The shop led to a small courtyard with a door to the workshop and a staircase that leads into Sophie's bedroom. The exterior lies in the row house working class district. The home is on the side of a railway, which passes daily.
Sophie, Bessie and several other needlewomen toil at the workshop, where they would occasionally be visited by the shop's proprietor Honey. One day, Sophie and the others spot Howl's castle wandering in the misty hills in the distant. Sophie would later be confronted at the shop by the Witch of the Waste. Due to Howl's magic, the castle's main wing is transformed into Sophie's old home and workshop.
As the war reached Market Chipping, the shop is destroyed after the city is firebombed.
In September 2011, Miniatuart released a limited edition 1/150 scale kit of the Hatter's hat shop. According to its official description, it is "Hatter's shop downtown with a cute, colorful walls. Sophie works here. Grandma Sophie is cursed by a witch... Made under the supervision of Studio Ghibli, attention to detail was carefully made in 360°. If you remember the scene in the film, it will not stop the excitement. There opens up the world of Howl's Moving Castle, the [Hatter's hat shop] in the palm of your hand!"
It originally cost 6,270 yen, and its finished dimensions are w67 × d133 × h85mm.
- "The Art of Howl's Moving Castle", p.47
- "Limited Edition `Howl`s Moving Castle` Hat Shop", Hobby Search
|Howl's Moving Castle|
|Main Cast||Howl | Sophie | Calcifer | Markl | Turnip Head|
|Kingdom of Ingary||Suliman | King | Heen | Kosho | Witch of the Waste|
|Hatter Family||Honey | Lettie|
|Others||Bessie | Madge (Howl's Customer) | Mayor of Porthaven | Star Children|
|Locations||Ingary | Market Chipping | Cesari's | Hatter's Hat Shop | The Waste | Porthaven | Star Lake | Kingsbury | Royal Palace | Howl's Castle | Howl's Bedroom | Cave of Mind | Secret Garden | Howl's Cottage|
|Mechanical Designs||Battleship | Flying Battleship | Bomber | Flying Kayak | Palanquin|
|Magical Objects||Magic Ring | Peeping Bugs | Blob Men | Tadpole Monsters|
|Music||Soundtrack | The Promise of the World|