Dr Cassie Brummitt

Job: Part-time Lecturer / Research Assistant

Faculty: Technology

School/department: Leicester Media School

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

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

T: +44 (0) 116 250 6196

E: cassie.brummitt@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/research/centres-institutes/cathi/index.aspx

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Personal profile

Cassie Brummitt is a Part-time Lecturer and Research Assistant at De Montfort University, part of the Cinema and Television History Institute (CATHI) within the Leicester Media School. She is currently working on the BA/Leverhulme-funded research project 'The silver screen and the town: Memories of cinema-going, community, and the revival of local cinema' alongside Dr. Stuart Hanson (DMU) and Prof. Helen Wood (University of Lancaster).

Cassie has taught on BA Film Studies modules 'Film and New Media', 'Disney', and 'Professional Practice: Film Festivals'.

Her academic research focuses on contemporary blockbuster franchising across British and American contexts. Her PhD thesis focused on the Harry Potter franchise and the role of media paratexts in shaping and developing the brand between 2011-17. 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), and has a co-authored piece (with Kieran Sellars) in the upcoming edited collection Queerbaiting and Fandom, edited by Joseph Brennan for University of Iowa Press (2019). 

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

Media/film franchises

Hollywood economics

Film and new media

Contemporary Hollywood film industry

Film festivals


PhD Media, Film and Adaptation (De Montfort University)

MA English Literature (University of Nottingham)

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

Courses taught

FILM2009: Professional Practice – Film Festivals

FILM1402: Film and New Media

FILM2403: Disney

Honours and awards

Doctoral College Thesis Prize (winner), De Montfort University


May - September 2019:

Research Assistant on the BA/Leverhulme-funded research project 'The silver screen and the town: Memories of cinema-going, community, and the revival of local cinema'. The project aims to assess the place and value of town-centre cinemas in community-building among older audiences by interviewing 36 older people regarding their experiences.

PIs: Dr. Stuart Hanson (DMU) and Prof. Helen Wood (University of Lancaster).

Conference attendance

Selected conference activity:

Association of Adaptation Studies annual conference (September 2015), University of London. Paper title: “Paratexts of Harry Potter: Pottermore and virtual adaptation."

Popular Culture Lecture Series (May 2016), University of Nottingham. 60-minute public lecture entitled “From author to authority: J.K. Rowling and brand guardianship in Harry Potter."

Cinema and Television History Institute (CATHI) postgraduate conference (June 2016), De Montfort University. Paper title: “Pottermore: The Production of a Digital Adaptation."

Theorising the Popular Annual Conference (June 2017), Liverpool Hope University. Paper title: "Rethinking Theme Parks: ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ and Blockbuster Franchising."

Key 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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