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Minecraft Build Recreates Howl’s Moving Castle

A Minecraft player has gone on Reddit to display their incredible build of the titular structure from Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle.

Minecraft players continue to impress the online community with their amazing builds, with one incredible creation featuring the titular castle from the Studio Ghibli movie Howl’s Moving Castle. The Minecraft community is always finding new ways to wow its audience with its innovative ideas and artistic execution. This build that turns the viewer into a fish in a tank is a particularly avant-garde build, at odds with more traditionally impressive builds. Recreations of places or art pieces from real life, on the other hand, have become quite common, as well as builds from other popular games.

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One recent trend has been for savvy players to recreate scenes or locations from movies. Extremely intricate Star Wars builds are becoming increasingly popular and the impressive restaging of scenes from Monty Python have recently begun to be seen as well. With this new well of possibilities the Minecraft community has opened the door to a vast reservoir of builds that are now beginning to surface. This recreation of the French taunting scene from Monty Python’s Holy Grail is a prime example of these new types of builds.

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Today, a Reddit user posted their amazing build of Howl’s Moving Castle, the fantastical structure from the Studio Ghibli movie of the same name. Smoke rises out of the castle’s many chimneys, begging the question of whether there is a real fire inside playing the role of Calcifer, or if the builder was just particularly detail-oriented.



Minecraft Howls Moving Castle Build

See the original post on Reddit here.

The castle appears to be in motion, partway through stepping across a river in the six posted screenshots. Though it would take some remarkable skill with Redstone to actually make the castle move, the structure itself perfectly captures the cobbled together appearance of the original, seemingly built entirely from pieces found in a scrapyard of some kind. The build features many of the castle’s defining traits, including the wing-like fans and the back entrance and small porch from the movie. With numerous Minecraft builds of Hogwarts out there this is by no means the first movie castle to be built in Minecraft,  but it may well be the first of a castle that moves (at least in theory, if not in practice).


Hayao Miyazaki has directed many beautiful movies, and Howl’s Moving Castle is often considered one of the most beloved. The film, as with many Studio Ghibli movies, evokes a magical feeling in its viewers while, while impossible to entirely capture in Minecraft‘s art style, is given a very respectable attempt in this impressive build, which still manages to very accurately capture the essence and form of Howl’s Moving Castle.

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Minecraft is available on all platforms.

Sources: PHAT_ASS_69/Reddit

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