WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A strange video showing a creature that looks like Dobby the house elf dancing in a driveway went viral online.
- Vivian Gomez, the mom who shared the video on Facebook, claimed it was not doctored.
- A video analyst doesn’t believe the video is fake, saying ‘the more probable explanation is that it’s just some kind of normal circumstances.’
If you are a Potterhead (one who loves Harry Potter series to a fanatical degree) or just a regular moviegoer who’s watched the Harry Potter Movies, surely the name, Dobby the House Elf, rings a bell.
An odd video of a creature that resembles Dobby from the Harry Potter series went viral online. The creature is seen dancing in a driveway in La Junta, Colorado.
“I woke up Sunday morning and saw this on my camera and am trying to figure out…what the heck,” said Vivian Gomez, who shared the strange footage on Facebook.
“First I saw the shadow walking from my front door when I saw this thing….has anyone else seen this on their cameras? The other two cameras didn’t pick it up for some reason.”
The video has been viewed over 15 million times and counting.
But of course not everyone will be convinced easily. Others are skeptical with the video suspecting it may be doctored.
“This has to be a gag video!” one Facebook user commented. “Are people really falling for this?”
But Vivian is firm that the footage is not altered or doctored in any way.
“If anyone tested it or whatever they do, it would confirm it’s not altered,” she wrote.
Conor McCourt, a forensic video analyst, told Inside Edition.
“It could be a lot of things. … Security videos can cause a ghostly effect,” McCourt said, explaining that infrared, which is used to see at night, can be misleading.
“My real suspicion is that it’s a child,” said McCourt. “… I’m seeing a highly reflective area in the head, it could be ponytails, it could be something else.”
McCourt does not believe the video is edited. “What I’m seeing is a normal setup for a normal surveillance video. There’s nothing to indicate that it’s doctored,” he said. “… The more probable explanation is that it’s just some kind of normal circumstances.”
McCourt didn’t rule out that the footage shows the house elf.
“We are seeing a lot of similarities between the character Dobby and this ghostly image, so that must be looked at,” he concluded.
Source: Inside Edition