Ma Costa was a feared and respected gyptian woman with a hawk dæmon. Her family was noted for its grandeur and sumptuousness, known as "princes" among the other gyptians.[2]


Nursing LyraEdit

Years ago, Ma Costa nursed Lyra Silvertongue as an infant on the estates of Lord Asriel in Oxfordshire. When Edward Coulter came to do harm to Lyra, Ma fled to the main house and hid in a closet with the baby. Asriel returned home and killed Edward, but was taken to court soon after. Because of his actions, Lord Asriel lost all his wealth and standing in the community. Ma asked the courts if she could take Lyra and raise her as her own, but was denied the opportunity. Over the years, Ma Costa and the other gyptians kept an eye and ear out for news of Lyra and how she was doing.[3]

She could snap your backbone like a twig." In fact, Ma Costa looked more anxious thank angry.

Her Son's KidnappingEdit

During the Horse Fair many years later, her son Billy Costa was kidnapped by the Gobblers.[2] She remained strong-willed and never gave up looking for him.

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • In Northern Lights, there was a mistake where Ma Costa's dæmon was introduced as a hawk but was later seen as a grey wolf-like dog.[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Northern Lights, Chapter 6
  2. 2.0 2.1 Northern Lights, Chapter 3
  3. Northern Lights, Chapter 7