Serafina Pekkala was the queen of the Lake Enara clan of witches. Her dæmon, Kaisa, had the form of a snow goose.[3]


Early LifeEdit

Serafina was born around the end of the 17th century to the Queen of the Lake Enara clan of witches.[4]

Relationship with Farder CoramEdit

In the 1950s, Serafina Pekkala fell into a swamp and was about to drown after being attacked by a large red bird. Farder Coram pulled Serafina into his boat and shot the bird, which he then realised was another witch's dæmon. Serafina told him that any time he needed help, he could call on her.[5]

When Farder Coram was hit by a Skraeling's envenomed arrow, Serafina took care of him.[5]

Serafina and Farder Coram fell in love and the couple had a son. However, the young boy fell victim to an epidemic and died.[4]

Reign as QueenEdit

Not long after the death of her son, Serafina's mother died and she became Queen of the Lake Enara clan.[4]


Serafina had long blonde hair and green eyes,[2] and was described by Farder Coram as "thinner than some, prettier than most." She wore a crown of red flowers when acting as queen to her tribe.[1]

Dæmon Edit

Serafina's dæmon took the form of a large male snow goose named Kaisa.

Background Edit

Like all witches and their dæmons, Kaisa and Serafina underwent a ritual process that allowed them to separate over long distances.

Personality and Appearance Edit

Kaisa often acted as a scout and envoy for Serafina, for example travelling to meet the Gyptians at their arrival at Trollesund. Lyra was at first horrified and perplexed by his appearance as he was without his human. He showed himself to be wise and kind, much like his human, in aiding the Gyptians on their quest and later using magic to help Lyra break in to the dæmon-cage and release the severed dæmons. He showed unwavering compassion as he guided the severed dæmons away from Bolvangar.

Kaisa was large and grey, with a crown of white feathers at the top of his head, and sky-blue eyes ringed with gold.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • In the film The Golden Compass, Serafina Pekkala is played by Eva Green. Kaisa was not in the final cut, though some promotional material did feature concept art depicting him.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Subtle Knife, Chapter 2
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Northern Lights, Chapter 17
  3. Northern Lights, Chapter 11
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Northern Lights, Chapter 18
  5. 5.0 5.1 Northern Lights, Chapter 8