What does the 'P' stand for in 'Elwood P. Dowd' from "Harvey"?

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The P. in Elwood P. Dowd probably stands for "pooka", which is what Elwood's imaginary friend Harvey is. A pooka is mischievous magical creature from Celtic mythology. This suggests that Dowd is both Harvey and Elwood. Harvey is Dowd's way of dealing with his sister and niece. The added "P" is Elwood's way of finding normalcy in a world of women he finds overbearing and suffocating.

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