Howl's Moving Castle

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Howl's Moving Castle is a novel by Diana Wynne Jones and published in 1986. The story revolves around a young woman named Sophie and her interactions with a wizard named Howl who ordinarily steals young women's hearts, but Sophie has been transformed into an old woman by the Witch of the Wastes. The book was made into an animated movie which I adore.



  • The idea of a castle that can move around is only made more exciting that it is also in several places at once!
  • Several of the magical characters (the turnip-headed scarecrow, Calcifer, etc.) are very interesting.
  • Having a dimensional door that bridges the gap between a world of high fantasy and the modern world is a really cool idea.