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His Dark Materials is a fantasy series by Philip Pullman, consisting of a trilogy of novels and two companion books. The trilogy has also been published as a single-volume omnibus in the United Kingdom and North America, titled His Dark Materials.

The series is a coming-of-age story which follows Lyra Silvertongue and later Will Parry as they travel between the worlds of the multiverse. Fantasy elements in the story include witches, panserbjørne and mulefa.


Original trilogyEdit

The following is a list of the books in the original series:

  1. Northern Lights (The Golden Compass in the United States)
  2. The Subtle Knife
  3. The Amber Spyglass

Companion booksEdit

Pullman has also written two companion books to the series.

A third book The Book of Dust is currently being written.

Audiobook editionsEdit

The books of the original trilogy have been released as unabridged audiobooks, read by Philip Pullman with a cast providing the voices for the characters.



The trilogy was adapted as a radio play and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003. It starred Terence Stamp as Lord Asriel and Lulu Popplewell as Lyra. The drama is now published by the BBC on CD. In the same year, a radio drama of Northern Lights was made by RTÉ (Irish public radio).


Main Article: His Dark Materials (play)

A theatrical adaptation of the trilogy was written by Nicholas Wright. The play is published by Nick Hern Books. The original production was performed at London's Royal National Theatre, running from December 2003 to March 2004. The play was revived in 2004 with a revised script, running from Novemer 2004 to April 2005.


Main Article: The Golden Compass (film)

The first book in the trilogy was adapted for film under the title The Golden Compass. The film was directed by Chris Weitz and starred Dakota Blue Richards as Lyra, Daniel Craig as Lord Asriel, Nicole Kidman as Marisa Coulter, Eva Green as Serafina Pekkala and Ian McKellen as the voice of Iorek Byrnison.

No sequels are planned. Sam Elliot, who played Lee Scoresby, blamed the Catholic Church for the failure of the series. Film critic Stuart Heritage believes critical disappointment in the film may have been the real reason.[1]

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