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Howl's Moving Castle AU is a popular AU (Alternate Universe) within the Rise of the Brave Tangled Dragons fandom. In the AU, Rapunzel, Merida, Hiccup and Jack Frost play roles from Diana Wynne Jones' Howl's Moving Castle. This can be considered an offshoot to Studio Ghibli AU and Anime AU.

About this AUEdit

Spawning from fanart, this AU places the Big Four, and other such characters in the fandom, as characters from Howl's Moving Castle.

Howl's Moving Castle AU is most commonly used for pairings that involve Jack (when he is cast as Howl).

Featured CharactersEdit

The Big FourEdit

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock IIIEdit

For the Hijack pairing, Hiccup is commonly portrayed as a male Sophie Hatter. He could even be portrayed as Howl, while a younger version of Hiccup serves as Markl.

Jack FrostEdit

Jack is commonly portrayed as Howl Jenkins Pendragon, a young, charming wizard that owns a moving castle. His hair starts off as white and turns brown later on. Fans have also cast him as a male Sophie Hatter for the Frostbite pairing.

Merida DunBrochEdit

Merida is portrayed as the young hat maker, Sophie Hatter for the Jarida pairing.

Rapunzel CoronaEdit

Rapunzel is portrayed as Sophie Hatter for the Jackunzel pairing.

Extra CharactersEdit

Jamie BennettEdit

Jamie is commonly portrayed as Markl, a little boy that is Howl's young servant and the one who helps the new "cleaning woman" stay out of trouble and wears a disguise to practices his magic and when people come to one of the castle's "doors".

Queen ElsaEdit

Elsa is cast between as a female Howl for the Elsanna pairing and Sophie for the Jelsa and Helsa pairings.

Princess AnnaEdit

Since Anna has had her hair turned white and used love to reverse the effects of magic, she is seen as Sophie Hatter. Sometimes when the part of Howl is given to her sister.

Prince Hans of the Southern IslesEdit

When Elsa is seen as Sophie, Hans is portrayed as Howl for the Helsa pairing.


When Jack is seen as a male Sophie, Tooth is portrayed as female version of Howl. As both characters are shown to be covered in feathers.

Hiro HamadaEdit

When Tadashi is seen as Howl, Hiro is portrayed as a male Sophie for the Hidashi pairing. While his young age could even portray him as Markl, Howl's young servant.

Tadashi HamadaEdit

When Hiro is seen as a male Sophie, Tadashi is portrayed as Howl for the Hidashi pairing.

Mother GothelEdit

Since most fans view Gothel as a witch and has used magic to keep herself young and beautiful, she could easily be portrayed as the Witch of the Waste. As they are determined to get what they want and had their magic taken away from them.

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Mockup ArtEdit