It seemed the book had as a central theme the “quest for Roger” which would only be properly concluded in the original ending, together with the other major theme: Asriel’s “betreyal”. As a narrative, this drove Lyra’s growing up during the course of Northern Lights from her wildcat childish innocence and ignorance to an awareness of the full horror of the evil in the world of adults and, yes, the Church.

I hadn’t realised the film had flopped in the US. I can’t help but wonder if that’s something to do with the religious furore. I had assumed the sequels were inevitable, the thing had done so well over here. I’m conflicted how I feel about that – I’d been looking forward to the continuing uproar (though now less so to the films themselves). But perhaps if they cannot be adapted for film they’ll get a longer television adaptation, with a low special effects budget and a director with the imagination to use that to his advantage. I know radio 4 did an adaptation, and I’d be interested now to get hold of that…