His Dark Materials fans in California and Philadelphia are getting a unique opportunity from HBO. The company announced on Wednesday that it will host free His Dark Materials pop-ups at select public libraries, including advanced screenings of the new TV series (adapted from Philip Pullman‘s bestselling trilogy of the same name). The show premieres on BBC Nov. 3 and HBO on Nov. 4, but these screenings take place as early as Oct. 26.

Along with a sneak preview of the His Dark Materials series premiere, guests who attend the pop-ups can also participate in daemon-matching quizzes, themed scavenger hunts, and photo opportunities. Plus, the scavenger hunt has a cool prize: guests who successfully complete it will receive the newly re-released paperback edition of The Golden Compass (also known as The Northern Lights), the first book in the trilogy (while supplies last). According to the press release, additional activities at each location will vary.

Check out the schedule below, as well as a series synopsis and premiere information.


Saturday, October 26 at Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street
Pop-up event runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., with screenings at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Santa Monica

Saturday, October 26 at Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard
Pop-up event runs from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with screenings at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

San Jose

Saturday, November 2 at Educational Park Branch Library, 1772 Educational Park Drive
Pop-up event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with screenings at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

HIS DARK MATERIALS follows Lyra (Dafne Keen), a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. Other series regulars include: Ruth Wilson (Golden Globe winner for “The Affair”) as Mrs. Coulter, Lin-Manuel Miranda (Tony Award winner for “Hamilton”) as Lee Scoresby, James McAvoy (Golden Globe nominee for “Atonement”) as Lord Asriel, Clarke Peters (HBO’s “The Wire” and “Treme”) as The Master of Jordan College, James Cosmo as Farder Coram and Anne-Marie Duff as Ma Costa, with Will Keen as Father MacPhail and Ariyon Bakare as Lord Boreal.

HIS DARK MATERIALS debuts MONDAY, NOV. 4 at 9pm ET/PT on HBO NOW®, HBO GO®, HBO On Demand® and partners’ streaming platforms. The series is rated TV-14.