Question - What does the Golden Compass do?

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The alethiometer, nicknamed the symbol-reader, was a compass-like device that was used to communicate with Dust and find truthful answers to one's questions. Only six alethiometers were ever made. The main reason cited for the failure of The Golden Compass was its treatment of religion. The book made it perfectly clear that Philip Pullman had a specific problem with the Catholic church, but the film diluted his fury down to a general disenchantment with all dogmatic belief systems. Pullman's fantasy trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass as well as his ongoing sequel trilogy, which started with The Book of Dust in 2017) is certainly epic in scale. Lyra Silvertongue, previously and legally known as Lyra Belacqua, was a young girl from Oxford in Brytain. Her dæmon was Pantalaimon, who settled as a pine marten when she was twelve years old. The novel ends with Lyra's failure to save her friend Roger. Lord Asriel sacrifices the child in order to cross the bridge into another world, and Lyra becomes the betrayer that she was prophesied to be.

https://www.shmoop.com/study-guides/literature/golden-compass/analysis

In the world of The Golden Compass, Dust accumulates around people when their daemons stop changing – that is, when they go through puberty and grow up. As the radical theologian Rusakov discovers, it's the "physical proof" that something changes when innocence becomes experience (21. 120).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_debates_over_the_Harry_Potter_series

Dan Reehil, a pastor at the Roman Catholic parish school of St Edward in Nashville, Tennessee, banned the books from the school library on the grounds that "The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells; which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Lights_(novel)

Lyra, Iorek, and Roger continue onwards to Svalbard, where Asriel has continued his Dust research in exile. Suddenly, he severs Roger from his dæmon, killing Roger but releasing an enormous amount of energy that tears a hole in the Northern Lights to a parallel universe, through which he walks.

Novel Children's literature Steampunk Fantasy Fiction Juvenile fantasy

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/sep/29/philip.pullman.northern.lights

Northern Lights was challenged over its "religious viewpoint", the ALA said. Pullman said that banning a book on religious grounds was "the worst reason of the lot". "Religion grants its adherents malign, intoxicating and morally corrosive sensations.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marisa_Coulter

Her dæmon was changed from a Golden Monkey to a Golden snub-nosed monkey in order to better reflect the two sides of Coulter's character.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His_Dark_Materials

His Dark Materials is a trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman consisting of Northern Lights (1995) (published as The Golden Compass in North America), The Subtle Knife (1997), and The Amber Spyglass (2000). New Line Cinema released a film adaptation of Northern Lights, The Golden Compass, in 2007.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%A6mon_(His_Dark_Materials)

During their adolescence a person's dæmon undergoes "settling", an event in which that person's dæmon permanently and involuntarily assumes the form of the animal which the person most resembles in character. Dæmons are usually of the opposite sex to their human, though same-sex dæmons do exist.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Parry_(His_Dark_Materials)

William Parry is one of the protagonists in Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials, along with Lyra Belacqua. Will Parry (His Dark Materials) William Parry First appearance The Subtle Knife Last appearance The Amber Spyglass Created by Philip Pullman Information

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daemon_(computing)

The word daemon is an alternative spelling of demon, and is pronounced /ˈdiːm? n/ DEE-m? n. In the context of computer software, the original pronunciation /ˈdiːm? n/ has drifted to /ˈde? m? n/ DAY-m? n for some speakers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyra_Belacqua

Lyra is a young girl who inhabits a universe parallel to our own. Lyra Belacqua. Lyra Belacqua / Lyra Silvertongue Special gifts Ability to read the alethiometer (a rare truth-telling device) and to lie convincingly

https://ew.com/tv/2019/10/14/his-dark-materials-ruth-wilson-mrs-coulter-interview/

“Everyone's got a daemon and they are hearing and they are a part of that person, ” Wilson explains. Unlike other daemons, Coulter's monkey doesn't have a name and it doesn't speak. That's why there's no voice actor named in the cast. Wilson took her daemon's silence as Coulter “silencing herself in some way. ”

https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/10/3/20893424/secret-commonwealth-review-philip-pullman-book-of-dus

“You cheat, you thief, you let me down. ” Lyra and Pan have never fully recovered from the events of The Amber Spyglass, which saw Lyra painfully separating herself from Pan — or, as they both think of it, abandoning him — in order to journey into the land of the dead.