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This page refers to the sequel of the book Howl's Moving Castle.

A young, dreamy carpet merchant. He is sold a magic carpet by a strange man by which he meets and falls in love with a princess, Flower-in-the-Night, who is snatched by a djinn before he can elope with her. Abdullah then embarks on a quest to rescue her.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: A large number of Abdullah's daydreams come true - including his most horrible ones that include merciless villains and the like. Turns out Hasruel did this on purpose.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Abdullah and the soldier.
  • First Girl Wins: Flower-in-the-Night is the first girl Abdullah encounters in the story. He falls in love with her instantly and marries her by the end of the story.
  • Guile Hero: The first thing Abdullah tries to do when confronted with the robbers in the desert is convince them that he is a powerful magician who is wearing chains that prevent him from using his magic. He says this in an attempt to trick the robbers into taking his chains off him.
  • I Choose to Stay: Abdullah and Flower-In-The-Night stay in Ingary.


The princess Abdullah falls in love with. She is abducted by a djinn when she is about to elope with Abdullah.

     The Soldier 
A Strangian soldier who makes a living out of robbing and cheating other people. Abdullah first meets him outside an inn in Ingary and together they end up travelling to Kingsbury to speak with Royal Wizard Suliman.
  • Accidental Kidnapping: Near the end of the novel, the djinn Hasruel abducts Princess Valeria. The soldier, wanting to get a reward, orders the genie to take him after the djinn and place Whippersnapper, who had reverted back into his true baby form, with someone who could look after him. The genie, being the Jackass Genie that he is, brings the baby to the castle in the air with them. When Sophie discovers that her baby's been taken to the djinn's hideout, she is furious and accuses the soldier of abducting him.
  • Achilles in His Tent: Prince Justin is apparently in the habit of doing this.
  • Actually, I Am Him: The soldier says this almost word-for-word to Princess Beatrice at the end of the novel, when he reveals his true identity.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: All the characters from the first book got one of these from Hasruel, but Prince Justin's in particular is a very specific bit of ironic karma — the mastermind of Ingary's invasion of Strangia is forced to live the life of one of the war's many victims, as a homeless veteran of the losing side.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Abdullah and the soldier.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: The Soldier turns out to be this. Much to Abdullah's disgust, he insists on keeping the two strays they find in the mountains and even names them 'Midnight' and 'Whippersnapper'.
  • Mugging the Monster: The Strangian soldier finances his tour of Ingary by flashing a few gold coins in a village and waiting until the local toughs attack him.

     The Genie 
Exactly what it says on the tin. A genie trapped in a genie bottle that Abdullah obtains while in the desert near Zanzib.
  • Bewitched Amphibians: The genie threatens to turn anyone who annoys him into toads. At one point in the story he actually does turn Abdullah and the soldier into toads, but only for a limited amount of time. He also turns the first people to open his bottle into toads, though Abdullah makes him reverse the spell during his attempt to challenge fate.
  • Genie in a Bottle: He's a genie trapped in a genie bottle.
  • Jackass Genie: He grants only one wish a day and thinks up ways to specifically screw whoever makes the wish over. His justification is that being stuffed in an old bottle makes him cranky. Toward the end, the genie is revealed to be Howl, cursed to be a genie by the djinn.
  • Make a Wish: He is forced to grant any character who asks a wish a day.
  • No Sympathy: The genie shows no sympathy towards Abdullah's plight, and is always very difficult when being asked for a wish. He doesn't show any sympathy at all either when the soldier wishes for salmon and milk for Midnight and Whippersnapper who he claims are starving.
  • Freeing the Genie: He is finally freed from the genie bottle by Flower-in-the-Night, who had promised to do so if he helped Abdullah, Jamal, the soldier, Sophie and the princesses defeat Dalzel and Hasruel.

     Midnight/ Sophie 
A stray mother cat the soldier and Abdullah find living in the mountains north of Kingsbury.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As Midnight, Sophie seemed relatively sweet to the soldier. However, as a human mother who thinks that said soldier has purposefully abducted her child, she is not so nice.
  • Cool Cat: Is this as Midnight.
  • Fiery Redhead: Once she is a human again, this is abundantly clear to Abdullah, who is very discomfited by her strong-mindedness when he first gets to know her as a human.
  • Mama Bear: Do NOT harm Morgan Jenkins if you know what's good for you.
  • Nice Girl: She is again shown to be very kind and even empathizes with the genie's plight.

     Whippersnapper/ Morgan 
Midnight's kitten.

     Wizard Suliman 
One of the Royal Wizards of Ingary. He is charged by the King with protecting Princess Valeria from the djinn. Abdullah and the soldier go to him to warn him of the djinn's plan to abduct Princess Valeria.

     Lettie Suliman 
Wizard Suliman's wife. She is pregnant with their first child.
  • Babies Ever After: Gives birth to her and Suliman's first child at the end of the novel.

     Princess Beatrice 
The princess of Strangia. Prince Justin was meant to wed her, but she ran away rather than consent to it. She is one of the princesses who was taken by Hasruel to the castle in the air.

     Princess Valeria 
The princess of Ingary. She is only four years old, and is prone to throwing tantrums when she doesn't get her own way. She is taken to the castle in the air during the course of the novel.

     Princess Hilda 
Princess of High Norland. She is very elderly. She is one of the princesses held captive in the castle in the air.

A good djinn who was enslaved by his own brother, who stole his life and hid it from him. He is the main cause of almost all of Abdullah's troubles in the story.

Hasruel's brother. He stole his own brother's life and forced him to slave away for him.
  • Harem Seeker: Dalzel. He settles for all of the highborn ladies in the world because no female djinn will have him.


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