This isn’t just about walking across the sky. From a door that leads to different predetermined destinations, to a ring that can point a person in the right direction, and a fire demon that powers the castle to move across great distances. Besides those mentioned, there are many more charming elements contained within Diana Wynne Jones‘ Howl’s Moving Castle besides the charismatic protagonists, Sophie Hatter and Howl Jenkins Pendragon.
First published in 1986, Howl’s Moving Castle is the first of a trilogy of books.
Here’s a summary:
Sophie Hatter lives in a land where many fairy tales are accepted as true and the moving castle at the outskirts of town is just another part of normal life. However, Sophie’s normal life is turned upside down when the Witch of the Waste visits Sophie’s small hat shop and puts a curse on her, turning her into an old woman. Now Sophie must leave her hat shop in search for a cure for her curse. Along the way Sophie meets a fire demon, Calcifer, and the wizard, Howl, who is rumoured to eat women’s hearts. Will Sophie ever be free of her curse?
Check out the activities we have for you this coming week.
On Craft Tuesday, you will get a chance to create your own mini fire demon, Calcifer!
The book was adapted into an award-winning animated film in 2004 by Studio Ghibli, famous for many animated films such as Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.
Don’t miss out on the movie screening on Thursday!
Books and films aren’t just for entertainment. There are always lessons to be learnt and that applies to Howl’s Moving Castle as well. One of the most important is…
“Appearances don’t matter, what you have inside does.”
Sophie is cursed to become an old woman. The Wizard Howl is a selfish narcissist. There is continuous surprise in discovering that the exterior appearance of the characters does not always coincide with their nature. There are many factors that can change the how a person looks, but you just have to trust the good that is inside of a person no matter how they may look.
Do look forward to a week of wizardry and the fantastic, and do remember that there’s a quiz on Friday!