Fra Pavel Rasek[1] was an alethiometrist for the Consistorial Court of Discipline.


Pavel worked for the Magisterium. Consulting his alethiometer for Marisa Coulter, he discovered that Lyra Silvertongue was the girl from the witches' prophecy.[2]

Behind the scenes

In the film The Golden Compass, Pavel is played by Simon McBurney. Despite not appearing in the book Northern Lights, Pavel has a central role in the film as an antagonist. At the beginning of the film, he poisons Lord Asriel's tokay. In the 2003 stage production at the National Theatre His Dark Materials, Pavel is played by Tim McMullan.



  1. The Amber Spyglass, Chapter 16
  2. The Subtle Knife, chapter 2