I believe this is of interest only to me, but for the sake of honesty I must clarify my statements on the Potions Master. For those who have seen any of the Harry Potter movies, having a huge crush on Alan Rickman's Snape might seem like the only sensible course of action: the repressed sexuality, the burning looks he shoots at Harry (hello slash fic), the way he turns on his heel and dismissively flips the hem of his cloak, the voice that sounds like he just swallowed a large tablespoonful of creamy peanut butter...it's a seminal piece of character acting. Who wouldn't long for detention with the smoldering Alan Rickman/Snape? Okay, maybe some of you. Sgt. Pepper claims he wouldn't enjoy it.
Please don't misunderstand. I would definitely assist in the unbuttoning of the hundred little buttons on the Rickman Snape waistcoat (are they there, or did I imagine it?). And I wouldn't kick him out of bed (although I believe I'd have to hear from Sarge on this). However, my real love is reserved for the Book Snape. Yes, my peculiar delusion of desire concerns the Severus Snape made of words, not the "flesh and blood" of the actor.
I have admittedly made a habit of these book-crushes over the years. The last time I had such a "relationship" was in latency: my deep love for Sebastian Flyte in "Brideshead Revisited." And once again, a crush on Anthony Andrews (remember him?), who played him in the BBC production, would have been the very definition of common sense, but no, it was the character in the book that I adored.
I'm going out on a limb to ask a strange question: has anyone ever had a crush on a character in a book? Any takers for Jack Aubrey? Charles Ryder? Cap Garland? Galadriel? Reggie? Polly from "Old-Fashioned Girl"?