“Púca [poo-kuh]: noun, (in folklore) an Irish spirit, mischievous but not malevolent, corresponding to the English Puck” (dictionary.com)
A black rabbit pooka
The pooka is a strange, shapeshifting creature that often takes the form of a very tall, often dark furred creature, usually a horse, rabbit, goat, goblin, or dog. Though they are often invisible, they can appear to whomever they please.
A goat pooka
Being the mischievous creatures they are, they can be bringers of good luck or back luck, but rarely cause harm to human beings. They have the ability of human speech, as well as the power to stop time, and are known as great chefs in the villages for which they reside. The pooka has been known to give advice and lead people away from harm, but it also enjoys confusing and terrifying humans. (Wikipedia)
A goblin pooka
As we see through the show, Harvey is very caring of Elwood, and tends to give him advice. However, he gets a great deal of enjoyment in tormenting Dr. Chumley. To learn more about Harvey the Pooka, come see Mary Chase’s Harvey, as directed by Alexander Re, opening October 3-5, 2013, shows at 8, 8, and 2 pm in the Marie Maday Theatre. For further reading on pookas and their fairy-kin, be sure to check out this website and this website. Harvey will be watching for you at our show, we hope to see you there!