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“Couldn’t Percy do that?” Harry asked. The last he had heard, the third Weasley brother was working in the Department of International Magical Cooperation at the Ministry of Magic. At these words all the Weasleys and Hermione exchanged darkly significant looks. “Whatever you do, don’t mention Percy in front of Mum and Dad,” Ron told Harry in a tense voice. “Why not?” “Because every time Percy’s name’s mentioned, Dad breaks whatever he’s holding and Mum starts crying,” Fred said. “It’s been awful,” said Ginny sadly. “I think we’re well shut of him,” said George with an uncharacteristically ugly look on his face.

Does it mean better? It is better to get rid of Percy at the moment?

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It's a bit of a British-ism - in British English, well can be used as an intensifier.

In much the same way as you might say that someone is well informed, you can use well in British vernacular as a generic intensifier.

See Collins, sense 11:

(informal) (intensifier) ⇒ "well safe"

and Collins 'shut of':

(slang) to get rid of

In the above usage, well shut of him means to be "very rid of him".

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Does he mean they are already "very rid of him" or going to "very rid of him"? –  user49119 Jun 15 at 9:56
@user49119 The clause is: We are (well) shut of him. This is a stative passive. It uses to be + past participle (used as an adjective). As such, it refers to a an existing state. It is similar to I am married, which means I am currently married. So: we are already well shut of him. –  CarSmack Jun 15 at 11:35
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