Place: Howl's Castle Anime: Howl's Moving Castle Scent: Salt water mist, floral melon, green amber, woods, and musk Size: 3 oz, 6 1" cubes Melt: 1 - 2 cubes at a time Use: Any wax warmer Wax: Natural Vegan USA Soy
In the movie, the house and the castle seem to be interchangeable, with some doors and windows opening to the castle, while others open to Porthaven (or after the move, Market Chipping). This could be a reference to the windows in the original novel that opened to places other than Porthaven/Market Chipping. The castle is quite different in the movie, depicted as a hodgepodge of houses, mechanics, and even cannon stations that form a what appears to be a walking mechanical creature with chicken-like legs and a huge, frog-like face. It retains the four smoke towers. Grandma Sophie, upon seeing the castle for the first time in the Wastelands, comments on its ugliness.
1) Howl's moving castle is actually centered around War and this is Miyazaki's main message throughout the film. However, interestingly enough, there is no mention at all of war in the novel the movie is based on.
2) Although the film was not released in the United Kingdom until 23 September 2005, director Hayao Miyazaki personally traveled to England in the summer of 2004 to give a private showing of the film to Diana Wynne Jones.
3) The Castle is representative of Howl himself, a highly powerful yet disorganized mess, with a lot of baggage.