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How to watch ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ online

'Howl's Moving Castle' is the film that made Studio Ghibli a household name. How can you watch this classic piece of cinema online?
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Some films instantly cement themselves as classics, becoming so universally beloved by viewers and critics alike that they regularly appear on lists of the best films ever. Howl’s Moving Castle is one such film, and if you want to enjoy it for the first or the fiftieth time, here’s how you can do so online.

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What is Howl’s Moving Castle

Howl’s Moving Castle is an animated film made by the legendary Japanese studio Studio Ghibli. It was written and directed by the world-famous director Hayao Miyazaki and was based on the 1986 novel by British author Diana Wynne Jones.

The film was a massive success when it came out in Japan in 2004, making 19.6 billion yen at the box office and becoming the 8th highest-grossing film in Japanese box office history. When Walt Disney Pictures distributed it in America, it made $45 million at the box office. In the eyes of many, Howl’s Moving Castle is the film that made Studio Ghibli a globally recognized name. 

It won loads of awards, too, including Animation of the Year, Best Director, and Best Music at the 2005 Tokyo Anime Awards. It was also nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 78th Academy Awards. 

What is the plot of Howl’s Moving Castle

Howl’s Moving Castle follows a young girl named Sophie who, on the way to visiting her sister Lettie, meets a mysterious wizard named Howl. Sophie and Howl quickly become friends despite Howl’s suspicious nature. However, when Sophie returns home, she encounters an evil witch who turns her into an old woman. Desperate to find a way to reverse the curse, Sophie wanders the world, trying to find Howl.

During her journey, Sophie discovers that everything is not as it seems as she learns more about Howl’s past, the meaning of compassion, and the massive war between nations she’s been thrust into.

How to stream Howl’s Moving Castle

American viewers who want to stream Howl’s Moving Castle have one choice right now: HBO Max, which is currently offering both the subtitled and dubbed versions on its service. An HBO Max subscription costs $15 per month for the ad-free package and $10 a month for the package with ads.

How to digitally buy Howl’s Moving Castle 

If you’re looking to digitally buy Howl’s Moving Castle, you have many more options. You can get the subbed version via Apple TV, Google Play, Youtube, Amazon, or Vudu for $11.99. If you would prefer the English dub, it’s available via Youtube, Amazon, and Vudu for $11.99. It’s also available from the Microsoft store for a slightly higher price of $13.99. 

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Jonathon Greenall is a news and SEO writer for We Got This Covered. Jonathon has been a freelance media writer for several years and has appeared on several sites, including CBR and Enbylife. They're also an experienced TTRPG designer, and their games have been featured on Gizmodo, TechRaptor, and other outlets. Jonathon is a lifelong fan of movies, comic books, and anime and has covered everything from the latest big hits to obscure forgotten media.