howell's moving castle

trash wizard and trash demon make a trash castle (trashle)

With such lovely features as: 

  • Look, a giant castle! No wait the inside is just a small house there are four rooms and a closet and a yard whoops
  • It looks like it’s made of coal, bc Calcifer was like “I know what coal is! I’m a fire! I got this” 
  • Like he literally used to be a star, but the best he could come up with is a pile of coal
  • that looks like it’s about to fall apart
  • and robably has really shitty graphics on the towers and shit where nobody will see bc making it nice takes effort
  • Has four doors on the outside, 3 of them are FAKE
  • for that matter, while figuring out that the doors are fake, you can’t walk around the castle clockwise
  • anticlockwise is fine, but if you try to go clockwise you hit an invisible wall because fuck visitors amirite
  • speaking of fuck visitors, the castle can literally RUN AWAY FROM THEM
  • it runs away from its responsibilities just like its creators
  • and scares people by shooting balls of fire to celebrate
  • and blows smoke all over upper folding
  • not to mention it’s noisy as fuck. Are castles supposed to make deafening noises when they move? No, no they’re not
  • And we’ve barely touched on the inside, that’s a whole ‘nother mess of bullshit

I was trying to explain the plot of Howl’s Moving castle to a friend but it didn’t work…
“Basically it’s about….this welsh wizard…who is really melodramatic and whiny but everyone thinks he’s amazing and powerful, and this girl Sophie who is really shy and submissive but then she gets turned old by a witch and runs away and like awkwardly moves into his moving castle and aggressively cleans and tells him to stop moping.”
She didn’t understand

Howl and Sophie the loveliest thing ever

Somewhere Chapter 9:

“He was in there two hours,” said Calcifer, “putting spells on his face. Vain fool!”

“There you are then,” said Michael. “The day Howl forgets to do that will be the day I believe he’s really in love, and not before.”

Fast forward Chapter 21:

Sophie saw another person leap through the gap behind it. This one had flying black sleeves. It was Howl…

Sophie looked up at him. As she had feared, hard black-and-white daylight coming through the broken wall showed her that Howl had not bothered to shave or tidy his hair. His eyes were so red-rimmed and his black sleeves were torn in several pieces. There was not much to choose between Howl and the scarecrow.

Hello, raindropmaster <3 <3 <3

Ok. But can we talk about how Howl is all so cool and composed in the ghibli film, with this mistery around him and the prince-transforming-into-beast (hot) aura… and then in the book here is this sarcastic-bitchy-womenizer-drama queen-metrosexual baby that makes you want to love him and kick him square in his perfect ass and ugh…damn.

“All my flanks were weak!”

Can we just appreciate how Howl’s weakness is literally everything? Sophie AND his family in Wales AND Calcifer AND the physical weakness of his own heart AND the fact that he was, actually, invested in finding Justin and Suliman, AND the fact that he spent the night before watching rugby and getting wasted. 

Like, he’s a fucking Mess who Cares Too Much while pretending he doesn’t and I love it. 

8

Endless List of Favorite Pairings Howl/Howell Jenkins + Sophie Hatter (Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones)

“Oh, confound that gray-and-scarlet suit!” Sophie said. “I refuse to believe that I was the one that got caught with it!” The trouble was the blue-and-silver suit seemed to have worked just the same.

10

Tribute to the films of Studio Ghibli. part 2

1.- Only Yesterday
2.- Whisper of the Heart
3.- Kiki’s Delivery Service
4.- Porco Rosso
5.- Spirited Away
6.- Howl’s Moving Castle
7.- Princess Mononoke
8.- From Up on Poppy Hill
9.- The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
10.- When Marnie Was There

Sometimes with all the Ghibli stuff I forget how Welsh Howl is… Howell Jenkins, who goes back to Wales once a year to watch the Rugby and get really really drunk. 
“Even a djinn couldn’t get through,” said Wizard Suliman. “But what did Howl do?”
“He swore,” said Sophie. “In Welsh.”

I mean really, Howl, meeting your own baby you say “My word, he’s ugly! Chip off the old block.”

archiveofourown.org
In Which a Witch, a Wizard, and a Fire Demon Live Happily Ever After - DwarvenBeardSpores - Howl's Moving Castle - All Media Types [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Howl’s Moving Castle - All Media Types, Howl Series - Diana Wynne Jones, JONES Diana Wynne - Works
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sophie Hatter/Howl Pendragon, Calcifer & Sophie Hatter & Howl Pendragon
Characters: Sophie Hatter, Howl Pendragon, Calcifer (Howl Series), Lettie Hatter, Martha Hatter, Wizard Suliman, Prince Justin | Turnip Head
Additional Tags: Post-Book, Family Dynamics, Relationship Negotiation, (sort of), Cleaning, Feelings, Snark, Background Polyamory, Found Family
Summary:

The morning after Midsummer’s Day, the inhabitants of Howl’s castle wake up to find themselves four curses and two contracts lighter. That doesn’t necessarily make things any easier to figure out, especially not for Sophie and Howl.

Or

Sophie doesn’t know how to live happily ever after, so she cleans.

The lovely @sosobriquet commissioned me to write this for @fandomtrumpshate / @fandomtrumpshateofferings

Give it a read! It’s a pretty good time :D