favorite female character and why: Hermione Granger, because let's be honest, Harry and Ron wouldn't have survived without her. It was because of her that they found all the Hallows, and that they saved Buckbeak and Sirius. She's a great friend to Harry, and is perfect for Ron.
"Do not pity the dead, Harry, pity those who live without love. This is a fate worse than death. Living without love is worse than living without your soul. You are fully sane and love evades you." -Albus Dumbledore tells Harry in the afterlife, HPatDH