It’s probably putting it lightly to say that Hugo doesn’t have too many friends. And when he finally does meet someone his age—Isabelle—they don’t get off to the best start. There are a lot of accusations flying back and forth and they always seem to be running away from each other or yelling. Talk about drama! But despite their rocky beginnings, they can’t help but rely on each other as they embark on the adventure of figuring out Papa Georges’s secrets. So it's no wonder then, that by the end of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, these two aren't just friends. They're family.
Hugo sets out to fix the automaton as a kind of stand-in friend, but in the process, he discovers real, human friends.
Georges Méliès forges a kind of friendship with Hugo based off of mutual interests and a love of magic, even if they don’t initially act like they like each other.