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 table and said "Good Luck!" She and Tina then replaced the ballots with fake ones, that name Tommy and Carrie King and Queen. She survives the Black Prom, but only barely together with Tina by escaping through the firedoor in time with others like Miss Desjardin. She is condemned to never forget what happened at the Prom. Some time later, Norma described her version of the tragic downfall of the prom in her book "We Survived the Black Prom". without mentioning how it came to the catastrophe. Her fate since then is ambiguous, but it is implied, that she is hiding from the world because of the role she played in The Black Prom out of fear it may come out and told in her book only a watered down version of the Black Prom without telling her very guilty part in it to make the best out of it and to partially ease the burden of guilt, that is going to haunt her forever.
1976 FilmWheres the novel version of Norma was practically just a background character, this version of the character was almost as cunning, clever and conniving as Chris Hargensen, and was more of a major player in the 1976 film. For starters, she hung around Chris for nearly the entire duration of the film. She also was the one who hit Carrie in the head with her baseball cap in the film'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'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 novel 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. Freddy 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. Latter Norma approached the prom committee and handed the rigged ballots to them and afterwards, headed directly to a stairwell to give a signal to Chris and Billy Nolan 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, Freddy 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 with the fire hose, knocking her unconscious. Later, Carrie leaves locking everyone inside while the school burns, with Norma in it.
2002 FilmThis Norma is similar to the 1976 film in name only. Norma was the 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 knowledgeable know-it-all demeanor. Norma was one of the girls, who tormented Carrie in the locker room, when she had her period, but later complimented Carrie at the prom, and sympathized for her when she got drenched in pig blood, which also fell on her. She announced Carrie and Tommy as prom queen and king, thinking that their winning was because of a large amount of pity votes. She also had blood spilled on her dress, though only marginally when compared to Carrie. When Carrie began her rampage, Norma panicked, though she survived by escaping through a vent along with a few classmates and Miss Desjardin. Norma later testified what she knew to the police and was shocked and disgusted when she found out through Detective Mulchaey that the ballots were switched by faked ones. She realized at once that Carrie had been the victim of a carefully orchestrated evil prank, which also cost Tommy his life and sabotaging the prom she organized on the way as well.
Although the cruel hearted Norma did not appear in the 2013 adaption of Carrie, her character was heavily similar to Tina, in the film, who originally in the book and 2002 TV movie, was also a bully of Carrie White
- In The 1976 film Norma was a combination of herself and Tina Blake.
- Norma did not die in the novel or the 2002 TV film. However, she is killed by the waterhoses in the 1976 film.
- In the original 1976 script Norma was a combination of herself and Tina Blake. In the actual film she is almost a direct Tina with only minor Norma tendencies.
- Norma from the 1976 film is based mainly on Tina Blake from the novel. Tina Blake in the 2013 remake is based more on Norma from the 1976 film than her novel counterpart. She's a combination of both characters but more so Norma.