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"Level Two, Department of Magical Law Enforcement, including the Improper Use of Magic Office, Auror Headquarters and Wizengamot Administration Services."

"This is us, Harry," said Mr Weasley, and they followed the witch out of the lift into a corridor lined with doors. "My office is on the other side of the floor."

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phenix

According to the context, "this is us" seems to mean that they had arrived at their floor. But I feel "this is ours" should be used for this. What does "this is us" truly mean here?

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    If I work in Microsoft and I see that you're using the Windows operating system on your computer, I could say this is us, meaning it was us who developed this product, this is our product or this product belongs to us. – Michael Rybkin Jan 22 '19 at 6:30
  • @MichaelRybkin Not recommended, and I respectfully disagree Michael. You could say “that’s our work” or “we made that”, but it’s a stretch to say “we are that” or “that is us.” Therefore “that’s us” or “this is us” sounds awkward. – whiskeychief Jan 22 '19 at 11:45
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    If you're in an airport and a message goes out over the intercom announcing that your flight is boarding, you can say "That's us, we have to hurry". In other words, That announcement pertains to us/ that is our flight. It is not a case of ellipsis of "flight" or in your case not ellipsis of the noun "floor". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jan 22 '19 at 16:17
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo But interestingly also you interpreted it as "that is our flight". – dan Jan 22 '19 at 23:24
  • I am paraphrasing there in that hypothetical context, @dan, not suggesting there is an ellipsis of the noun flight. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jan 23 '19 at 0:23
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It is an idiom, typical of the speech of slightly older British people (such as Mr Weasely). You might use it on a train, bus or even in a lift to tell someone that "we are at the station/stop/floor that we want"

Compare with "Here we are" instead of "Here ours is." You could use "Here we are" as an alternative to "This is us".

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    Agree. It is similar to saying “This is where we should be; by arriving here, we have changed from people who are in the wrong place, to people who are in the right place!” All in three words! This is highly idiomatic. – whiskeychief Jan 22 '19 at 11:43

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