so in the past people have pointed out that the reason sophie’s age curse lasts so long in this books (despite numerous people particularly howl, who’s meant to be a ridiculously powerful wizard, trying to break it for her) is because she strengthens the curse herself with her own magically powered self-loathing which she isn’t even aware of and her magic just happens to be stronger than Howl’s so even when he tries to break it all that happens is they both come over in a cold sweat and nearly pass out
and i love that because magic-wise what’s happening is essentially:
howl: let me break ur curse sophie: no!!! i’m old and boring!!! howl: sophie pls sophie: fuck off!!!
made even more beautiful by the fact that howl is tryin real hard and sophie doesn’t even realise she’s doing it