Voiced by: Takuya Kimura (Japan), Christian Bale (English)
Age: Unknown (27, if the book still holds)
Family: Unknown. Adopted family: Sophie, Markl, Calcifer and Witch.
Likes: His looks. Sky walking. Sophie. Calcifer. Markl.
Dislikes: Being honest. Madam Suliman.
Thought to be a womanizing, coldhearted soul sucker, he is really a kind and gentle young man although he's a coward.
He has made a deal with his fire demon Calcifer, having a split personality. On the one hand he's a vain, gentle and kind
wizard, while on the other his soul is being eaten, making him a monster. Howl first meets Sophie when he saves her from being
attacked by two shadey shoulders after taking her on a skywalk over the rooftops, he then disappears. Howl owns the moving
castle that roams the hills of Sophie's home.
The only family we know Howl has is his uncle who was a wizard. The reason Howl became a wizard was because of his uncle.
He was trained by the royal magician, Madam Suliman, but disappeared before he could finish his training after making the
deal with Calcifer.
Howl is destined to meet and fall in love with Sophie, as when he was a child, he saw her at his uncle home as she witnessed
him capture Calcifer.
Voiced by: Chieko Baisho: Young Sophie/Grandmother Sophie (Japanese), Jean Simmons: Grandmother Sophie.
Emily Mortimer: Young Sophie (English)
Family: Stepmother; Honey. Stepsister; Lettie. Adopted family: Howl, Markl, Calcifer and the Witch
Likes: Flowers. Cleaning. Tidiness. Howl. Markl. Calcifer.
Dislikes: The Witch (to begin with). Hats.
Life feels dull for Sophie Hatter, your avarage teenager. She is forced to make hats for the family hat shop
while her stepmother goes around town spending the money and her younger, beautiful stepsister, Lettie, who works at the bakery gets
the attention of the men. Being the elder sister and considered plain, she feels her only right is to slave away in the shop
for the rest of her life, even while she's dreaming of what she wants to do.
Sophie gets caught up with the dashingly handsome Wizard Howl when he saves her from two leering soilders. After he takes
her skywalking above the rooftops, she falls completly in love with him. However, she is unaware at the time that it is Wizard
Howl or that the Witch of the Waste was watching them.
After going home, the Witch of the Waste comes to the hate shop and throws insults at her. When Sophie stands up to Witch,
the angered witch curses Sophie, making her an old woman. Determined to make the best of things, she runs away from home
and into the Wastes. With the help of a scarecrow called 'Turnip', she enters the moving castle belonging to Howl.
By nature, Sophie is a very loving girls who proves to be a great support to everyone in the moving castle. Taking on
the role of 'mother', she becomes a key part in the lives of Howl, Calcifer, Markl, Heen the dog and even the Witch
of the Waste!
The Witch of the Waste
Voiced by: Akihiro Miwa (Japanese), Lauren Bacall (English)
Likes: The hearts of young men.
Dislikes: People getting in the way. Madam Suliman.
Once a magnificant sorceress and Royal Witch in the Palace, she became greedy and was banished to the Wastes by
Madam Suliman. At some point in the past, she was qite beautiful, attractive enough to attract Howl. After he jilted her,
she became determined to get his heart. From her hideout, she searches for Howl and curses anyone who stands between them.
Upon seeing Sophie with Howl, she misunderstands the nature of their relationship and decides to visit her. However,
when Sophie stands her ground against the Witch, she turns Sophie into a ninety-year-old woman. When the Witch is summoned
to see Madam Suliman, she finds that she's about to taste her own medicine. Leaving her at the mercy of Wizard Howl and Sophie...
Voiced by: Tatsuya Gashuin (Japan), Billy Crystal (English)
Age: Millions of years old
Identity: Fire demon/Shooting Star
Likes: Egg shells.
Dislikes: Cooking. Cleaning.
The cute, sassy little fire demon holds an amazing amount of power. It is he who makes everything happen in
the moving castle. Howl holds a contract with him that bounds Calcifer to the fireplace in the castle. Calcifer makes a deal
with Sophie: to lift the curse she's under if she frees him from the contract with Howl. For Calcifer, home isn't the castle,
but the heath, which can turn this little guy into one hot headed fellow!
Voiced by: Ryunosuke Kamiki (Japan), Josh Hutcherson (English)
Family: An orpthan. Adopted family: Howl, Sophie and Calcifer.
Likes: Turnip. Heen.
Dislikes: Cleaning. Fish. Potatoes.
Little Markl lost his parents very young. Howl took him in and made him is studant/goofer when Markl started sleeping
on his door step. He's only six years old but is very clever and has a very clever disguise in a transformation coak, which
turns him into an old man with a grey beard. Markl has never had a real family. At first, he finds Sophie annoying and
wishes she would go away, but in time, he looks on her as a mother figure.