Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle

By Diana Wynne Jones

  • Publication Date: 2012-09-25
  • Genre: Fantasy
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 184 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

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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Latest User Reviews

  • Love it!!!!!

    By Didhebduyhwd
    This is my first time ever doing a review, but I feel that it is needed to show just how much I love this book. I've read this book so many times, and I love it with all my heart. I would totally recommend that you read it, it's even better than the movie.
  • Calcifer!

    By LittleRootTown
    Kay, I'm one of the few girls out there that doesn't want to marry Howl. Sure, if he asked I might say yes, but I would never ask him myself- it's not like a crush. Love this book so much!!! Totally recommend. It's up there with HP. I have it as a paperback not ebook, however. Anyway, thank you Diana! And may all your bacon burn.
  • Howl's Moving castle

    By Lali💖
    I love this movie!!!!
  • Great Movie, Better Book

    By KelseaRose
    @lizzithin I see people have corrected you already, but I just wanted to say that Diana Wynne Jones so deserves credit for this universe. People see the movie and they adore it, and that's great. But this book should not be shoved into the shadows and forgotten just because the movie was good. You should really do more research before you post your silly opinion. In the English dubbed version it even says right underneath the main title, "based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones" Anyway, about the book. I recommend this book to everyone I meet. I've given it as a gift numerous times because it's simply a must read for any age. Full of magic and excitement, every time I re-read it, I simply can't put it down. Jones's wit is incredible and the characters are so unique and quirky that you fall in love with every one. And that is the only complaint I had about the film. The characters were far too heroic. The characters as they are in the book are quite flawed. They are selfish and they make mistakes, but they are also clever and caring. You find out by the end of the book, that the flaws are what make these characters special. You laugh with them, you grow frustrated with them, you care for them. All in all, you're doing yourself an immense favor by purchasing this book, it can't be missed.
  • Omg

    By Middleschoolviolinist
    Lizzithin or whatever they DID make a movie about this book for the love of God! The newer book was published in 2012 the old was 1980s. The movie is way better than the old book by the way. In the movie howl is cute and amazing in the book he is stuffy and just plain IRRITATING. Also some bad components from the book were left out in the movie like howl being from the "future", which I did not like. I highly recommend watching it on veoh.
  • Read this at least once in your lifetime!!!

    By Sanddry86x
    This book really is one of those books that leaves you completely satisfied and joyful once you've finished it. Throw in watching the movie adaptation of this book after you read the book and you'll have a big grin all the way through. The only compliant that I have is that I wish there was a direct sequel to this book with the same main charecters and a while new adventure instead of Sophie and Howl showing up a little here and there in "Castle in the Sky" and "House of Many Ways." Although If you want a sense of completion and ending then I HIGHLY recommend watching the movie version of this book as it is an amazing movie and it would be a crime not to watch it after reading such a wonderful story.
  • 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.
  • Who came first, the book or the movie?

    By Kimberly Boeckenhauer
    @lizzithin: Wrong, Diana Wynne Jones wrote the story first and it was published in April 1986.
  • Studio Ghibli? anyone?

    By lizzithin
    They did not make a movie about this book, for the love of god. I'm sure it's very good, as everyone here seems to like it, but seriously, Howl's Moving Castle was first a Hayao Miyazaki film produced in 2004, whereas this book was published in 2012. Just felt I needed to say, as the overview of this book in iTunes gives no credit to Miyazaki at all, and he is an amazing director/writer who really, really deserves it. I'm interested in this book in any case, so long as it stays true to the storyline (funny, it's usually the other way around), and I'll probably read it, but I would highly recommend the movie, as you may have guessed.
  • Fabulous

    By Infjred
    This book is one of my absolute favorites- I have read it several times myself, and my kids have made me read it to them several times. Imaginative story line, wonderful sense of humor, and fabulous message about how love changes people.