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A strange sighting of an ‘elf-like’ creature on CCTV has been sending the internet into a tailspin.

The mysterious sighting was captured by a home security camera by Facebook user Vivian Gomez who shared it to the social network. The video picked up over five million views and quickly migrated to Twitter.

It shows a diminutive figure with what appear to be flapping elf ears walking down the driveway and off into the night. It was quickly compared to Dobby, the house elf character from Harry Potter.

‘So I woke up Sunday morning and saw this on my camera and am trying to figure out…what the heck??’ Gomez wrote on Facebook.

‘First I saw the shadow walking from my front door then I saw this thing…has anyone else seen this on their cameras??’

According to Gomez, the figure was only picked up on one camera. The other two cameras outside her house didn’t manage to capture it.

Naturally, the theories and the speculation started as soon as the footage hit the web.

Many jumped in with their own ideas about what the strange creature may be. Dobby aside, others thought it could have been a lost child or some strange kind of puppet.

Dobby the House Elf (Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.)

Now, far be it from us to be the cynical types but there is a new Fantastic Beasts movie in production at the moment. Could this be a surreptitious stab at viral marketing?

At any rate, the best answer – by far – came from Michael O’Neil. He had a good idea of what was being shown on the video.

We tip our hat to you, Michael.





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