Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.
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Who came first, the book or the movie?
@lizzithin: Wrong, Diana Wynne Jones wrote the story first and it was published in April 1986.
In response to lizzithin...
Actually, the book came out far before the Miyazaki movie. The book was published back in 1986, and the movie is indeed based off of it. I know it says published in 2012 on here, but I believe that is the date the book was published as an e-book on iTunes. But it’s easy to see how you could get confused.
That being said, Howl’s Moving Castle is a fantastic read. I’ve re-read it maybe four times and it never gets old. Even if you’ve seen the movie, you should still read the book. Though both the movie and the book are great, they are entirely different.
A worthwhile read. I have read this story three times and every time I am always enchanted from the beginning to the end. With every read I discover something new, and unexpected. Each character is unique and not a tipical hero that you would find in any other story. Within The world of Howl's Moving Castle anything can happen, from young girls becoming old crones to doors opening to several places at once to castles constantly moving, and they always do. In this world you will never know what to expect, but that is the magic of this book. Howl's Moving Castle is an instant classic and will be read and loved by fans young and old to generations to come.