December 01, 2009 at 06:14 PM EST

USA Today has the first official image from the two-part adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It’s a simple yet surprisingly unsettling shot of Harry, Ron, and Hermione wearing street clothes and concerned looks as they journey toward the final showdown with Lord Voldemort. As director David Yates explained, “It’s going to feel very real. We’re going for a vérité approach. Being away from Hogwarts, they’re like these three refugees on the run. They’re out in the big bad world, facing real danger, unguarded by those wonderful benign wizards at Hogwarts. They don’t have a home to go to. We’re kind of pulling away from the magic a bit and bringing more reality to it.” (That reality includes not having time to shave. “Me and Dan actually have some stubble,” Rupert Grint told USA Today, grinning.)

Is it just me being unable to separate this shot from the image of another walk Harry takes in Deathly Hallows — that forest scene was so vivid in the book, I feel like I’ve already seen it on film) or is staring at this photo making you tense and totally excited for November 2010, too?

More Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows from the EW archives:

Book review

Daniel Radcliffe: My take on ‘Deathly Hallows’

Stephen King: The last word on ‘Harry Potter’

PopWatch Confessional: The book that made you cry

Photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

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