Philip Pullman – Northern Lights reread
Book Reviews / June 27, 2016

Growing up Northern Lights Philip Pullman, Scholastic, 1995 (Warning: this review contains spoilers for the Harry Potter series.) For approximately three years after the release of The Golden Compass, the 2007 Hollywood adaptation of Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights, I was expecting news of a sequel. Then I, like most of the rest of the world, forgot about it. All things considered, the film—bowdlerized and in some places quite clunky—was a disappointment, but it could well have led to something better. After all, the two Columbus-directed Harry Potter films are, even seen through the prism of nostalgia, a bit rubbish. But the films that followed were excellent, marked by skilful direction and increasingly good acting. The His Dark Materials trilogy got no such chance to redeem itself—until now, that is: the BBC have announced that production has begun on a miniseries based on Pullman’s novels. As much as I am excited by this development, I can’t help but feel a little sad that we will not again see Dakota Blue Richards as Lyra, Nicole Kidman as Mrs Coulter, or hear Ian McKellen as Iorek Byrnison. But as wonderful as those actors are, the real star of any interpretation of His Dark…