The Holy Church was a very powerful religious organisation in Lyra's world. Those who went against the teachings of the Church were deemed heretics and subject to harsh punishments including execution.[citation needed]


The Church was composed of various courts, councils and colleges which did not always agree. Among them were:

Behind the scenesEdit

  • The Church is referred to exclusively as the Magisterium in the film adaptation, in an effort to avoid offending religious organisations.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Northern Lights, Chapter 2
  2. The Amber Spyglass, Chapter 5
  3. Northern Lights, Chapter 7