Markl: Don't leave, Sophie! I love you. You have to stay...
Sophie: I love you too, Markl. I'll stay.
Markl: Really?! 'Cause we're a family now!

Markl is the apprentice of Howl and Sophie and the tritagonist in Studio Ghibli's film Howl's Moving Castle.


Markl is quite short, with messy ginger hair and pale white skin. He is of an average build, and is often seen wearing a cloak, when in Howl's castle. This is because he uses it to disguise himself.


Markl is very obedient, doing what he is being told. He also gives pointers to Sophie when she first arrived, making sure to keep her out of trouble.


Markl was found by Howl as he slept at front of the door step, Howl told him to get inside but have never really ask him to leave nor to stay. As it rumours that Markl is an orphan.

  • Sophie Pendragon
  • Howl Jenkins Pendragon (master)
  • Witch of the Waste (aunt)


  • In the original novel, Markl's name is Michael and he is 15 years old.