This December, the movie version of Philip Pullman’s incredible book The Golden Compass will be hitting theaters, starring Nicole Kidman as the mysterious and seductive Mrs. Coulter.
In case you haven’t read the novel, which is the first in a trilogy, The Golden Compass follows the adventures of 12-year-old Lyra Belacqua (who will be played in the movie by newcomer Dakota Blue Richards), a girl who grows up in an Oxford, England, that is not quite like our own. In Lyra’s world, everyone has an animal familiar known as a daemon. A child’s daemon can change form, but as the child grows up, the daemon settles into one identity. As you read the book, you start to realize that one’s daemon is more than a companion; a daemon is, essentially, one’s soul.
The movie’s official website has just launched a fun section called "Meet Your Daemon" (click on "Daemons" on the top of the page and then select "Meet Your Daemon"), in which you can take a 20-question quiz to discover which animal spirit best fits you. Interestingly, a person’s daemon typically is of the opposite sex, which made me wonder (of course) whether there are gay people in Lyra’s world and whether their daemons are of the same sex. It’s been awhile since I read the series, so I can’t recall if this ever comes up. If anybody knows, feel free to comment!
Oh yeah: My daemon turned out to be Rasthmus the fox.