Yes, it is only Part 1 of a two-part film, but that does not mean it isn't great. Hallows Part 1 conveys the feel of a road movie and director David Yates has infused the film with tension, realism, visual atmosphere and the character development. Less magical than the rest, but that was the direction the producers originally wanted to reach when it came to this final installment. They've achieved their goal. Is it right they wanted the series to go this way? Sure there are fun and light elements, but this film doesn't shy away from a bleak, depressing and somewhat tedious journey. This is no longer the light and whimsical fantasy of films 1-3 or the increasing darkness of films 4-6. Film 7 is all out gritty and the realism as the trio are out on the road is prominant. That does not, however, mean to say there isn't magic, for Hallows Part 1 is a good set up for the explosive and epic grand finale that is Part 2.
I loved it. I judge films on their cinematic qualities (unlike some people) and I have to say that this film will go down in cinema history as one of the best finales of all time. The pacing was perfect, acting better than ever, the score was fantastic, the cinematography was stunning and I love how director David Yates mixes style and substance, drama and spectacle to make a truly wonderful film. Also props to Steve Kloves for wrapping the series up and David Heyman for producing this eight-picture series. Farewell, Harry and Hogwarts. It's been a wondrous journey. :)