’s daemon, like all servants’ demons,
is a dog.
- A Gallivespian spy who accompanies Lyra and Will
to the world of the dead.
older brother. Tullio attempts to steal the subtle knife from Giacomo
Paradisi and then fights Will for it, cutting off two fingers on
Will’s hand. Tullio is killed by Specters.
of the oldest angels. Xaphania fights on Lord Asriel’s side against
the Kingdom of Heaven.