This has got to be one of the most amazing animated movies of all time right up there with Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. What few people actually know is that unlike those other two movies this one is actually based off of a novel. Shocked right? That's what I felt when a friend of mine had told me. If you go to Amazon you can get a peek inside of the book! I did it, and I fell in love. Did you also know that there's a sequel? And a companion novel? Well, there are. They were written several years following the first one though and they aren't quiet as good, but still part of Howl's Moving Castle which is all I need to want to read it.