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