"; another Hamlet reference occurs at the beginning of Chapter 11 referring to the nothingness in the doorway to Wales as being "only an inch-thick after all". The first two are central to Sophie's progression. However, after Howl is forced into hiding he changes the door's destinations to: in Market Chipping (yellow); in Vale End (orange); a garden in the waste (purple); and in Wales (black). Before the move, the window over the workbench and the one in Michael's front room overlook Porthaven. He is described by Calcifer as "vain for a plain man with mud-colored hair". Howl's Moving Castle is the first novel in the series of books called the Howl Series. [5], For the idea Jones "very much" thanked "a boy in a school I was visiting", whose name she had noted but lost and forgotten. Howl's Moving Castle explores several themes, including: destiny, youth, courage and love. Howl's Moving Castle is a fantasy novel by British author Diana Wynne Jones, first published in 1986 by Greenwillow Books of New York. It was to be completed by the addition of Howl's head. It seems to be made of blocks of coal (a suitable habitat for a fire demon) and is "bespelled to hold together". She strikes a bargain with Howl's fire-demon, Calcifer: if she can break the contract between Howl and Calcifer, then Calcifer will return her to her original youthful form. 18-year-old Sophie Hatter is the eldest of three sisters living in Market Chipping, a town in the magical kingdom of Ingary, where fairytale tropes are accepted ways of life, including that the eldest of three will never be successful. He had "asked me to write a book titled The Moving Castle".[6]. This is in contrast to Howl, who sees himself as the master of his own fate, unafraid of what society thinks of him or what their conventions demand. Howl had realized early on that Sophie was under a spell and secretly attempted to remove the curse; when he had met with failure, he'd figured Sophie simply enjoyed "being in disguise". In 1986 Howl's Moving Castle was one of two runners-up for the annual Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in Fiction, behind In Summer Light by Zibby Oneal. She also puts a spell on Sophie at the start of the story, turning her into an old crone. He is also fairly crabby and a little mean-spirited, which stems from being bound to the hearth in the moving castle for over five years. AMULET BOOKS publishes novels, graphic novels, and nonfiction for young adults and middle-grade readers from a stellar roster of authors. Sophie seems to be the only one capable of forcing him to do anything he doesn't want to do, a trait she also extends to Howl, and to a lesser extent, Michael as well. After the move, the castle sits at the edge of the Waste and Howl's house is moved to Sophie's childhood home in Market Chipping; they also occupy a grand but derelict mansion in Vale End (which is in the same valley as Market Chipping). The imprint has garnered over two dozen Newbery and Caldecott Medals and Honors throughout its celebrated history. The Witch of the Waste's name is a possible pun on the Witch of the West from the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its subsequent film. She becomes more lovely as her confidence grows. Howl makes a reference to Donne again in Chapter 11, when Miss Angorian reads from his poem Song: "Goe and catche a falling starre". [4], A Thousand Times Repent, a Christian deathcore band, took inspiration from Howl's Moving Castle in their EP Virtue Has Few Friends. WorldCat reports that Howl's Moving Castle is the author's work most widely held in participating libraries, followed by its first sequel Castle in the Air. I have an everlasting cold, but luckily I'm terribly dishonest. Howl had given his heart to Calcifer. The site is updated daily with information about every book, author, illustrator, and publisher in the children's / young adult book industry.