is the heroine of Howl's Moving Castle
. She also makes an appearance in Castle in the Air
and House of Many Ways
. She is the eldest of the three Hatter sisters (Martha Hatter
, Lettie Hatter
); which means, according to the fairytale rules of Ingary
, that she is unlikely to amount to much. She resigns herself to running the family hatshop until she inadvertently offends the Witch of the Waste
and is cursed to take the shape of an old woman. Unable to tell anyone about her curse, she leaves her home, wandering around a bit before exhaustion leads her to seek refuge at Wizard Howl
's castle, and that is where her adventures really begin.
Sophie has a tendency to talk to inanimate objects and grumble to herself. She is bossy and nosy, and old age only seems to have set her spirit free.
There is more to Sophie than she realises: see Howl's Moving Castle (spoilers)