It seems that most Potterheads that came away from seeing #FantasticBeasts as soon as it hit cinemas on Friday 18 were incredibly pleased with J. K. Rowling's wizarding efforts. Judging by the stellar reviews and the massive grins on the faces of moviegoers exiting crammed cinema screenings, the wait for Newt Scamander's New York adventure was certainly worth it.
Yet, amid all of the excitement, a few lingering questions remained and unsurprisingly, they had quite a bit to do with Johnny Depp's dark wizard unveiling.
In particular, a lot of fans were creeping out of theatres scratching their heads over what Gellert Grindelwald actually said to Newt at the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Now, a few days on following the release, and the movie screenplay has been revealed. But, before the true words are unveiled at the bottom of this article, let's take a look at our initial musing over Depp's incoherent mumblings and what they could have meant.
What Did Grindelwald Say At The End Of Fantastic Beasts?
1. 'We All Die Anyway'
I mean, Grindelwald's not wrong — we do all die in the end in some way or other.
However, in uttering the above, he could actually be directly referring to Credence, who tragically appeared to have fallen victim to his own Obscurus moments before.
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2. 'Let's Dance Just A Little'
Alternatively, considering the smirk on his face after having his true form unveiled by Newt, Grindelwald could have been suggesting that his deadly fun and games are only just beginning — over the next few movies, we know he's going to be taking center stage and we're very likely to see him chased around by his foes around the globe.
3. 'You Can't Hold Me Forever'
Literally speaking, this line makes the most sense considering Grindelwald mutters this as he's being led away by MACUSA officials to some kind of high-security prison. And the irony of it is that we know that what he's saying is true — the dark wizard eventually does break out of confinement and goes on to wreck havoc up in Europe (he first flees to France from the United States) until Albus Dumbledore's valiant defeat of him years later in 1945.
So yeah, no matter how hard they might try, MACUSA can't hold him forever.
4. 'We All Die Just A Little'
Ahead of the final script reveal below, this cryptic phrase definitely had the potential to be the most legit. For starters, considering Newt was the one who used the Revelio charm on him, these words could stand-in for Gellert Grindelwald's threatening message of revenge — or even a mild death threat. However, and perhaps more interestingly, "we all die just a little" could also be a direct reference to the Deathly Hallows, the symbol Grindelwald carries and is deemed to be obsessed with.
In one of the original stories regarding the mysterious Peverell brothers, it's suggested that no matter how much one may try, it's impossible to actually cheat death. According to the legend, those who gather all three of the Hallows (the Elder Wand, Resurrection Stone and the Invisibility Cloak) are supposedly granted some kind of immortality after becoming the true Master of Death. However, to borrow Albus Dumbledore's (who did once possess all three) own words from the Harry Potter series, nobody can really triumph over death because:
"The true master does not seek to run away from Death. He accepts that he must die, and understands that there are far, far worse things in the living world than dying."
If we are to accept these sentiments as the ones uttered at the end of Fantastic Beasts, the question remains — why did he say this to a lowly Magizoologist? Could Scamander also know a thing or two about the Deathly Hallows? And most importantly, could he be also searching for them?
Revealed: Here's What Grindelwald Actually Said To Newt At The End Of Fantastic Beasts
Days on, and following the release of the Fantastic Beasts screenplay, we finally know that we came close with our final guess above — the fourth option of "we all die just a little." After much speculation, the slightly re-worded phrase that Grindelwald actually said to Newt is:
Now confirmed, these words are still well in line with the Deathly Hallows theory mentioned above.
However, there's something else quite peculiar about this exchange between the dark wizard and Scamander – after grinding the MACUSA officials restraining him to a halt right in front of the Magizoologist, Johnny Depp directs the question at Eddie Redmayne. In fact, it appears that what he has to say isn't meant to be heard by anyone else at all.
Ultimately, this heavily implies that Grindelwald recognizes Newt, and it is this brief moment of familiarity that leads us to question whether they've actually known each other for quite some time. Could they share a dark history that's yet to be unravelled? Or is Newt's reluctance to look Grindelwald in the eye merely another example of his social awkwardness?
Well, it looks like we'll have to wait for Fantastic Beasts 2 to revelio this mystery. Until then, here's the trailer once more: