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.
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?
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.
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!
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, pursued 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.
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!
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.
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!