In Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, Lucius Malfoy enters Dumbledore's office with Dobby. Harry is already present. But when Dobby begins to walk to the stairs leading to Dumbledore's desk, it looks like he glances towards where the camera and crew would be, were he not a CG-created creature.
It happens at about 2 hours and 21 minutes in. (Sorry, I'm not 100% sure if I owned the PAL or NTSC DVD when I ripped this to my hard drive; time may be a few minutes off for other coding.)
I've never been a fan of Dobby. Mostly, he just annoys me. This moment "humanizes" him and makes me feel a bit of empathy.
I was wondering if I read too much into this glance, or if it was a way to make the "performer" seem more insecure and thus more "real." Has anyone else noticed this, and if so, has this been addressed in any interviews, Easter eggs, or behind the scenes bits?
It seemed odd on first viewing, and I've never gotten used to it. If they made Dobby intentionally break the fourth wall, that's pretty interesting and clever. Otherwise, I'm not sure why he'd be glancing in that direction during the shot.
I've seen CGI creations do "bloopers and out-takes" (Pixar, I think) but those were obviously jokes and were not as compelling or unsettling as it happening during a movie in a dramatic scene.