Published On: Wed, Jan 18th, 2023

Dust in ‘His Dark Materials’, Made Simple

Lyra (Dafne Keen) looks at her daemon, a white ferret named Pantalaimon, behind a window in a scene from 'His Dark Materials.'

Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy and the HBO adaptation of the same name tell an immensely rich and fascinating story—one filled with compelling characters, communicating universes, and unique worldbuilding. Daemons are one of my absolute favorite fantasy elements; they have been ever since I first picked up The Golden Compass, and likely always will be.

His Dark Materials is also laced with myriad complex themes, which are embodied within the story itself by Dust—one of the key elements that sets the entire plot in motion in The Golden Compass and carries it through The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. But what is Dust, exactly? The answer is as multi-faceted as its role within Pullman’s work, so let’s dive in.

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