Study Guide

Howl's Moving Castle Characters

By Diana Wynne Jones

Sophie Hatter

Sophie Hatter is our heroine, the daughter of a well-to-do hat shop owner in the village of...

Howl

The one big, strange fact about Howl is that almost every young woman who reads about him wants...

The Witch of the Waste

We know from the first chapter of Howl's Moving Castle that the Witch of the Waste is going to be...

Miss Angorian

In our analysis of the Witch of the Waste elsewhere in this section, we said that the Witch is...

Calcifer

When you think of the word demon, what usually comes to mind? Chances are decent if you've ever...

Michael Fisher

Michael is Howl's trusty apprentice, a nice fifteen-year-old kid who seems well-meaning and eager...

Lettie Hatter

Lettie Hatter is Sophie's middle sister. She's super-smart and very beautiful, and unlike Sophie,...

Martha Hatter

Martha is Sophie's youngest sister, and she's at least as opinionated as Lettie. However, unlike...

Fanny Hatter, a.k.a. Mrs. Sacheverell Smith

Fanny is Mr. Hatter's second wife. She is stepmother to Sophie and Lettie, and she gives birth to...

Mr. Hatter

We don't actually find out much about Mr. Hatter since he passes away ten paragraphs into the...

Mrs. Pentstemmon

Mrs. Pentstemmon is Howl's old tutor. Our main impression of her is that she is grand. Her home...

Megan Parry

Megan is Howl's older sister. She lives in our regular old world (where castles don't move), in...

Gareth

Mari

Neil

Neil is Howl's teenage nephew. Like his little sister, Mari, he seems to share a bond with Howl,...

Ben Sullivan/The Wizard Suliman

We don't really see much of the Wizard Suliman since he disappears long before the novel starts....

Percival the Former Dog-Man

When Howl finally notices that Sophie's dog is actually a dog-man under a curse, he insists on...

Gaston

When the man we later know as Percival accompanies the Witch into Sophie's shop the day that she...

Prince Justin

Prince Justin appears in Howl's Moving Castle even less than the Wizard Suliman does. Even before...

The Count of Cattarack and Jane Fairfax

These characters appear so briefly that they're barely even characters, but we're throwing in a...

Annabel Fairfax

Mrs. Fairfax is the extremely talkative witch friend of Fanny's with whom Lettie studies...

Valeria

The very young daughter of the King of Ingary.

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