"Harry, you'd better beat him in the Quidditch final!" Hermione said shrilly. "You just better had, because I can't stand it if Slytherin wins!"

I don't quite understand "You just better had" in this context. I can't find a reference in dictionaries. What does it truly mean?

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It's elliptical, understanding the presence of the verb + object from the prior statement.

You just better had [beat him]

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    It is also a rephrasing of the prior statement for emphasis: "You'd better" or "You had better" becomes "You [just] better had".
    – Lee Mac
    Commented Nov 24, 2018 at 14:43
  • @LeeMac, It seems to be a kind of wordplay here. ..
    – dan
    Commented Nov 24, 2018 at 14:46
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    I'd consider ...you just better had! Brit-speak. In AmE we would say "You better beat him...you just better!" or "You'd better beat him....you'd just better!". But in either case it is ellipsis.
    – TimR
    Commented Nov 24, 2018 at 14:57
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    @Tᴚoɯɐuo "Brit-speak" I'd agree with that :-)
    – Lee Mac
    Commented Nov 24, 2018 at 15:03
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    @dan: books.google.com/ngrams/… Search against Google Books, not against websites.
    – TimR
    Commented Nov 24, 2018 at 15:07

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