A projecting lantern was a device used in Lyra's world to project an image onto a screen. It had a single lens and ran on an oil-tank. Lord Asriel used one during his presentation in the Jordan College Retiring Room.[1] A photogram could be viewed using a projecting lantern.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • As an introduction to the Lantern Slides accompanying certain editions of His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman has noted that the projecting lantern Lord Asriel used was likely inspired by his memories of his grandfather's magic lantern.



  1. Northern Lights, Chapter 1
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