At least some content in this article is derived from information featured in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film). As such, spoilers will be present within the article.
An animalcule, in the historical biological theory of preformationism, was a tiny complete version of an organism. Animalcules were held to have existed from the dawn of time and were the mechanism by which animals were believed to procreate.
Behind the scenes
- Animalcule comes from the Latin animalculum, for "tiny animal"
- Historically, the term "animalcules" came to light from Antonie van Leeuwenhoek's observations. A Dutch tradesman, and later incidental scientist, thru his handcrafted microscopes, he was the first to observe and describe microorgasnisms (both unicellular and multicellular). He is commonly known as the "Father of Microbiology" for his discoveries (thru correspondence published by the Royal Society, London.
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (Mentioned on a magazine cover)