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Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Goodreads Summary: In which a witch bewitched the hatter’s daughter–and then some…

Sophie lived in the town of Market Chipping, which was in Ingary, a land in which anything could happen, and often did–especially when the Witch of the Waste got her dander up. Which was often.

As her younger sisters set out to seek their fortunes Sophie stayed in her father’s hat shop. Which proved most unadventurous, until the Witch of the Waste came in to buy a bonnet, but was not pleased. Which is why she turned Sophie into an old lady. Which was spiteful witchery.

Now Sophie must seek her own fortune. Which means striking a bargain with the lecherous Wizard Howl. Which means entering his ever-moving castle, taming a blue fire-demon, and meeting the Witch of the Waste head-on. Which was more than Sophie bargained for…

My views: I heard this for the first half and read it for the latter part. I found some discrepancies between the audio and the Kindle version. The audio obviously is more fascinating. I think I would have liked this book had I come across it during my childhood years. Reading it now didn’t go too well for me. I am not a fan of witches and spells. I think watching the movie would be a good idea now.

The book is written well, the audio is superb, the characters and plot are well developed. But I just couldn’t find myself enjoying it, it seemed too childish for my pleasure.

Recommended for Children.

2/5 stars – It was OK.



Often seen with a nose buried in a book, you might spy me at a library while 500 unread books adorn my shelf. At other times, I'm busy travelling solo, eating out or looking for my new escapades. You will always find me doing too much all at once.

5 thoughts on “Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

  1. I enjoyed the so much that I decided to read the book. I remember not enjoying the book as much as the movie, but I definitely know what you mean about it being a story that you probably would have enjoyed if you were younger.


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