"With all due respect, sir, accidents are the way we learn how to do things the right away. It's something I'll expect from the first years, and maybe the second years." Seamus remembered back to all the accidents he had when he was just starting. None of them were pretty. "But by the time they're in their third year, there's no excuse big disasters. Or big egos."
Seamus nodded and half smiled to himself, knowing that at least one of those Heads of Houses was one of his best friends. Which should make reprimanding easier since Neville will take Seamus's word for it. "There's a difference between being completely soft and being someone like that bat Umbridge." Really, he didn't care if Snape had any good thoughts about her (which he sort of doubted). Seamus hated the woman and everything she did to them. "I'm not going to run the class with an iron fist, but I'm also not going to let them slack off. I know when it's time to work and when it's time to loosen up and have fun, but learn the material at the same time."
Seamus took a deep breath and sat up in the chair a bit. "I'll admit, in my younger years Transfiguration wasn't one of my best classes. However, the extra training and attention that Professor McGonagall gave me in my final year made me realize that I'm actually pretty brilliant at it. I had some of the highest scores on my NEWTS in the class, once we all had a chance to take them, and I've been looking for a way that I could actually use the talents that I have. I feel this position is the best way for me to show them. And if you don't feel the same after a year, then I'll have no ill feelings if you let me go."