Ms Cassie Brummitt

Job: PhD Candidate / Part-time Lecturer

Faculty: Technology

School/department: Leicester Media School

Research group(s): Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, United Kingdom

T: +44 (0) 116 255 1551



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Personal profile

Cassie Brummitt is a PhD candidate and part-time lecturer at De Montfort University, part of the Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre within the Leicester Media School. Her research focuses on contemporary blockbuster franchising across British and American contexts, with a particular focus on the Harry Potter franchise and the role of media paratexts in shaping and developing the brand. As a result of her transmedial approach, Cassie looks at a wide variety of texts, experiences and extratextual materials, including but not limited to websites, theme parks, plays, promotional materials, exhibitions and adaptations. 

In 2016, Cassie published ‘Pottermore: Transmedia Storytelling and Authorship in Harry Potter’ in peer-reviewed journal The Midwest Quarterly (2016). She also gave a lecture on J.K. Rowling’s brand guardianship for the Popular Culture Lecture Series at the University of Nottingham (2016). Cassie teaches on undergraduate modules in the Film Studies course, including ‘Film and New Media’ and ‘Disney’. 

Research group affiliations

Centre for Adaptations

Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre

Research interests/expertise

Contemporary Hollywood

Popular culture – cinema, television, literature, entertainment

Blockbuster franchises

Media paratexts

Contemporary adaptations

Harry Potter

Areas of teaching

Film and television history

Hollywood economics

Film and new media

Contemporary Hollywood film industry


MA English Literature (University of Nottingham)

BA Jt. Hons. English Studies and History (University of Nottingham)

Courses taught

FILM1402: Film and New Media

FILM2403: Disney

Membership of professional associations and societies

Association of Adaptation Studies (2015-16)

British Association for Film, Television and Screen Studies (2015-16)

Conference attendance

Association of Adaptation Studies annual conference, September 2015, London, England. “Paratexts of Harry Potter: Pottermore and virtual adaptation”, conference paper.

Popular Culture Lecture Series, May 2016, Nottingham, England. “From author to authority: J.K. Rowling and brand guardianship in Harry Potter”, 60-minute lecture.

Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre postgraduate conference, June 2016, Leicester, England. “Pottermore: The Production of a Digital Adaptation”, conference paper.

Recent research outputs

Brummitt, C. (2016) ‘Pottermore: Transmedia Storytelling and Authorship in Harry Potter', The Midwest Quarterly, vol. 4, Winter, pp. 110-129.


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