Hauru no ugoku shiro
A young woman named Sophie is cursed by the Witch of the Waste and is turned into an old woman who is unable to tell anyone of her plight. Unable to continue her job at her mother's hat shop, she goes to the ambulatory castle of the notorious wizard Howl and insinuates herself into his household. SophieMore »
A young woman named Sophie is cursed by the Witch of the Waste and is turned into an old woman who is unable to tell anyone of her plight. Unable to continue her job at her mother's hat shop, she goes to the ambulatory castle of the notorious wizard Howl and insinuates herself into his household. Sophie befriends Calcifer, the fire demon who powers the castle and who is bound to Howl by a contract, the terms of which Calcifer cannot reveal. They promise to help each other with their problems. Like Calcifer, Howl can also see through the Witch's spell, and he and Sophie fall in love. Sophie helps Howl confront his former teacher, and the Witch of the Waste.« Less
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Sophie, a hatter, is a responsible 18-year-old girl who on her way to the bakery to visit her sister encounters a mysterious wizard by chance. This encounter arouses the Witch of the Waste, who comes to the hat shop and curses Sophie, transforming her into an old woman. As the curse prevents her from telling anyone of her condition, Sophie decides to leave and seek out a cure. Sophie meets the fire demon Calcifer, who powers the castle and recognizes that Sophie has been cursed. Calcifer offers to break the curse in exchange for Sophie's help in breaking the spell he's under, which keeps Calcifer bound to the house. When Howl appears, Sophie announces that she is the castle's new cleaning lady, hired by Calcifer because he was sick of how dirty the castle was.
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Sophie (to the Witch of the Waste): "Come one! Let's go! Are youa witch, or aren't you?" Witch of the Waste: "Just shut up!"
Calcifer: I don't cook! I'm a scary and powerful fire demon!
Old Sophie: All right Calcifer, lets get cooking.
Old Sophie: What a dump. When I think of castles, it's not what I picture.
Old Sophie: Er, You can just call me Grandma Sophie. I'm your new cleaning lady. I just started work today.
Howl: And you are... who?
Howl: Not just anybody can do that.
Calcifer: Not on purpose! She bullied me!
Howl: [Quietly amused] Calcifer? You're being so obedient.
Howl: I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't torment my friend.
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