Grindelwald’s odd line to Newt at the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has sparked lots of discussion amongst Harry Potter fans.
While promoting today’s release of Fantastic Beasts on DVD/Blu-ray, star Eddie Redmayne and director David Yates offered some insight into Grindelwald’s “Shall we die, just a little?” after he was captured by Newt in the film’s final battle.
‘Shall we die, just a little?’ meaning in ‘Fantastic Beasts’
Speaking to Snitch Seeker, director David Yates explained:
You know, ultimately, I think that’s what he’s saying there is he’s saying, “We’re gonna be on this amazing journey together, you and I. And it will demand an enormous amount from both of us in what it will put us through. And in that journey, we will probably sacrifice quite a bit. We will lose part of ourselves on the journey. So that’s what that means, I think. Will we die, just a little?
It’s almost an invitation. But I think the point is that Newt doesn’t know what that means. But it is so sobering when Johnny [Depp] delivered it because it was this weird invitation that he couldn’t figure out in that moment but I presume he will.
This is an idea I believe I’ve brought up on MuggleCast — it reminds me of someone saying, “Shall we dance?” Get ready to tango, Newt, because Grindelwald is out to get you.