Howl’s Moving Castle – Dianna Wynne Jones
Fantasy, childrens, fiction.
Sophie inherits the Hat Shop as she is the eldest in her family. A woman looking for a hat comes into her shop, Sophie tries to be helpful, but the woman irritates her by saying something rude to her. Sophie retaliates and instantly regrets it when the woman reveals that she is The Witch of the Waste. The Witch of the Waste turns Sophie into an old woman. Sophie leaves and has to find Howl to help her reverse the spell. She meets Calcifer who knows of the curse and wants Sophie to help him break his curse. Howl confronts her about what she’s doing and he doesnt mind her as long as she doesn’t kill the spiders. Meanwhile, during her stay, she does upkeep of the castle, despite Howl’s grumblings. She also has to face Howl’s heartless ways in order to break the spell that was placed onto her.
I really loved and enjoyed this book. I watched the movie and loved the movie as well. The magic and fantasy was so moderate and exciting. I can’t believe I missed this book as a child and never bothered to pick it up. Now as an adult, I appreciate this as a pure form of fantasy. The simplicity makes this magical and appreciate simple fantasy. Sometimes I find myself overwhelmed with so many elements with young adult and adult fantasy novels. This really is a breath of fresh air. I love the interactions between Calcifer and Sophie, they both remind me of an old couple bickering and fighting. I have to say Calcifer is my favorite character because he is straight up chaotic energy and sarcastic. I do recommend to go get this book to read immediately and possibly go watch the movie. Both are great and magical.