One of my favorite things about Howl’s Moving Castle is how frankly and fluidly magic is portrayed. Magic suits its user, and because of this we hardly recognize it as magic because it matches the character.
This is all just to say, I really love that Howl’s magic is intellectual and Sophie’s is instinctive and intuitive.
a family doesn’t have to be a man and a woman. a family can be a wizard, his apprentice, the fire demon who ate his heart, his cleaning lady who’s under a curse and in love with him, a senile witch who used to be his greatest enemy, a dog which belongs to his ex teacher and also enemy, a random cursed prince along for the ride, and their walking magic house