Little more than a co-conspirator in the Ewen High prom night plot against Carrie White, Norma Watson (senior class president) became involved in the story during the scene in the novel where students were decorating the gym for the upcoming senior prom. Her name was mentioned in a conversation between Tina Blake and Chris Hargensen while the latter received a floor plan of the prom from the former. The next place where Norma appeared was at the prom itself. She was handing out programs and seating people according to a pre-arranged chart. Not long after, Norma "dropped" a ballot for prom king and queen on Carrie and Tommy Ross' table and said "Good LUCK!" Some time later, Norma described her version of the tragic downfall of the prom in her book, "We Survived the Black Prom."
1976 FilmEditWhereas the book version of Norma was practically just a background character, this version of the character (PJ Soles) was almost as cunning, clever and conniving as Chris Hargensen, and was more of a major player in the Carrie story. For starters, she hung around Chris for nearly the entire duration of the movie. She also was the one who hit Carrie in the head with her baseball cap in the movie's opening scene and she was near Chris when Carrie began panicking over her late first period. Soon after, Norma was trading spitballs with a fellow classmate during a reading from Mr Fromm. This version of Norma was fleshed out as being Chris Hargensen's closest, right-hand girl.
Norma hung around Chris for most of the film. She was also a major player in the plot to humiliate fellow classmate Carrie White at the senior prom. At first, Chris was reluctant to tell Norma anything about what she was up to (Chris was already banned from attending the prom at this point) In a nod to the book version of the character, Norma was even seen collecting the ballots for prom king and queen. When she collected the one from Tommy and Carrie's table, she smiled with a stranger sort of glee...until she headed to where another conspirator, Freddy DeLois was waiting to collect her ballots. Here, Freddie dropped the collection of ballots behind Norma while she pulled out another set of "ballots" from within the former's tuxedo coat (all while kissing as a front). Anyhow, Norma approached the prom committee and handed the rigged ballots to them and afterwards, headed directly to a stairwell to give a signal to two suspicious individuals hiding under the gymnasium stage, where the prom king and queen would be crowned.
Later, after pig blood was "mysteriously" dumped on Carrie's head, Norma was among the first to laugh at the terrible sight, along with her friend, Kenny Garson. She could not contain herself because "the plan" had worked so perfectly...or so she and mostly everyone else thought...Moments later, Freddie and Kenny became trapped between two gym doors. Next, all the lights in the gymnasium turned a deadly red color and a fire hose turned itself on, spraying anyone that crossed its path. During this rampage, Carrie telekinetically sprayed Norma to death with the fire hose.
Actress Meghan Black portrayed Norma Watson in this version of Carrie. This Norma is similar to her 1976 equivalence in name only. Norma was senior class president and was good natured, showing a large amount of pep. She was not very popular and she was unliked by her peers due to her overly friendly and annoying ways of interacting with people. Norma was also occasionally taunted by Chris Hargensen and Tina Blake for her knowlegeble know-it-all demeanor. Norma was one of the girls who tormented Carrie in the locker room when she had her period, but she later complimented Carrie at the prom and sympathized for her when she got drenched in pig blood. She announced Carrie and Tommy as prom queen and king, thinking that their winning was due to a large amount of pity votes. When Carrie began her rampage, Norma panicked, though she survived by escaping through a vent along with a few classmates and Miss Desjardin. She later testified for the police.
- The 1976 Norma was a combination of herself and Tina Blake.
- Norma did not die in the novel or 2002 version. However, she is killed by a water hose in the 1976 version.