Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle

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Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.
Publisher: New York, NY : Eos, 2008.
Edition: First Eos edition.
ISBN: 9780061478789
Branch Call Number: FICTION JONES
Characteristics: 429, 8 pages ; 20 cm.


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Mar 10, 2021

Howl’s Moving Castle is a unique and enjoyable novel centered around Sophie, an eighteen year old cursed to look like an old woman, and Howl, a magician. After being cursed, Sophie sets out on an adventure, and ends up becoming a cleaning lady for Howl. While living in the castle, Sophie is taken into various conflicts and adventures. This is a lighthearted and easy read for those interested in fantasy novels. There is never a dull moment in the book, and is worth the read.

Jan 25, 2021

The beginning few chapters of the story were great. To me it got a bit slow and boring in the middle, but at the end things pick up and get really exciting. You'll never see the twists coming!

LoganLib_Sheridan Jan 11, 2021

This was good! So I had watched the movie before (and re-watched it in-between listening to the book) and this was so much better... because duh!

There was just so much more explanation in this that just helped it make sense (the stories are more different than you would hope for/expect in a book to movie adaptation). There might have been a bit more going on but it worked and I'm not sure the movie did itself any favours in 'simplifying' the story.

I loved the relationship between the characters. There was just so much cuteness as Sophie just wearily cleaned up behind Howl and worked around his orders. I loved that she didn't put up with his bad behaviour and would often call him on it if she thought it would be worth it.

I love the way the magic works in this book and feel like that was one of the few things well translated by the movie. The magic system is never overtly explained but it just seems to work it is just complex enough to be interesting but too complex that it overtakes the story. I also love how it it is affected by the witch or wizards mood.

Her relationship with Calcifer given her relationship with Howl and how these things all come together in the end is just done brilliantly and I love it.

pacl_teens Jan 04, 2021

Howl's Moving Castle is a novel written by Diana Wynne Jones in 1986. It is centered around an 18-year-old girl called Sophie who lives in Market Chipping in the land of Ingary who works for her mother as a milliner. One day, when she is working, she is mistaken for one of her two younger sisters by the evil Witch of the Waste puts a spell on Sophie turning her into a 90-year-old woman and not allowing Sophie to mention the spell to anyone. Sophie will not be seen like this and leaves the city. Eventually she stumbles upon Wizard Howl's moving castle and Howl’s fire demon, Calcifer. Sophie learns that Calcifer is under a contract with Howl, and Calcifer offers to reverted back Sophie’s spell if she can break Howl’s and Calcifer’s contract. Sophie agrees and sets out to find out how.
Howl’s Moving Castle is an excellent fantasy novel that I had fun reading along with the other two books in the series, Castle in the Air and House of Many Ways, which features many of the same characters and places. Howl’s Moving Castle features a simple plot that is easy to understand and while the setting is fictional, it mentions real-life geographical locations, such as Denmark and Wales. I recommend this book to people who enjoy magical fiction books, giving the book and the series a 4.7 out of 5 stars. -Nikolai, Grade 8

Aug 11, 2020

This is my ‘go to’ book. Whenever I’m wondering what to read next, and I can’t think of one, I say to myself, ‘well then, Howl’s Moving Castle’!
This is one of my favorite books.

Apr 03, 2020

Completely different from the film, but still so very magical. Both the book and the film are wonderful and are like a breathe of fresh air. All the characters are amazing and if you pick this up you're in for an amazing time!

Mar 28, 2020

Sophie Hatter finds herself thrust into an adventure against her will when the evil Witch of the Waste transforms her into an old woman. Unable to tell anyone of her curse, she sets out on her own, imposes herself as the housekeeper for the notorious wizard Howl in his moving castle, helps a friendly fire demon named Calcifer, and ends up saving the kingdom of Ingary.

I've loved this book, and its sequels, since well before I saw the also wonderful (but very different) film by Hayao Miyazaki. Jones's quirky, humorous style of narration, clever re-purposing of cliches, and powerful storytelling speak to me and keep me coming back for more. Themes include self-acceptance and taking responsibility for your actions and their consequences, so while this YA book has very few young characters, it has a lot for young readers to take from it.

Jan 28, 2020


Sep 20, 2019

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Apr 25, 2019

This was so much like my reading experience with "Stardust." I saw "Stardust" the movie before reading the book. I love the movie. After seeing it I decided to read the book (especially since it's written by Neil Gaiman). The book was just okay, it had a lot of extra stuff that was not necessary. With "Howl's Moving Castle" I also saw the movie before reading the book. I would say the movie is better but the book is still a good read. I'm glad I finally picked it up!

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Apr 22, 2019

"Yes, you are nosy" said Howl. "you're a dreadfully nosy, horribly bossy, appallingly clean old woman. control yourself. you're victimizing us all."

Apr 22, 2019

,she set off like an elderly avenging angel to clean Howl's bedroom.

Jan 27, 2014

"Despair!" he yelled. "Anguish! Horror!" ~ Howl on his hair, pg 116

Jan 27, 2014

"It's just a tantrum," Sophie said. Martha and Lettie were good at having tantrums too. She knew how to deal with those. On the other hand, it is quite a risk to spank a wizard for getting hysterical about his hair. ~ pg 122

Aug 19, 2013

"We've had lawsuits, and suitors with swords, and mothers with rolling pins, and fathers and uncles with cudgels. And aunts. Aunts are terrible. They go for you with hat pins."


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Jul 07, 2014

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

Jun 06, 2014

Sophie, the eldest daughter of a hatter lives in Market Chipping. One day, a mysterious costumer enters the shop. She doesn't like what she sees and turns Sophie into an old women of ninety. Sophie, whose father had recently passed away, wanted to go out and seek her fortune (and get this dreadful spell removed). So she set off on a gran old adventure full of magic, wizards, witches, demons, spells. Read Howl's Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones to find out just how active a ninety year old can be when they set their mind to it.


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Mar 22, 2013

Coarse Language: Howl ejaculates "Hell's Teeth!", "Great Gods Above!", and "Damnation!" once each. Michael is mentioned swearing and Sophie angrily saying a bad word, but the words are not put in print. Calcifer says "Curses!"

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