When you check security footage, you expect to see pretty much nothing. Maybe the odd raccoon or a person walking by.
What you don’t expect to see is a bipedal lanky creature with pointy ears walking erratically across the screen, right?
A woman posted footage from her home camera of…something…and it’s a little stressful to behold.
a lady posted this and said she saw this on her home camera this morning. what y’all think this is ? pic.twitter.com/L98wckn6bO
— jey bee . 👑 (@jadynbee_) June 7, 2019
People’s guesses ranged from themselves…
That was me at 3 am , sorry
— 🏳️🌈 ImAFandomChild 🏳️🌈 (@im_fandom) June 8, 2019
If you look at it closely, it looks like a normal kid wearing shorts on his head in only underwear 😂
— Ben (@Ben_Wandell) June 8, 2019
me walking around at 3am to find a snack
— cx ♕ (@cxreloaded) June 8, 2019
…to a certain beloved house elf from the Harry Potter franchise.
It does bear a striking resemblance to the elf, with the square-ish body, pointy ears, large head and lanky limbs.
DOBBY IS A FREE ELF
— Jordan (@tornadojally) June 8, 2019
dobby walking out of the malfoy manor to warn harry pic.twitter.com/ZgZT3GafWS
— 𝐚𝐥𝐲𝐬𝐬𝐚 (@marvclsdaya) June 8, 2019
Everyone saying this is fake because he disappears in the last frame is wrong. OBVIOUSLY DOBBY APPARATED OUT OF THERE. https://t.co/UguBeSsvSm
— Potterless (@PotterlessPod) June 8, 2019
But of course, it could be a different house elf altogether.
You guys, don’t be stupid. This is clearly not Dobby.
This is obviously Kreacher.pic.twitter.com/eiLcrBDU9F
— dondarrion-mifflin, this is beric (@CrypticPinecone) June 8, 2019
He sick and TIRED of all these muggles in the house
— Dopamine (@Nudibelle) June 8, 2019
It’s Winky, drunk off Butterbeer as usual.
— 🐸EssieSUR🔥 (@EssieStrike) June 9, 2019
Na, it’s Dobby Kreacher doesn’t leave Grimmauld place
— Jess✨ (@jfromtheblock__) June 8, 2019
Out looking for that thief Mundungus Fletcher
— Meghan Anne (@MeghanAMcGill) June 9, 2019
But in all seriousness, what is this thing‽
It’s totally creepy.
Everyone joking that this Dobby but i'm here deciding not to go outside at night ever again pic.twitter.com/G8tBVawmRo
— a s h l e y (@Fancymcgriddles) June 8, 2019
Dobby or alien? You can’t tell me aliens aren’t real after this! pic.twitter.com/iIW2D4Qr5h
— Matt Reid (@RealMattReid) June 9, 2019
Am I the only one freaked tf out by the “Dobby” video trending? What is that??? pic.twitter.com/ELVouYyPkG
— ᴍᴊ ⎊ (@darylsconnie) June 9, 2019
Some believe the creepy footage is promotional for the upcoming mobile game Wizards Unite, an augmented reality game published by Niantic, the same publishers of Pokemon Go.
The game’s premise is that unexplained magical activity all over the world is threatening to expose the wizarding world.
But the security footage seems to be from a Facebook post that is very real, so it’s unclear if that’s the case.
And if not, perhaps we should start preparing for an alien invasion?