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Howl Pendragon’s Tinder Profile: He’ll Eat Your Heart

For our last Literary F*ck boy of the month, I wanted to pick someone not many people may know but who is as equally handsome and has many f*ck boy tendencies, Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle.

 

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This is for all of my anime boyfriends folks out there! I fell in love with Howl when I watched the movie, Howl’s Moving Castle. But this handsome wizard started out from a series of books written by Diana Wynne Jones.

There is a bit of a disparity between movie Howl and book Howl but what rings true through all of Howl’s appearances is that he his is a f*ck boy. Guaranteed, if someone is talking about Howl they talk about how he’s a heartbreaker or to an even worse extreme, a literal soul-stealer. Excuse me?

 

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He’s not soul-stealing bad but we’ll get to that. We meet him through Sophie, the main character of Howl’s Moving Castle and his main love interest.

Pre-Sophie however, Howl is ridiculously charming and a notorious flirt. He would chase after women but when they start to reciprocate his feelings, he leaves them high and dry. The nerve!  Like Lucifer, he enjoys a good suit but with magical flair of course. He wears bright coats and even some jewelry, including a matching necklace and earring set. We stan fashion, loves. 

He uses makeup, even goes as far as to use charms to make himself more attractive, and dyes his hair. Yes, I know, those luscious blonde locks aren’t his naturally. When Sophie accidentally messes with his hair potions in his bathroom, he quite literally throws a tantrum over it. But by the end he has beautiful dark hair which suits him the best.

 

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It’s clear that the wizard holds physical appearances in high regard; those of the women he is pursuing and even more so himself. He spends more than an a hour getting ready, there isn’t anything exactly wrong with that but he’s so self absorbed that he would forget to bring food home for Michael or Markel(the movie).

He also keeps a rather dirty and messy house. Until, Sophie cleans up, there were piles of dishes, dust, dirt and what can only described as sludge in the bathroom. EW!

 

 

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What makes him unique among our current literary f*ck boy line up so far, he’s a bit of a coward. In the movie there is war going on and Howl, evades the wizards drafts by using his mobile castle and the portal inside to bounce between different towns whenever he pleases. And he also goes by different names in these towns to keep up his anonymity.

Now, I know what you are thinking. “Zariah, what in the heck does anyone see in Howl? He’s gross, self-absorbed and superficial.” I know and that’s where Sophie comes in.

She is a sweet, quiet, girl who is saved by Howl from some gross solders hitting on her and that was the last she saw of the “heart eating” wizard until The Witch of  the Waste puts and aging spell on Sophie. The Witch of the Waste is an antagonist for the two really only because she was getting revenge on Howl. Howl being Howl, pursed the witch but when it is revealed that she wasn’t spectacularly beautiful he forgets about her, breaking her heart and hurting her ego, so the next logical step is to curse him. Welp.

 

 

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Sophie get cursed out of jealousy but she kind of takes it in stride and as a 90 year old, she ventures off to figure out her new life. She stumbles across the castle and becomes a cleaning lady for Howl, Michael/Markel, and Calcifer, the fire demon whom Howl gave his heart to.

As the story goes on, Sophie is more confident as an old woman and takes charge of the castle, getting everything and everyone together. While growing closer to Howl we are shown more of his personality which isn’t really terrible. He seems surface level to those who gossip about him but he gives Michael/Markel somewhere to live and revived Calcifer who was falling star who would’ve been snuffed out if he didn’t give him his heart.

Through Sophie he learns that looks aren’t everything and he becomes comfortable with himself. He helps in the war and does what he could to turn the tide for the better.

Here’s his profile!

 

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And of course, the two end up together. Sophie’s curse is broken, Howl’s get his heart back, and they live happily ever after. This has to be my favorite couple out of the ones we’ve covered, at least with the F*ck boys who end up with a partner.

 

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But thank you for rocking with me this month with some spooky/fantastical boys for this month. Next month we’ll get a little more historical. Happy Halloween!

 

 

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#TuesdayThoughts on the Miyazaki Effect

 

Conning wizards, building businesses, chopping arms off—the characters in Miyazaki movies are always getting so much done. This, in essence, is the Miyazaki effect – you see all these amazing characters taking control of their lives, and not only are you inspired, you’re mysteriously motivated. Before you @me, I love all kinds of Gibli movies, but gracious, isn’t there just something else about Miyazaki? The energy is quite distinct.

 

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I doubt it’s just me. You watch them run through the forest and scrub floors, and suddenly you want to clean your whole house and maybe bake something. I can’t claim credit for the term’s coinage—I’m referring to a post I saw some months ago, in which the poster outlines this ‘Miyazaki Effect’. The feeling of energy and organizational ability that comes out of seeing Howl’s or the bath house’s newly sparkling floors. There’s something there.

 

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Not to get too deep, but I do think a big part of it is the feeling the movies give you. No, they’re not really optimistic, as such—Nausicaa’s dress is that magical blue from the blood of the creatures she was trying to save. Calcifer is doused. A river will always be a river. I think this is better. The blind optimism of many things, especially much children’s media, makes it unconvincing. Miyazaki’s movies don’t fall prey to this flaw, and I think the reason is simple. They’re not optimistic, as such—they’re hopeful.

 

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When Kiki snatches a broom and runs through the street, trying to get airborne, you can feel it. It’s the way we’ve all been down and still fought our way into the sky. It’s how Satsuki runs after Mei, screaming, untiring. The magic in Miyazaki movies, the good, helpful magic, is all hope. Howl expands his home hoping his new family will stay. The cat bus arrives when the sisters want to see their mother, want her to get better.

 

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Nausicaa wants peace, thinks it’s worth nearly dying for, and her faith and conviction lead not only to peace, but healing—physical, yes, on the Ohmu’s glowing whiskers, but also peace for her people, the idea that the choice is not being crushed by empires or poison forests. The world seems like it’s already ended, like they’re counting down the days, but she falls through to a place where the air is clean, where it is healed. She tells us it’s never too late to start trying. To love the world.

 

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Sure, the stakes in our lives might be lower. Or at least a little more surmountable. But it’s the same feeling that makes you leave the movie straining for the sky. Even if it’s just the energy you needed to do your dishes, its basis is the same—the hope that even though it’s hard work, life can be better. You can make it so much better.

 

 

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5 Uncursed Howl’s Moving Castle Memes

This is the point where I confess that Howl’s Moving Castle is my favorite Miyazaki movie by far. They’re all good! But I connect with Sophie on a deeper level. If you’ve yet to read the book, get ready to have the experience of the movie turned up to eleven. Sure, it’s not as soft or as serious, but believe me when I say you will not miss it. Obviously the movie is iconic, but the book characters are on a whole other level. Thanks for coming to my ted talk. Here are some memes.

 

That’s Growth

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Who doesn’t want to be very very old? Sure, hypothetically the curse is a punishment, but Sophie clearly finds it as liberating as I would. Meek little Sophie Hatter starts breaking into magic houses and bullying demons. Talk about a glow up. In the book, Howl tries to lift Sophie’s curse, but her own magic keeps it in place. It really goes to show they’re a good match. She’s ridiculously stubborn and he’s just ridiculous. Still, we stan, and I think we can all relate.

 

It’s What he Does

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This might be the hottest take I’ve ever seen. Of course he bites her hair. It looks like stardust! And what does Howl do to stars? Eats them. You’d think he’d learn his lesson. Unless you’ve seen the movie, read the book, or heard about literally any of his choices. Learn his lesson? This is a man who literally will not stop ghosting immensely powerful witches and then running away. The mistakes are endless. She looks surprised here, but I don’t think anything can surprise Sophie anymore.

 

It’s a Different Vibe

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I’m not going to get all ‘the book was better’ on you because I absolutely adore both, but book Sophie is an honest to god force of nature. When she gets mad she kills an entire garden. It’s sort of the spiritual opposite of Howl’s slime meltdown, I guess, because it’s productive, but still absolutely ridiculous. Just talk about your feelings instead of throwing dramatic magic everywhere! You guys are too powerful to be this messy.

 

Metamorphosis

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Sure, education is important, but at what cost? What is it about just going to class that ages me fifty years? I can’t be alone. Maybe it’s the fluorescents, maybe it’s learning, maybe it’s the fact that I’m too lazy to wear my glasses at home, but there’s a sharp contrast. I don’t even need a witch to curse me. Just tell me I have sixty pages to read in two days and I wither like the witch of the waste trying to climb the stairs. Stay strong, and don’t use school mirrors.

 

Slime Icon

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True story, every day for about a month I walked past a closed popup, but it’s banner was still outside and described it as ‘a slime experience’. Who would want that? Howl, apparently. I’ve had some hair dye gone wrong, and I’ve been dumped, but never have I flooded my entire living room and half of Porthaven. He just hired Sophie, she just got everything clean, and now he pulls this? Still, it’s one of the most memorable scenes, and characterizes Howl pretty powerfully without any explanation needed.

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5 Uncursed Howl's Moving Castle Memes

This is the point where I confess that Howl’s Moving Castle is my favorite Miyazaki movie by far. They’re all good! But I connect with Sophie on a deeper level. If you’ve yet to read the book, get ready to have the experience of the movie turned up to eleven. Sure, it’s not as soft or as serious, but believe me when I say you will not miss it. Obviously the movie is iconic, but the book characters are on a whole other level. Thanks for coming to my ted talk. Here are some memes.
 

That’s Growth

Image via Pinterest

Who doesn’t want to be very very old? Sure, hypothetically the curse is a punishment, but Sophie clearly finds it as liberating as I would. Meek little Sophie Hatter starts breaking into magic houses and bullying demons. Talk about a glow up. In the book, Howl tries to lift Sophie’s curse, but her own magic keeps it in place. It really goes to show they’re a good match. She’s ridiculously stubborn and he’s just ridiculous. Still, we stan, and I think we can all relate.

 

It’s What he Does

Image via DeviantArt

This might be the hottest take I’ve ever seen. Of course he bites her hair. It looks like stardust! And what does Howl do to stars? Eats them. You’d think he’d learn his lesson. Unless you’ve seen the movie, read the book, or heard about literally any of his choices. Learn his lesson? This is a man who literally will not stop ghosting immensely powerful witches and then running away. The mistakes are endless. She looks surprised here, but I don’t think anything can surprise Sophie anymore.

 

It’s a Different Vibe

Image via WhiteSmilingBeauty

I’m not going to get all ‘the book was better’ on you because I absolutely adore both, but book Sophie is an honest to god force of nature. When she gets mad she kills an entire garden. It’s sort of the spiritual opposite of Howl’s slime meltdown, I guess, because it’s productive, but still absolutely ridiculous. Just talk about your feelings instead of throwing dramatic magic everywhere! You guys are too powerful to be this messy.

 

Metamorphosis

Image via Pinterest

Sure, education is important, but at what cost? What is it about just going to class that ages me fifty years? I can’t be alone. Maybe it’s the fluorescents, maybe it’s learning, maybe it’s the fact that I’m too lazy to wear my glasses at home, but there’s a sharp contrast. I don’t even need a witch to curse me. Just tell me I have sixty pages to read in two days and I wither like the witch of the waste trying to climb the stairs. Stay strong, and don’t use school mirrors.

 

Slime Icon

Image via Rebloggy

True story, every day for about a month I walked past a closed popup, but it’s banner was still outside and described it as ‘a slime experience’. Who would want that? Howl, apparently. I’ve had some hair dye gone wrong, and I’ve been dumped, but never have I flooded my entire living room and half of Porthaven. He just hired Sophie, she just got everything clean, and now he pulls this? Still, it’s one of the most memorable scenes, and characterizes Howl pretty powerfully without any explanation needed.

Featured image via Ameno Apps